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guardrails by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 10 days ago
Hi Norm, I believe they (splinter padding) were grey, but I have also seen tan on other ships. Mostly WW2 though, like the Flower class corvettes. Maybe tan in peacetime grey at war!? Cheers, Doug 😎

HMS Campbeltown 1941, 1/96 scale by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 21 days ago
Thankyou Nerys for your very kind words 😊👍 'One does what one can!' 😉 HMS Manxman is one of my favourite ships and the subject of my next major project. I have the 1/96 scale Deans marine kit. Her history has always fascinated me. Built my first 1/600 Airfix model of her many many moons ago! Should you happen to have any photos of her in the Medway I would be most grateful if you could post them or mail them to me👍 Re 'the wealth of information'; comes from having spent over thirty years working in naval communication systems for navies and shipyards around the world. Many of the projects were refits of ships which were built towards the end of WW2. Such as the ex RN Colossus class carrier I worked on in Rio de Janeiro. Ex Vengeance then NAeL Minas Gerais. Pics show her as built as Vengeance and as rebuilt / reconfigured as Minas Gerais as I knew her in the nineties. Through that work I developed a knack for research; if I didn't know something about a ship or a COMMS process that a customer wanted I damn soon found out. Was essential to stay ahead of the competition 😉 It also gave me an undying interest and insatiable curiosity about the history of the ships and the men who sailed and fought in them. My first working model was a scratch build of the H class destroyer HMS Hotspur which I built at 1/72 from measurements taken from a 1/600 Airfix kit, when I was 15! 52 years ago now 🤔 See penultimate pic, shows her alongside my 1/72 Type IIA U-Boat. A contemporary of Hotspur, both commissioned in 1936. Last pics are of her maiden voyage in Radnor Park Folkestone in 1966. Sorry, only had a Brownie 127 camera back then 😁 Her history, from Narvik to Dominican Republic was also very chequered and eventful. Like Manxman, despite being severely damaged several times she survived until the early seventies. Apart from the Manxman kit I have recently found a 1/350 kit of the Colossus class carriers. So I promptly bought two of 'em. One I will build as the original HMS Vengeance, the other I will try to reconfigure as NAeL Minas Gerais with an angled flight deck etc. Wish me luck 😉 Good luck with all your projects Nerys and All the very best for 2019. Cheers, Doug 😎 BTW; footnote to SS Peking; German TV recently showed the old Miss Marple film 'Murder Ahoy' in which the Peking was used for the external scenes as the Training Ship Battledore. An amazing coincidence, following so soon after your enquiry!

My other hobby by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
Shucks Peter, having got that far ........!? 😭 I've never owned my own plane - the owner of the aged Cessna was an ex RN Captain and fellow modeller who I met at the lake here at the Ostpark while I was sailing my WW2 RN destroyer. I learned at Blackwater field not far from Sandhurst where I lived. My instructor was ex RAF fighter pilot. When he heard I was about to move to Germany he gave me a free hour after the normal lesson and 'showed me what the trainer (a Grumman P something) could really do - 'See that hole in the clouds up there?' Yes ---- Whoosh, and we were through it and hanging on the prop! Hang on to yer breakfast chaps!! Exhilarating 😊

HMS M.33 by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
Evenin' John, HMS Manxman was an Abdiel class fast minelayer. https://www.wikiwand.com/en/HMS_Manxman_(M70) She wasn't much bigger than a destroyer leader at 400ft or so, but had the power plant of a cruiser 😲 There is a wonderful 'anecdote' that she was once steaming through the Med from Gibraltar to Alexandria when she ran across an American carrier group, which she shadowed for a while. The US Admiral increased speed to 30 knots to 'shake her off' whereupon Manxman accelerated to 40 knots and swept by signalled "See you in Egypt". When I first saw this story the signal was "See you in Alex"! Curiously the Wikiwand entry mentions the Pacific! Which can't be right cos the incident was supposed to have occurred in the Med during the Suez schemozzle in 1956! Here a bit of her history http://www.naval-history.net/xGM-Chrono-07ML-Manxman.htm Despite getting bashed about in WW2 she survived and remained in service in various guises until 1970 - when we still had a navy! Cheers, Doug 😎 Here the Dean's link. like I said; not cheap but comprehensive! http://deansmarine.co.uk/shop/product_info.php/products_id/4...

Landing Ship Tanks (WW2) by camyaj Chief Petty Officer   Posted: 3 months ago
Went to Tobruk from Toulon on one and returned during mid 60's run by merchant navy and a lot of chinese depending which engineer was on we got to swim in the bow section. Not if the scots engineer was on as he had the hump due he got nowhere with his ''see you jimmy '' as we were all either Scots Greys or Black Watch. No tanks just soft skins and armoured cars plus our 2 choppers. Also used in Aden but that was a short trip up the coast that was everything and Carriers big flag waving exercise

Landing Ship Tanks (WW2) by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
Mornin' John, For floating out the LCTs! This later version had a big ramp over the bow (no bow doors) and a floodable well deck for LCTs, LCPs and LCACs (known as 'LCacks'!). A huge hole right through about 2/3s of the ship 😲 Was awesome to behold, once I'd stopped meself falling into it! Tanks and trucks over the bow ramp, assault troops via LCPs and LCacks out of the blunt end! We fitted VHF/UHF/HF COMMS and datalink systems. When the Brazilian Navy carrier NaeL Minas Gerais, see pic (ex Colossus class HMS Vengeance) was finally scrapped the radios and digital intercom system we had fitted to her in the 90s was transferred to one of these Newport class LSTs. 2nd pic shows her in Rio de Janeiro harbour,Guanabara Bay, where I worked on her. Behind her are three Niteroi class frigates (Vosper MK10s) which we also fitted with HF/VHF/UHF COMMS and Digital Intercom. Good times!😉 3rd pic shows her sad end on a scrapping beach in India, the last of the WW2 RN Colossus class😭 Abraços, Doug 😎

