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    HMS Cottesmore in 1/48 scale.
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    ๐Ÿ“ HMS Cottesmore in 1/48 scale.
    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Guys,
    Well buildwise that is as far as I have got, lots more detail work to be done.
    I was a bit stuck as to how to switch on and off the lighting until I came across Arduino.
    So I purchased an Arduino PCB and then I looked on utube to see how to program it.
    I just picked up enough programming knowledge to be able to switch the lighting on and off in a loop sequence.
    There's a lot of really good tutorials about programming the Arduino on utube.
    My plan is as I have to fit suppression capacitors to the motors I will remove all of the removable trays and at the same time wire it all differently as when the superstructure is complete it will be very easy to brake something off just to switch Cottesmore on and off. I will also learn a bit more programming so that lighting is more controllable.
    So that is about it at the moment I hope that this log has not been to boring.
    I will update this log from time to time when I get back to working on her.

    Martin.

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    1 month ago by stevedownunder ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Martin,
    Definitely not boring in my opinion, it is great that you are exploring other technology's and learning new skills, keep up the good work.
    Cheers,
    Stephen.
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    ๐Ÿ“ HMS Cottesmore in 1/48 scale.
    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Guys,
    This was constructed from plastic card and electrical wire.
    The hardest part was hiding the wires from the LED's
    There are a total of 27 LED's on this mast in 6 separate circuits.
    The ladders are just strips of plastic card drilled out and the rungs are wire,
    Everything else was made using small pieces of plastic yogurt pot and ice cream containers.
    The anemometer is slightly larger then scale but it actually rotates and the vain dose point towards the wind.
    I must admit it was a little tricky to make this mast.

    Martin.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: HMS Cottesmore in 1/48 scale.
    2 months ago by Rookysailor ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    What lovely workmanship Martin, you must be blessed with large amounts of patience to do the detail on your ship.๐Ÿ‘

    cheers Peter๐Ÿ˜
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi,
    Thanks for the compliment.
    The way I look at it is to treat every little piece as a separate model.
    (Models on Models)
    That way one big problem is just a few little problems and you can sort a smaller problem out easier than one big problem.

    Martin.

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    2 months ago by marky ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Great work and patience,you obviously go through a lot of ice cream and yoghurt ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿจ

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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Marky,
    Thanks for the kind comment.
    Well I must admit since I have retired I have been putting on weight, why I haven't a clue!!

    Martin.
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    2 months ago by stevedownunder ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Martin,
    Another exemplary piece of work from your hands, keep up the good work.
    Cheers,
    Stephen.
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Lieutenant)
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    Thanks Stephen.
    I will admit i have cursed at it a few times.
    I have found that when things start going wrong I just walk away for a while then go back to it, eventually it gets sorted.

    Martin.
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    2 months ago by MouldBuilder ( Warrant Officer)
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    Incredible detail Martin. For scale, how tall is the mast.
    Superb!
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi,
    From the base to the very tip it is 11"

    Martin.
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    ๐Ÿ“ HMS Cottesmore in 1/48 scale.
    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Guys,
    I thought that today I would post some photos of some deck fittings.
    Mostly made from plastic food containers and wood doweling and of course electrical wire.
    The fire hoses are just strips of clothing material painted red , and the hose baskets are strips of yogurt pot.
    The straps on the decoys are made the same way.
    The anchor chains are not exactly to scale but that was all I had.
    Sonar cover winch attached to the superstructure made from wood,wire and plastic is only glued to the superstructure and not glued to the deck so that the superstructure can be removed.
    Sonar cover is layers of plastic shaped and sanded.

    Plastic food containers are good for some of the detail work as you can get it in deferent thickness.

    Martin.
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    2 months ago by stevedownunder ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Martin,
    Wonderful fittings, looking great, did you put some flags in the flag lockers?
    Cheers,
    Stephen.
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Stevedownunder,
    Not yet, the plan is to have one covered and the other one partly open showing just a few flags.

