Hi Doug, I am beginning to think I will have to make her a generic of Illustrious! I originally intended my model to be as she was in 1942/3. She had so many modifications I am getting lost. My only drawing is one by Norman Ough, from the Great Britain Trust. It has proved to be rather inaccurate. Usually I get drawings from Greenwich, but for some reason they were unable to this time. Maybe just as well as from all the pics I have seen she was probably never as designed. I made the Hull from those drawings, and have had to make alterations to agree with photos! The turrets I had already realized I must alter. Not too great a problem. Just remake the actual turrets but barrels okay. According to my drawing there were two multiple Pom poms abaft the funnel, one one deck below the base of the funnel and the other at flight deck level and two forward of the island, one at flight deck level. I have all the Pom Pom units eight barrelled. Your pic taken from port side forward I was taken in the Pacific I think, as she has the damage to the bridge from kamikaze hit. I'll take a pic tomorrow showing my model as she is now see what you think. Best till then Norm
Hi WW, I don't have problems watching the stream either, just the downloaded version 🤔 Hi Commodore, black powder may be freely available in the US (as are automatic weapons🤔) but Europeans are more conservative with such things, especially in the light of recent attacks! For instance, in Germany (I'm in Munich) fireworks are only sold for a few days just before New Years Eve. Any tips on the construction of your barrels would be most welcome👍 Cheers Doug 😎
Hi guys Im having a clear out of stuff ill never get around to and thought Id give club members a chance on this one. If not its off to ebay next week. Ive decided to let my Barn find 1/200 Nichimo Yamato go. Bought about a year ago and really all ive done is taken it apart. Its been stored in a shed before that for thirty years but i reckon its 95% there. £350. Collection only from Dorking in Surrey. Pictures here of before stripping down: http://www.crispyandtherocketman.com/blankhttp://www.crispyandtherocketman.com/blank?lightbox=dataItem...What you get: As you can see from the pictures when she came to me she had been stored in someone’s shed for the last thirty years. Virtually all there but infested with spiders and covered with an inch of grime. Scroll forward six months and all the parts that could be teased away have been and washed and in some cases primed. Hull stripped and primed. The original noisey contra rotating gearbox is included but prop connectors had perished. Suggest replace this gear box anyway. Damage to the bow. Ok I won’t lie I dropped a hammer on the damned thing. The ABS plastic foredeck shattered. Took the opportunity to replace the oversize tread plate with correct scale 1/200 tread plate. Damage repaired. Old deck retained so that the anchor fairings could be remade to replace on new deck. Other fittings all salvaged to be refitted on new deck. Rear hanger remade to include a full hanger. Rudder stem needs to be trimmed to allow for deeper hanger. Easy job. Aircraft. Three included all apart for rebuilding. Boats. All present I think. Main guns . Started work on crafting two line railings as wanted to use plastic for strength as this was going to be a pond runner. Easy job to finish. Brass etch doors added Rest of the bits. Are all contained in several pots for sifting through. I can honestly say there will be a few minor items missing but nothing major or that can be scratch built. Very few of the single AA machine guns made it to me, theres a few for templates or casting f you can do that. Superstructure. Complete as far as I can tell. The Big AA guns are all complete and present. Some barrels are dinged but all present. Those that can be removed for working on have been. Rest are stuck on solid. If your interested PM me and Ill take pictures of what she looks like now for you.
Thanks for the heads up, I need something for the Running lights, think I'll leave the moving gun barrels on this model but will have them on the next one. I've sent you over the pictures of the mast, as mentioned If you need me to clarify anything or take any other pictures let me know. Regards Dave
I must admit I did go to bed thinking about the guns, took me a while to get off 😀 Are you going to round off the Inner walls where the barrels stick out? Wife Is doing well and wants It all over now, she's been booked In on the 29th May for C -Section, thats If she does not pop before then, will keep you posted. Best regards Dave
HI Dave hope the good lady Is fine? The weekend went well and It was nice to catch up with Army buddies. I'm going to cut a portion of 1" dowel drill two holes on a vertical drill stand for the barrels and then slide these Into position. Hope that works Ill let you know Dave. Keep me posted on the new arrival. Roy
They look really good! I've been wondering how to fit barrels Into the turrets, nothing on the plans so I'll have a play around see what works. Not had much chance to do much to mine, hoping to get a few hrs to do some tomorrow. How was the weekend? Regards Dave
The last few days has seen me tidying up the superstructure (Sanding etc). I also cut out the pieces for the Gun Turrets which has been a task and half given that some of the building Instructions were missing off the plan. However, I managed to finish these to a fashion and need to fill and sand a little more prior to coating with primer paint. The gun barrels were made from brass and BBQ skewers they seemed to have the shape I was looking for. Incidentally, I build all three turrets next to each other on a strip on masking tape and this worked really well for me. I also made up an alignment tool so that each gap where the gun barrels will eventually sit were the same measurement. This was useful when positioning some of the Inner walls too..... Just need some 1" dowel to fix gun barrels In place now. Day off tomorrow! Roy
Hello from the colony, I have the ASR whaleback from the old model boats plan and did the turrets from what were full glass type egg cup shaped domes which luckily had a glass moulded "o ring "base , I epoxied a brass plate to the glass side which had brass machine gun barrels already soft soldered and with gun flash muzzels etc . The skeletal framework of the glass domes were hand painted with humbrol or tamiya paints of gun metal with black streaks etc and the whole lot epoxied to a circular Inner base which had a pre fitted centre bolt so that the turrets are able to traverse etc. The 15 to 18 years now vessel has a second ( first wore out) os 10 FSR marine glo engine ) standard fuel Ie no nitro) and In OZ we have to run In salt water ,so flushing Is Important and the exhaust goes Into a stern muffler so the exhaust actually exits the transom as per original In six exhausts. She weighs about 3 lbs or so and very quiet and good In rough water as a flush decker water over the deck sometimes enters the hull In very rough water, so she Is well painted all Inside , about 4 to 6 coats or more as I forget. I have seen salt and pepper glass shakers In antique shops as well, as old radio valves which would do . The "small coastal forces" webb site Is great research. All the best Lyle.
Someone asked on hear If some white metal hydrants could be bored to make them Work they had had 1 failed attempt and was asking the best way to do It, I suggested I would look at It to see what I could do, I can see why I hate white metal. so decided to make some In brass, they will be about the weight as the barrels are solid normally I have found brass fittings lighter but not this time . anyway some pictures I started grinding a Lath tool to match the original I had been sent as I wanted to make It match If I could so It will work with the base he has,
chrislang have you got one of the barrels you want to put the pipe In not top badly damaged If so you could PM me and If you send me one Ill make a pair for you In brass or something more suitable Peter