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    HMS Repulse.
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    πŸ“ HMS Repulse
    11 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Warrant Officer)
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    Today I decided to take a good look at the entire Boat to gauge where to start.
    I have taken a great amount of photography so that she will go back in the same or more realistic fashion.
    Having taken off all the removable superstructure sections I decided that I will concentrate on the main hull both structurally and the mechanical components.
    Starting at the bow I removed the two turrets
    Underneath I found two screws which having undone revealed a turret rotation mechanism hidden away.
    Repulse is giving up her secrets!
    Taking off the gun barbette’s below decks hidden away is a handmade turret rotating mechanism and servo.
    Removing this I find a quite crude but effective unit and servo.
    This is suitable to dismantle and rebuild whist at the same time improving its design.
    What I am discovering is that whoever built this model previously had some good ideas but was not that tidy in executing them.
    If you look closely at the pictures shown you can see that finishing leaves a lot to be desired.
    Sorry if the pictures are not in chronological order.
    While I am here can I ask if anyone knows of a reliable deck planking supplier.As you can see the existing deck is poor and needs replacing.
    Regards Bill
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    11 days ago by Martin555 ( Admiral)
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    I think a slow and steady approach and combined with your skills you will definitely get there.
    I am looking forward to future updates.

    Martin555.
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    11 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Warrant Officer)
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    Thanks Martin.
    Everything is slow and steady these days ☹️.
    It’s going to be a long job.
    Regards Bill.
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    πŸ“ HMS Repulse
    15 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Warrant Officer)
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    Just added a classic picture of HMS Repulse in her Heyday.
    I have been doing a lot of research on her life and tragic ending so it will make her rebuild all that much more relevant.
    Sorry Nerys I forgot to reply to your question.
    She is 6’ 2 long with an 8” beam or 189 x 20 cms in this new fangled metric measurement.
    This makes her 1/128 scale I think.
    I am going to start detailed photography soon to compare with life style pictures as I feel that some of the fittings as fitted are not where they should be.
    I think I will refit her to her paint configuration as at the time of her loss.
    Regards Bill πŸ‘
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    πŸ“ HMS Repulse.
    16 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi All.
    During lockdown I received a call from a distant acquaintance who said he had something that I may be interested in.
    After a long and interesting conversation I have acquired the following sad but incredible restoration challenge...... HMS Repulse, in desperate need of a total strip down and rebuild at the hands of HM Dockyard in Devon.
    This is going to be a long and time consuming refit.
    I immediately had to put in place some strengthening crossmembers as the sides of the hull were becoming distorted and bowing inwards.
    I put a speed controller in just to test the motors and they all work but everything is going to be removed rebuilt and replaced.
    Lots of bits broken off and missing.
    So..... Long refit but will keep the Refit Blog running.
    Regards Bill.
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    16 days ago by Nerys ( Captain)
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    Wonderful model to have for restoration. How big is she. Will be very interested to watch progress. Keep blogging.

    Cheers, Nerys
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    16 days ago by Martin555 ( Admiral)
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    Hi Bill,
    You have got a big job on your hands there but i am sure a man of your talents will soon get to grips with it.

    Good luck.

    Martin555.
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    16 days ago by Rookysailor ( Commander)
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    Beautiful ship Bill, always had a hankering for building the Repulse, a renown class battleship, will look forward to your refit in the future.😊



    Cheers, Pete
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    16 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Doesn't look 22222 bad Bill, I've seen worse!
    Nice project.
    Reckon yo have more chance of finishing that before the end of lockdown than I do of scratching a giant carrierπŸ‘ Will be watching with great interest.
    What scale is she?
    Cheers, Doug 😎
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    14 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Captain)
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    What a fantastic looking model Bill. Looking forward to your log on this refit. I have just bought the Hood with all the additional trimmings. I will start the build next year.😊
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    14 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Peter.
    Thank you.Really looking forward to taking her to bits and rebuilding in hopefully much better condition.
    I would like to know more about your HMS Hood.
    What scale and who have you got it from?
    Regards Bill
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