This small diorama represents one of the several British dockyards at the beginning of World War I with two ships from different generations currently in harbour. The big battlecruiser, considerered to be one of the ‘Splendid Cats’, is HMS Tiger and the smaller armoured cruiser is HMS Drake. Tiger was completed in 1914 and armed with eight 13.5in guns she possessed quite a heavy punch, especially compared to contemporary German battlecruisers. But nevertheless, she still suffered from the same weakness that all the British battlecruisers of the era had- thin armour. Her design was modified along the lines of Kongo class battlecruisers designed for the Japanese Navy and looked so good and powerful despite being unsuitable for the role she was given.
Because the ship was completed only recently, the crew had no proper training, so it wasn’t a big surprise that she fired over 350 shells during the Battle of Dogger Bank, and scored only two hits. Performance of her gunnery increased only slightly during the Battle of Jutland, and she was hit several times in return, but managed to remain in the line.
HMS Drake was a first-class armoured cruiser completed in 1904, ten years before Tiger, but the difference between them is stunning. Altogether she wasn’t a bad design, she was well armed and decently armoured for her size and could achieve 23 knots. The four ships of the class were known for their steaming ability, being capable of consistently running for long periods at high speed. She was lost to a submarine attack in 1917, a fate, similar to many other British ships.
The HMS Drake is my first serious attempt at SNOT technique and I hope it turned out fine. I just wanted to use those dark grey pieces to make it stand out a little bit more from the background.
After the war, HMS Tiger remained in service as the oldest of the battlecruisers, now also in company of the mighty Hood. Transfer to the Dutch Navy together with modernisation in manner similar to Renown and Repulse was discussed, but at the end she was broken up in 1932 as the last coal burning British capital ship.
The slipway is large enough to handle the construction of medium sized liners, but you couldn’t put Titanic on that...
This crane is huge, somewhat oversized, but I wanted to use the good looks of the ‘rope ladder’piece...
Quoting Locutus 666
Is there a way to buy such parts somewhere like bricklink?
Honestly said, I don't know. I got them from the two mega bloks carriers and the battleship. If you need a vast amount of 4x2 bricks and those lovely black plates, you should get those sets, but I'm not sure if the carriers are still available. Google the part lists of other sets too, and I'm sure you'll find where those tiny parts are included too. If I had more of them I would've send them to you, but I unfortunately don't have that many and I use them often... :(
Quoting Locutus 666
I want to ask u what parts have u used for the side-turrets. they seemed to be something like modified plates 1x1. I cant find them in LDD and bricklink. Are those custom bricks?
Nope, those are not custom bricks, those are mega bloks pieces that I find extremely useful for micro scale ships. I know that some purists might find them annoying, but they fulfill their duty well. Using LEGO parts for double barelled guns presents no problem, because of variety of parts that can be used, but single guns are quite problematic. I've experimented with minifig hands a little bit too, but I've ended up using them for something else instead. You'll see it on my next micro project...
Quoting arwenromel hanna
very nice. would you like to build it in minifigures scale???
Yes, I would like to build it :D, but I think I have only about 5% of the bricks needed for such a giant project... Though expect some larger ships coming out soon, not minifig scale unfortunately, but still big enough to intimidate the zoom on my camera...
If you think it cant be better he will upload something like this! :D
Well...awesome. Both ships bring exactly the ship-hull-looking what is known for ships of that era.
But wait, even that is not enough for him, he adds an exciting port-diorama to complete this. I can only give a 5/5 due to the fact that 6/5 isnt possible. :D
Very very very well done my friend! ;)