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British Battlecruiser, HMS Tiger

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"MSW crew-mate Martin J. Quinn (MartinJQuinn) shares a fine gallery of images of his build of British Battlecruiser HMS Tiger, in this "On Display" Feature!"

1/700 Scale HMS Tiger (Combrig)

Possibly the best looking warship ever built, the Combrig model of Tiger was built with the White Ensign photo-etch set designed specifically for this kit. I used most of the parts for the as-built version, except for the boat davits, which were made out of brass rod.

I also used brass rod for the main strut in the tripod and the mast on the spotting top, and for the four coaling davits that I added. I replaced the kit resin gun barrels with brass barrels from NNT. Blast bags are made from white glue. The model was painted with Humbrol 64 for the overall color, and White Ensign colorcoats for the wood deck, superstructure decks and turrets tops. The model was weathered with "Warpigs" washes and powders.

The ship was rigged with Caenis line, with the addition of cage aerials from thin speaker wire, using the "Griffith Method" outlined in David Griffith's book. For my first attempt at this, I'm relatively happy, but hope to do a neater job next time I attempt it - there is too much glue on the horizontal lines. Water is acrylic gel medium, painted with acrylic artist colors.
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About the Author

About Martin J Quinn (MartinJQuinn)
FROM: NEW JERSEY, UNITED STATES

Living in Northern New Jersey, USA. I have a 17 year old son in high school and a forever 9 year old daughter in heaven. I've been modeling since I was about 6 years old - my father and I put together my first model. After several builds, he had enough, while I never stopped building. ...


Comments

You've now gone over the line into "Psycholand" after making those aerial spreaders! Nice work!
OCT 03, 2010 - 06:43 AM
Great work Martin!
OCT 03, 2010 - 08:50 AM
To be honest I've never heard of HMS Tiger, a very job you've done, especially on those tricky PE angles. Thank you for sharing.
OCT 03, 2010 - 09:20 AM
Yes, that is one great looking build.
OCT 03, 2010 - 01:50 PM
Cracking build Martin, the aeriels are brilliant. Alec, The Battlecruier HMS Tiger was a one off commisioned late 1914, Half sister of the Lion class, (HMS Lion was the flagship of the then Vice Admiral Sir David Beatty, commander of the Battlecruiser fleet 1914-1916), her only real claim to fame was that she survived both the Battle of Dogger Bank (1915) and the Battle Jutland (1916) in both cases have taken a substantial number of heavy shell hits, and not blown up, and in both cases she was back in service in less than 2 months.
OCT 03, 2010 - 09:09 PM
Excellent job Martin!! I really like the extra work that you have made for the spacers - it makes a difference (Very Big ONE!) BZ Rui
OCT 05, 2010 - 04:42 AM
A beautiful rendering of an elegant ship and such intricate detail for 1:700 scale. Truly, a miniature marvel. --Karl
OCT 05, 2010 - 06:31 AM
Thanks guys - appreciate the kind words. I really enjoyed building her. Like her namesake, she's been very lucky: she took a 2nd place in her category at this years IPMS/USA National convention, as well as a 2nd place at a pair of other shows prior to the national event.
OCT 05, 2010 - 07:26 AM
I too, love the HMS Tiger. Your rendition is glorious!!!!
NOV 08, 2010 - 03:35 PM
I love those old WW 1 ships. I imagine given time they will come out in 350 when all the WW2 stuff gets done and redone. Nice job a beautiful ship
NOV 09, 2010 - 06:19 AM