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Jake R Supporting Member of TMP27 Mar 2020 7:11 a.m. PST

Hi everyone,

Quick question. I own some 1/3000 scale WW1 ships from WTJ and they are beautiful models.

If I want to bolster my GHQ WW2 Pacific Fleets with WTJ's 1/2400 models, does anybody have any experience with the scale compatibility of the two makers?


Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP27 Mar 2020 8:07 a.m. PST

If you are no purist , very different types, obviously not the same class could possibly offset the 1/5 th scale difference.

dragon6 Supporting Member of TMP27 Mar 2020 8:33 a.m. PST

I hadn't realized they were doing WW2 models. I am sure they are the same quality as the WW1 models and should be quite compatible. Very limited selection apparently.

Jcfrog WTJ print 1/2400 models along with many other scales.

Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP27 Mar 2020 10:26 a.m. PST

GHQ, C-in-C and WTJ are all very true to scale, so mix just fine within a fleet. My WWI navies are a mix of all three.

They all have different approaches to level of detail, exaggeration of lines and features, style of representation for items like pole masts, etc., so they often don't mix very well within a class. If you buy 3 ships of the same class, but each one is from a different manufacturer, they would probably look like different classes. This isn't universally true, it varies on a model-to-model basis, but it's impossible to know if models will mix until you put them side-by-side. I recommend getting all ships of a single class from the same manufacturer.

- Ix

Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP27 Mar 2020 10:27 a.m. PST

On a side note: Panzerschiffe and Viking Forge models generally do not mix well with any of these three manufacturers.

The Viking Forge models from the old Sea Battle range (SBxxx model numbers) may be a different matter. They are highly detailed, and most of them are auxiliaries and one-offs not made by anyone else, so I suspect there should be no issues mixing them into any 1/2400 fleets. I don't own any (yet), so I can't be sure.

dragon6 Supporting Member of TMP27 Mar 2020 10:57 a.m. PST

The Viking Forge Seabattle models mix fine with GHQ and C-in-C

Personal logo 4th Cuirassier Supporting Member of TMP27 Mar 2020 11:17 a.m. PST

I think the OP is asking whether the WTJ 1/2400s are compatible with the GHQ 1/2400, not whether the 1/3000 are….

AdmiralHawke28 Mar 2020 1:13 a.m. PST


Yellow Admiral is right. The GHQ and WTJ 1/2400 models are perfectly compatible, but you will be able to see the difference when looking closely at ships in the same class and, to some extent, ships in the same squadron.

Take a look at Yarkshire Gamer's blog. He built the entire order of battle for Jutland (!!!) in 1/2400 using GHQ and WTJ. Obviously that's First World War, but his posts will help you see how compatible they are:
The comparison of sister ships Indefatigable and New Zealand is particularly instructive.

The most obvious difference is that the GHQ ships have turrets that can be rotated, while the WTJ turrets are fixed fore and aft. Some details on GHQ ships like deck fittings and funnel caps are slightly exagerrated to make them easier to pick out for painting; similar details on the WTJ models are more subdued (so more accurate, but harder to paint). Smaller WTJ models tend not to have masts.

I hope that helps.

It's exciting to see WTJ expanding into the Second World War. ;-)

yarkshire gamer28 Mar 2020 1:33 p.m. PST


Cheers to Admiral Hawke for the link to my blog, which lead me here.

Another pic above of a couple of German Battlecruisers, GHQ closer to the camera, WTJ behind.

Jake, Admiral H is right, turrets are the main difference, GHQ have more detail but are more expensive. On the table at gaming distances there is very little difference, you need to get in pretty close to tell. Enjoy you adventure in 1/2400 Naval.

Regards Ken

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