War of the World HMS Thunderchild (1987) Ship’s Badge Wall Plaque – 3D Printed



Well, I did say there’d be more!

For all you fans of classic sci-fi, classic literature or naval history, you already know about the torpedo-ram HMS Thunderchild from HG Wells’ classic novel ‘War of the Worlds’. Since I recently re-read the book, and also have been listening to a LOT of naval history (check out ‘Drachinifel’ on YouTube; really interesting long, in-depth info about naval warfare up to the end of WW2), I decided to make a series of plaques for the ship through the ages. Elsewhere you already can order the first plaque in the series, for the 1900 version of the Thunderchild which was built to replace it’s alien-destroying ancestor. This one is a little more up to date, and since Ship’s Badges only became standard for Royal Navy warships from the end of WW2 onwards I had to get a wee bit more detailed. Hence why it took two months to design, about a week to print and about three hours to assemble and finish. Yeah, that’s why it’s a bit more expensive than the last one too.

This plaque is for the Trafalgar-class nuclear-powered attack submarine HMS Thunderchild, named again in honour of her ancestor. Built at the Barrow-In-Furness Shipyards in Cumbria, this Thunderchild was launched in 1987 and commissioned into the Royal Navy in the same year. Since she was the last SSN of the Trafalgar-class she acted, in addition to her usual duties with the Royal Navy, as the testbed vessel for the Navy’s latest generation of shipboard DTEW (Directed Thermal Energy Weapon) systems and saw action in 1991 in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm, shooting down incoming cruise-missiles directed against Allied shipping. She is one of only two of the Trafalgar-class SSNs still in service in 2023 and has received several refits and upgrades over the years as fitting her active-duty status.

(No, that’s not all real, it’s just my head-canon for this particular plaque. Also I KNOW the original Thunderchild was a torpedo-ram and therefore essentially a heavy destroyer, but the Royal Navy does like their initials and the Trafalgar-class SSNs are the only ‘T’ type vessels in service now. For those who will nit-pick and say she HAS to be a surface ship because the original was; The newest class of Royal Navy SSBNs (nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines) are the Dreadnaught-class, with the lead ship being of course the HMS Dreadnaught. The original HMS Dreadnaught was a battleship.

Mic, officially, dropped).

Anyway, this plaque is slightly larger than normal as to make detailed things I have to make them bigger, the dimensions as listed below. It will be delivered fully finished and assembled complete with two arrays of 10x2mm neodymium magnets on the rear, and two small metal plates with non-destructive wall hanging tape on the rear. This means it can be easily taken down for cleaning or swapped around with other plaques in my range if you want to freshen up your decor a little.

May God bless her and all those who sail in her!

Dimensions: 262mm top to bottom x 233mm wide x 4.5mm thick

Seller Reviews

  1. Weloveourbees

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  6. trujilla1netzeronet

    As usual, Trevor has created another masterpiece. A very cool item!
    Thank you, Trevor!

  7. Weloveourbees

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  8. Weloveourbees

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  9. Weloveourbees

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  11. Ben Sharples

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