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    (Other) KD Perkasa
    I acquired the boat as an unfinished project, consisting of a decked unpainted hull and basic superstructure. Early replacement of lead acids with Lipos increased the speed and I think she looks really good on the water. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwOalFnRjPw (Motor: Turnigy 1250 outrunner) (ESC: Viper Marine) (8/10)
    (Working Vessel) Pilot Boat by Aeronaut
    My first attempt at building a plastic hull proved difficult due to the bends and curves but the final result was satisfactory. The lighting system/circuit also proved a challenge but she looked well at a recent illuminated regatta. All in all I am quite pleased with the final result (Motor: MFA 540) (ESC: Mtronics MicroViper Marine) (8/10)
    (Yacht) Stormy Weather
    Built from a kit by Colombini, this is based on a 54ft yawl, Stormy Weather, which was launched from the Henry Nevins yard in New York in 1934. I bought the kit from the bargain basement in my local model shop and with only one sheet of instructions in English and five diagrams with notes in italian, I am pleased with the result. (8/10)
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    πŸ“ fairmile c MGB
    5 months ago by cormorant ( Midshipman)
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    Hi
    I'm looking at building one of these as a future project. Do you know if this was from a kit or scratch built?
    Thanks
    Steve

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    πŸ“ Motor Anti-Submarine Boat MA/SB
    5 months ago by cormorant ( Midshipman)
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    Good idea about the cheese sandwich. You will already know about my low opinion of Deans perhaps, and getting technical and other details wrong?
    Having said that, if you click the link, they do give a pretty good resume of the history of the MA/SB. http://deansmarine.co.uk/shop/product_info.php/cPath/10_14/p...

    Mine was not one of their kits but came as a grp hull and plastic deckhouse. Stuff like the masts, hatch covers and lockers were scratch built
    http://deansmarine.co.uk/shop/product_info.php/cPath/10_14/products_id/2221
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    πŸ“ Motor Anti-Submarine Boat MA/SB
    5 months ago by cormorant ( Midshipman)
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    Thank you. In the end I used 'Lifecolor' acrylic paints, which although come in 22ml tinlets, go an awfully long way. You can also get a 'spray' like finish using a brush. I would highly recommend the brand.

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    πŸ“ Motor Anti-Submarine Boat MA/SB
    5 months ago by cormorant ( Midshipman)
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    Thanks Doug. Pics of the internals attached, sorry about the wiring, but however neatly I try to get it , it always looks a mess.
    Sea trials report with video to follow.
    I see you still haven't finished that bratwurst?

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    πŸ“ New website
    5 months ago by cormorant ( Midshipman)
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    I have donated several times to the website yet got demoted from fleet admiral to midshipman.
    What’s all the fuss about anyway?
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    πŸ“ Motor Anti-Submarine Boat MA/SB
    5 months ago by cormorant ( Midshipman)
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    Another finished project and I have been ordered, at the risk of a flogging round the fleet, not to start any more until the winter.
    The close up of the deck shows the planking painted in blue B15, thanks for the confirmation reilly4.
    You will see that the officer on the port side is carrying his mobile phone in his left hand. I assume that's what it is as the figure came from Deans.😜

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    πŸ“ Motor Anti-Submarine Boat MA/SB
    7 months ago by cormorant ( Midshipman)
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    Thanks for your advice gentlemen.
    I have finished the deck and it doesn't look too bad.
    Before painting, however, it will need careful preparation.
    Whilst searching the internet for help, I came across this tutorial which some of you may find helpful.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkmeoYKYctw

    Cheers
    Steve
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    πŸ“ Motor Anti-Submarine Boat MA/SB
    7 months ago by cormorant ( Midshipman)
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    I have established that the decks on these vessels were planked and usually painted RN Dark Grey Blue B15.
    Whilst I can source this paint in small amounts, typically 17ml, I am unable to find it in larger amounts.
    The boat is 82cm long x 22cm beam.
    Can anyone help please?
    Thank you
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    πŸ“ Motor Anti-Submarine Boat MA/SB
    7 months ago by cormorant ( Midshipman)
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    My latest project, a 1/24 scale MA/SB is currently taking shape.
    The vessel is based upon the 63ft BPBCo launch and I understand some had planked decks.
    There is nothing I like better than planking a deck but I can find no reference to MA/SBs having anything other than metal decks.
    My recommended reference book is Caostal Craft History Vol.2 which only tells me that planked decks were usually varnished whilst metal decks were usually painted grey.
    Can anyone assist please?

