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HMS Iron Duke, 1918

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Model Kit Used-Combrig Models, 1/700 scale full resin, British Battleship HMS Iron Duke 1918



HMS Iron Duke was a battleship of the Royal Navy, the lead ship of her class, named in honor of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. She served as the flagship of the Grand Fleet during the First World War, including at the Battle of Jutland. For the majority of the Great War, she was based with the rest of the Grand Fleet at Scapa Flow in Scotland.

Iron Duke was launched on 12 October 1912 at Portsmouth, England, the first of her class. After commissioning, she joined the Home Fleet as the flagship of Admiral Sir George Callaghan. Shortly before the beginning of hostilities, Callaghan was relieved by Admiral Sir John Jellicoe, who made Iron Duke the flagship of the newly organized Grand Fleet.

Her only major combat service during the First World War came in the Battle of Jutland on 31 May 1916, where she served in the Fourth Battle Squadron. She delivered a number of significant shell hits on the German battleship SMS König, at the point when the two main fleets collided.[1]

She later became the flagship for a short time of Admiral Sir David Beatty when he assumed command of the Grand Fleet in late 1916, although he soon moved his flag to Queen Elizabeth.

After the war, she was transferred to the Mediterranean Fleet, where she again served as flagship, this time for Admiral Sir John de Robeck. She served with the Mediterranean and Atlantic Fleets until she was paid off in 1929.

In 1931, after the London Naval Treaty, Iron Duke was disarmed and she served as a gunnery training vessel. "B" and "Y" turrets and the torpedo tubes were removed, two 4 in (100 mm) AA guns were mounted and another AA gun was mounted in place of the "B" turret. In 1939, another twin 4.5 in (110 mm) turret was mounted at the "X" turret.

During the Second World War, she was used as a base ship at Scapa Flow, where she was forced to beach during an air attack in 1939. She was re-floated and saw continued service until the conclusion of hostilities. She was sold in 1946 as scrap, and broken up in Glasgow in 1948. Iron Duke's bell is on display at Winchester Cathedral.
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About the Author

About Kostas Katseas (Angeleyes)
FROM: DRAMA, GREECE / Ελλάδα


Comments

What a little beauty this is, smashing bit of rigging must have been a pain getting the right position, the diorama is simple but OH so very effective very nice work.
APR 07, 2010 - 01:04 AM
You have really captured the distinctive lines of a British dreadnought, Kostas! The detailed rigging and awning work, especially in 1:700 scale, are amazing. --Karl
APR 07, 2010 - 05:16 AM
A really fantastic looking model and the water looks very real. Love the deep dark tone of it. Amazing details especially when placed next to the lighter and the size is put into perspective. Inspiring stuff. steve
APR 07, 2010 - 10:18 AM
Ditto on all of the above Kostas!!! Magnificent work! I just love that water! Rob
APR 08, 2010 - 07:20 AM
A beautiful build ! Weathering is very realistic, detailing is excellent, certainly when taking the scale into consideration. Julian
APR 08, 2010 - 05:27 PM
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Thanks.