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May be too late, but have you thought about real planking? This was my first attempt following advice on various youtube videos and studying pictures of the full sized boat. Planks supplied by Jotika. They have various sizes and woods and worked out to quantity when I gave them the deck measurements. I used cyano to glue to a plastic deck and sealed with a proprietory outdoor satin varnish. I found it very satisfying and was pleased with the end result. Ps. Please excuse the black dots of fly sht. on the deck in the first picture. Steve
Latest developments aboard Campbeltown. Not at all happy with my construction of depth charge racks especially as they are photo etched, but they will blend in when I have put in more detailing and weathering.
Thanks for the tips Doug. Just had a look at the gun shield and it does look a bit ragged so I will tidy it up and elongate. "Hands to stations for leaving harbour. Special sea dutymen close up!" Steve
Hi Doug Keeping late hours again I see! The Gift Horse, yes, I have seen it, but not for years. Not as good as one of my favourite films, The Cruel Sea, but still a good watch. However, I see the full version is on YouTube, so being the cheapskate that I am you have encouraged me to give it another viewing. Once again, thanks for the advice. Cheers Steve
Thanks Doug. I thought it was some form of textured not slip surface which I was going to represent with very thin plasti card edged within brass wire. If slippery when wet, what was its purpose? Steve.
Hi Doug So glad I went for Western Approaches colours (thanks for the suggestion).First couple of coats applied and I think it's starting to look pretty good, but as you know, I good at blowing my own trumpet. Got to decide where to put the coticene - I'm told that it is where there is any footfall. Any thoughts? Sorry about the quality of the picture. Steve
Just had a look at the colours you suggest on the Colour Coats chart and they would fit the bill. Looking at the Life Colour charts I can't see anything that's close. My ideal would be acrylics and I see you have a conversion chart for Tamiya, which I believe are acrylic. Can you convert M23 and RN06 please? Thanks. Steve
Hi Doug Just had a look at Life Colour which on first sight would suit me better with the acrylic paints. Here is my first attempt at scratch building. Nothing glued down yet as I have still got plenty to do before I can put the deck in place. The funnels are cigar tubes and I have a smoker in 2 and 4. I decided to lash out on 3D printed main armament but I still need to make the gun shields. Thanks for your help and advice so far and best of luck with your 1/350 - hope you will keep me updated on progress. Cheers Steve
Thanks very much Doug. Certainly gives me a lot to go on. I'm building her to RN spec prior to conversion for St Nazaire raid. I am looking to do 'cammo' pattern and also have my first go at weathering. I will send you some pics soon. Cheers Steve
Hi Doug My build progresses well and I need to start painting. I am unsure on what shade of grey to use. On previous warships I have used mid sea grey, but it looks to be a bit too dark. All the photos I have got are in black and white which doesn't help. Any thoughts? Steve
Hi I have recently completed RSS P72 Sovereignty, based on a Veron 54" hull giving 1/24 scale. Unfortunately the boat is not for sale, and I don't think the Veron hull is available. However, I have done a lot of research during my build, so if you do find anything part built I would be pleased to help.
Glad I could be of help. Your ‘sinking’ reminds me of the time we used to ‘try’ and fly model aircraft. We always took a box of matches as one or the other crashed beyond repair. Saved the trouble of taking the bits home. Steve.
Hi Doug Trying to be smart and relying on scale information from the book, I spent £40 to get a profile and deck plan at 1/96. Despite several visits to the printer, we couldn't get it right for various reasons. I then decided to examine the numerous sheets of A4 which came with the hull, to find that what I wanted was all there, it just needed stitching together! I can send you what I have in jpeg which will not be at 1/96. However, you know the correct length of the hull so can you upsize the drawings from that? Steve
No justice. I ended up buying a new shaft from ModelBoatBits for the very expensive price of £2.00. The damaged one was part of the running gear kit supplied by Deans for HMS Hood, which I bought at the same time. Sorry, I missed an m off the shaft. It should read 4mm. I'm sure your stuff will be ok.
Yes, I hadn't looked at the dimensions before I sent you the link. I'm not a Dean's fan anyway, from past experience with a damaged propshaft. They refused to replace it until they had checked the damaged one to make sure I was not the cause. I felt a bit miffed as the 4m shaft was part of a £480 spend with them and they were quibbling over a couple of quid.