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Lord Nelson build
Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 6:50 AM

I have enough pictures now that I can start a thread on the build.  This is the Hobby Boss 1:350 kit of a pre-Dreadnought battleship, a class immediately before the Dreadnought.  In fact, curiously, although the Lord Nelson was laid down before the Dreadnough, the Dreadnought was launched slightly before the Lord Nelson.

Like other newer kits, this kit has bulkheads to keep everything aligned before the deck is added (and to support the deck better).  I made sure the bulkheads sat in their mounting holes completely, to eliminate wide seems along the centerline, and between deck and hull.

I mount my ships on a wood base with stanchions.  This requires, on plastic ships, a strengthening of the bottom, which I generally do by gluing in pieces of wood.

I have completed the hull painting now.  Paints are all Testors MM.  I painted the boot topping rather than the usual decal stripe.  The plate lines are all straight on this ship, and made masking for that line quite easy.

I have also completed painting the deck.  I mixed up a light tan from flat tan and light gull grey.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by ridleusmc on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 7:40 AM

Great looking so far.  The deck must've been a painting challenge.  The Lord Nelson looks every bit as intimidating as the Dreadnought.   

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 7:51 AM

ridleusmc

Great looking so far.  The deck must've been a painting challenge.  The Lord Nelson looks every bit as intimidating as the Dreadnought.   

 

It actually went faster than I expected.  I primed it, then painted the gray areas- turret bases, skylights, hatches, etc.  Then the wood color.  Masking went easier than I expected, except for some very small details.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by warshipguy on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 9:53 AM

Don,

That is a beautiful job so far! I will gladly follow along.

Bill

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Posted by PFJN on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 10:23 AM

Hi,

That looks great.  Can't wait to see more of your build. 

With the Lord Nelson, Mikasa, Danton, Tsesarevich, Borodino (et al) and now the new Trumpeter  1/350 Schleswig-Holstein, that's planned for later this year, it looks like options for building Pre-Dreadnoughts/Semi-Dreadnoughts is slowly getting better Smile.

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Posted by steve5 on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 1:37 PM

very nice don , looking forward to the rest of your build .

 

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Posted by LIVIT on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 8:31 PM

Nice Don, I dont know how you guys get such great results with these 1/350 builds. Heck I have a hard enough time getting somewhat acceptable results on the 1/96 ships.  You guys impress me.... Dale

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Posted by docidle on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 11:31 PM

Don,

It is looking great so far. I have this kit in the stash so I’ll be following along with great interest. I am wondering if your upper deck is warped? Mine has a slight warp but I think that it will straighten out once it is glued down. 

Steve

       

 

 

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, January 25, 2018 7:25 AM

PFJN

Hi,

That looks great.  Can't wait to see more of your build. 

With the Lord Nelson, Mikasa, Danton, Tsesarevich, Borodino (et al) and now the new Trumpeter  1/350 Schleswig-Holstein, that's planned for later this year, it looks like options for building Pre-Dreadnoughts/Semi-Dreadnoughts is slowly getting better Smile.

 

Indeed!  I may order the Danton pretty soon.  I had not heard about the S-H.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, January 25, 2018 7:29 AM

LIVIT

Nice Don, I dont know how you guys get such great results with these 1/350 builds. Heck I have a hard enough time getting somewhat acceptable results on the 1/96 ships.  You guys impress me.... Dale

 

Because I have run out of display space, I am moving to 1:700!  Hopefully, that way any space I do gain by getting rid of some models will last longer.  I had vowed no more 1:350, but just had to have the Lord Nelson :-)  And then there is that 1:72 Flower Corvette still in my stash. I have put off building it because I have no idea of what to do with it after it is complete!

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, January 25, 2018 7:33 AM

docidle

Don,

It is looking great so far. I have this kit in the stash so I’ll be following along with great interest. I am wondering if your upper deck is warped? Mine has a slight warp but I think that it will straighten out once it is glued down. 

Steve

 

Mine was not warped.  And, the fit into the hull was almost perfect, except for some very small trimming- just a few mil- at the stern.  I suspect the warp will be no problem if you put glue on the top of the bulkheads before putting the deck in place, and put some clamps between deck and keel.  The center of the bulkheads comes up flush with the bottom of the deck :-)

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by PFJN on Thursday, January 25, 2018 7:11 PM

Don Stauffer

 Indeed!  I may order the Danton pretty soon.  I had not heard about the S-H.

 

Hi,

I saw about it in a post on another forum.  Apparently it is mentioned in Trumpeter's latest catalog, but I haven't seen anything else about it yet.

Pat

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Posted by LIVIT on Friday, January 26, 2018 3:27 AM

Don, I understand about space. Along with my growing 1/96 ships of sail collection, I am doing a history of flight mostly military except for the really important planes like the Wright flyer etc. All in 1/32. My house is starting to look like a modeling museum, specially when you add in all my RC Boats and Planes, Black Powder mini cannons and cowboy action revolver collections.  Yeah I am a 60 year old relieving his youth :)  

Being a Navy Vet I need some military ships too. Watching all your builds do inspire us mere mortals.     Dale

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Friday, January 26, 2018 6:45 AM

LIVIT

Don, I understand about space. Along with my growing 1/96 ships of sail collection, I am doing a history of flight mostly military except for the really important planes like the Wright flyer etc. All in 1/32. My house is starting to look like a modeling museum, specially when you add in all my RC Boats and Planes, Black Powder mini cannons and cowboy action revolver collections.  Yeah I am a 60 year old relieving his youth :)  

