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HMS King George V

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"MSW crew-mate Kostas Katseas continues his series of fine quality build submissions with Tamiya Models, King George V, in this "On Display" Feature!"

The vessel...
The King George V class battleships (KGV) were completed for the Royal Navy early in World War Two. Five ships of the class were built: King George V (1940), Prince of Wales (1941), Duke of York (1941), Howe (1942), and Anson (1942).

They carried one quadruple and one high "super-firing" twin turret forward and one quadruple turret aft. In this unique layout, she carried ten 14-inch guns. Her secondary armament consisted of sixteen 5.25 inch guns clustered amidships in eight double turrets.

Class overview
Name: King George V
Operators: Royal Navy
Preceded by: Nelson class
Succeeded by: Lion class (planned)
Completed: Five
Lost: One

General characteristics
Class and type: battleship
Displacement: 36,727 tons
Length: 745 ft (227 m)
Beam: 103 ft (31 m)
Draught: 32.6 ft (9.9 m)
Propulsion: Eight Admiralty three-drum small-tube boilers with superheaters
Four Parsons single-reduction geared turbines
Four three-bladed propellers, 14 ft 6 in diameter (4.42 m) 125,000 shp
Speed: 28.0 knots (1941 trials)
Range: 5,400+ nm at 18 knots (11.9 tons/hour fuel burn)
Complement: 1,314 to 1,631
Armament: 10 BL 14-inch (360 mm) Mk VII guns
16 QF 5.25-inch (133 mm) Mk I guns
64 QF 2 pounder "pom-pom" (40 mm)
Armour: Main belt: 14.7 in (374 mm)
lower belt: 5.4 in (137 mm)
deck: up to 5.38 in (136 mm)
main turrets: 12.75 in (324 mm)
barbettes: 12.75 in (324 mm)
Aircraft carried: Four Supermarine Walrus seaplanes
Aviation facilities: one double-ended catapult

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the model...

Base Kit-Tamiya 1/700 HMS King George V WW2 Battleship Waterline Series (77525)

This is again, a kit that I had built back in 2000....My references back then were almost non-existent, so there are a few mistakes as far as it goes about the painting... mainly of the horizontal surfaces.

As with my Kirishima, I had to replace masts/rigging, add new Pom-Poms from photo- etch, as well as few more extra details that I could come up with to create a busy feeling in the build. As this kit was allready built up from before, I couldn't intervene too much in the re-painting/detailing department, apart from creating a neat and crisp as possible model by todays standards.
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About the Author

About Kostas Katseas (Angeleyes)


looks really good Kostas!..may I ask what you did to get such great looking ocean base?
FEB 04, 2009 - 02:23 AM
Thank you.Its actually one of my least favorites this one.I used silicone which i shaped with my fingers and then i sort of press the ship in , reshape the waves a bit more and let it dry .Then i painted it and add a few splashes etc .Also someone told me that the degaussing cable was removed back by 1945, i just couldn't remove it as i made it out of plastic strip and that would ruin the paintwork to a point i wasn't prepare to re-invest the time needed to fix it so i left it there.
FEB 04, 2009 - 07:12 AM
Hi Kostas Long overdue, here is my comments on your KGV... Even with all the "errors" you've pointed out on this old built, it is still an excellent built, good painting and weathering - as for the sea base, I have mixed feelings... I like the choppy sea effect, but the bow area and near the hull it doesn't look as good. But all in all, still a very GOOD KGV model - Many thanks for sharing one of your older builds... It shows that no one is "born" a master - you have to work hard to be one! BZ Rui
FEB 06, 2009 - 05:56 AM
Thanks Rui.I have to confess my sin.I did this very hastily so i could sell it off , knowing the errors the model had and you are very right , it didn't came out as good as i was hoping but i couldn't reverse the process.Someone on Ebay though found it worth a few pounds so i got something back for my efforts , and a second chance to built her up again. You do learn from your mistakes they say, and i learned not to rush things too much , or not to work on something if you don't feel like.
FEB 06, 2009 - 07:14 AM
Wisest say of the day, Kostas! That's why I am soooooo slow Next time you build a KGV, you will know better Rui
FEB 06, 2009 - 07:20 AM
Those are good points, Kostas. I've found that quality falls off rapidly if any part of a build is forced. --Karl
FEB 06, 2009 - 11:54 AM
The more I listen to you guys the more I learn, thanks for sharing!
FEB 06, 2009 - 03:17 PM