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HMS Rodney Battleship Waterline Boat

The Rodney was laid down in December 1922 at the Birkenhead yard of Cammell-Laird & Co. She was launched on the 17th December 1925 and completed in August 1927.

Her armament consisted of nine 16-inch guns in triple turrets all sited forward of her bridge. Twelve 6-inch guns in twin turrets, six 4.7 inch A.A. guns and eight 2 pounder pom-poms. Also two submerged torpedo tubes housed one on each beam forward below the lower deck line. It is interesting to note these torpedos were of the 24.5 inch type common in the Japanese Navy, but unique to the Rodney and Nelson within the Royal Navy as were their 16-inch guns. In order to save weight extensive use was made of new materials in her construction, such as light weight steel, aluminium, fir for her deck in place of the traditional teak, and plywood for many internal non structural bulkheads and fittings, all of which was fireproofed. Her completed displacement was 33,950 tons over a thousand tons under the limit imposed.

Rodney and Nelson were the first British warships to have a tower bridge and mast, also the first to have flush decks since the "Lord Nelsons" of 1908 and have their engine rooms forward of the boilers. As protection she carried a 14-inch armour belt along her beam which ran from slightly ahead of her fore turret aft to her steering compartment. Her main turrets carried armour 16-inches thick except for their backs which were 9-inch plate, the barbettes were of 15-inch plate and her middle deck A.P. was 6 1/4 inches thick over her magazines, varying to 3-inches over her machinery spaces.

She was powered by Brown-Curtis geared turbines driving two shafts and her machinery was supplied by her builders. These gave her a speed of 23.5 knots for 46,000 H.P. at her standard displacement on trials, though this speed was seldom attained in service. She carried a complement in peacetime of 1,300 Officers and men, this being increased in wartime to 1,700.

Because of her design, a compromise at best, she handled very badly under most conditions, and especially in cross winds or in shallow water. In a following sea or going astern she steered poorly, and was slow to answer the helm under all conditions.

Tamiya HMS Rodney Battleship Waterline Boat Plastic Model Military Ship Kit 1/700 Scale #77502
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"Interesting build"
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This is a good model for beginners, not to much detail but still very nice for the price.

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1/700 HMS Rodney Battleship Waterline plastic model kit

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"great beginner ship, but lack of detail"
brianmiller1220 (Selinsgrove, PA)
This class is probably my favorite in World War 2. Looks ugly and beautiful at the same time. The kit does lack the detail of the newer kits our there, but this is the only 1/700 Rodney at this time, so it'll have to do. I always build my ships out of the box, but I've seen some builds of this kit that used PE and they were show stoppers, although even out of box it will look like a nice kit. Much recommended.

"Different type of battleship due to treaty limitations"
This was an interesting and actually easy to both build and paint. I chose a different paint scheme as shown in the instructions and was a just a little disappointed in the way I painted the deck as it didn't look clean enough to me. The ships lines are definitely a different look for a capital ship of the era, completely getting away from the Queen Elizabeth design of WW 1. Thought this could make an excellent diorama using some smaller ships or different class of BB in a port or harbor setting. The hull and main deck come as one piece so there isn't much to glue except for the superstructure and armament. In fact I did not glue the main guns as they are capable to rotate without having to do anything to them to keep them in place.

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