This is the Italian seaplane tender Giuseppe Miraglia. Built 1921 as a cargo ship, she was transformed to a seaplane tender during the 1925-1927 period. At this occasion she lost her former name, "Citta de Messina", and was renamed to "Giuseppe Miraglia". She participated in the Italo-Abyssinian war, the Spanish civil war and WW2. She survived the war and was scrapped in 1950. She Displaced approxiately 5,800t full load,  wth a length of 121m and crew of 260 to 290. According to sources she originally carried Macchi M.18, IMAM Ro.43 later. Up to 18  seaplanes were carried. This model is based on the Delphis 1/700 scale resin model kit.

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Guillaume Monnier
Toulon , France