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HMS Prince George - Dardanelles 1915

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HMS Prince George - Dardanelles 1915...

This is the Combrig kit of HMS Majestic, a resin model at 700 scale which is a recent addition to the vast Combrig resin ship navy. The ship is part of Combrig’s Royal Navy pre Dreadnought range, and represents the British fleet in the late nineteenth century with a typical configuration that represented the cutting edge of world navies at the time.

When it came to the First World War however, the advance of technology made this battleship appear to be somewhat of a dinosaur compared to its counterparts. The Battleship HMS Queen Elizabeth, the latest in the Royal Navy depicts the vast difference between the eras. Nevertheless, the old pre-dreads still had their uses, and shore bombardment was one of them.

Checking my references, and in particular the R A Burt book of British Battleships, the Majestic class is shown in detail with a very interesting picture of HMS Prince George with all the updates to show the 1915 version. This included a mine catching net over the bow, a reduced bridge area, and anti ranging devices on both masts.

A difficult thesis for me to resist, and added into the mix, I had seen another picture of a battleship of the time which had healed over to increase the range of the guns for shore bombardment. So, out come the torpedo nets, deploy some ships boats, and we have a nice little diorama that is both original and unusual.

Added to the kit are Atlantic models pre-dread rails, and IKEA net curtain to form the torpedo nets or at least one of them. The rig is Caenis 20 denier line, and small cars 0.1mm black wire for the thicker mast stays..

Peter Fulgoney August 2011
Prince George

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Ah yes, 1:700, way beyond my skills and patience Once again - awesome work and presentation! Cheers/Jan
AUG 25, 2011 - 06:32 AM
Cheers, Jan, and good to hear from you, Peter F
AUG 31, 2011 - 02:08 AM
Hello Peter, Great work, Just a few questions, How did you do the base, it looks like running water off a tablet? How did you do the photo's, they are out of focus except for the models them self? Last How did you do the back ground it is perfect and looks just like the horizon when you are on a ship? Cheers, Bruce
AUG 31, 2011 - 10:04 AM
Hi, Bruce, and thank you for the comments, and I can answer as follows : The water is in the style of Jim Baumann ie, artist's watercolour paper painted as you wish, and then Johnson's clear top coat - see also my Averoff blog on this site. The paper is mounted on a toughened glass sheet out of an IKEA cabinet and so it slots straight back in after I'm done. The photos are off my wife's camera, and so better than usual - they look a bit blurry I guess because I'm holding the model base with one hand with the camera in the other - why because I'm filming outside where the real sky is the background - which was your final question. The big deal about taking a picture outside is that you get a realistic sky, the lighting is good to excellent, and the gloss for the sea effect reflects the sky. Cheers, Peter F
AUG 31, 2011 - 08:05 PM
Hello Peter, Thanks for the answer's to my questions. Again, Great Job on you dio and ship's, Cheers, Bruce
SEP 01, 2011 - 01:24 PM