Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 03:33 AM UTC
AJM Models announces the September release of their 1/700 Scale HMS Princess Beatrix.
HMS Princess Beatrix
Scale - 1/700
Model No. 700-014
HMS Princess Beatrix was a commando troop ship of the Royal Navy during the Second World War. Built as a civilian passenger liner in 1939 by De Schelde at Vlissingen, she was named the MS Prinses Beatrix, after Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, and operated by Stoomvaart Maatschappij Zeeland (SMZ) (The Zealand Steamship Company) between Flushing and Harwich, along with her sister ship, MS Koningin Emma. After fleeing to Britain after the German invasion in 1940, she was requisitioned by the British Ministry of War Transport, renamed HMS Princess Beatrix and converted to a troopship at Harland and Wolff's yard in Belfast. During the war her main role was transporting British Commandos, and she participated in the Lofoten Islands Raid and the Dieppe Raid. She had the advantage of a high speed that allowed hit and run operations. Later designated as a landing ship, infantry (medium) she took part in the landings in North Africa, Sicily, Salerno, Anzio, and southern France. In 1946 Princess Beatrix was returned to her owners and continued to operate as ferry from Hook of Holland until 1969, when she was scrapped in Antwerp, Belgium.
For fan of the military support craft during the Second World War, AJM Models is set to release a 1/700 scale multi-media kit of the HMS Princess Beatrix.
HMS Princess Beatrix consists of seventy-eight cast resin parts with the on-piece cast hull presented in the waterline format. There is an extensive selection of photo etch parts also included in this kit spread out over one large master sheet and eight small frets. The kit also included bras and styrene rods and a full decal sheet with draft marking and ensign flags.
The 1/700 scale HMS Princess Beatrix from AJM Models should be available from vendors by the end of September 2017.
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