Free Model #3 HMS Dreadnought

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  1. mpakier

    mpakier Member

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    Free Model #3 HMS Dreadnought 1:400

    Hello

    This is my build thread for Free Model Competition #3. Since last free model
    competition I started some models but didn't have enough time to work with
    them. Now I hope that, thanks to the contest I will have the motivation
    to finish the ship.

    I decided to build the HMS Dreadnought available as a free download from
    DigitalNavy. The only
    difference is that I will resize it to 1:400 scale (the digitalnavy is 1:700).

    There was a build thread of rescaled HMS Dreadnought on this forum:
    Bill Jones : Digital Navy 1:250 Dreadnought (1906)-Build. There is a lot of stuff there that I will
    use. First there is a download link of 1:250 turrets prepared by Roman
    (from DigitalNavy). There is also an information that we can use V108
    (other free DigitalNavy kit) guns as small guns for Dreadnought. There
    are also links to plans and pictures of the ship. This is important because
    I'm planning to build a full hull version of the ship. The DigitalNavy model
    is only a waterline so I will have to prepare the underwater part and provide
    it to everyone as a free download.

    There is a lot of other information in internet that can be used. There is
    a great site The Dradnought Project. You can find there a 3D model of the ship. There is a
    Steel Navy 1:350 HMS Dreadnought by Steven Backer gallery. This one is not a card model
    but I like it very much. The scale is very simillar and there is a lot of useful
    information.

    I always wanted to build that ship. If you read about battleships you
    always see pre-dreadnoughts, dreadnoughts and this is The HMS Dreadnought.
    You can find more about the ship in wikipedia.

    I will not start the build from the hull because I have to prepare one.
    There is a risk that I will not be able to do this and then I will build
    the waterline version. At the first place I will start building the turrets and small guns.

    Michal
  2. Teamski

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    Cool, looking forward to it!!

    -Ski
  3. mpakier

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    Hello

    I started building main turret. This is not a final version. I want to check,
    how detailed can it be in 1:400 scale.

    It is not painted and some things are still missing. The guns are
    only for picture, the final ones will be much better.
    There will be a ladder on the front and railings on the small guns platform.
    The turret base is made from few coins (only for picture).

    [​IMG] [​IMG]

    The only thing that I was not able to do are the footstrips which are
    to small for me to made (1mm x 0.1mm).
  4. nibel

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    It already looks good even you said it is only test build. I have the model also and it is nearly impossible for me to make thos small gun attach on main gun... The gun turret is "solid rod" or paper rolled part?
  5. mpakier

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    I will show how everything is done, when I will be doing the final version.
  6. mpakier

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    It was a lot of time since my last post.

    I was making a ladder for the turret. I was trying different
    materials. Here you can see a tool that I made for this.

    [​IMG]

    Below the turret with the ladder. It is made from cotton and glued
    with CA glue.

    [​IMG]

    Below the link to 3D model of the turret.

    http://www.dreadnoughtproject.org/models/fittings/BVIII_Turret/

    Here is another version of the ladder made from cotton but glued
    using acrylic paint. It looks better but not good enough for me.
    The thread is to thick for this.

    [​IMG]

    The next version is made of 0.09mm fishing line glued with black
    acrylic paint. The result is very good (for me) but the fishing line
    is almost invisible and hard to work with.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    I think that I will use the 0.1mm wire for my ladders. The cotton thread is
    to thick and the fishing line is hard to work with (invisible).
  7. Mark_1984

    Mark_1984 Guest

    I like the way you get the rungs evenly spaced. It looks good.
  8. mpakier

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    In my first post I told that I will be building the details first and the hull at
    the end. But one day (it was few weeks ago) I decided that I need a stand
    for all the small parts.

    [​IMG]

    This is an original digitalnavy hull that I had build. I had a lot of fun with it
    so I decided to start work with underwater part.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    This is the test build to check if all parts fit well. When I will finish
    I will start building the final one.
  9. mpakier

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  10. Lex

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    --Wait, may I ask if digital navy has a hull for the Dreadnought?
  11. mpakier

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    No. It's my design. When I will test that everything is OK. I will
    publish it for download.
  12. Lex

    Lex Dollmaker

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    Thank you a bunch Michal!!
  13. mpakier

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    The hull is finished (but only in test version). Now I think it's time to start
    building the real model because until now I have nothing done.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
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    Impressed

    A real well done build. Good on you! and thanks for the pics. It helps me get additional references for my builds.
  15. NULLMOON

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    :thumb:real nice! and with a full hull waterline kits always strike me as half a ship its one of those ships that seems to overlooked in bigger scales i found fuse wire makes very good rails,ladders etc cotton tends to be "lumpy" and fishing line is hard to keep straight i pulled alot of wire off a busted transformer(the electrical type not the robot type:mrgreen:) which makes great rails
  16. mpakier

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    Hello

    Today is the last day of the contest. I'm very sorry to say it but I was not
    able to finish the model for the contest. I had less free time then expected
    and there was much more work the I planned. As you know I planned
    to modify the digital navy free kit in bigger scale (1:400 vs original 1:700).
    But the "modifications" are quite big. In fact only the shape of the main
    deck was left from the original DN.

    I will be continuing this build and I hope that in few months I will
    finish the 1:400 kit and the model.
  17. Toddlea

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    I'm sorry to hear you won't be able to finish in time. I still will be following your thread with interest.
  18. outersketcher

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    I'll be following this thread too. I prefer the complete hull models and I respect the amount of work that you've put into getting that part developed. I'm sure that we are all aware that you probably would have completed this model with time to spare had you not dedicated some time to creating an accurate lower hull.

    The model looks good, keep at it please.