By Rob Morgan
Anyone remember them? They were among the first ever plastic wargames ship models in 1/1200th scale, back in the early 1960s. Many, and I mean many, of the wargames and modelling magazines around since then have carried hearty reminiscences and queries about the couple of dozen, maybe a few more, models which this company produced before it vanished from the scene.
Eaglewall model of HMS Ajax
Airfix Magazine and Scale Models carried long strings of correspondence about Eaglewall in the ’70s and ’80s. The Naval Wargames Society carried some a while ago. A few of the veteran gamers reading this may have some recollection of this now legendary production, and hopefully will share them.
Here, by the way, is what is certainly my longest surviving wargame model. No apologies for the paint job, this, HMS Ajax, of River Plate fame was a Christmas present in 1961.
No idea how it survived, but it has.With more repaints than the Forth Bridge. I wargamed with it not long ago (she’s usually lucky). I looked up Eaglewall on the Internet incidentally, and on E-bay a few, a very, very few of their battleship models were selling at £300 (that’s about $380-$400, I suspect).
Any criticism of Eaglewall’s mouldings, which still stand most tests, have to be tempered with the reminder that without them, naval wargaming would have been a hobby for the rich, and only by using the Collector’s quality German models of Hai and Mercator.
Anyone remember this range?