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nnascati Supporting Member of TMP25 Apr 2019 6:27 p.m. PST

This may be a dumb question, but here goes. I scratch built two very basic fleets of pre-dreadnaughts for Bob Cordery's "Gridded Naval Wargames". I have a 2 inch hex mat, so built the ships accordingly. I used carpentry biscuits as the hulls of the models, the largest being just about two inches long. So my dumb question is, what scale ship do I have if I want to replace them with real models?

Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian25 Apr 2019 7:35 p.m. PST

Your average predread runs about 350 – 400 feet long for a battleship. At 1/2400 that scales out to 1.75" – 2", so I'd say 1/2400.

Yellow Admiral25 Apr 2019 9:01 p.m. PST

+1 VSB

The only thing I'd add is that the cruisers of the pre-dreadnought period were often larger than battleships of the same age. Many armored cruisers in the heyday of that design were 460' – 480' long, and some were quite a bit bigger still.

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4DJones26 Apr 2019 2:06 a.m. PST

Have you any photos of WIP Nick?

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP26 Apr 2019 4:04 a.m. PST

No, I don't. Frankly they are really very cartoony and o nay for my own amusement.

4DJones26 Apr 2019 4:26 a.m. PST

It was 'cartoony' that piqued my interest. Don't be shy.

rustymusket26 Apr 2019 6:49 a.m. PST

Interesting! I saw those bisquits at the hardware store a while back (several years) and thought about doing that. I did not do it, just thought about it. I wish you would post pictures. Thanks!

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP26 Apr 2019 8:03 a.m. PST

Here you go, don't say I didn't warn you. :)
The first photo is a Destroyer and a Torpedo Boat, the second is a Battleship and a Cruiser.


Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP26 Apr 2019 9:31 a.m. PST

For homemade using "off the shelf" components, they look like they work well.


nnascati Supporting Member of TMP26 Apr 2019 9:34 a.m. PST

I know that the scales are way off, the torpedo boats and destroyers are far too big, and there are not enough guns on the capital ships. If the rules are in fact very enjoyable, I may go for real ones. I do have similarly homemade ACW Ironclads, which actually look pretty good, being slightly larger in scale.

JimDuncanUK26 Apr 2019 11:24 a.m. PST


If you like cartoony then try these.








GROSSMAN Supporting Member of TMP26 Apr 2019 11:43 a.m. PST

Nice craft Jim.

colkitto26 Apr 2019 11:52 a.m. PST


I like those. And, if you don't mind me asking, who makes the modern (Iraq? Afghanistan? Zombies?) stuff further down your page of photos?

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP26 Apr 2019 12:30 p.m. PST

Jim, really nice.
Colkitto, all things that have been sold except for the SF stuff, of which the zombies are part. Most of the Iraq figures were Empress.

4DJones27 Apr 2019 1:42 a.m. PST

Nick & Jim, I think the cartoony style works really well for this period, not least because some of the real ships of the time could out cartoon the cartoony.

As for scale: cartoons don't submit to the laws of 'scale'.

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