Friday 16 March 2012

1/1200 Fleet Review - US Navy

Edited 10/12/12 - due to an considerable expansion of my 1/1200 fleets, readers may also wish to view this newer post.
My US Navy contingent is possibly the most balanced of my fleets, being made up of the following:
1 Battleship - New Jersey (Revell)
2 Carriers - Enterprise, Hornet (Revell)
1 Heavy Cruiser - Philidelphia
1 Light Cruiser - Flint
7 Destroyers - Farragut, Brooks, Mahan, Gridley, Benson, Gearing, Fletcher (these and the cruisers are all metal castings from a number of makers)

A better view of Hornet - a nice kit built straight from the box.


David Crook said...

Hi Tim,

I had no idea you had such a huge collection of 1/1200th hardware from all points of the globe!

Very nice indeed and I am fast becoming keen on your painting technique for these - it looks darned effective!

All the best,


Tim Gow said...

David Crook
To be honest it has rather surprised me too! The one box I went looking for a few months ago turned out to be three boxes.... The painting 'style' looks OK to me, and especially with the very detailed plastic models is the only real alternative to painting a awful lot of fiddly detail. More ships soon!

Robert (Bob) Cordery said...


You are right ... it is by far and away your most balanced fleet.

I have been looking at my collection of unmade 1:1200th models ... and I had not realised how many I had. When my current 'craze' for building larger wooden ship models is on the wane - or I am in need of a change - I must start building the models that I have.

All the best,


Paddy said...

Really nice ships - you are better than me - all my US and Japanese ships are still on their sprues. I recognise most of them - except USS Philidelphia. Is that one from MY?

Tim Gow said...

Bob Cordery
I find that the 1200 scale models can be churned out quite quickly - at least they can with my slapdash approach!

Tim Gow said...

See above comments and go for it! The Philly is a 'Superior' metal model - I dread to think what it would cost to buy new!

Monty said...

Very nice Tim, you know, I've never considered naval battles, but seeing your work and having recently seen a docu about Jutland, I can feel another tangent coming on...

Tim Gow said...

That's the gteat thing about wargamers - we're all very different but equally weak and impressionable when confronted with some shiny toys!

Peter Douglas said...


I have serious little ship syndrome comparing my 1:2400 scale fleets to yours.


Tim Gow said...

Peter Douglas
Well spare a thought for my 1/6000 fleet!

Ross Mac said...

They may be rough and ready but they look the part of a fleet at sea.

Tim Gow said...

Ross Mac
Rough is fine - just as long as they're ready!

west1871 said...

A multitude of countries in your ever growing collection mate.

Tim Gow said...

I had to have a USN contingent to please our chums in the north American colonies...

Geordie an Exiled FoG said...

Where did the Yank CA/CL/DD/DDE's come from?

Do you have a magic hat or have yo been busy?

Tim Gow said...

How did you find out about the magic hat? The cruisers and DDs are all metal models - and rather nice ones too. The DDs came from eBay, as did one of the cruisers. The other from a junk shop while on holiday a few years ago.