HMS Iron Duke was ordered under the 1911 Programme and built by HM Dockyard, Portsmouth. The ship was laid down on 15th January 1912 and and launched by the wife of the 4th Duke of Wellington on 12th October 1912 as the 2nd RN ship to carry the name, previously used for an ironclad in 1870. Build was completed on 9th March 1914. She was deployed in the Grand Fleet during WWI and was Flagship of Admiral Sir John Jellicoe. She was one of the last British battleships to be coal fired.
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Posted by Bob H on May 14th 2020
The Iron Duke class is an excellent 26sec battleship. She turns well, has great gun placement and the low freeboard makes her hard to hit. The ship is not large on the inside and there is some challenge to built by fit everything into the ship.
Posted by on Sep 13th 2017
The hull is super strong and dimensionally on point. Many hulls have a significant spread width-wise you need to squeeze out after you cut the windows. This one is pretty much right on. Only thing is the forward slanted taper from the casement guns to deck isn't shown on the hull. Likely a too hard issue in molding it. Overall a great hull. Thanks.
Posted by Bob Amend on Sep 5th 2016
Very nice hull, great lines, thick and even. Makes for an easier build. Order was placed and arrived in less than a week. You can't beat that. The BC crew is the best.