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Charles Martel 1/200 scale French Pre Dreadnaught Battleship

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  • Member since
    March 2022
  • From: Twin cities, MN
Posted by missileman2000 on Friday, November 11, 2022 7:24 AM

Love the pre-Dreadnought era battleships!  I'd like a kit of that ship.


  • Member since
    May 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Thursday, November 10, 2022 7:10 PM


Although French pre-dreadnoughts are not really my thing (though cool for sure), I'm impressed with the amount of skill and technology that went into this one so far... I wish I could use Blender this well. At the moment I just got a new computer at last where I can run Blender, now I have to learn it...

In Poland we have a modeller that took a paper model of a warship (ORP Piorun), built the hull out of paper, then filled and sanded it and then outfittet it with Blender-designed, 3D printed details - turned out very nice and he saved some resin :-)

Good luck with your build and have a nice day


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

  • Member since
    January 2021
Posted by JoeSMG on Thursday, November 10, 2022 7:06 PM

Thank you, I'm very framilliar with that video and did many a screen grab from it!

It may even be what got me interested in the Charles Martel in the first place - Catchy Title: French Pre-Dreadnoughts - When Hotels go to War Big Smile

- Joe the SMG

  • Member since
    July 2011
  • From: Armpit of NY
Posted by MJames70 on Thursday, November 10, 2022 6:58 PM

Good luck with this ambitious project. If you aren't familiar with YouTuber Drachinifel, you should check out his video about the French pre-dreadnoughts -

  • Member since
    January 2021
Charles Martel 1/200 scale French Pre Dreadnaught Battleship
Posted by JoeSMG on Thursday, November 10, 2022 6:47 PM

I started this bytes to battleship project well over a year ago after stumbling onto some online photos of Charles Martel. I instantly knew I wanted one!

I've been working up the courage to commit to this project post here for quite a while.   (On my website I can just delete the whole thing if it doesn't work out Smile)

When I started this, I was just getting dangerous at Blender and wanted a challenging "from scratch" project to sink my new 3d design fangs into. After spending many, many, "spare" hours on it over the past year, I was definitely getting better. I started reworking earlier sections with new modeling methods and finding new online pictures causing me to redo previous guess work. This could easily have gone on for another year but felt the need to call the design done and start carving Charles Martel up into printable sections.

Below are a couple screen shots of the Blender render:

The cutting of the design into printable sections for my Elegoo Saturn took another month or so but then the printing began! Below are a few of the printed parts:

These prints easily took 12 - 15 hours, fortunately I had zero print failures and was done initial printing in just over a week. I may need to reprint some parts if I mess them up too badly trying to put her together.

I've now separated all the supports from the printed parts, mostly without too much damage and that's where I am right now. I'll add one more picture of a mockup I put together of some of the larger parts.

Progress will likely be pretty slow but I hope to update this thread with new work periodically.

Wish me luck and thanks for looking!

PS: Forgot to mention at 1/200 she is almost exactly 2 feet long.

- Joe the SMG


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