Absolutely Pete 👍
That's the way I was thinking.
@ Mr Spock,
Very sorry to hear of your circumstances, but your strength of will, character and tenacity are truly inspiring👍
Don't want to pry but we have no idea of your budget or if size is an important factor (handling / lake access?) or even if static or full RC!!
Pete is dead right; since you seem to have a penchant for warships I was also going to recommend that you have a look at the Deans range of kits, and semi kits if you want to scratch build more yourself.
If you want a full kit with enormous potential for 'making things work' I can heartily recommend Deans full kit for HMS Manxman.
She was a fast cruiser/minelayer which played a valiant part in the battles for Malta and survived until 1972 in various roles.
I bought the kit a few years ago just before I retired. Not built yet but I've checked out the kit, down to the last of several hundred parts, and instantly recognised the potential for 'making things work'. At 1/96 and 134cm LoA there's plenty of space for 'make it work stuff'😉 And she's a manageable scale at 1/96.
I admit, I'm biased a little😌 I've had a soft spot for this brave ship since I built my first of several Airfix 600 scale versions as a little laddie😁 and read up on her chequered history.
If you can - GO FOR IT. I'm sure you won't be disappointed and she'll keep you busy for a good while👍😊
All the best, let us know what you decide. Blog it Man👍
PS I was intrigued to note that you have already made a torpedo launching system.
Would love to see some detail of that cos it's been buzzing round my brain for a while as well!!
PPS During my research on Manxman I have sometimes seen Manxman referred to as "The last ship in the Royal Navy which actually looked like a warship!"
I have several photos of the original if you're interested.