When I decided to take up model building, my first kit I purchased was the Academy HMS Warspite Premium kit.
I knew I didn’t have the skills to take this kit on at the time, but after numerous armor and other ships builds, I think I am as ready as I will ever be.
This kit came loaded with PE, bass barrels, masts, yardarms, and wood decking. I did pick up the White Ensigns PE for the Warspite at a very discounted price at a show and Scaledecks wood deck after seeing the detail compared to the one in the kit. Over the years I built up a stash of after market items for Royal Navy ships which as needed will be added to the build.
Not to bore you but here is the kit items, and some after market items.
And now some aftermarket items.
So far the hull is assembled and ready for painting. I drilled out the portholes on the hull and all superstructure assemblies, and removed their visors and replace the visors with North Star Model porthole w/visors for Royal Navy ships. Scraped off all the molded on doors and replace them with White Ensign Model doors for RN ships and replaced the molded on ventilators with W.E. PE replacement.
It doesn’t seem like much was done, but it took quite a long time to remove and replace those portholes and doors.
I have started building the superstructure assemblies, but there are many modifications that will need to be done to fit all the PE that Academy and White Ensign has created for them.
After looking through the reference books, I am debating on adding the armor that sticks out beyond the torpedo blister. I am concern on how to match it up with the blister, so the blister looks like it is sitting on top of the armor and not behind it.
Anyway, will post again as soon as I have more to show. I would appreciate if anyone that has built this kit has some advice to pass on, please do so.