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Re: Only if you like scratch building ....
I think it is doable removing the bulges as long as 1 side at a time is worked on. don't use anything thinner then .040"(1mm) thick sheet styrene to do that work.
I'm using the Academy kit to do a 40's Barham, which is -kinda- half way between the two. I thought about using this kit for another build later down the line of a 1915 version of one of the ships but consider this:
The torpedo bulges are massive and once you cut them out there won't be much of the hull left. It's going to need a lot of new internal structure to keep the shape.
You're going to need to add two casemate guns up front and the entire casemates (w/o guns) aft. This means major mods to the forward deck piece but.....
....Academy decided that the deck camber should look like a very shallow roof with a central hard ridge and flat slopes to the deck edge. With the changes needed for the casemates I junked my kit decks (kept the barbettes) because it just looks wrong. And with so many differences to the superstructure and equipment (so much less in 1915), what's molded on the deck isn't much use.
You could probably use the 1st level of the forward superstructure and hack down the aft structure to 1 level as well but given how simple they are you could also make new ones.
Everything else above the main deck level is probably of no use apart from the 15" turrets; maybe some odds and ends.
Given how much work that is, I envision a 1/350 1915 version as a scratch building project. And I really like semi-scratching kits.....
PS The AOTS Warship has got some good drawings on the ship in 1915.
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