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HMS Dreadnought 1/700
Version - 1907, 1915 or 1918 World War I
List Price $48.95 Kit # BB216A 9" Long
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When Admiral Sir John Fisher became First Sea Lord in October 1904 one of the first things he did was to set up a Design Committee to consider possible all big gun designs. The switch from the mixed armament of previous battleships to a uniform main calibre main gun and a light anti-torpedo boat defensive armament was controversial but soon copied by those navies that were not already thinking along similar lines. Just as revolutionary was the adoption of steam turbines which enabled higher speeds for less weight and volume of machinery as well as causing less vibration. Protection was slightly less than the last British pre-Dreadnoughts but better than most pre-Dreadnoughts and considered adequate. The slight reduction was necessary in order to provide better underwater protection with greater sub-division and the introduction of partial anti-torpedo bulkheads (screens) which protected the ships magazines against underwater explosions. Crew 700.
World War 1 Service:
4th Battle Squadron Grand Fleet as flagship.
December 1914 flag transferred to HMS Benbow.
18 February 1915 rammed and sank German submarine U29.
April 1916 refit at Portsmouth
May-June 1916 transferred to 3rd Battle Squadron at Sheerness.
14 June 1916 failed attempt to ram submarine off Dunnet Head.
Late June 1916 rejoined 3rd Battle Squadron as flagship.
March 1918 rejoined 4th Battle Squadron.
August 1918 placed in reserve.
1921 Sold for scrap.
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