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HMS Royal Oak: The Model

Paul Tyer of Peedie Models is undertaking a most ambitious project. He is a building a model of HMS Royal Oak to be ready for the 80th commemorations events this year.

HMS Royal Oak

The Royal Oak, anchored in Scapa Flow Orkney, was torpedoed by the German U Boat U-47 on 14th of October 1939. Out of a crew of 1,234, 833 men and boys were killed that day or died later of their wounds. Where she lies in Scapa Flow is a dedicated war grave.

HMS Royal Oak

A Book of Remembrance and the Bell of the Royal Oak can be viewed in St Magnus Cathedral.

Bell of the Royal Oak

The Bell of the Royal Oak, St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall

There is also a  memorial garden at Scapa Beach.

Royal Oak Memorial Garden

The Royal Oak Memorial Garden

The replica of the Royal Oak being built by Paul Tyer will be about  1.5 metres long and at a scale of 1/128th. It will be very detailed.

Paul Tyler making the Royal OakPaul said:

“Its an honour and privilege to be asked to undertake this project, and I know that this model means a lot to so many people.

“The plan is to display the HMS Royal Oak model at the Orcades Model Show later this year prior to the commemoration events in October.”

You can keep up to date with how work on the model is progressing by following: HMS Royal Oak – The Model where a blog will give you more insight into the construction process.

Reporter: Fiona Grahame

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The Royal Oak Memorial Garden, Kirkwall

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