H.M.Y Britannia.

H.M.Y Britannia.

Ref: DM15

This Deans Marine kit boasts the the following features:


Designed as a working radio controlled model, but with enough detail to make a nice static display model as well
Glassfibre hull, with bulwark , porthole and other surface details moulded in.
The decks and superstructure comprise of computer printed Plasticard sheet, which aid the quick assembly of these items.
Bulky items such as the funnel, are Vac-formed lightweight plastic mouldings.
Cast white metal and resin deck fittings.
Ships boats are one piece cast resin mouldings.
Propshaft, tube and propeller.
Full sized plan.
English building instructions with photographic and line drawing, building illustrations.


Scale: 1:98
Model Length: 1300mm

Minimum Radio Control functions: 2
Number of propshafts: 2
Recommended motors: Two Low drain 545 motors
Recommended battery: Two 6v 2ah Nicads or One 6v 4ah sealed Lead Acid

History

The Royal Yacht Britannia is the official residence for H.M. The Queen and other members of the Royal family when engaged on visits overseas or voyaging in home waters. She is a dual role ship in that her secondary role is that of a hospital ship in times of hostility. Britannia also undertakes routine hydrographic works, and has taken part in naval exercises; the yacht’s sophisticated communications suite being well suited for this purpose.

With a gross tonnage of 5,769 tonnes, Britannia has a length of 412.3ft and a beam of 55ft. She is powered by 12,000 s.h.p. steam turbines giving a top speed of 22.5 knots and a continuous sea speed of 21 knots.

In 1986 when on passage to Australia, Britannia co-ordinated the evacuation of 1,379 civilians of 55 nations from Aden and herself carried over 1,000 men, women and children. A recent innovation in Royal tours has been the holding of business seminars on board aimed at promoting British and Commonwealth trade overseas. The ten sea days have so far generated business to the tune of hundreds of millions of pounds.

She is no longer in commission and is current based in Leith, Edinburgh where she is open to the public.