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Prince of Wales, Battle of Malaya, December 1941

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"Crew-mate Christer Johansson (ROY) shares his latest build of HMS Prince of Wales, portrayed in the setting of the Battle of Malaya, December 1941, in this MSW "On Display" feature!"

The vessel...
HMS Prince of Wales, a 35,000-ton King George V class battleship built Birkenhead, England, was completed in March 1941. In late May, while still not fully operational, she was sent into action with the German battleship Bismarck and received significant damage from heavy gunfire.

Following repairs, Prince of Wales carried Prime Minister Winston Churchill across the Atlantic to Newfoundland. There, on 9-12 August, Churchill joined U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt for the Atlantic Charter conference, the first meeting between the two English-speaking leaders of what was emerging as the "Grand Alliance" against the Axis powers.

Following her return to British waters, Prince of Wales went to the Mediterranean, where she successfully engaged Italian planes off Malta in late September. Sent to the Far East with the battlecruiser HMS Repulse to counter the swiftly developing Japanese threat in the region, she arrived on 2 December 1941. On 8 December, the day of the Pearl Harbor Raid on the other side of the International Date Line, the Japanese landed in northern Malaya. Prince of Wales, Repulse and four destroyers were sent to attack the invasion force.

After finding no targets, the British ships were returning to Singapore when, late in the morning of 10 December, they were attacked by a strong force of Japanese high-level bombers and torpedo planes. With no friendly planes to protect them, both heavy ships were hit several times. Repulse sank at about 1230. Prince of Wales capsized and followed her to the bottom less than an hour later. The first capital ships to be sunk by air attack while operating on the high seas, their loss further shocked a naval world already stunned by the events at Pearl Harbor only a few days earlier.

The Model...
1/700 Scale, Tamiya Models, with White Ensign Models photo-etch, and Gold Medal Models figures added for realism.

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About the Author

About Christer (Roy)

Hello, fellow modellers. This is just my hobby!


hello Mark, thanks for putting this up. Christer,you did such agreat job on the water effects.the whole scene is great.!!! thanks for sharing. cheers, Bruce
MAR 15, 2008 - 09:00 AM
Really neat I have not thought of doing something this way in a more or less 3d battle scheme. Really cool
MAR 15, 2008 - 12:44 PM
Different, nice build, an eye catcher for sure! Thanks for sharing... cheers!
MAR 16, 2008 - 10:45 AM
Excellent work and an interesting scene, thanks for the pics. Nice one. Al
MAR 17, 2008 - 07:09 AM
Hallo Christer! I really like the way you displayed PoW under attack - and giving some hits back too - a small dio full of action! Congratulations on your Dio Skipper
MAR 17, 2008 - 10:20 AM
Great diorama, the detail is amazing Thanks,Bob
MAR 17, 2008 - 01:55 PM
Thanks guys, With this feed back, I now feel very encuraged to dig in to a new kit. Cheers, Christer
MAR 21, 2008 - 05:57 AM