Here is an older model, built from a Classic Warships kit back in 1998 of HMS Agincourt, a ship with no less than SEVEN turrets. I chose to build her as she was completed in 1914 as seen here on trials, with the flying boat deck. The flying boat deck was removed shortly afterwards, as it could foul the amidships turrets, if damaged. My references at the time were scant. I only had a couple of photos and the instructions (CW vintage type) to go by. Still quite a fun model to build.

The Agincourt was a product of the great South American battleship race. Brazil, Argentina and Chile were each trying to overawe the others in the acquisition of the most fearsome naval weapons systems available, the battleship. Brazil started the race with the two Minas Gerais Class battleships, built in the United Kingdom. Argentina quickly followed with the two Rivadavia Class built in the United States. Chile was a little bit slower to take the plunge but ordered two fourteen-inch gunned Almirante Latorre Class, which completely outclassed the Brazilian and Argentine ships. Not to be out done, Brazil upped the ante by ordering the ultimate expression of combat power, a battleship with more main guns than any other in the world, the Rio de Janeiro. Brazil ran into financial difficulties and sold the incomplete vessel to Turkey, which was involved in itís own race with the Russian Black Sea Fleet. Turkey renamed it Sultan Osman I. In August 1914, she had completed trials and was ready to steam to Turkey but First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill, held up her departure. With the advent of World War One, Churchill had her seized. The ill will caused by this seizure, combined with the astute gift of the Goeben to Turkey by Germany, greatly contributed to the entry of Turkey into the war as a member of the Central Alliance. Of course the Goeben still manned by her German crew but flying the Turkish flag contributed to this situation by attacking Russian ships in the Black Sea before any declaration of war.

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Named HMS Agincourt, the ship was nicknamed "The Gin Palace" by her crew. With an armor belt of a maximum thickness of nine inches, Agincourt, would certainly have been vulnerable to German fire. At Jutland when "The Gin Palace" opened up with full fourteen gun salvos, one witness said it looked like a battlecruiser blowing up. The British government tried to sell her after World War One but no one was interested. Sold to the breakers in December 1922.

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