    Martin.
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Guys,
    This section is on the funnel and intakes.
    Constructed from plastic card and a bit of electrical wire.
    There is not much I can say about the construction really.
    Made a basic frame then bent the plastic card around it to form the funnel then made the intake box section, attached it to the funnel.
    Cut out the vent areas, made vents glued them in.
    Made the hand rails and fitted in place.
    The lions were cutout from 0.5mm plastic card shaped and sanded,painted then glued in place.
    Fitted deck light LED's
    And that's about it.
    If you do have any questions about this log then please contact me and I will do my best to answer them.

    Martin.

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: HMS Cottesmore in 1/48 scale.
    2 months ago by MouldBuilder ( Warrant Officer)
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    Love the detail Martin. Very impressive. Like the paint job too.๐Ÿ˜Š
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi mouldbuilder,
    Thank you for your kind comment it is much appreciated.
    When I started to make HMS Cottesmore some three years ago I just wanted to make a boat to float on nice days but one thing leads to another and I found myself going in to more and more detail.
    She is not perfect by any means and she is not completely finished I have a few more years work left to do.
    Now that I have retired I seem to have less time to my self than when I was working as my wife keeps finding me things to do and has this habit of volunteering me to do things for her friends.
    I am determined to get her finished one day.

    Martin.
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    2 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    "... my wife keeps finding me things to do and has this habit of volunteering me to do things for her friends.
    I am determined to get her finished one day."

    Er!? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ The ship - or the wife!!? ๐Ÿ˜
    Know what you mean about 'spare time' after retirement.
    How did we ever find the time to go to work??
    Gisela has now got me making insect stoppers for all the doors and windows in her flat ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ™„

    BTW: by the time you think you have got Cottesmore finished -
    it will be time for her Midlife Refit ๐Ÿ˜
    Keep up the good work.๐Ÿ‘
    Cheers, Doug
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    2 months ago by Rookysailor ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Martin, One hellova scratchbuild......loved the lion emblems, how did you get the image onto the plastic
    card?

    cheers Peter๐Ÿค—
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Peter,
    Thank you for your kind comment.
    First I used tracing paper (baking sheet) traced the image from the drawing then cut it out with a scalpel, then just drew around that and cut them out of the plastic card.
    It was a bit tricky but it was just a case of taking your time.

    Martin.

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    ๐Ÿ“ HMS Cottesmore in 1/48 scale.
    3 months ago by Martin555 ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Guys,
    As I mentioned the Bridge in my last log I thought that I would cover the Radar on top of the Bridge.
    As you may have gathered I quite like working with plastic card, so making the Radar was just a case of gluing some layers of card together and shaping.
    To make the Radar turn I modified a standard servo to continually rotate and by adjusting the pot slightly I managed to get it to rotate clockwise one full rotation at a speed of approximately two seconds.
    It seemed to be the correct speed, as I have seen on many models the Radars spin like a helicopters rotor blades and to me that is not correct.
    The video is 'hidden' in the Invalid File. To view-
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    Then click the Download button, white arrow on blue background at top left.
    Windows (App?) offers the choice of View or Save.
    View with Media Player or equivalent.
    Martin

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    ๐Ÿ“ HMS Cottesmore in 1/48 scale.
    3 months ago by Martin555 ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Guys,
    Now on to the Bridge.
    Constructed from plastic card I used the baking sheet method to help with the angles, I did not fit the deck head until last as I needed to have red and white LED's and the shaft for the radar, it was then that I noticed that the windows were too small to see much of the interior but big enough to see an empty bridge.
    So I had to knock up some sort of bits, most of it was from memory and a photo.
    I decided not to be to fussy but put enough in just in case someone was to look in.
    Here are a few photos unfortunately I did not take many of the main construction.
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    3 months ago by stevedownunder ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Martin,
    Outstanding work, your crest on the forward bridge face looks great as well, how did you make it?
    Cheers,
    Stephen.
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    3 months ago by Martin555 ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Steve.
    I started with two small piece of 1mm plastic card.
    The first piece I drilled a small hole and smoothed it out then glued it to the second piece.
    Then shaped them,and then cut a very small square of plastic and placed that in the hole.
    Then painted. It is the painting that makes it.

