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HMS Queen Mary, Scratch Built, 1/1500

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    December 2019
HMS Queen Mary, Scratch Built, 1/1500
Posted by JLavender on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 11:50 AM


It'a been a while, but I'm still 'round. Back to share some shots of the latest project.

As always, she’s constructed to 1/1500 scale, an odd number but the math is easy to do when converting the measurements and it prevents me from using commercial parts. The hull is made from boxwood, a superior wood for carving, maybe the best. The balance of the detail is mostly brass with some styrene here and there but very little. I’ve even included the armor plate and bow/stern hull plates which really adds a lot of visual interest. You’re looking at almost as many pieces in this hull as would be contained in an entire 1/700 battleship kit. 

Next up will be rigging the torpedo net booms; they require 2 pieces of rigging each, plus the deployment rigging. This will account for over 100 more individual pieces. 

I have a photo gallery website if you'd like to see more of the finished models.
Stay tuned for more.



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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 1:59 PM

Looking great!

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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    July 2014
  • From: Philadelphia Pa
Posted by Nino on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 5:28 PM

I am in a front row seat for this one.  It's wonderful watching you work.

Thanks for coming back to  Entertain and Enlighten us.  


 Put a big  E on your stack.  You deserve it  for working at this scale.


  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, March 26, 2020 10:51 AM

Oh Boy! 

You got me hooked.

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Posted by JLavender on Friday, March 27, 2020 8:07 PM

Thanks Guys! More to come soon!

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Posted by GMorrison on Sunday, March 29, 2020 9:59 AM



That is really something! Nice work.



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Posted by JLavender on Sunday, March 29, 2020 8:12 PM
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Posted by JLavender on Sunday, March 29, 2020 8:19 PM
Thanks Bill, glad you like
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Posted by JLavender on Sunday, April 5, 2020 11:13 PM
At this point I’m sharing this WIP photo since I’ve passed an important milestone, the parts count is now over 500. Actually, 502 to be exact. The number of individual pieces I use on a ship model is something I’ve found interesting as an academic statistic. It’s of note that my first scratch built battleship had a parts count somewhere in the mid 500s for the whole ship. I’m roughly half way complete with this one and surpassing that number easily. Mary also Fontaine’s 8 of the smallest piece I’ve ever made; the triangular supports for the breakwater. They’re so small I couldn’t even measure them, but maybe 1/3mm? On all of my other battleships, I simulated the casemate guns with some extremely careful carving of the hull sides, however, here I wanted to up the ante a bit and build casemates that had a visible interior. It’s something I felt was possible so I went ahead and did it. I think the results are above and beyond what I could have expected and I’m very happy with how they’ve turned out. In total, there are 16 individually built 102mm (4in) guns, all recessed into the superstructure. The rest of the ship will be built with my usual techniques of boxwood, aluminum, and brass and I can’t think of anything else I want to try to do differently on this model. The funnels are something I’ll document a little more closely. I always build them with aluminum sheet with full internal and external piping with extremely difficult to make panel lines and caps. It’s fiddly but the results are structures that are much thinner than a piece of paper. In my opinion, they make the model. Funnels of this era are delicate structures in real life, but in 1/1500 require a little extra work to make them appear as thin and detailed as possible. More construction information can be found on my website,
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  • From: 37deg 40.13' N 95deg 29.10'W
Posted by scottrc on Monday, April 6, 2020 11:14 AM

Outstanding and amazing amount of work you put into these models. It looks like a lot of fun.



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