My friends wife manages a red cross charity shop. She keeps an eye out for anything militaria or naval for me. Yesterday she offered me this model. I was told it had been donated by and elderly man who said that he had made it during the war for his children, she said it was a destroyer.
With the exception of the anchor flukes which have been replaced with bit's of old cable ties, and the bridge screen, made from a piece of plastic container. the props are of tin, everything else is constructed entirely from scrap cardboard, paper, and some old wood, dowel etc. I suppose these were all the materials available at the time? Overall length is 39 inches.
I expect that despite it's rough and ready appearance it was a very appreciated present for the kid's in austere days?
I was pleased to contribute ten pounds for this talking piece.