B1 British Fighting Ships
|Series B. Set No. 1
|British Fighting Ships
|First year published
|Number of cards
|Size of cards
|9 x 13 cm
|Most likely issued in 1942.
There are two editions, both at 1/-d.
There is also a version of the second edition known with a 1/4d sticker.
Both the first edition and the second edition are very rare.
The set B1 British Fighting Ships features a different vessel on each card:
There are considerable differences between the 1st and 2nd edition wrappers:
There are also differences between the 1st and 2nd edition cards.
The 1st edition Victory has no bowsprit sail.
HMS Cossack remains the same from edition 1 to 2.
H.M.S. “King George V”
The 1st edition King George V card informs us that we should use broom bristles for guns. Some of the fixing tabs are in white.
The card for the Submarine HMS Sealion is totally re-drawn from edition 1 to edition 2. The 1st edition obviously did not make up correctly so the 2nd edition shows a method of jigging the hull with pins that will provide the correct hull shape.
H.M.A./C. “Ark Royal”
The 1st edition Ark Royal card has no diagram for assembling the bridge. The 2nd edition gains a bridge assembly diagram under the drawing of the completed model. On the back of both these Ark Royal cards is a reference to the ship having been sunk in November 1941.
The artwork of the 1st edition MTB 102 is quite large. The base fills up the whole of the left hand edge. The 2nd edition is basically the same artwork but reduced by about a third and re-positioned on the card.