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HMS Vanguard, 1948

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Peter Fulgoney shares one of his latest builds with us, the "HMS Vanguard, 1948".

"HMS Vanguard, an updating of the Lion Class was the last British battleship of a very long line and was the most able big gun platform that the Royal Navy put to sea. Looking at the statistics, she was a 44,500 tons, 814ft long ship capable of 30 knots, and she carried 8 x 15 inch guns in four turrets and was protected by a 14 inch armour belt. She was commissioned in 1946 and then was broken up in 1960, having a very short, and uneventful career essentially as a Royal Yacht.

As fine example of British engineering, and ship design that represents a past age, I decided to buy the HP version of the kit (prior to the Samek release) for a nostalgic build, having seen the real thing at Portsmouth in the 50’s.

The hull and detail look innocuous enough but comparison with the line drawings in Raven Roberts made me realise that there was a major reshaping of the superstructure to be done. Armed with saws, sanding blocks, fillers, and replacement parts, and after 18 months of perseverance, I have an almost reasonable representation of the majestic ship. Honestly, I could have carried on for another year trying to get things just so, but other projects beckoned. So here it is HP “funmodel” HMS Vanguard!"
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Very nice build of a really beautiful ship. The Vanguard was the result of a pretty clever idea of the British. Sometimes building the guns for a battleship takes as long as building the ship herself. To speed the construction of this ship the RN decided to recycle her main guns using four turrets removed from the Glorious and Courageous when they were converted into aircraft carriers. It still meant the Vanguard wasn't completed until post war, but she was built quite a bit faster than she normally was.
JUN 25, 2007 - 11:42 PM
Great job Peter, fine model of a very handsome ship. Mike
JUN 26, 2007 - 12:58 AM
Beautiful work Peter. I would like to know your technique for the wood deck. ~Gator
JUN 26, 2007 - 01:20 AM
Top build Mr. F! Cheers, Rob
JUN 26, 2007 - 03:57 AM
Another great build Peter, thanks for sharing. Ciao Luciano
JUN 26, 2007 - 06:20 AM
Peter, Great build, fantastic as always.
JUN 26, 2007 - 07:18 AM
3 words: "keep 'em coming"
JUN 26, 2007 - 09:23 AM
Thank you for your kind comments everyone, it's always appreciated. Wood decks - The deck is the out of the box HP (oversized planking) which has been painted with WEM teak, and then scaled down with various MIG powders eg : copper rust, smoke black, and white but in very small quantity. MIG powders available from little-cars.com. Cheers, Peter F.
JUN 26, 2007 - 07:48 PM
Hi Peter Excellent job mate! Looking forward for more of your works and to Telford again Cheers, Skipper
JUN 26, 2007 - 09:33 PM