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Microscale King George V WIP Update
Work-in-progress pictures of a microscale King George V class battleship.
About this creation
The following is a set of work-in-progress pictures for one of my current projects, a microscale (5 ft/stud) model of a King George V-class battleship. The main picture above shows my progress to date. I have completed the ship from the stern forward to about halfway through the forward superstructure. Both funnels are complete, as are the motorboats and launches, the aft mast, the cranes, and some of the AA batteries. The quad AA guns that you see on the forward superstructure are actually supposed to be octuple 2-pounder pom-pom guns (the so-called "Chicago piano"), but I was somewhat limited by the scale of the build.



This first pic is just the primary gun turrets. They have changed a little since this picture was created - the AA batteries on top of the B and Y turrets have been added.





Next is a pic of both the primaries and the secondaries. The secondaries, too, have changed a bit, since this picture was created. I found that this version of the secondaries was a little bit too small and didn't mount very well on the superstructure.





A close-up of my model of the float plane used on the KGVs, a Supermarine Walrus.





And here is the Walrus on its launch rail.





A section of the ship from the launch rail back to the stern. Most of the major details are in place here, but it is missing some of the minor details on the deck and sides of the hull.






Comments

 I made it 
  December 4, 2017
Quoting Alex Charbonneau Looks great! Nice to see more battleships on MocPages!
Thanks. Ships this large are a lot of work, so I don't expect to be doing too many of them, but there are definitely a few more I'd like to tackle at some point in the future -- HMS Hood, a post-refit Richelieu, and maybe a South Dakota or North Carolina.
 I like it 
  December 2, 2017
Looks great! Nice to see more battleships on MocPages!
 I made it 
  November 27, 2017
Quoting adam thelegofan rutland nice job!:D
Thanks.
 I like it 
  November 26, 2017
nice job!:D
 I made it 
  November 22, 2017
Quoting Lo var Lachland Are you making this in LDD? If so, instruction would be nice. I just want to take a look at it myself when it's done. (I need ship building ideas.) :D Other than that, the KGV is a BEAST. Nice work on the primary armament. ;)
Thanks, and, yes, this is being built in LDD. At this point, though, I have no plans to release instructions, and based on some of the recent events (Brickmania's instructions being pirated and sold on Ebay), I'm unlikely to ever do so. I'd be livid if someone did that to me, and it has nothing to do with the money. Unfortunately, once instructions are published, there is no way to prevent it from happening.
 I made it 
  November 21, 2017
Quoting jim mcdonough that is looking awesome,the shaping of the hull is really nice,usually the hull is the hardest part,never understood this battleship,why 2 four gun turrets and one 2 gun turret.for the age of these ships they were not very advanced compared to their counterparts. hope to see the finished ship soon,
Thank you. Your comments are definitely appreciated, considering your vast experience in Lego ship modeling. Strangely, I am finding that the hull shaping is relatively easy for this ship, even with the half-plate stepping that I am using to smooth the contours as much as possible. It's the small details, like the 2-pounders and QF 5.25in guns that are giving me trouble. Based on my understanding of the history behind the KGVs, the reason for the twin BL 14 inch turret was to keep the weight of the ship within treaty limitations (and probably also to prevent a ship with already questionable seaworthiness from becoming even worse). On paper, one can certainly argue that the KGVs were under-gunned, especially since the BL 15 inch and BL 16 inch guns were available at the time the KGVs were laid down. I'd hesitate to say, though, that the KGVs were less advanced than their adversaries. The gun directors on the KGVs were probably the most advanced on any ship outside the USN (which clearly had the best fire control of any WWII navy). The performance of King George V against Bismarck and Duke of York against Scharnhorst is hard to discount. The KGVs arguably also had the best protection of any ship in the European Theater. Only the South Dakotas, Iowas, and Yamatos had better protection, due in large part to their internal belt armor being angled at nearly 20 degrees. It's a shame none of the KGVs were preserved as museum ships.
 I like it 
  November 21, 2017
Are you making this in LDD? If so, instruction would be nice. I just want to take a look at it myself when it's done. (I need ship building ideas.) :D Other than that, the KGV is a BEAST. Nice work on the primary armament. ;)
 I made it 
  November 21, 2017
Quoting Kurt's MOCs Great work! The big guns look great on-board!
Thanks. I'm hoping to be able to get all of the primary guns mounted soon, but I have a lot of detail in the forward superstructure to work through first.
 I like it 
  November 21, 2017
Great work! The big guns look great on-board!
 I like it 
  November 21, 2017
that is looking awesome,the shaping of the hull is really nice,usually the hull is the hardest part,never understood this battleship,why 2 four gun turrets and one 2 gun turret.for the age of these ships they were not very advanced compared to their counterparts. hope to see the finished ship soon,
 I made it 
  November 20, 2017
Quoting Doug Hughes Excellent work thus far!
Thanks. I'm hoping I will be able to finish it before too long.
 I like it 
  November 20, 2017
Excellent work thus far!
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  November 20, 2017
Quoting Jeremy McCreary It's going to be spectacular, Mark! The detailing is superb.
Thanks. I'm hoping that I can maintain my focus. The rest of the forward superstructure is probably where the most complicated details are located. If I can model that part successfully, then I should have a relatively straightforward time with the remainder of the ship.
 I like it 
  November 20, 2017
It's going to be spectacular, Mark! The detailing is superb.
 I made it 
  November 20, 2017
Quoting Seaman SPb Excellent work! Fantastic detailisation! 133-mm gun turret is my favorite!
Thanks. I had to rework the QF 5.25 in a number of times before finally ending up with the version you see in the main picture. I like how they look, too, but I had to give up on making them capable of traversing in order to do that.
 I made it 
  November 20, 2017
Quoting BATOH rossi fantastic! the details are amazing (I love the walrus!). hope in many more photos!
Thanks. Except for the clunky way I had to represent the wing struts, I like how the Walrus looks, too. Unfortunately, it is somewhat hidden by the superstructures and cranes when placed on the ship.
 I like it 
  November 20, 2017
Excellent work! Fantastic detailisation! 133-mm gun turret is my favorite!
 I like it 
  November 20, 2017
fantastic! the details are amazing (I love the walrus!). hope in many more photos!
 
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