Sunday, June 21, 2020

Kaiser class completed

Finally, the quintet of Kaiser class battleships is complete. The last wash is on, the wakes are done, and the name tags are in place.

Wakes and washes done.

From left to right, Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse, Kaiser Wilhelm II, Kaiser Friedrich III, Kaiser Karl der Grosse, Kaiser Barbarossa.

Bringing up the rear, the three merchantmen. I deliberately left them unnamed so they can work for all nationalities.

I'm generally pleased with the way these turned out. Technically the Kaisers are a little higher out the water than they would've been in their heyday. Ironically from 1906 onwards - the period I'm gaming - the class underwent an extensive refit which saw the removal of a number of secondary weapons, a great deal of superstructure, and the replacement of the distinctive tubular masts with more conventional pole masts. The reduction in weight left them riding higher in the water, resulting in their armoured belt being too high to be effective. The class was then relegated to second line use then barracks or training ships during WW1 before being scrapped. I'm hoping they'll see plenty of action in this incarnation.


Michael Awdry said...

They look so good A.J.

A J said...

Thanks, Michael! They turned out pretty much as I hoped.


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