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First ever post on this forum so here goes... This is my attempt at the 1:600 HMS Iron Duke released many moons ago. The kit itself was a nightmare (to be expected given the age). Flash was off the charts, pieces wouldn't fit together without some serious filing/cutting/total removal of parts. I admit I made quite a few mistakes trying to glue things together (for example some of the boats are rather squint...) but the whole purpose of building this was to get some practice at ship modelling, being an aircraft modeller normally. I used an artwox wooden deck and vallejo paints plus pastels for weathering. Any constructive criticism would be gladly welcomed, my next build will be Trumpeters 1:350 HMS Dreadnought from 1915 in honour of my great grandfather who served aboard her during World War I.

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Ah Airfix. Great build of one of Airfix's classics. How did you get on with the wooden deck? I've been meaning to try one but not yet taken the plunge.

Cheers

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7 hours ago, Bangor Lad said:

Ah Airfix. Great build of one of Airfix's classics. How did you get on with the wooden deck? I've been meaning to try one but not yet taken the plunge.

Cheers

Hi, first of all thanks for your kind words! The deck was actually surprisingly easy to use and went down very easily. It was a little fiddly trying to remove all the little inserts but other than that it was great. The actual application was fine too and it stuck with no issues. This was the first time I had ever used one too but I'm glad I did! 

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well done, great job on a old kit, looking forward to seeing  your dreadnought build

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Great build of what was always an awkward kit, its not just the age of the mould. I'm afraid the flare on the gun barrels is one of the more obvious issues, but too late to fix it now.

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56 minutes ago, TallBlondJohn said:

Great build of what was always an awkward kit, its not just the age of the mould. I'm afraid the flare on the gun barrels is one of the more obvious issues, but too late to fix it now. 

Yeah it was an issue but I didn't trust myself enough to make an attempt to file or cut it off without snapping them. 

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Bonjour,

 

A very beautiful realization of a model and a mythical ship.

Marc

 

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You've made a great job of this old kit. I remember building this when I was about 10, long before I started painting my models. I just used to build them to play with. 

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6 hours ago, Mark4700 said:

You've made a great job of this old kit. I remember building this when I was about 10, long before I started painting my models. I just used to build them to play with. 

Thank you! I also did the exact same thing when I was little, alas it was a simpler time. 

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I too built this ship back in the day,not up to your standard though.:clap2:

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2 minutes ago, celt said:

I too built this ship back in the day,not up to your standard though.:clap2:

Thank you very much! 

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1 hour ago, SovereignHobbies said:

This is a very presentable outcome from what's not a very user-friendly kit. I think you'll find the more modern Dreadnought build a bit easier to plan out and execute.

Thank you. I certainly hope it is! 

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Beautiful build that brought back some good old memories, well done !

Dreadnought will be a completely different build !

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On 3/1/2017 at 7:33 AM, FraserMcPhie said:

my next build will be Trumpeters 1:350 HMS Dreadnought from 1915 in honour of my great grandfather who served aboard her during World War I.

 

Cool!  Your great grandfather and my grandfather were serving aboard her at the same time!  I have the Trumpeter 1:700 kit in my stash, just need some more practice with PE before I get started.

 

Steve.

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43 minutes ago, JP Steve said:

 

Cool!  Your great grandfather and my grandfather were serving aboard her at the same time!  I have the Trumpeter 1:700 kit in my stash, just need some more practice with PE before I get started.

 

Steve.

That's amazing! My great grandfather was Arthur H Harty, a temporary surgeon aboard the Dreadnought and later the Marlborough. 

The photo etch is my biggest concern with the Trumpeter kit but I'll just have to persevere... 

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15 hours ago, FraserMcPhie said:

My great grandfather was Arthur H Harty

My grandfather was Jim Packer, ERA 5th class.  (He ended up as Acting Chief ERA on China Station.)

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1 hour ago, JP Steve said:

My grandfather was Jim Packer, ERA 5th class.  (He ended up as Acting Chief ERA on China Station.)

When was your grandfather on board? My great grandfather joined the crew in early 1915 and served on her for the rest of the war, including the battle of Jutland. After the war he joined the army in India and continued working as a surgeon out there, reaching the rank of major general. 

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Nice work Fraser, I'm looking forward to seeing more of it, where in Edinburgh are you?

I'm in Tranent.

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14 minutes ago, allyby said:

Nice work Fraser, I'm looking forward to seeing more of it, where in Edinburgh are you?

I'm in Tranent.

Thank you! I live in New Town. 

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2 hours ago, FraserMcPhie said:

When was your grandfather on board? My great grandfather joined the crew in early 1915 and served on her for the rest of the war, including the battle of Jutland. After the war he joined the army in India and continued working as a surgeon out there, reaching the rank of major general. 

Grandfather served on Dreadnought from Jan 30 1917 to 7 Aug 1918.  He served out the rest of the war (and beyond) on HMS Octavia.  He died shortly after returning from China Station in 1934 age 36.

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23 minutes ago, JP Steve said:

Grandfather served on Dreadnought from Jan 30 1917 to 7 Aug 1918.  He served out the rest of the war (and beyond) on HMS Octavia.  He died shortly after returning from China Station in 1934 age 36.

That's fascinating, are you aware of the lives of the first world war project which is being run by the Imperial War Museum? It allows volunteers to create profiles for service men and women and civilians involved in the war. I made one for my great grandfather with the link below, it's a fantastic project to get involved with if you can. 

https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/7672247

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