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drgarlic Inactive Member22 Aug 2012 7:21 a.m. PST


I know about the expensive Euro brands and the old Houston's ships line, but does anyone know of any prospects for someone starting a 1:1200 line of pre-dreanoughts reasonably priced for the USA market?!

Dr G

Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian22 Aug 2012 7:27 a.m. PST

I feel your pain. One of the big misses out there in the industry. Might make a good kickstart.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP22 Aug 2012 7:27 a.m. PST

There are some nice 1/2400 from Viking Forge but I have heard nothing of 1/1200. You have your choices listed unless you can persuade someone new to take the plunge.

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP22 Aug 2012 8:07 a.m. PST


Would you like to make some 1/1200 scale masters?


Schogun22 Aug 2012 8:31 a.m. PST

I agree. I want to do a small naval action scenario and just 6-7 Navis/Neptune ships will cost me more than $300. USD

I may have to make my own from balsa wood and plastic card, but they won't have the detail that Navis has.

I can't blame Navis though…

Bill Rosser Supporting Member of TMP22 Aug 2012 11:42 a.m. PST

I would be interested in these as well.

Personal logo The Beast Rampant Supporting Member of TMP22 Aug 2012 11:45 a.m. PST

I, too would like to see VSB get something in production.

Finknottle22 Aug 2012 12:23 p.m. PST

I've seen a few 1200 pre-dreads up on shapeways. Not the most detailed of models, but they weren't $60 USD apiece, either.

pink panzer Inactive Member24 Aug 2012 2:44 a.m. PST

Mick Yarrow does a few ships which you may find useful, including Schleswig Holstein and some early dreadnoughts (which could be adapted): link
And they're quite cheap!
Skytrex do some earlier ironclads: link

Yellow Admiral13 Sep 2015 8:34 p.m. PST

I stumbled across this thread in a Google search and wanted to note for future Interweb wanderers that most "Rapid prototype" pre-dreadnoughts from WTJ can be printed in 1/1500 scale, and a few of the DDs are now available in 1/1250 and 1/1000 scales.

- Ix

Brigman200021 Jan 2017 5:24 p.m. PST

1:1200 pre-dreadnoughts? is there still a need for these?

138SquadronRAF Supporting Member of TMP23 Jan 2017 9:08 a.m. PST

I like them. Even if I currently have smaller scale ships.

warren bruhn Inactive Member23 Jan 2017 2:27 p.m. PST

I would suggest War Times Journal 1:1500 or 1:1800 scale pre-dreadnoughts instead of 1:1200. There's a lot of detail on the 3D plastic printed WTJ ship models even in 1:2400 scale. So I'm sure the detail and look is even better in 1:1500 or 1:1800 scales.

Captain Gideon24 Jan 2017 8:12 a.m. PST

I have a small number of 1/1250th scale Russo-Japanese War ships and I like them as well.

I have some of the Russian's from Mercator which include a Borodino among other Baltic Fleet and Pacific Fleet ships,in addition I have some Japanese ships from Navis.

But my scales that I mostly use are 1/2400th,1/3000th and 1/6000th.


Ottoathome29 Jan 2017 1:38 p.m. PST

You can make them easy enough out of balsa, basswood, brass, card stock and music wire. I have a few of the late Terry Manton's ships which he made beautiful hand made models. It's a lot of fun to do. Done dreadnoughts too! Not too hard. Did several dreadnoughts too!

I only use 1:1200

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