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HMS King George V
A microscale model of the battleship HMS King George V.
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A Lego model of the WWII battleship HMS King George V, the lead ship in its class of 5 (which also included Prince of Wales, Duke of York, Anson, and Howe). The scale is 5 ft./stud, or 1:190.

While it is easy to point out the flaws in the King George V battleships, especially their comparatively light BL 14 inch primary guns, their track record was very good, with two of the ships in the class playing important roles in the sinking of two enemy battleships (King George V vs. Bismarck and Duke of York vs. Scharnhorst). Much like their American counterparts, the KGVs had excellent fire control and AA batteries, although the KGVs relied on the somewhat less effective 2-pounder, rather than the 40mm Bofors mounted on the US battleships.

One of the great things about the KGVs, from a Lego modeling point of view, is that they were built almost without any sheer, either forward or aft. Based on their experience in naval battles like Jutland, the Royal Navy planned for most engagements to occur in the bad weather and rough seas typical of the North Sea. They expected that ships would open fire at relatively short ranges and fire at almost flat trajectories. Based on these expectations, the Royal Navy made it a requirement that its capital ships be able to fire over the bow at zero degrees elevation, so very little sheer forward was possible. That design made the decks of the ships "wetter," but did give them a little more tactical flexibility. From a modeling standpoint, it means that it is much easier to shape the bow and stern than on many other warships, since the deck height barely changes.

Because this model is little more involved than some of my earlier ones, I decided that it deserved some kind of special display, so I built a giant White Ensign to place it on.















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  December 14, 2017
Quoting Marty Fields A truly impressive model for this scale. You have captured those inter-war lines beautifully.
Thanks. I have tried to do my best to include as many features as possible, but conflicting source material and limitations of the scale forced some compromises. The British capital ships, all the way through the Vanguard, definitely had a distinctive shape. It's pretty easy to identify them in a picture.
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  December 14, 2017
A truly impressive model for this scale. You have captured those inter-war lines beautifully.
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  December 12, 2017
Quoting Kurt's MOCs Great work! The design and detailing are phenomenal. A perfect result of painstaking effort. I've got to start building some ships as well!
Thanks. I suspect that the techniques used to model the fuselage and wings of an aircraft would not be that different from those used to model a ship's hull -- basically a lot of SNOT work to follow the contours. I have a feeling that you would have a great deal of success with ships as well.
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  December 12, 2017
Quoting Nick Barrett Gorgeously detailed, and I've never seen the ensign done better.
Thanks. I'm not sure if I've ever seen the ensign done at all (in Lego), which is why I thought it might be a good idea.
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  December 12, 2017
Great work! The design and detailing are phenomenal. A perfect result of painstaking effort. I've got to start building some ships as well!
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  December 10, 2017
Gorgeously detailed, and I've never seen the ensign done better.
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  December 6, 2017
Quoting Jeremy McCreary Very well done, Mark! Interesting point about the lack of sheer. Must've been wet indeed.
Thanks. I should note that the lack of sheer on the KGVs was partly mitigated by the two large breakwaters on the bow, but it probably wasn't much fun to be on watch when the seas were rough. The relatively flat decks of Royal Navy ships might give me enough of a reason to build another one at some point.
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  December 6, 2017
Very well done, Mark! Interesting point about the lack of sheer. Must've been wet indeed.
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  December 6, 2017
Quoting Alex Charbonneau Hi Mark! It looks brilliant! Great job in getting the shape right on without sacrificing details :) I've built in similar scales, and I really like what you did with the ships boats as well as the anchors. Splendid build! Have you got any thoughts on future builds? SoDak maybe? I'd love to see your take on Scharnhorst, she'd make a great counterpoint to a KGV.
Thanks. Some of those details, like the boats and anchors, were made possible by the fortunate existence of a few parts in the right colors (like the bucket handles for the anchors). My next build is going to be something much smaller - a modern ocean-going tug (~250 ft. long). I'm not sure about the next warship I'll build. A South Dakota is a possibility, as is Richelieu, or the WWII version of Ark Royal.
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  December 6, 2017
Quoting nick gibbons Well done and very detailed. Great job
Thanks.
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  December 5, 2017
Hi Mark! It looks brilliant! Great job in getting the shape right on without sacrificing details :) I've built in similar scales, and I really like what you did with the ships boats as well as the anchors. Splendid build! Have you got any thoughts on future builds? SoDak maybe? I'd love to see your take on Scharnhorst, she'd make a great counterpoint to a KGV.
  December 5, 2017
Well done and very detailed. Great job
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  December 5, 2017
Quoting Red October Beautiful model! You may have just inspired me to return to my micro HMS Hood project (micro, as in, around 1:1100-1:700 scale, not nearly as small as my Nelson class model).
Thanks. HMS Hood is a subject that I may try at some point in the future as well. But given that it is more that 100 feet longer than the KGVs, I'll definitely need some "down time" before attempting it. Builds this large are rewarding, but also draining and frustrating at times.
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  December 5, 2017
Quoting Seaman SPb Fantastic work, Mark! Amazing accuracy and detail!
Thanks. I tried to get as much detail/accuracy into the model as I could, but I know that there are loads of inaccuracies. Some were deliberate -- necessities resulting from the scale and constraints of the Lego medium itself. Others are due to inaccuracies in my source material. I found a number of conflicts between different sources, so I had to use my best judgement in some cases.
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  December 5, 2017
Fantastic work, Mark! Amazing accuracy and detail!
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  December 5, 2017
Beautiful model! You may have just inspired me to return to my micro HMS Hood project (micro, as in, around 1:1100-1:700 scale, not nearly as small as my Nelson class model).
 
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