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SHMS Iron Duke

Ratch

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H.M.S. Iron Duke was a Super-Dreadnought her keel laid in January 1912, built at Portsmouth Dockyard in 1914, the lead ship of her class, named in honour of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. She was armed with a main battery of ten 13.5-inch (340 mm) guns and was capable of a top speed of 21.25 knots (39.36 km/h; 24.45 mph). Iron Duke served as the flagship of Commander-in-Chief, Sir John Jellicoe of the Grand Fleet during the First World War, including at the Battle of Jutland. There, she inflicted significant damage on the German battleship SMS König early in the main fleet action. In January 1917, she was relieved as fleet flagship. After the war, Iron Duke operated in the Mediterranean as the flagship of the Mediterranean Fleet. She participated in both the Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War in the Black Sea and the Greco-Turkish War. She also assisted in the evacuation of refugees from Smyrna. In 1926, she was assigned to the Atlantic Fleet, where she served as a training ship.
Iron Duke only remained on active duty for a few more years; in 1930, the London Naval Treaty specified that the four Iron Duke-class battleships be scrapped or otherwise demilitarised. Iron Duke was therefore converted into a gunnery training ship; her armour and much of her armament was removed to render her unfit for combat. She served in this capacity until the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939, when she was moored in Scapa Flow as a harbour defence ship. In October, she was badly damaged by German bombers and was run aground to avoid sinking. She continued to serve as an anti-aircraft platform for the duration of the war, and was eventually refloated and broken up for scrap in the late 1940s.

Started on Monday and finished today.

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barry_vitou

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Definitely should be restarted by the looks of it.

Ratch

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Yes I started it on Monday and finished it inside three days.

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@Ratch

Yes I started it on Monday and finished it inside three days.

Well, I have had such a kit since it was new and it still hasn't been built!

I tried to get in contact with a Mr N Moore in this forum, he hasn't yet replied, do you know him? He has wanted to get an Iron Duke kit since he was a child. Simon Kewer

Simon Kewer

Ratch

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You can't 'get hold of' people on this forum - there is no private message facility - and no, sorry, I don't know him.

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@Ratch

You can't 'get hold of' people on this forum - there is no private message facility - and no, sorry, I don't know him.

Thank you. Simon kewer

Simon Kewer

AirportsEd

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Nice work...and completed in just three days? Iron Duke was the first ship kit I ever made, and I was still in junior school at the time. It's on my rapidly growing 'must do again' list, so I hope Airfix re-release it again someday! 

Ratch

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Cheers

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Patrick Camilleri

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Nicely done Ratch!

Ratch

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Thank you Patrick

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