HMS Dreadnought was the lead ship in a class that would revolutionize Naval Warfare in the early 20th Century. The design was based around the concept of the 'All Big Gun Battleship'. Previous designs had deployed an array of different sizes of guns, all for specific purposes: some to concentrate on the enemy's armored superstructure and main guns, some to target the small guns and secondary superstructure and some to target smaller vessels that may try to get in close and launch torpedoes. It was a very difficult task to operate such a large range of different weapons and also target the enemy effectively; lots of different guns firing in a relatively random fashion caused much confusion with the fall of of shot and the smoke they produced. The 'All Big Gun' concept focused all the firepower into main batteries of large long range guns that were intended to out range the opposition and reduce the logistical and management issues associated with many guns of different calibers.
Dreadnought also employed steam turbines to make her faster than any other battleship afloat. Steam turbines were not new for a naval vessel, they had been used on destroyers, but it was a first for a battle ship and they gave Dreadnought the ability to move within range of an enemy fleet, fire her guns and to withdraw any time she pleased. It was a distinct advantage in a firefight.
Dreadnought was designed with production in mind. Admiral Fisher, the man behind the Dreadnought, intended that Dreadnought be built faster than any previous battleship so that Britain could produce more battleships in a given time than any other nation on earth. To do this new production techniques were developed, especially the idea of pre-assembly.
Dreadnought did not take part in any battles during the Great War. At the time of the Battle of Jutland she was being refitted. Dreadnought's only naval engagement was on 18th March 1915 when she spotted, rammed and sank U29, becoming the only battleship ever to sink a submarine.
Dreadnought was put into the reserve in February 1919. In March 1920 Dreadnought was put up for sale and bought for scrap.
The Trumpeter Kit includes over 630 parts including a full hull, photo etched details, a display stand and a metal chain. The finished kit is over 457mm long.
Paints Required - not included (Humbrol Ref)
- 123 Dark Sea Grey
- 177 Hull Red
- 28 Grey
- 33 Flat Black
- 16 Gold
- 9 Tan
- Model: 10Tru05328
- 16 Units in Stock
- Manufactured by: Trumpeter
This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 01 January, 1970.