Being a Navy Vet I need some military ships too. Watching all your builds do inspire us mere mortals.     Dale

 

I also have some 1:96 and 1:192 ship models, but these are scratchbuilt Great Lakes Lakers (commonly referred to as lakers).  My wife likes those (she was  born and raised near Lake Superior), and I can keep them upstairs in main living area.  Even so, the four of those on display in family room have used up all the available display room (and three are on a high fi cabinet I am doing away with), so I need to negotiate some additional space, like putting up some nice shelves.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by warshipguy on Friday, January 26, 2018 7:07 AM

Don,

The Danton and the Lord Nelson are excellent kits. In fact, Hobby Boss has released other ships of both classes, including the French Voltaire and the British Agamemnon.  It is a great time to model the pre-Dreadnoughts!  Also, I picked up the German battlecruiser Seydlitz, so even the Dreadnoughts are starting to make a showing.

Concerning space, my wife has graciously allowed me to use my finished basement as a museum for my ships. However, after the work I've put in on my CSS Alabama, making many surgical modifications and corrections to the Revell kit, I told her that I want mantle space over the living room fireplace.

Bill

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Saturday, February 10, 2018 9:51 AM

February is going to be a bad month for building- my wife is gone for a month and I have double chores now.  But, get a few minutes here and there.  Here are the latest shots of some of the work.

 

Sorry about the quality of that last image!  I blew both the focus and exposure!

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by docidle on Sunday, February 11, 2018 10:59 PM

Don Stauffer

 

 
docidle

Don,

It is looking great so far. I have this kit in the stash so I’ll be following along with great interest. I am wondering if your upper deck is warped? Mine has a slight warp but I think that it will straighten out once it is glued down. 

Steve

 

 

 

Mine was not warped.  And, the fit into the hull was almost perfect, except for some very small trimming- just a few mil- at the stern.  I suspect the warp will be no problem if you put glue on the top of the bulkheads before putting the deck in place, and put some clamps between deck and keel.  The center of the bulkheads comes up flush with the bottom of the deck :-)

 

Thanks Don. Your ship is coming along nicely and I‘m enjoying following along. I agree with Bill, there are some great pre and dreadnoughts coming out and so far they look very nice. A French Pre Dreadnought I would love to see in 1/350 styrene is the Carnot!

Steve

       

 

 

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, May 10, 2018 3:50 PM

Sorry I haven't been posting many pictures.  I have been taking a bunch, thinking about writing up the build for FSM, and the pics go into the folder- and I just kind of forget about the WIP.  Anyway, I got on all the photo etch except for a couple of pieces in the way of some of the rigging, and the two boarding ladders which will be fragile hanging over the side, and these will be the last work before I finish the model.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by docidle on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 12:39 AM

Don,

You did an awesome job on the Nelson. Now I really need to get back and start building again.

One of the things I like about this model is that Hobby included the rolled up Anti-Torpedo netting. I wish Trumpeter had included it on the Dreadnought.

Steve

       

 

 

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 9:17 AM

docidle

Don,

You did an awesome job on the Nelson. Now I really need to get back and start building again.

One of the things I like about this model is that Hobby included the rolled up Anti-Torpedo netting. I wish Trumpeter had included it on the Dreadnought.

Steve

 

I used the PE net, but it sure does not look that great. It is two dimensional.  I think if I were doing it over, I'd get some sort of netting, maybe from a sewing craft store, and rolling or gathering it up myself.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by PFJN on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 12:17 PM

Hi,

Out of curiosity, does anyone know why the ship was named "Lord Nelson" instead of just "Nelson"?

Pat

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Posted by goldhammer on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 3:59 PM

PFJN

Hi,

Out of curiosity, does anyone know why the ship was named "Lord Nelson" instead of just "Nelson"?

Pat

 

My guess would be to more fully honor their national hero.  Have to remember the era and the times, as the RN was nearing the zenith.

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Posted by CapnMac82 on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 6:53 PM

There's also the very real possibility that an HMS Nelson was already in the Fleet (if, possibly, nearing the end of service life).

If a ship is going to the breakers, there's no need to rename her.  Or if being sold to some foreign government and about to be renamed.

Note that the Treaty-era battleship (sister ship to Rodney) was just named "HMS Nelson."

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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 7:00 PM

That’s it. There was an HMS Nelson launched 30 years earlier. She was still in service when this one was launched.

AFAIK the name HMS Morrison was available.

Send a bottle of the Admirals Claret to the Captains table.

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, September 06, 2018 3:43 PM

Finally completed the rigging!

Here are a few shots.

 

 

I happened to find some leftover 1:350 naval figures in my PE bin, and decided to use some on the kit.  When I finished the Nelson, I really got to work on my Victory, so that was why so many posts on that.  Took awhile before I figured out how I wanted to shoot the Nelson finished photos.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by ejhammer on Thursday, September 06, 2018 8:16 PM
Nicely done. EJ

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Posted by Staale S on Friday, September 07, 2018 4:03 AM
She _is_ a bit of a turret farm, isn't she?
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Posted by Don Stauffer on Friday, September 07, 2018 8:27 AM

Staale S
She _is_ a bit of a turret farm, isn't she?
 

Yep, that is what I like about her.  Definitely not a Dreadnought.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Marcus McBean on Saturday, September 08, 2018 7:48 AM

Don,

Nice finish, are you planning on putting on any flags.

Marcus

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Saturday, September 08, 2018 8:52 AM

Marcus McBean

Don,

Nice finish, are you planning on putting on any flags.

Marcus

 

Yeah, I hope so.  I need to pick up some really thin printing paper first, though.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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