Building ISW's 1/350 Short Focsle Corvette as HMCS Shawinigan
This is my third build using an Iron Shipwright Corvette kit. This
time I used the short focs'le version to build HMCS Shawinigan.
The hull casting was sharp and clean, but some of the small detail parts
were poor, so a quick email to ISW and new parts were on the way. As I
have said before, ISW customer service is excellent.
The compass deck was warped badly so I rebuilt it using scribed sheet
styrene and added a few extra details such as the D/F loop, ladder, chart
table, galley stack, new storage boxes and canvas mats around the rails.
I scratchbuilt the the 4inch gun with brass and sheet styrene as well
as the mine sweeping gear located aft from spare photoetch parts. I again
used scribed sheet styrene to make the dinghy and carley float platforms.
The dinghys were detailed by adding thwarts and oars and the davits
were made from fine brass wire. The Carley floats came from Classic Warships.
The kit depth charge throwers were poor so I scratchbuilt them from
various diameters of styrene rod as well as adding depth charges to the
aft depth charge racks.
I used GMM cable reels to add a little detail to the deck as well as
some Dan Bouys made from stretched sprue and white glue.
The Shawinigan was painted in Western Approaches and I used WEM Colourcoats
for this and a combination of Humbrol and ModelMaster for detail painting.
I again used the Bob Pearson decal sheet to represent the Shawinigan and
they went on with no problem.
I rigged the ship with a combination of stretched black sprue and a
product called Spider web used in fishing. This stuff stretches out thin,
but is like an elastic so it is forgiving if bumped.
I now have three different corvettes in my collection and they look
good side by side showing the changes of the Flower Class throughout the
war. HMCS Shawinigan was sunk November 25, 1944 while doing an independent
anti-submarine patrol out of Sydney, Nova Scotia. She was torpedoed in
the Cabot Strait by U-1228 and was lost with all hands. This model is
dedicated to all those that lost their lives aboard that fateful day.