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HMS Ramillies Scratch-Built

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  • Member since
    December 2019
HMS Ramillies Scratch-Built
Posted by JLavender on Thursday, January 23, 2020 2:39 AM

After 36 days of work, 672 individual scratch-built pieces, my 1/1500 scale model of the British super-dreadnought HMS Ramillies is finished. The model depicts the ship as she appeared working up in late 1917 with her Wilkinson Admiralty Disruptive Dazzle camouflage scheme. 


The model is made from boxwood and brass, with four grades of tungsten wire for the rigging. The sea base was made from carved basswood and painted. The ship was built entirely from scratch using scale drawings and photographs. If you’d like more information about how I build these ships, I have a website None of the models are for sale and I do not take commissions. 


The 1943 Shilling is just under 1” or 24mm in diameter for scale.


HMS Ramillies was a difficult subject since she’s probably the least-documented of the five Revenge class battleships. Only a handful of photographs exist of her from late 1917, the period I chose for the model. However, the originally Admiralty color plates used to paint the dazzle camouflage still exist. Ramillies wore this camouflage from late 1917 through March 1918. 


The colors did pose a bit of a challenge since the forward section of the ship was essentially painted pink or mauve as the RN referred to it, and that color doesn’t scale well. I chose a pinkish peach color cut with a bit of medium grey. Had I used the color right from the plate, without scaling it, I think it would have appeared too garish. The same was done with the other colors as well, cutting them with grey to soften them a bit.






  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, January 23, 2020 8:21 AM


Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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    May 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Thursday, January 23, 2020 8:43 AM

That is unique. Very impressive. Yes

You also have a very nice website. Simple, clean, well-organized, to-the-point.


  • Member since
    March 2018
  • From: Chicago suburbs
Posted by Luvspinball on Thursday, January 23, 2020 9:27 AM


Increadible work!  We have a guy in my Midwest Model Shipwright's club who builds to this scale as well.  I marvel at each of the ships he brings in, just as I marvel at yours.

Wonderful website as well.



Bob Frysztak


Current builds:  Revell 1/96 USS Constitution with extensive scratch building

  • Member since
    December 2019
Posted by JLavender on Thursday, January 23, 2020 11:58 AM
Thanks guys! Glad you like. I started the site to keep everything in one spot for people to see when they have questions. I get asked a lot of questions over and over and it easier to point them in that direction.
  • Member since
    May 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Thursday, January 23, 2020 3:43 PM


The ship, along with its base - is very beautiful! Congratulations! I'd like to suggest photographing it along something else for size reference: a match or a box of matches would serve the purpose better in my opinion. Thanks for sharing and good luck with your next builds! (What might they be?) Have a nice day


All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Thursday, January 23, 2020 3:47 PM
Very impressive,if there is no kit of it,I'm not building it.Scratch building is impressive

  • Member since
    April 2015
Posted by Mopar Madness on Thursday, January 23, 2020 5:22 PM

Now that is some master class modeling right there!


God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/144 Revell Snowberry

On deck: 1/48 Tamiya Fw 190A4

In the hole: 1/48 Hasegawa Fw 190A4

  • Member since
    December 2019
Posted by JLavender on Thursday, January 23, 2020 5:55 PM
Thanks everyone! Glad you like it. The shilling is a bit of a trademark or calling card if you will. I like how it looks.

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