Coming along brilliantly Norm, as expected👍
Apropos boat winches:-
Enlarging all available photos, including of the museum ship, as far as possible without being left with a pile of pixels🤔, I can't see any machinery under or near the davits. So if there was a winch it must have been under deck. So unless you're fitting glass decks forget 'em!😁
What I CAN see are the 6 pounders under the boats, 2 each P&S.
So don't forget the gun slits (embrasures)for them. See note below re these guns!
In one photo in the links below they show up like arrow slits in an old castle!
The DDE/DDH Royal mentions are from a very different era. Rainbow is from an era where ships had very large crews compared with later generations. So muscle power was available in abundance.
The centrally located winch is a good tip though. Might have been one but impossible to tell from the photos.
Another case of "yer pays yer money and ...."
Cheers, Doug 😎
If you are building the RCN version as of 1912 Norm then consider this-
"Before departing Great Britain (in 1910), the ships required alterations to make them suitable for training. This required new heating systems, an up-to-date galley, the latest in Marconi wireless, the enlargement of the cadet gunroom and principal messes and the removal of the obsolete secondary armament." I.e. the 4.7s!!
Odd! Attached pics purports to be Rainbow in North Vancouver 1910, with the 4.7s still in evidence!!??🤔 Maybe they were replaced with a newer version? Unclear!
"In 1911, the cruiser had her 6-pounder guns removed and replaced with QF 12-pounder 12 cwt naval guns." See attached pic. This was a 3" (76.2mm. Sound familiar? Oto Melara?😁)