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RF Massena

Scale 1:250
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RF Massena
 
Waterline or full hull model.                            
1898

Model # GBM004 (071)
 

 

 

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Technical data:
  Launched July 1895
  Displacement
11,735 tons
  Length 112.65m  
  Beam 20.27m  
  Max speed 17.0 knots
  Armament 2 x 1 - 305mm/40 (12inch/40cal) M1893
    2 x 1 - 274mm/45 (10.8inch/45cal) M1893
    8 x 1 - 138mm/45 (5.5inch/45cal) M1888-91
    8 x 1 - 100mm (3.9inch)
    14 x 1 - 47mm QF
    2 x 2 - 450mm torpedo tubes (submerged)
     Masséna was a pre-dreadnought battleship of the French Navy, launched in July 1895 at Ch. de la Loire.

     She was an advanced version of the Charles Martel, progenitor of a class of four roughly similar ships (Jauréguiberry and Bouvet were the other members of the pseudo-class), but she was not considered very successful as she was 900 tons overweight.

     The Charles Martel group of battleships all shared the same layout for their main and secondary armament - a design that minimized the cramped upper decks produced by the pronounced tumblehome favored by French designers, and capitalized on the bulging sides of the vessels. The bow and stern turrets had only a single gun and were placed uncomfortably close to the extremities of the ship in Masséna because she was 4 meters (13 ft) to 7 meters (23 ft) shorter than the other ships in the group. The single turrets of the secondary armament were mounted on the ship's beam, while the 138-millimetre (5.4 in) guns were mounted in four twin turrets sited symmetrically behind and outboard of the main gun turrets.

     She was hulked at Toulon in 1915, later being towed to Turkey where on 10 November 1915 she was scuttled at Sedd-el-Bahr, at the end of the Gallipoli Peninsula, to create a breakwater for the French landing force there. - Wikipedia

Model built and photographed by the author, used with permission.
   
 

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