As anyone who's had a peer though my blog will know, I have been for some time putting together a considerable Russian fleet in 1/2400 scale. It has annoyed me throughout making this collection that I could not find a suitable model to represent my Flagship, the most powerful ship in the Russian Navy, the turret ironclad 'Peter the Great'. I have tried to use some models from the fantastic Tumbling Dice range, first the HMS Devastation - a turret ship that was far too short (about 100' in scale!) - and then the HMS Monarch - who matches the Peter The Great in all dimensions and in her armament but otherwise looks nothing like her. Anyway, what I am rambling into saying is that, dissatisfy with these models I did the one thing that I could do - made the damned thing myself.
The model is converted from the Tumbling Dice model of the USS Colossus. I have fairly simply cut the original model up and rearranged it so that it looked roughly like the Peter The Great, then built a new hull out of cardstock and milliput, cut down and re-built the turrets, added masts, flagpoles and flags, a new smokestack, some 1/1200 scale deck funnels - then I just had to paint it up. Rather easy really - if rather time consuming. This is by far the most ambitious shipwright-ing project that I have undertaken so far and I am really rather happy with the result. In my little wave of enthusiasm following the realization that I could have an accurate model for one of my favorite ships of all time I finished the whole project - from the thought popping into my head whilst walking the dog to posting the finished photos on my blog - in under 48 hours.
So, yes, without further adieu - the Photos.