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    πŸ“ HMS Campbeltown 1941, 1/96 scale
    7 months ago by cormorant ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Doug,
    A bit picky there, but understandable as it's a very little known fact that all gun crews of flush deckers were trained in the art of gate vaulting as you can see in this tutorial.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrjiw52GmZI
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    πŸ“ HMS Campbeltown 1941, 1/96 scale
    7 months ago by cormorant ( Midshipman)
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    I used to buy the Airfix kits, mainly model aircraft, for 2 bob each. They came in a plastic bag with the plans attached to the outside.
    Attached to my bedroom ceiling with strands of cotton the English fighters shot down many a German which billowed cotton wool painted red and black.
    After gun deck now populated (excuse the snow effect which is dust caused by fettling my MA/SB hull)

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    πŸ“ HMS Campbeltown 1941, 1/96 scale
    7 months ago by cormorant ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Doug
    Captain on the bridge!

    I've got some more with tin hats on which I will put on the after gun deck.

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    πŸ“ HMS Campbeltown 1941, 1/96 scale
    8 months ago by cormorant ( Midshipman)
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    You may be right about the crew, Doug. I may well swallow my pride and invest in the Deans set.

    Happy New Year to you.
    Steve

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    πŸ“ HMS Campbeltown 1941, 1/96 scale
    8 months ago by cormorant ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Doug
    I decided to go without a crew. She's finished and launched.
    Thanks for your help.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUIELBDRNUA

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    πŸ“ HMS Campbeltown 1941, 1/96 scale
    9 months ago by cormorant ( Midshipman)
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    Thanks Doug. I've been thinking about crew but 1/96 scale seems few and far between - the only lot I've found so far is by Deans.
    Any suggestions?
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    πŸ“ Aeronaut Pilot Boat
    9 months ago by cormorant ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Peter
    It seems so long ago and I can't remember exactly how I did it.
    However, I used canopy glue (which dries clear) to stick the glazing to the window opening as centrally as I could. Any gaps were successfully covered by the metal trim, which I fitted before the canopy glue dried so I could reposition the glazing if required.
    Sorry I can't be any more specific but the end result was 'gapless'.

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    πŸ“ HMS Campbeltown 1941, 1/96 scale
    9 months ago by cormorant ( Midshipman)
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    Almost complete. More rigging and detail required but should soon be ready for sea.

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    πŸ“ Aeronaut Pilot Boat
    9 months ago by cormorant ( Midshipman)
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    Jotika Ltd are the main UK distributor for Aeronaut. http://www.jotika-ltd.com/Pages/1024768/Distributors_Front.h...

    I have just spoken to the MD, John and he can supply any parts you need.
    His phone number is 01905 776073.

    Hope this helps.
    http://www.jotika-ltd.com/Pages/1024768/Distributors_Front.htm
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    πŸ“ Aeronaut Pilot Boat
    9 months ago by cormorant ( Midshipman)
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    I hope you enjoy the build Ron, I know I did.
    The most difficult part for me was skinning the hull. You need to be very careful and precise when lining them up.
    Best of luck!

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    πŸ’¬ First Snow!
    9 months ago by cormorant ( Midshipman)
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    She looks fantastic Ed, you must be very pleased!

    I don't know when we will see snow here this winter, if at all.

    Steve

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    πŸ“ Pretend deck planking
    10 months ago by cormorant ( Midshipman)
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    You're rambling again Doug, but thanks for the compliment re the planking.

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    πŸ“ Pretend deck planking
    10 months ago by cormorant ( Midshipman)
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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.

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    πŸ“ HMS Campbeltown 1941, 1/96 scale
    10 months ago by cormorant ( Midshipman)
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    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.

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    πŸ“ HMS Campbeltown 1941, 1/96 scale
    10 months ago by cormorant ( Midshipman)
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    "I'm the First Lieutenant around here and don't you forget it!"
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    πŸ“ HMS Campbeltown 1941, 1/96 scale
    10 months ago by cormorant ( Midshipman)
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    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
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    πŸ“ HMS Campbeltown 1941, 1/96 scale
    10 months ago by cormorant ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Doug.

    Still a long way to go, but not too bad?

    Steve.

    BTW Talking of films, The Bedford incident was quite tense when Richard Widmark nearly started WWIII https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bedford_Incident
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    πŸ“ HMS Campbeltown 1941, 1/96 scale
    10 months ago by cormorant ( Midshipman)
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    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

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    πŸ“ HMS Campbeltown 1941, 1/96 scale
    10 months ago by cormorant ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Doug
    Thanks for the info. Pity, though. I was looking forward to the exercise.
    What about Semtex?

    Steve
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    πŸ“ HMS Campbeltown 1941, 1/96 scale
    11 months ago by cormorant ( Midshipman)
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    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.
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    πŸ“ HMS Campbeltown 1941, 1/96 scale
    11 months ago by cormorant ( Midshipman)
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    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.

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