    Martin.
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    3 months ago by MouldBuilder ( Warrant Officer)
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    Really nice. Super skill. The inside looks highly detailed and I can agree that it would be nice to see. Hope I can do something of this quality some day. Looking forward to the next installment.๐Ÿ˜Š
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    ๐Ÿ“ HMS Cottesmore in 1/48 scale.
    3 months ago by Martin555 ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Guys,
    This part of the log covers the main 30mm gun and mount.
    Made from yogurt pots and a BBQ stick and a small piece of brass wire as you can see in the photos. (Before and after)
    I modified a standard servo to continually rotate I also glued two micro switches on to the servo body As limit switches plus a couple of diodes, it now rotates approximately 290 degrees (Bridge wing to bridge wing).
    The servo is a snug fit in a small box glued in to the hull so if required it can be removed, the gun also can be removed as I have fitted location pins on the servo arm and the gun also has a servo arm fitted to the base that locates directly on to it.
    I hope that my explanation makes sense!.
    The video is 'hidden' in the Invalid File. To view-
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    Then click the Download button, white arrow on blue background at top left.
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    3 months ago by MouldBuilder ( Warrant Officer)
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    A Muller 30mm Cannon. Brilliant!!!๐Ÿ‘
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    3 months ago by Martin555 ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Guys,
    Back again with another instalment to the log.
    Whilst still playing around with the plastic card the mezzanine deck was next.
    Cut out the deck to shape, and then made the deck support beams these were made from 5mm strips of plastic card glued to form a square.
    It was a little tricky but with the aide of one of the wife's knitting needles that fitted nicely in side I was able to get them mostly square.
    I had to make this deck so that it was removable that way I could still get at the sweep deck openings, also because I wanted to have white and red lighting I had to come up with a way that they could be powered when the mezzanine deck was fitted.
    The solution was to use some PCB Headers that way when I placed the mezzanine deck on it would just plug in.
    The wife never did get her knitting needle back as I cut it up into small pieces and used it for the location pins on the deck support pillars (luckily to this day she has still not noticed it missing and when she does I will blame the dog.)
    You can see in the photos the PCB Headers and how It comes apart, I was not to fussy about the wiring of the surface mount LED's as when fitted it is difficult to see them.

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    ๐Ÿ“ HMS Cottesmore in 1/48 scale.
    3 months ago by Martin555 ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Guys,
    I decided that I would try and get some of the big bits made, so as I had plenty of plastic card the main superstructure was first followed by the bridge then funnel and main mast.
    All the above was only roughly assembled so that I could get an idea of how it would look.
    The final trimming, filling, and sanding would be done as and when I worked on each assembly.
    The way I tend to work on my models is as follows.
    Try to make individual modules then work on one module at a time until completed then move on to the next.
    The only reason I do this is that at my age I tend to forget bits, and if I were to move about over different parts of the boat I can guarantee that that I would miss something or put something on in the wrong place.
    The photos show the rough assembly, I will post the completed assembly's as I get further along with this log.
    Whilst I am waffling on I do have a little tip/trick that I use often.
    I use tracing paper (baking sheet) I mark out the lines or shape on the paper then put a small drop off plastic glue on the line then position the first part, after a short time the glue sets then I place the next part of the assembly on the sheet and glue that In position.
    When the assembly is complete and dry it is just a case of gently removing the baking sheet, then removing the small bits of glue with a scalpel.
    You can see this method works well in one of the photos.
    (part of the bridge assembly)

