Tuesday, May 19, 2009

First photos of Papal Aeronef fleet

This first shot is of a Prinz Eugen-class cruiser, now in service with the Papal States. Technically on loan from the Austrian KuK Kriegsluftmarine, the Prinz Eugen and her sister ship, the Herzerzog Karl, are in essence a permanent part of the Papal fleet. The three turrets each mount twin 10" rifled guns.
The two smaller vessels shown are part of a flotilla of five bomb laden aeronefs. Built by Japanese 'Nef yards due to the appalling lack of industrial capacity in the Papal States, these ships are very similar to the Type 97 Bomber. They have been dubbed the Cherubim-class, and are too small to be given names, having numbers only. Pictured are S-01 and S-02.

Another view of the Prinz Eugen, showing the Papal colors on the rear vertical stabilizer mount. Please ignore the giant plantman that appears to be standing underneath the Prinz Eugen.
More photos later.


Eli Arndt said...

Looking good so far. I wish I could figure out how I want to build my scratchbuilt nefs. The original designs for them didn't pan out.

J Womack, Esq. said...

These are store-bought. I found them on sale for something like 40%off on clearance from Great Hall Games in Austin. Bit of a drive for you to go check them out, though.

Eli Arndt said...

Yeah, that is too bad. I mean, I definitely need some more digs but it's pricey ordering them from the UK.


Tony said...

Hurrah The Papal Fleet! They look very good - and I like the Cherub Class numbers not names although you could also have modelled small clouds under each hull!

My own Papal Fleet is built, but not yet painted, I also wanted the Yellow/White tail markings.

Thanks for the up-date.


J Womack, Esq. said...

Thanks Tony.

I wasn't feeling up to attempting the papal arms of Pius IX on the white portion of the field. I figured yellow and white got the point across - "Shoot at us, you go to Hell."

Still need to do the flags, though.