Since I was a wee lad I have been a fan of naval vessels, especially those of the Royal Navy. This was caused through a combination of things but one of the main influences was the writing of Douglas Reeman. And my favourite of his books was HMS Saracen, the story of an Erebus class Monitor and her midshipman/captain through WW1 and WW2.
The idea of this ungainly, ugly duckling of a ship stuck with me and I have always had a special place in my heart for WW1/2 RN Monitors.
Sadly, I have never been able to source an Erebus class but I do happen to have the HMS Roberts in my stash. Since I am waiting for all the bits and pieces for my next big modeling project to arrive from various locations I thought I would take the time to build her up and get her on the shelf.
Since I have spent a whole lot of $$ on the upcoming project my piggy bank is empty so I will be building her OOB, with the only additions being spares etc that I have in my stores.
This means that while I know I should switch out the kit 40mm AA for 20mm, I just don't have the bits to do it. (I totally wanted to crib Todd Michalak's idea for the twin 20mm mounts from his 2014 build log)
I have started the build. Hull is together and the deck is on though I still have to fill and sand the gaps. I have also built the main turret. I was able to switch out the horrible kit barrels for spares from my HMS Warspite build. They aren't as good as turned brass but they are still 100x better than the trumpeter ones.