Eagle Kits by Joachim Thiel
One of the delights of the past year has been reading the many emails that I have received. Joachim’s was particularly interesting as he has managed to track down the full range of Eagle Kits over the last ten years and build them. This is an achievement in itself, but he has not just built them but on seeing the accompanying photographs I feel has set such a high standard that they may be seen as a yardstick to judge all others. It is to my embarrassment that I put them along side mine. My only excuse and a very weak one at that was I made mine while at school.
The Royal Navy Ships
The ships of the Kriegsmarine
I have grouped Joachim’s models into two groups, by sets, as there were intended, starting with The Battle of the River Plate.
Set 1: Battle of the River Plate
Two photographs of the Admiral Graf Spee, showing her in the guise of HMS Repulse, towards the end of November 1939, after the sinking of Africa Shell, rigged during rendez-vous with Altmark. These disguises were meant to gain time, Langdorff is quoted to say that 'five minutes at thirty knots is the difference between being in range and being out of range.'
Capture of the Altmark
Battle of Narvik:
HMS Warspite, HMS Hardy, HMS Kimberley
Battle of the
U-Bootes, Saar, Acheron,
HMSs Allington Castle, Balfour, Peacock. Lilac