Model Boats magazine: A source of ideasPosted: May 18, 2016
Firstly a free set of plans for a generic pre-war French super-destroyer comes with the magazine.
The design of Le Capricieux is based on that of the Le Fantasque-class of destroyers that were built for the French Navy in the 1930s. As a result she is a low, sleek ship, armed with five main guns and three sets of torpedo tubes, and with a certain Art Deco look about her, especially around the bridge area.
Although the plans are 1:144th-scale, they are certainly of use to wargamers who want some idea as to how to model a super-destroyer … and free sounds like quite a good price to pay!
The second item of interest is an article about John Hollis’ model of the USS Alarm, a torpedo ram that was built in 1874.
The ship has such simple lines that I can see it appealing to many wargamers as a possible starting point for a warship that they can use in their wargames. Rather like the Rendel gunboats operated by the Royal Navy and other late Victorian navies, Alarm is armed with one large-calbre gun forward and has minimal upperworks. (She was also designed to carry four Gatling Guns, but these seem never to have been fitted.) However, unlike the Rendel gunboats Alarm had a very prominent ram, which along with the spar torpedo she carried, was her principle weapon.