1910 RHN Armored Cruiser Georgios Averoff

Discussion in 'Model History & Reference' started by Kashiwazaki, Aug 26, 2012.

  1. Kashiwazaki

    Kashiwazaki KASHIWAZAKI SENA FAN!!

    I will limit myself, by using the same info as Wikipedia.

    "Georgios Averof (Greek: Θ/Κ Γεώργιος Αβέρωφ) is a Greek warship which served as the flagship of the Royal Hellenic Navy during most of the first half of the 20th Century. Although popularly known as a battleship (θωρηκτό), it is in fact an armored cruiser, (θωρακισμένο καταδρομικό) and one of a handful of such ships still in existence – the others being the protected cruisers Aurora and USS Olympia.

    [...]Averof finally sailed into Faliron Bay, near Athens, on September 1, 1911. Averof was at the time the most modern and powerful ship in the navies of either the Balkan League or the Ottoman Empire.

    With the outbreak of the First Balkan War, Kountouriotis was named Rear Admiral and Commander-in-Chief of the Hellenic Royal Navy. Averof, under Captain Sofoklis Dousmanis, served as the flagship of the fleet, and she took part in the takeover of the islands of the northern and eastern Aegean. During the naval battles at Elli (December 3, 1912) and Lemnos (January 5, 1913) against the Ottoman Navy, she almost single-handedly secured victory and the undisputed control of the Aegean Sea for Greece. In both battles, due to her superior speed, armor and armament, she left the battle line and pursued the Turkish Fleet alone. During the Battle of Elli, Kountouriotis, frustrated by the slow speed of the three older Greek battleships, hoisted the Flag Signal for the letter Z which stood for "Independent Action", and sailed forward alone, with a speed of 20 knots against the Turkish fleet. Averof succeeded in crossing the Turkish fleet's "T" and concentrated her fire against the Ottoman flagship, thus forcing the Ottoman fleet to retreat in disorder. Likewise, during the Battle of Lemnos, when the older battleships failed to follow up with Averof, Kountouriotis did not hesitate to pursue independent action.
    During both battles, the ship suffered only slight damage, while inflicting severe damage to several Turkish ships. These exploits propelled the ship and her Admiral to legendary status in Greece. After Lemnos, the crew of the Averof affectionately nicknamed her "Lucky Uncle George". It is a notable fact that, due to the aforementioned delays in the delivery of ammunition, Averof fired her guns for the first time during the Battle of Elli.

    [...]On October 17, 1944, once again as the flagship of the exiled Hellenic Navy, under the command Captain Theodoros Koundouriotis (the Admiral's son), she carried the Greek government-in-exile back to liberated Athens. The ship continued to serve as Fleet Headquarters until she was decommissioned in 1952. She remained anchored at Salamis until she was towed to Poros, where she remained from 1956 to 1983.

    In 1984, the Navy decided to restore her as a museum, and in the same year she was towed to Faliron Bay, where she is anchored to this day and functioning as a floating museum, seeking to promote the historical consolidation and upkeep of the Greek naval tradition. Free guided tours are provided to visiting schools and on holidays. She is anchored at the Trocadero quay, next to the Faliron Marina and the Resteion swimming pool and park.
    The ship is regarded as in active service, carrying the Rear Admiral's Rank Flag a square blue flag with white cross, like the Greek jack, with two white stars in each of the two squares on the flagstaff side on the top of the mainmast with the Masthead Pennant (a long triangular blue flag with a white orthogonal Greek cross) displaced downward. Every Hellenic Navy ship entering or sailing in Faliron Bay honours the Averof while passing. The crew are ordered to attention (with the "Still to" order) and from the relevant Boatswain's pipe (or bugle call) every man on decks stands to attention, officers saluting, looking to the side where the Averof is in sight until "Continue" is ordered. [...]"

    The papercraft was made by me, some three or four days ago.

    Search it on the usual place, "Free Models". :wave:

  2. Zathros

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  3. Kashiwazaki

    Kashiwazaki KASHIWAZAKI SENA FAN!!

    Thing is, I am thinking in giving up from selling those models.

    This idea of selling online was just a pilot project, but it turns out that such ship is more worthy to by as a plastic kit.

    So, both the AKASHI and the two CLEMSON will be made free in few days. :thumb:

    As for the question of the Hellenic Navy, there is another surprise coming soon; the D16 VELOS, ex USS CHARRETTE, winner of 13 Battle Stars for WWII service, which is on the same area as the AVEROFF!

