HMS Agincourt was a
First World War dreadnought of the Royal Navy. Her
construction to a specially-impressive design was
originally commissioned by Brazil, but the collapse of
the rubber boom plus a lessening of the rivalry with
Argentina led to her resale while still under
construction to Turkey who renamed her as Sultan Osman
I. As her completion was about the time the First
World War broken out, she was seized for use by the
Royal Navy and renamed as Agincourt by the British, an
act which contributed to Turkey's decision to support
Germany in the war.
The ship was of
unique design, reflecting the ambitions of her original
owner, with fourteen twelve-inch guns mounted in seven
twin turrets (each named for a day of the week.)
It was the largest number of main-battery gun turrets
ever fitted on a battleship's centerline. When all
guns were fired together, the effect was described as
served with the Grand Fleet in the North Sea for nearly
the entire four years of World War I and, at the end of
May 1916, took part in the Battle of Jutland. She
was taken out of service in 1919, but recommissioned in
1921. She spent the bulk of her time during the
war on patrols and exercises.
In 1919, HMS
Agincourt was put into reserve and sold for scrap in
1922 to meet the terms of the Washington Naval Treaty.
HMS Agincourt battleship model
Plank-on-frame, hollow hull construction (very
important), weighing less than 20 lbs. (A solid hull of this model
would weigh over 60 lbs, requiring 2 people to
handle and a fortified table to accommodate.)
- Hollow superstructure comprised of many individual
thin pieces of wood glued together, not few blocks stacking on top one
- Windows are cutouts (not black decals), thanks to the
- Light rust appearance
to give the ship the battle look.
- >95% of parts are wood and metal.
long x 10" wide x 20 tall, this model was a custom made
and not for sale.
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