Royal Navy Copper Qinetiq Model – HMS Challenger
An incredible example of craftsmanships from the days before 3D modelling, Ex Qinetiq.
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Only the Royal Navy could afford to commission these stupendous copper models. Hand built by a expert team of craftsmen to the exact scale proportions in order to gain the vessels Radar Cross Section, which is the measure of how detectable a vessel is by radar.
Make sure you check out the dimensions as these are huge !
HMS Challenger was a unique vessel in Royal Navy service, purpose built to support deep sea operations and saturation diving. Built by Scotts at Greenock, the ship was launched on 19 May 1981, but not commissioned until 1984, during a time when the Royal Navy was cutting back on expenditure. The consequence was that the £80m Challenger was seen as an extravagance that the Admiralty could not afford. After only a few years service, in 1990 the ship was laid up and offered for sale. The total cost for the construction of the ship was also increased by various errors and delays during construction.
In 1993 the ship was purchased by a company, Subsea Offshore, to be converted for work decontaminating hazardous waste dumped in the Baltic Sea and North Atlantic. By 1996 the ship was still laid up and may never been used by Subsea.
107in length , a little under 9ft
2ft high 20in widest
Approx 60 kgs weight.
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