|The multifaceted helmet was designed to give better peripheral vision|
|Blurry pic aside, you can see that you wouldn't squeeze a big lad in there easily|
|The Suit in action! from:http://www.maxforums.org/members/BishBashRoss/view.aspx?image=diver|
The famous Whitehead torpedo, revolutionary in its design- not sure what HM Government though of Mr Whitehead selling his patent to foreign powers though... Note the polished metal finish. http://www.weymouthdiving.co.uk/torphist.htm#WHITEHEAD
|Lad added for scale|
Then there was the rather wonderful collection of Ironclad/Pre-Dreadnought era models, ripe for some VSF modelling action. Sadly many of them didn't have very good labels or descriptions (and there were no books available in English) but they say a picture tells a thousand words so here they are (if you can help identify these ships please do!)
Edit: 'Captain Bill' advises that this is the USS Dunderburg, built in 1862 and sold to the French after the Civil War in 1867 where she was commissioned as the Rochambeau - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Dunderberg_(1865)
This is L'Amiral Duperré, the first barbette ironclad built by France in 1879 - thanks for the information 'laptot' http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_ironclad_Amiral_Duperr%C3%A9_(1879)
She may be the Fulminant, a Tonnere class turret ship completed in 1882, or perhaps the very similar Tempete class breastwork monitor.
EDIT: 'Latot' has confirmed that this ship is of the Tempete class
This is le Trident, an ironclad of the Colbert class built in the 1870s. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_ironclad_Trident
The ironclad Le Ocean
The armoured corvette L' Jeanne de Arc (1867-1883)
The evolution of the torpedo boat as a sea denial weapon under the Jeune Ecole doctrine, adopted by the French to combat the dominance of the Royal Navy. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeune_Ecole)
And finally, this may not be very VSF or Ironclad navies, but it is a wonderful piece of modelling!
Overall a great little museum and well worth an hour or two of your time if you are in Paris. My pictures don't do these wonderful models nearly the justice they deserve!