Pirate Submarines at the Straits of Hormuz?

There have been several ships that were attacked in this area. None were sunk, but the damage was considerable. The attacks involved placing explosive charges on the hulls of the vessels. The charges could have come from frogmen, or from miniature submarines. Many commentators think the perpetrator was Iran. The Iranians may be responding to … More Pirate Submarines at the Straits of Hormuz?

A Model of a British First World War Battleship in Camouflage

This is HMS Ramillies in an experimental WWI camouflage pattern. I found the pattern recently on-line at the Imperial War Museum site. But the model was painted from a copy of that pattern that went on a tour to Canada and other places. It has a lot of subtle colors and a fairly complicated pattern. … More A Model of a British First World War Battleship in Camouflage

Some Examples of British WWI Dazzle Camouflage

Dazzle camouflage was developed to help protect  merchant ships from U-boat attacks. Here are a couple of examples of patterns that were applied to Q-ships. Q-ships were commissioned warships that were resigned to look like merchant vessels. The submarine would be tempted to come to the surface in order to complete destroying its prey without … More Some Examples of British WWI Dazzle Camouflage

RN WWI warships in my collection that did not receive camouflage

There were many RN warships that never received camouflage paint. Most of the Grand Fleet spent the war in a uniform coat of grey. One of the reasons for thia was that camouflage could deceive an observer regarding the course and speed of the ship. For a fleet of ships maneuvering together this could lead … More RN WWI warships in my collection that did not receive camouflage

RN WWI Camouflage on my models – part IV

This group  of models are examples of  merchant ship dazzle patterns used on decoy ships. The ships were designed to appear similar to normal merchant ships but  they were actually full-fledged warships with a strong armament that were expected to lure a submarine to the surface by their appearance and then to destroy the U-boat … More RN WWI Camouflage on my models – part IV

RN WWI Camouflage on my models – part II

The admiralty used “dazzle” camouflage as an anti-submarine protection measure for merchant vessels and convoys.  The Grand Fleet battle squadrons were not painted that way. But several cruisers that acted as convoy ocean escorts were given camouflage coats. Some designs were used on two different ships, Others were unique. Here are some examples from my … More RN WWI Camouflage on my models – part II