~ Scratch Built Leander Class Frigate Model HMS Cleopatra By Derek Head ~
This is a very fine 1:65 scale model of HMS Cleopatra built from scratch by Derek Head in the 1980’s. It is hand painted with a high level of detail including crewmen, brass railings and antennas.
Derek was a master model and Royal Naval captain and an authority on model ships, his works are in many museums.
The ships name “Cleopatra” can be found on the port and starboard sides of the ships stern.
Please contact us to discuss courier/postage if you cannot collect in person.
~ Dimensions ~
The model is approximately inches 69 inches (175cm) long, 7.5 inches (19cm) wide and 19.3 inches (49cm) tall on the base.
The models base is 74.5 inches (190cm) long and 9.3 inches (23.6cm) wide.
The model weighs 10.63kg.
~ Condition ~
The transfer of the pennant number on the port side has peeled in places.
The model is otherwise in very good order.
~ HMS Cleopatra ~
After commissioning and work-up, the HMS Cleopatra joined the 2nd Destroyer Squadron, served in the Far East and then participated in the Beira Patrol (designed to prevent oil reaching the landlocked Rhodesia via the then Portuguese colony of Mozambique.) She was present when the USS James E Evans and HMS Melbourne collided in June 1969 (The former was cut in two with the loss of 74 lives). In 1971, her helicopter crash landed into the sea. In 1972, Cleopatra took part in escort duties during HM The Queen’s tour of South East Asia. In 1973, she was sent to protect British trawlers against the Icelandic Coast Guard in the Second Cod War. After this she began her modernization, becoming the first Batch Two Leander to do so, which included the removal of her one twin 4.5-in gun to allow the addition of the Exocet anti-ship missile system. In 1977, she took part in the Silver Jubilee Fleet Review. On 31 January 1992, Cleopatra was decommissioned. The following year, she was sold for scrap.