|NOTES:||Injection moulded, 395 parts (86 photo-etched, 9 screws and string), decals, instruction booklet and photographic reference manual.|
The origins of the Vosper motor torpedo boat during World War II can be traced to a 1910 racing yacht. Thorneycroft designed the Miranda IV for the British International Trophy for Motorboats, the craft was capable of reaching 40 knots and the hull design was developed into the 55’ Coastal Motor Boat series which were used by the Royal Navy during World War I.
The Royal Navy ordered four of the first production MTBs in 1938 (
Due to wartime restrictions on the Fraschini engine, the heavy and less powerful
Hall-Scott engine was adopted beginning with
Vosper received its first order for ten boats in 1940 (
Samuel J. White built twenty more 1940 Vosper design MTBs in the U.K. in Cowes,
Vosper MTBs saw action throughout WWII in the English Channel, the North Sea,
the Mediterranean, the Indian and
The kit is supplied in a large box adorned with a reassuringly un-pc action scene. A look inside the box reveals a card bridge with folding retainers over the deck and hull which are semi-recessed into a card tray and are cleanly moulded in a crisp, grey plastic. The deck planking and general detail is subtle and effective, however my first impressions were that the kit contained few parts.
Five parts trees are presented with one etched fret and a sheet of die-cut clear
parts for the high volume of port-holes. A photographic reference manual is
included which I found to be a valuable resource especially in light of the
The instruction booklet is clear, concise and well laid out, with each step easy to follow. My only criticism would be that in rigging the aerial wires and rope toward the end of construction, I had to refer to my own reference material as the rigging instructions were not clear. In addition, the rope and wire supplied by Italeri should be replaced by after-market items to be faithful to scale, my kit was supplied by Spot-on models and hobbies of Swindon, United Kingdom and it was required that the subject be made straight from the box.
Construction was straight forward and stress-free, which came as no surprise as
I had already built Italeri’s excellent
The hull and deck are constructed first, take care to refer to the drilling diagram when drilling the locating holes in the deck. After pre-assembling the upper-works the completed hull and sub-assemblies were primed in grey primer and left to dry over-night. The cabin was constructed and deck-fittings mounted before the model was pre-shaded in matt black. All deck accessories were painted prior to fitting.
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Markings are provided for
Whilst not as complex as the
1) British Motor Torpedo Boat 1939-45 (New Vanguard).
2) Vosper MTBs in Action, Warships No. 13, Squadron Signal Publications, T. Garth Connelley.
3) Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, Motor Torpedo Boat.
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