it turned out to a pretty big model
the compound curves required a LOT of plates,
which meant that there were a lot of panel joints needing rivets
the superstructure ended up being pretty complicated as well
the complex "onion-dome" shape of the stern was the worst!
I am still thinking about adding a gun-port to the rear end of the second deck
the barbettes were not supposed to stick out of the sides of the hull as much as they do...
perhaps I should have tapered the bottom edge of the barbettes
inward as they came down to the waterline
the ram bow (more properly "plough-shaped" bow) looks lethal
all that remains is to draw the planking on and finish the turrets
I keep most of the sub-assemblies as separate components to ease painting, a trick I learned the hard way with earlier models. In the background is the OpFor to these :French: vessels, you can probably see why I resisted the temptation to paint them buff-over-black.
As always comments/criticism etc are welcome!