  4. Zathros

    Zathros Guest

    The day you make your models free, please, feel free to place you link in your signature. :)
  5. Kashiwazaki

    Kashiwazaki KASHIWAZAKI SENA FAN!!

    The link for my website is now on my signature; check for the Blog section when you open it.
  6. Zathros

    Zathros Guest

    Great news!! I think you will not regret this. It kind of takes a load off. One less thing to worry about. Let me know if you ever need some help. I do O.K. with CAD. :)
  7. Kashiwazaki

    Kashiwazaki KASHIWAZAKI SENA FAN!!

    One more beautiful view of such formidable ship!

  8. Zathros

    Zathros Guest

    Whoa! You just popped thee out with no build pics!?! They are beautiful!! I wish I could have seen them come together. Are they your design? Tell me mOre please!?! I love them! :)
  9. Kashiwazaki

    Kashiwazaki KASHIWAZAKI SENA FAN!!

    Yes, I designed them some month and 1/2 or so.

    Those were two painful days in designing this ship, and there was a big fail, on the turrets.

    Fortunately, I fixed them well, and making them moveable is a question of yours - you just have to understand the mechanics on the templates.

    To see a step-by-step, you can watch the video I made for it.

    The photos there should help you understand how she was built.


  10. Zathros

    Zathros Guest

    I embedded the video for you. :)

    I am most impressed, and greedily ask if you would consider putting these beautiful works into our downloads section? You can remove them when ever you wish. This ships came out wonderful!! :)
  11. Kashiwazaki

    Kashiwazaki KASHIWAZAKI SENA FAN!!

    Zathros, efcharistíes for the very warming feedback.

    And yes, I am considering into adding these for download section, I just need to add them into separate ZIP's - separate, because what you see on the photo are two versions, may that be the normal three sheet set and the five sheet max size set.

    By printing the max size set into A3, you should finish off with a large, nearly 60cm long papercraft.

    I was able to "walk away" with an impressive number of feautes on various papercraft websites in few time, which were six different website features in only three days, since the AVEROF was released on my website.
  12. Zathros

    Zathros Guest

    If they end up being too large, (uploading has 2mb limit) send me a P.M., and I will give you my email address. I can then upload these beauties for you. These are some mighty fine ships you have made here! :)
  13. Kashiwazaki

    Kashiwazaki KASHIWAZAKI SENA FAN!!

    I will make a small pause on the naval vessels, but just for a while (I had planned the HYDRA Class Ironclads as next papercrafts, but I still don't feel like having enough courage).

    The next papercraft is most likely to be the Dockwise's DOCKWISE VANGUARD, a heavy lift ship built at the Hyundai Heavy Industries of Korea, and I think she already left on her own power, by this time.
  14. Zathros

    Zathros Guest

    Please, let me know if I can be of any assistance. I know many here who would like your Naval models! :)
  15. Kashiwazaki

    Kashiwazaki KASHIWAZAKI SENA FAN!!

    You can be useful to me, by testing the VANGUARD, when completed.

    As for followers, you can list them - as I still don't feel many of my creations being followed - if you want.
  16. treadhead1952

    treadhead1952 Member

    Uh, yeah you can add me to that list of folks who want to build this one. I have to finish the three I am already working on, but this armored Cruiser is definitely on my list now.
  17. Kashiwazaki

    Kashiwazaki KASHIWAZAKI SENA FAN!!

    Good! ^_^

    Let me see what you did on that, after you finish them!


    As for what I plan, I can really start the DOCKWISE VANGUARD right this afternoon, and I hope to finish the design just by late afternoon of tomorrow.

    Then Zathros-san may be available for the test.

    Also, I had the idea of creating the larger TAHITI Spar, one of VANGUARD's first loads.

    Maybe some more kinds of heavy loads at the same scale as the VANGUARD can be done.

    But well, continue the VANGUARD subject here: http://www.zealot.com/forum/showthread.php?t=173197
  18. Kashiwazaki

    Kashiwazaki KASHIWAZAKI SENA FAN!!

    There is another thing you can do to improve the popularity of this beauty, which would be making a review of her.
    I don't know if there is any need for you to build her, but if not, please feel free to give your opinion, it should make the difference for me, as an advertising papercraft maker, which is now an important role for me, more than ever. :mrgreen:

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