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HMS Tiger “Dogger Bank” 24th January 1914

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"MSW crew-mate Peter Fulgoney (peterf) shares his latest magnificent build with us, HMS Tiger “Dogger Bank” 24th January 1914, in this MSW Feature!"

HMS Tiger “Dogger Bank” 24th January 1914
The best looking of the “Cats” I believe is HMS Tiger, and so this model is one that we all should try. The story behind the build is the “Dogger Bank” action of World War One, and gives an unusual colour scheme of AP507 a, and c. The darker colour is the side panel and turret tops. There are also white bands around the funnels which make this very distinctive in my Battlecruiser collection.

She was the only type in the class, and as part of Admiral Beatty’s first Battlecruiser squadron was based at Rosyth. Tiger also appeared at the Battle of Jutland 31st May 1916.

Displacement: 36,000 tons fully loaded
Length: 200 m
Beam: 27.6 m
Draught: 8.7 m
Speed: 28 knots
Compliment: 778
8 x 340mm main guns
12 x 150mm
2 x 76mm
4 x submerged torpedo tubes
Laid down June 1912, commissioned October 1914, and sold for scrap February 1932.
The build...
The kit is the Combrig 1:700 scale resin version of the British Battlecruiser, and is complimented by the White Ensign Models photo-etch fret. At first I thought this might be the way of things to come as the instructions also reference WEM colours but I believe this was the first and last project to bring these two companies together, for myself...

I had built the model some time ago but never finished it. I thought I would leave it until I improved, and this is the same for a number of my early kits. I did then replace a lot of the work although the paint scheme could not be revised and remains a little thick in places.

The cage aerial is certainly a new development for me, and is based on Caenis fishing line, and WEM spacers – the little black circles. I built my own fret for building cage aerials and this consists of a plastic base with plastic uprights either ends. The uprights have holes for 5 x lines to go through. The holes are pierced using the spacers as a template.

The line is threaded through, and the spacers stuck on with paper glue at predetermined intervals. There is another mark where a piece of line is tied around the end of the completed aerial and so brings the various strands together.

This is tied off and again glued. The surplus strands are cut off leaving one strand at either end of the aerial to tie onto the masts. All tricky stuff but can be done quickly with patience and experience. You will need an Opti-visor to help with the threading procedure!
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About the Author

About peter fulgoney (peterf)


What a beautiful model Mr Fulgoney......very nicely finished in a fantastic setting....my compliments sir....thanks for sharing Louis Malta
JUL 22, 2010 - 03:08 AM
That's strange, I could have swore I left a comment the other day, I do hope this site isn't having those nutty problems the other site has had. Okay - very nice display and a great backdrop to add the overall effect, I keep reminding myself to either paint a backdrop or buy a poster, I normally have a cutting board, odd sheets of MDF or photo against a brickwall, I guess its a little odd spending a week, sometimes 2 weeks building a model and never pay attention to a nice, or not bad looking backdrop.
JUL 22, 2010 - 04:21 AM
Well done Peter! One can see the amalgam of your early and late work combined! Splendid Cat indeed! Guido
JUL 22, 2010 - 06:57 AM
Nice job! I see you actually tackled the round aeria spreaders! You have more guts than I do!
JUL 22, 2010 - 07:52 AM
A super looking model peter and thos aerials are incredible given were looking at 1/700. Fine work sir, a standard to aspire too. steve
JUL 23, 2010 - 05:27 PM
Thank you my freinds, you are all very kind. The backdrop is the beach, sea and sky at Lancing, W Sussex, UK. I find that the light, and sky can have a great effect on presentation. The real problem is holding the build in one hand, and the camera in the other in a light wind - not easy. The cage aerials are manufactured away from the kit and put on as a whole later - I will post a demonstartion shortly on the main site. Cheers, everyone, Peter F
JUL 26, 2010 - 08:35 PM
Beautifully done Peter. I love it...Cheers Mark
JUL 26, 2010 - 09:46 PM
Gorgeous Peter, those antenna in 1/700th really freak me out ! I can't imagine the concentration needed to build them. Really super cheers, Julian
JUL 27, 2010 - 08:19 AM
Another notch in Peter's belt: Cage Aerials I have to agree with Guido, with the mixed skills that this model show, but it's a good sign: it means that you have evolved in this last couple of years! Also, good job with the figurines and I have to ask why so many White Ensign flags (pardon my ignorance)? Cheers, Rui
JUL 28, 2010 - 06:59 AM
Thank you everyone for your encouragement, and praise. It is a great model to build plus you have the WEM pe to help which is a big bonus. I have seen many pictures of RN ships going into action, Rui, and they all have White Ensigns flying from every point, a wonderful spectacle. I guess some jingoism there but a great way to stop freindly fire. Peter F
JUL 30, 2010 - 12:52 AM