A FINELY-DETAILED MODEL OF THE ROYAL NAVY'S TORPEDO BOAT DESTROYER H.M.S. VELOX
A FINELY-DETAILED MODEL OF THE ROYAL NAVY'S TORPEDO BOAT DESTROYER H.M.S. VELOX

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A FINELY-DETAILED MODEL OF THE ROYAL NAVY'S TORPEDO BOAT DESTROYER H.M.S. VELOX
modeled in 1:96 scale, the carved wood hull painted red bottom, white waterline and grey topsides pierced with portholes and fitted with four shafts on 'A' brackets to three-blade brass propellers and rudder. The decks are varnished mahogany and fitted with details including mast, rigging, deck rails, anchor davits with anchors and chains, capstan, gun platform with wooden deck, binnacle, helm and telegraphs, platform with searchlight, three raked funnels, ventilators, secondary armament, lifeboat in davit with floor boards, thwarts and oars, covered dinghy in davit and two collapsible lifeboats, coal shute covers, two swivelling torpedo tubes, one with semi-loaded torpedo, life bouys, aft controls and other fine detailing. Displayed on a pair of turned brass pedestals mounted on a green felt lined base with mahogany framed glass case and brass name plaque
14¾ x 45½ in. (37.5 x 115.6 cm.) cased

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Displacing 420 tons, H.M.S. Velox measured 210 feet in length with a 21 foot beam and was modestly armed with 1-12pdr., 5-6pdrs. and 2-torpedo tubes. Fitted with quadruple screws, she had two pairs of Parsons' turbines (High and Low Pressure) and a reciprocating cruising engine by Paul of Dumbarton. Her active career was a very limited and by 1909, she was deemed unfit for further service and attached to H.M.S. Vernon for use as an instructional vessel. When the Great War began in 1914, she was re-instated to active duty, and whilst out on a routine patrol, H.M.S. Velox hit a mine off the Nab Light Vessel and sank on 25th October 1915, apparently without loss of life. H.M.S. Velox takes her place in naval history as the boat which proved the case for turbine power and paved the way for the generations of versatile and high-powered destroyers which followed.
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