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    (Naval Ship) HMS Illustrious
    Waterline model to scale 1/192. Model is really a hybrid of the ship during her commissioned lifetime (1939 - 1956). She served mainly in Mediterranean and Far East. Seriously damaged on several occasions, resulting in numerous modifications, which is why I had so many problems settling on a model true to any one date. (5/10)
    (Other) MV San Demetrio
    Model was built waterline to 1/192 scale as wedding present for daughter. Now has pride of place atop piano. (5/10)
    (Other) MV San Demetrio
    Model was built waterline at 1/192 scale as a wedding present for my daughter. Now pride of place on piano in Buckingham. (5/10)
    (Other) SS Ohio
    This is a waterline model, now in our loungeroom. Built to 1/192 scale, using very basic drawing and photos. (8/10)
    (Naval Ship) HMS Erebus
    Scratch built using Admiralty drawings from Greenwich and miscellaneous photos. Hull carved from basswood, as are her boats. Guns turned brass, main armament mount in basswood turret. Bridge tower anf funnel tinplate, rigging and aerials steel guitar strings. Sails well and steers remarkably easily considering her beam. Logged hours on construction 611, not including research. (8/10)
    (Ketch) Irene
    Scratch built using drawings in book 'Goodnight Irene' by Leslie Morrish, who restored the vessel which had lain rotting for years. Sails well , likes plenty of wind. in light winds tends to 'go her own way' and cause anxiety to controller. (5/10)
    (Naval Ship) HMS Nelson
    Scratch built using Admiralty drawings from Greenwich and miscellaneous photos. to 1/192 scale Hull carved from basswood as are boats. Guns turned in brass in basswood turrets. Rigging steel guitar strings. Sails well. in rough seas tends to ship it green over bow. (8/10)
    (Naval Ship) HMS Ceres
    Scratch built using Admiralty drawings from Greenwich and miscellaneous photos. Hull carved from basswood as are boats. Rigging and aerials steel guitar strings. Flage halyards thread. Sails very well and remarkably stable for such a narrow ship due to bilge keels. Hours logged on contruction 885, which includes research on line. (8/10)
    (Naval Ship) HMS Valhalla
    Scratch built using Admiralty drawings from Greenwich and miscellaneous photos to 1/96 scale. Hull carved from basswood, as are boats. (8/10)
    (Other) SS Great Britain
    Entirely scratch built to 1/98 scale, from builder's drawings from Greenwich and photos of ship in Bristol. Hull carved in basswood, deck planked. (8/10)
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    ๐Ÿ“ HMS Amethyst
    2 months ago by Gdaynorm ( Warrant Officer)
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    She must have undergone some pretty extensive work, especially aft from photos I have. From pics I have her decks could be anything from very dark grey to similar shade blue, grey or even brown corticene. Ideas welcome! Pic is as she is now. Guns detail inside the turrets missing. Having scoured the net for hours, I still have not found one pic looking into the turret!
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: HMS Amethyst
    3 months ago by Gdaynorm ( Warrant Officer)
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    She's starting to look like a ship. She almost certainly had corticene decks. Question is, dirty dark green or blue or even brown?
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    3 months ago by Gdaynorm ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Damon,
    Thanks, that would be great. I thought I had already replied, twice, but maybe I'm not clicking the right spot. email is gdaynorm@sympatico.ca
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    ๐Ÿ“ HMS Ajax
    4 months ago by Gdaynorm ( Warrant Officer)
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    End of story. Shortly to be moved to permanent location.๐Ÿ‘
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    4 months ago by Gdaynorm ( Warrant Officer)
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    Well thanks for trying. They look like shots taken in Malta grand harbour? Difficulty is dating photos to what stage of modifications a ship underwent.
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    4 months ago by Gdaynorm ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Damon.
    Yes thanks. The more pics the better. Have you ever noticed there are very few shots taken from above the stern of any ship? My e-mail is gdaynorm@sympatico.ca
    Are you currently building?
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    4 months ago by Gdaynorm ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi, thanks. Yes, from the photos I have they are definitely not riveted. The Ough drawings show the plating in detail, individual plate by plate. I have taken a punt as attached pic shows. I have always done my plating with card, which has the advantage of when damp being slightly mouldable where curvature is complex. It is slightly over thick, but by the time it has a couple of coats of paint, sanded and finish coat it works well.
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    ๐Ÿ“ HMS Amethyst
    4 months ago by Gdaynorm ( Warrant Officer)
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    Just starting on 1/96 waterline model, as she was at the Yangtse incident. Have good drawings from two sources - N A Ough and Les Brown book. Bit short on photos from above. One problem. Was her plating butt welded or overlapped and welded.
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    ๐Ÿ“ HMS Amethyst
    4 months ago by Gdaynorm ( Warrant Officer)
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    Does anyone know of a source for photos of HMS Amethyst?
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    ๐Ÿ“ HMS Ajax
    5 months ago by Gdaynorm ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Jonathan,
    Yes received the aerial drawings okay. Thought I had replied already. Maybe I didn't hit the right button to send/post. Well on the way to rigging them.
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    ๐Ÿ“ HMS Ajax
    5 months ago by Gdaynorm ( Warrant Officer)
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    Thanks mate. Will watch.
