HMS Empress

The model battleship featured in yesterday’s blog entry was HMS Empress.

I built her nearly six years ago (doesn’t time fly when you are having fun!) from basswood, bamboo skewers, and pine dowel and she has served me well in several tabletop battles … although not always under her given name!

Her design was based on that of HMS Victoria (hence the name HMS Empress) …

… with a touch of HMS Rupert.

The former sank after accidentally colliding with HMS Camperdown in the Mediterranean on 22nd June 1893, and the latter spent most of her career in reserve or serving as a port guard ship around the world (Hull, Pembroke, Gibraltar, Port Said, and Bermuda).


6 Comments on “HMS Empress”

  1. Conrad Kinch says:

    God bless her and all who sail in her!

  2. Conrad Kinch,

    Amen to that!

    All the best,


  3. Bob,
    An excellent model is HMS Empress- ideal for your Hex ocean and Naval engagements- well done. Cheers. KEV.

  4. Kev Robertson,

    Thanks very much for your kind words. It was a model that I enjoyed making, and I have always felt that it was probably one of the best scratch-built models I have ever built.

    All the best,


  5. Splendid ships,l await the book with great interest .

  6. Tradgardmastare,

    The writing part of the process will be finished soon – I hope – and the book should then be available soon afterwards.

    All the best,


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