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Just started 1/96 scale HMS Norfolk type 23 frigate, as built configeration, hull from Fleetscale fittings from Fleetscale and Sirmar, would welcome any help or advice from anyone who has built any version of these
The mast is made and ready to go on. There are still a few fittings to make yet so I am on with those when I have the time. Also a few handrails but there taking some time as I am cutting them out of Plastic one at a time. Also a few handrails but there
A little bit more completed. Just finished the hatched area where I intend to put the two large cranes. The black lines are wider than I would have liked but It was All I could find. So started with a marked out area using household sellotape. Lightly stuck down on the inside edge. Then painted the inside of the sellotaped area with yellow paint Again Acquired from our local recycling Tip. Removed the tape and Allowed the yellow paint to dry. Then with a strait flat stick and a permanent marker set to lining out the black part of the lines. With a thinner black marker the lines could have been thinner. But It was All I had. Also started to put some doors and a few other fittings on now..
Hi Canabus. That does look like a pretty good example you have picked up there👍 As Paul says it's good to put your own spin on the refurbishment, yours appears to be 180 degrees judging by your 'photos 😜. I made the opening wheelhouse hatch to allow me to get to the servo that turns my searchlight but I soon realised that I would need much better access to fit the wheelhouse glazing, portholes and all of the metal fittings that are on threaded studs, and of course all of the servo and lighting wiring. I have also got a great deal of inspiration and ideas from this site, for instance I also took a leaf out of Paul's book and cut away some of the wheelhouse bulkhead and cabin former to give me room to get a hand inside the space. It looks like you intend to do the same judging by the pencil marks on the cabin former in your last picture. I can now also, at a later date, put some detail inside the wheelhouse such as steering wheel, instruments and controls fairly easily which would have been impossible before. Good luck with the re-furb. Rob.
The original Vosper drawings state that the deck was finished in a special anti-slip finish called ‘Cerrux’ and according to some well-respected contributors to this site the best way to achieve this finish is to apply a coat of a textured paint on the areas required and then overspray with the desired finish colour. Others have used a Rustoleum product but that proved difficult to obtain but I found a product from Halfords that looked promising. As always I did a test piece using this to see what the results would be like and after the finish colour was applied the effect looked very consistent in texture. At model shows I had previously seen some lifeboat decks that had been ‘texture finished’ and noted that non-textured areas had been carefully masked off. This seems like a great idea and would serve to emphasise the textured effect and also to distinguish it from a very bad spray job! I applied a low tack masking tape to the deck areas and features where I wanted a smooth finish and very carefully trimmed the tape to leave a narrow border, I also masked the positions of the metal deck fittings. Everything else was masked off and the textured spray applied in two very light coats and left to dry. When the masking was removed it revealed a very neat defined border around the foot rails, cabin sides and deck fittings. The deck and cabin sides will be over-sprayed with a couple of light coats of the ‘BS631 RAF Light Grey’ that I have had custom mixed and will be, hopefully, accurate to the prototype. 😁
I have some model boat fittings given to me a while ago.. 10 x doors 26 mm high 13 mm wide. 10 x life raft canisters 12mm wide 24mm long x 12mm high. 2 x Anchors 30 mm wide x 38 mm high. 10 x Hatches 14mm x 12 mm. All above in plastic . needs trimming sanding and Painting. Just a small donation to the forum website and I will get them posted..
A little bit more of the superstructure done now. Nothing fixed as yet just thinking will it need another top deck ? Something to put all the fittings onto.. As for the two funnels there the same as the Ayton Cross.. except for the top outlet they are tops off of some lung inhalers.