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    ๐Ÿ“ HMS Ajax
    5 months ago by Gdaynorm ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Jonathan,
    Yes thanks, much appreciated. I had already fitted them as halyards. Your drawing shows what has to be aerials, but does not show if they are single or multi strand. From the River Plate Veterans website I have read an account by a radio tech that he repaired her aerials during the battle, aerials in the plural. Weโ€™re they multi strand like those on V & W destroyers or several separate strung between the masts? Maybe Doug would know - his field.
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    ๐Ÿ“ HMS Ajax
    5 months ago by Gdaynorm ( Warrant Officer)
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    Wire problem. Ajax's aerials. I assume there were several strung between the masts. Any idea which of the lines from the yard arm were aerials and which signal halyards. I have not got even one photo clear enough to show anything between the masts.
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    ๐Ÿ“ HMS Ajax
    5 months ago by Gdaynorm ( Warrant Officer)
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    I would have thought WW2 cruisers would have been popular to model, as they were mostly rather elegant. I did HMS Ceres to 1/96 RC, sails beautifully.
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    ๐Ÿ“ HMS Ajax
    5 months ago by Gdaynorm ( Warrant Officer)
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    Thanks. Greenwich e-mailed me a small version of what they have, but it is pretty basic. I am not going to re do the main mast, which I think is pretty accurate. Big problem is the signal halyards. I have taken them to the back of the bridge which seems logical. There are also four each side astern too. Trouble is they hardly show on digital photos onthe net.
    If you care to send me that drawing, best by e-mail.gdaynorm@sympatico.ca
    Where are you geographically?
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    ๐Ÿ“ HMS Ajax
    5 months ago by Gdaynorm ( Warrant Officer)
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    looks pretty nice to me. What scale? They were just about enlarged destroyers. I did HMS Ceres and she behaves exactly the same as my Valhalla, including the bow wave.
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    ๐Ÿ“ HMS Ajax
    5 months ago by Gdaynorm ( Warrant Officer)
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    Correct or not, have committed the mainmast rigging and hopefully no going back.
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    ๐Ÿ“ HMS Ajax
    6 months ago by Gdaynorm ( Warrant Officer)
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    Getting fairly close to completion, if there is ever really completion. I am taking a few liberties, giving her some carley floats, and probably taking the halyards up from the back of the bridge. She has been the most frustrating model I have ever attempted.
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    10 months ago by Gdaynorm ( Warrant Officer)
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    Have yet another problem!! Anyone know what would have been in the area aft of the torpedo tubesLogic says AA guns but not so.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: HMs aJAX
    11 months ago by Gdaynorm ( Warrant Officer)
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    Thanks for that. The only rigging plan I have is on a set of drawings produced by a Polish company. Sounds as is you have those from National Maritime Museum?
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    11 months ago by Gdaynorm ( Warrant Officer)
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    Bow flagstaff. I assume it would be about three inches diameter? Anyone's opinion would be welcome. Pic is current state of play, and the bow staff i obviously too thick.
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    1 year ago by Gdaynorm ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Doug,
    Purchased chain, ten links to the inch. Hope it is small enough! Another query. I have all the info needed to build her plane, but nothing on the catapult, and there doesn't seem, to be much on the web, Who would have drawings?
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    1 year ago by Gdaynorm ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Doug, thanks for the tips. Have e-mailed them all,it being Saturday. Never realized before just how huge a range of parts you can buy! Have a friend here who builds beautiful models, and uses nearly all purchased fittings. Makes me wonder why I spend so many hours making deck fittings and ladders etc etc!
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    1 year ago by Gdaynorm ( Warrant Officer)
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    Still looking for chain, but plenty of time before it cab be a finishing detail. Had some fun making her crane.
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    ๐Ÿ“ HMs aJAX
    1 year ago by Gdaynorm ( Warrant Officer)
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    Tragic. The Model Shiptard guy has retired! Does anyone know who stocks studlink chain?
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: HMS Ajax
    1 year ago by Gdaynorm ( Warrant Officer)
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    Thanks again. Your comment about the funnel makes sense. Those three sets of vents are spaced exactly as you would expect three funnels to be. Some details on the Haynes model surprise me. White anchor chains and fairleads? That model makes me wonder why I do it.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: HMS Ajax
    1 year ago by Gdaynorm ( Warrant Officer)
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    Thanks, nice confirmation. Surprise the director/rangefinder in that shot in the dockyard. Had a look at the pics of John Haynes model. Wow! What scale was it built to?
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    ๐Ÿ“ HMS Ajax
    1 year ago by Gdaynorm ( Warrant Officer)
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    Some progress. Searchlight platforms on funnel difficult. In attached drawing section, I assume the marked are ventilator grills.
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    1 year ago by Gdaynorm ( Warrant Officer)
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    Just have to re-make them. Strange thing is they only look oversize on the bow. Now have a beaut pic of the focsle taken from the bridge. Shows the bollards completely different. It also looks as if the deck is corticene covered forward of the planked deck. It was taken when the ship was passing through the Panama Canal.
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    ๐Ÿ“ HMS Ajax
    1 year ago by Gdaynorm ( Warrant Officer)
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    Half the requirement at 192 scale is patience. She has 207 portholes, and of course 207 eyebrows, maybe a few more to come. Together with 8 fairleads and eight pairs of bollards which together have taken a lot of hours and according to my wife, some audible frustration. The portholes are easy enough, but getting the eyebrows straight is time consuming. I am rather afraid the fairleads are oversized, see pic.
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