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    3 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hey Martin,
    That's one neat trick๐Ÿ‘ I'm off to the kitchen / workshop to check my stock of Backpapier (as they call it over here).
    (Er ... what were we talking about?๐Ÿ˜‰)
    Oh yes! And one very neat result as well๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
    You're bloggin' like an 'old' Pro. Keep it coming๐Ÿ˜€
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    3 months ago by Martin555 ( Lieutenant)
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    Thanks Doug,
    Us old guys still have a trick or two up our sleeves when we manage to remember.
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    3 months ago by Martin555 ( Lieutenant)
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    I must admit I really like your signature on your profile page.
    Martin.
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    3 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thanks Martin๐Ÿ‘
    I found it on a tin sign in a department store here in Munich a few years ago, and immediately thought 'That's me'!
    It sat on my desk for a year before retirement, now above my PC desk.
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Š
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    3 months ago by stevedownunder ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Martin,
    Nice idea using the baking paper like that, I hadn't thought of that, I have a roll in the workshop though I use it mainly so I don't stick the work I am assembling to the bench!

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    3 months ago by Martin555 ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Guys,
    It's at this stage of the build that I had to start thinking at least three steps ahead as there is nothing more annoying than when you discover that you should of done this or that before you glued something down.
    So the plan was to figure what I wanted where such as motors, ESC's, servos and how I was going to wire it all up.
    Now that the sweep deck was glued in place i needed to make some cutouts in the sweep deck, one so that I could get at the rudder linkage and one for the prop shaft couplings.
    Also I wanted to be able to get everything in and out just in case I needed to repair anything.
    The decision was made to mount everything on removable trays that would be screwed down, and so that they would always go back in the same position I used location dowels and the hole tray must go through the opening.
    So there's a lot of figuring out to do. In the meantime I started on some detail work.
    Water tight doors first then some other bits and pieces.
    The doors were made using two layers of plastic card and brass wire.
    Then I put on the main deck and held it in place with masking tape.
    I know that it made it a little more difficult but if l could not get it in through the opening then that plan would not work.
    Here are a few photos of the removable trays as I was trying to figure it all out.
    And some of the sweep deck.
    The advantage of only taping the main deck down was that I could remove it to be able to glue the fixing positions down, and make sure that I could still get at everything.

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    3 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Excellent work Martin๐Ÿ‘
    Very service friendly (Once again proving the old adage-
    'If you fail to plan then you plan to fail'!) and excellent detailing.
    I have made some wt doors for my HMS Hotspur in very similar fashion.

    Do you use a rudder mixer with the twin ESCs or rely on the bow thruster?
    You're getting the hang of Blogging pretty quickly I see. Nice style. Keep it up.
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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    3 months ago by Martin555 ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Doug,
    I will not be using any mixers, it will be entirely up to the captain weather he choose to manoeuvre with rudders,props,bow thruster or all three.

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    3 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Understood๐Ÿ‘
    BTW A word to the wise; looking at an expanded view of your last pic I note that you are using brushed motors but without suppression capacitors!
    This may be no problem for you and other 2.4Gig users, but it can cause major interference problems for the submariners amongst us if operating near unsupressed motors.
    We still have to use 40 or even 27MHz sets as 2.4GHz waves don't like getting their feet wet!
    They shy away from water and whizz back up to the sky ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Spent 30 years of my professional life solving colocation interference problems on naval ships!
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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    3 months ago by Martin555 ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Doug,
    Thank you for the reminder about the suppression capacitors.
    I now have them on my Cottesmore to do list, I have them in a bag in my draw now.
    I must admit when I started putting her together I did not have them but I needed to connect it up for testing and I guess I just forgot about it.
    Thanks again.
    Martin.
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    3 months ago by MouldBuilder ( Warrant Officer)
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    Wow. This shows that having a plan is the key. The wiring is so neat. Do you have a cunning plan to connect cables between the superstructure and the hull for easy removal. I use multi pin connectors but have found them large and awkward to store.๐Ÿ˜Š
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: HMS Cottesmore in 1/48 scale.
    2 months ago by Inkoust ( Warrant Officer)
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    Really great work, I look forward to the final result. Hi Zdenek๐Ÿ‘
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