Landing Ship Tanks (WW2) by Nerys Lieutenant   Posted: 3 months ago
Good morning Doug. Forgot to say that in the photo of 368 unloading at Anzio, my father is the taller of the two figures with white cap covers standing on the ramp. This photo was the front cover of a magazine, I think it was called Defence published in 1944? Cheers, Nerys

Landing Ship Tanks (WW2) by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
Hi Nerys, I think that was only scratching the surface. I found that lot in about 10 to 15 minutes. But then I've been used to trawling the WWW for specific info for as long as it's been possible. Gave me the 'Edge' I needed in my job. Don't want these skills to rust in retirement, and I never could resist a challenge anyway. 😉 Plus I was moved by your story and found it worth following up. If I can help again please let me know. Know just what you mean about too many projects 🤔 My Danish fish cutter restoration and conversion from static to RC has got bogged down until I solve the problem of getting the drive right down next to the keel, my PTB restoration and conversion to Kennedy's PT109 is shelved for the duration, re-shafting / re-propping Graf Spee and HMS Belfast, upgrading my Southampton tug are gathering dust🤔 Materials gathered for 1/350 Plastic Magic conversions of KGV (thanks Colin) and PoW battleships, HMS Hood, HMS Ark Royal, T45 Daring class (witnessed the building of the lead ship! Stitching the modules together was fascinating😊), USS Enterprise CVN65, RMS Titanic, etc etc!!! kits for a 1/96 HMS Manxman and a 1/100 Akula 2 submarine are lurking in the cellar as well. Not to mention the 1/24 De Havilland Mosquito as a memorial to my Dad. Whichever ship you decide to do for your Pa if I can help in any way I'd be very happy to. Maybe you can decipher from his personal records which ship was closest to his sailor's heart!? I'd love and be honoured to be able to see some of your Dad's drawings and cartoons. Bon chance with your current projects, All the best, Doug 😎

Landing Ship Tanks (WW2) by Nerys Lieutenant   Posted: 3 months ago
Thanks very much Doug for that wealth of information which I hadn't found. I never knew there was so much information available and am extremely grateful to you for bringing it to my attention. I will also pass it on to my sister who has all his personal records, published writings, drawings and cartoons etc. As a matter of interest, there is a drawing of LST 368 on a beach somewhere, by my father, in the D Day museum in Southsea. An LST is on my list of future builds, but at the moment I have a Dutch coaster, a Thames barge and the restoration of a pond yacht on the stocks. I feel I owe it to my father to build an LST, but equally should I also build one of his previous commands?, a tramp Ship, S.S. Ashbury or the last ship on which he served?, the training ship Arethusa, perhaps in her original guise as the four masted barque 'Peking' Fair winds, Nerys.

Landing Ship Tanks (WW2) by onetenor Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
Hi Doug What was the Well deck on a LST for?👍

Landing Ship Tanks (WW2) by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
Hi again Nerys, Attached a list of Commanders of LST 368 and a link to a site looking for more info on them. https://uboat.net/allies/commanders/9336.html Your chance to make your Dad immortal!? 😉 Your choice of course, Best regards, Doug 😎

Landing Ship Tanks (WW2) by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
Good evening Nerys, Take a shufti here, there's 'undreds!!! 😉 https://www.google.com/search?q=LST+plans&client=firefox-b&t... Great motivation👍 Looking forward to your build blog. All the best, Doug 😎 PS; In the nineties I worked on a COMMS system upgrade on one of these Newport class LSTs sold to the Brazilian Navy. Great fun, I came out of a gangway from the COMMS Office a bit too quick and damn nearly fell into the well deck. A huge 'swimming pool in the middle of the ship 😲 Follow up re LST 368 😉 https://www.navsource.org/archives/10/16/160368.htm Pic 1; Newport class Pic 2; your Dad's ship at Normandy, Pic 4; Loading for Anzio, Pic 3; Unloading at Anzio. Photo loading on the site is messing me about!😡

Landing Ship Tanks (WW2) by Nerys Lieutenant   Posted: 3 months ago
I have a hankering to build an LST and although I could probably build a reasonable representation from photos, I would like to get hold of some plans. There seem to be plans available for the smaller landing craft like LCTs and LCMs but nothing for LSTs, the only ocean going landing craft of WW2. Over a thousand were built, all in the USA, despite being a British conception, only 113 were actually built for the Royal Navy. They were 328 ft long with 50 ft beam and were fitted with ballast tanks, similar to submarine types to enable them to run well up onto a beach to unload their cargo of tanks and other vehicles. They only needed 3ft6ins water under the bow to beach. Doors opened and a ramp came down. Really they were the forerunners of the RoRo ferry. My interest in building one is because my late father, a Lieutenant Commander, RNR, captained LST 368. all through the North Africa, Sicily and Italian campaigns. Would be pleased to hear if anyone can help me locate plans. Cheers, Nerys.

HMS Campbeltown 1941, 1/96 scale by Rookysailor Commander   Posted: 3 months ago
ERROR! The Yangse Incident was not WW2 but April 1949 apologies......🤐

1/24 crew figures by reilly4 Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 months ago
Shapeways have the greatest range of ship and boat crew members but they are expensive. You can ask for whatever scale you like, just need to discuss with the designer. https://www.shapeways.com/marketplace/miniatures/figurines?t... I got my U-boat crew done in 1/45 and a few of the characters with slightly modified poses. For my WW2 MTB's I used Preiser German firemen figures and modified them. They are not available any more.