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HMS Cumberland (1926); Warship; Cruiser

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Collection Ship models
Gallery locationNot on display
VesselsCumberland (1926)

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Object ID SLR0042
Description Scale: 1:48. An impressive model of HMS 'Cumberland' (1926) in terms of its sheer size and method of presentation in its original mahogany case and display table and satinwood-veneered plinth. The colour scheme of the model is striking, too, with a white upper hull atop a wide black band, with the hull beneath the waterline and upper works painted slate grey. The plated fittings have now tarnished giving the model a realistic appearance. The quality of workmanship is amazing, though typical of Vickers Armstrong’s highly talented modelmakers. We can see, directly aft of the second turret, a pair of paravanes, while aft of the third funnel sits a ‘Supermarine Walrus’ with its hoisting crane. All five ships of the ‘Kent’ class were launched in 1926 and although they appear on paper to be inferior to contemporary cruisers of their size being built by foreign navies, in practice they equalled, and frequently proved superior to, the competition. This was largely due to their excellent sea-keeping qualities, and their extra weight expended in structural strength and internal protection. A speed of over 30 knots was maintained in service without even a suggestion of strain on the boilers. The main armament was capable of exceptional elevation – more than 65 degrees – and rapid fire. Two similar cruisers, ‘Australia’ and ‘Canberra’, were built for the Royal Australian Navy. All seven ships were reconstructed during 1935–38. Alterations included the provision of a hanger for two additional aircraft, increased armour protection, and modernization of anti-aircraft armament.
Date made circa 1926

Artist/Maker Sir W. G. Armstrong Whitworth & Co. Ltd
Place made Barrow-in-Furness
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials wood; organic: cotton; metal: brass; metal: silver; metal: copper; inorganic: glass; paint
Measurements Overall model and base: 630 x 4392 x 855 mm; Original case: 1630 x 4380 x 815 mm
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