Monday, September 8, 2008

Israeli destroyers "Haifa", "Yaffo", "Eilat"

Z class destroyers

All graphics pictures in private collection.
Text: Wikipedia

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Monday, September 1, 2008

HMS Victory ship in paintings.

Oil on canvas
60x80 sm.
Original in private collection.

HMS Victory
is a first rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, built between 1759 and 1765, and most famous as Lord Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar. She is the oldest naval ship still in commission. She sits in dry dock in Portsmouth, England as a museum ship.
Text: Wikipedia

Oil on canvas
80x60 sm.
Original in private collection.

Mischiff 1881

A small traditional yacht. Built in Germany in 1881.
Model scale - 1:48.

Exposition in CORAL museum.

Monday, July 21, 2008

S.M.S. Emden

Card model from HMV in 1:250 scale.
Exposition in MHVC

SMS Emden was a light cruiser of the German navy. Her raiding cruise in the second half of 1914 was one of the most romanticised incidents of World War I. The Emden raided Allied shipping in the Indian Ocean, sinking or capturing thirty Allied merchant vessels and warships before being run aground by her captain to prevent her from sinking, after engaging HMAS Sydney at the Battle of Cocos.

Text: Wikipedia
Unfortunately, the author is unknown. Pictures gallery exhibited with the permission of MHVC

Friday, July 4, 2008


Scratch build card model in 1:250 scale.
Model by Igor Cherniak.

The Oslyabya (Russian: Ослябя) was a battleship of the Peresviet-class. She was named for Rodion Oslyabya, a 14th century monk of the Troitse-Sergiyeva Lavra and a hero of Battle of Kulikovo. The Oslyabya was part of the Second Pacific Squadron sent to the Far East, she was sunk at the battle of Tsushima on May 27, 1904. 515 sailors lost their lives. 250 survivors were rescued.

Text: Wikipedia

Project: 1135 (Burevestnik) "Deyatelny". NATO Class Name: "Krivak I"

Scratch built card model in 1:250 scale.
Model by Igor Cherniak.

Dimensions: 123,1x14,2x7,2

Project - 1135 Burevestnik [Krivak I] was an entirely new design, initially believed in the West to be designed for offensive surface warfare. In reality, the class was intended primarily as a defensive ASW ship. The Krivak was designed as a less expensive and capable counterpart to the larger Kresta II and Kara classes, with which it originally shared the BPK designation. In the late 1970s the designation changed to SKR (Storozhevoy Koabl') or small antisubmarine ship, a more accurate indication of their actual capabilities.
Sources all agree that the Krivak I series consisted of 19 units with the first unit being completed in 1970, though there is a diversity of views as to whether the final unit was completed in 1980 or 1982. And while there is agreement on the names of these units, there is rather profound diversity of opinion on the construction chronology [to the extent that some sources suggest that the Poryvisty was one of the earlier ships, completed in 1974, while others contend that is was the last ship, completed in 1982].
At least two and possibly three Krivak-I frigates were modernized between 1987 and 1994. Known in the West as MOD Krivak, different sources suggest that the Soviet designation was either Project -1135.2 Mod or Project -1135.6 [the former seems perhaps more likely]. This modification featured a new surface-to-surface missile in place of old ASW rocket launcher, along with improved electronics and sonars. Though possibly planned for all Krivak-I units, further implementation of this scheme apparently foundered on financial shoals.
The Project - 1135M Krivak II mainly differs from the initial version in having a different caliber gun. Sources all agree that the Krivak II series consisted of 11 units, all constructed at Shipyard 820 and completed between 1975 and 1982. And while there is agreement on the names of these units, there is considerable diversity of opinion on the construction chronology. All sources agree that one unit transfered to Ukraine, and that as of 1999 at least four further units had been discarded, while some sources suggest that three additional units had also been discarded.
In 1982 a joint Resolution of the Ministry of Shipbuilding Industry and the Navy approved the development of the Project 1135 and Project 1135.1 escort ships, based on new design and operation requirements to advanced AA/ASW, radio and radar equipment with a strike capability against surface ships. At the same time the Project 1154 class, with a similar displacement, was focused on combatting submarines and provide antisubmarine, antiship and antiaircraft defense to surface ship task forces and convoys. The Project 1135.1 Nerey [also reported as Project - 1135P] Krivak III class was initially constructed for the KGB Maritime Border Guard, and have probably been transferred to the Russian Navy, under the Project 1135.5 designation. The Krivak-III also features 100-mm gun that replaces the SS-N-14 ASW missile launcher found on other models. Although having less ASW capability than the Krivak-1/II, they do embark a utility helicopter. Two units were transferred to Ukraine prior to completion.


Thursday, July 3, 2008

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

ק-38 "Haifa" (ex-"Ibrahim el Awal")

Scratch built model in 1:100 scale.

British Hunt-I class escort destroyer HMS Mendip.
Transferred to China May 1948 and renamed Lin Fu. Reposessed after the Yangtze around June 1949 and re-commissioned with the ships company of HMS Consort. Sold to the Egyptian Navy becoming Mohamed ali-El-Kebir on 15 November 1949, renamed Ibrahim-El-Awal later in 1951.
Capturing the Egyptian flagship, the "Ibrahim el-Awal", on the night of 30-31 October, 1956. This was the crowning achievement of the Israel Navy during the Sinai Campaign. The destroyer's crew were taken prisoner and the vessel was towed to Haifa port, where it was refitted and commissioned as the third destroyer in the Israel Navy, under the name INS "Haifa". The first commander of the ship was Ruven Sadnai.

Model by Igor Cherniak for CORAL Maritime Service Ltd.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Cargo ship "Gozal"

Scratch built model in 1:35 scale for National Maritime Museum of Israel, Haifa.

Ship built in 1925 by J.Koster Hzn. Schipsw. "Gideon"-Groningen, Holland.
LOA(m) - 31,5
Breadth (m) - 5.36
DWT - 200 t.

Sailing vessel with an auxiliary engine carried cement from the Nesher cement plant in Haifa to East Mediterranean ports between 1927 and 1934.
In 1928, a Jewish officer named Zeev Hayam was appointed as master of this ship, thus becoming the first Jewish captain on a Jewish-owned ship in Palestine.

Text: Hillel Yarkoni. "75 Years of Hebrew Shipping in Erez Israel" book.