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Hello Doug, Apologies for not responding but thank you for the tips in your response. I'll note them when it comes to the Motor install and see what else I can squeeze in from a functionality point. Best regards Dave
Hello all, Hope you are well? It's taken a while to get to where I am but I can start to see some real progress. I've managed to get the main superstructure complete, they are at a stage where they could be connected to the deck if it was ready. The Hull is now covered in a layer of Balsa, it does now need a lot of rubbing down so I can then look at applying a layer of fiberglass. I've not ordered this yet but I have seen it advertised at Cornwall Model Boats. If anyone has any suggestions on how to fiberglass I'm happy to hear any advise as this will be my 1st time. Good luck with your builds Regards Dave
Hello all, I've been busy with the Bridge build, this has proved a little tricky as the forward structure is at a slight angle when not on the ship. I've used a combination of 1/8 ply and 0.75mm plastic sheet. I needed the ply in this section as this will be where I will have hull access for batteries and needed the strength. The walls of the upper structure are plastic sheet which I think have come out well. There is still more to add (look out wings at the rear of the bridge need walls etc) I can the start to connect this to the decking before adding finer details. Coming on slowly is the hull, I will spend a bit more time here over the coming weeks to get it ready for sanding and then fibreglass coating. Good luck with your builds. Dave
Hello all, I've made a start on the Superstructure, they are basic ply with blocking to support. I've split the sections into 3 as I want to have the middle superstructure secured to the decking but have the forward and rear sections removable to allow access to the motors etc. I've also made a start on the planking for the hull, this is balsa which I will look to cover in fiber glass once it is ready. slow progress and I'll update more when I can. Good luck with your builds. Dave
Hello all, I've finished leveling the Sections and added the top stringer to firm up the structure. I need to now make sure the sections are running in line, I've taken a tip from a good build article on Warship Models Underway: (http://www.wmunderway.8m.com/ cont/hullcont/hullcont.htm) I'll use a single baton to run down the sides of the ship to either smooth off or add to each section until I'm happy that when I add the hull sides it will be 99% straight. I've also realized how small this ship will be in 1/96 and it may have been better in 1/48, so will need to start thinking about maybe using one Engine and looking to create a gearbox that allows two shaft output? If anyone has any suggestions please let me know. Regards Dave
Hello, This is my second attempt at this model, I tried this many years ago but had to admit defeat as I did not have the time or patience as a 20 something. Anyway, older wiser and with a lot of lessons learnt I am giving this another go. She was originally a Buckley Class DE from the US and transferred under the Lease Lend scheme to the RN in 1943. This was my Granddads ship in the war so I have a connection to her and have always wanted to have this as part of my fleet. I've uploaded an image of the plans I have from the Model Dockyard (US Buckley DE) and will modify it to fit the photo I've also attached. The final picture is my start on the keel and forward sections tacked in place. I'll upload more when there is progress. Good luck with your builds. Dave
Hello all, I know this thread has probably run it's course, but wanted to advise if you use Cornwall Model Boats you get a fantastic turn around on your orders. I've placed 2 in the last month, both have been turned around in one day and out the door. Delivery via standard Royal Mail post has been within 5 days. I'd recommend / trust them if you are ordering from anyone online. Regards Dave
Morning, Thanks once again for the response, had a look at the Forts can Parks and they are similar. I'll see if I can find some hull lines online and adapt them as best I can. Thanks once again for the guidance. Best regards Dave
Hello, Thanks for the response, I've uploaded what I have. There are only 2 imaged (Bow and Stern) that show any form of regression down to the keel and that is only from the shelter deck to the main deck. I've also uploaded an image of the over all plans (again nothing to show any hull lines) an image of the ship herself. I think my best option is to see if I can find any plans online for a similar looking ship and use those hull lines and Modellers license ( I think that what you said on your build blog 😊 ) to build her? Unless you can advise any further? Either way thank you for taking a look. Regards Dave
Hello all, I'm looking into my next build, I've gone for a Tramp Steamer (SS / HMS Clan MacNaughton) I'm managed to get the plans from the Nation Maritime Museum which show the profile and over head view, problem is no Hull lines. Has anyone had any experience in figuring out the hull lines? Specifically around the Bow and Stern? I'm fairly sure I can get the bulk of the hull sorted as looking at the plans it kind of looks like a box in water 😊 If no experience then any thoughts / ideas? I had planned to get the keel and bow / stern cut out then a few mid sections and then just trial and error the bulk head down to the Bow and Stern. If anyone has a better idea I'm more than happy to listen. Best regards Dave
Hi, I initially was going to use a small 30RPM motor to directly drive a radar in my model but when it came to the mast and setup I realised I could not fit it in (shame) but if you look at RHBakers build blog of HMS Bulldog / Beagle he has posted a very good example of a radar setup that may help you? Regards Dave
Hello all, I've managed to start work on some of the detailing, it's going to take a while to get the ship looking right. There are a few pieces that I've managed to re-use from an earlier attempt at building a warship and I think they will help make it look more authentic. Anyway onwards and upwards, hopefully I will be able to get her ready for the Spring and join up my local Boat club 😊 Regards Dave
Thanks for the responce Mark, I'll take your advice on thr RH rotation, does it have much effect on the motion of your ships? Or only for the initial forward momentum and then it settles down? Regards Dave
Hello all, Like most question they seem daft at the time but I wanted to check, my next ship is going to be an auxiliary cruiser with a single shaft and prop, are there any center drive prop if that makes sense? Or are all propellers either left or right bias? Thank you for any responses Regards Dave
Hello all, Been a while since I was able to post any update, having kids does that 😊 Anyway, I've managed to squeeze in the odd night here and there making some of the smaller detailing on my ship, I've managed to complete the main mast and for funnel foredeck detailing. I'm happy with the look of her, it's slowly coming along. I've uploaded some additional picture of the mast seeing how it looks on the ship in it's final position. My next task will be to make the Carley raft shutes. I'll update as and when I can. Regards Dave
[Score: 8/10] 49"/4600g HMS Diamond D35 Capable of 3mph and a runtime of 30mins Twin Propellors (3 Blade 35mm) Direct Drive to a Unknown (Old) (3 Blade) Powered by NiCad (7.2v) 7Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through Marine Viper 10 (10Amps) ESC - Comments: This is my 1st build, overall I'm very happy with the attempt I've made, there is a lot of finishing / detailing to complete but she is ready to run. I've added rotating turrets and running lights with this ship and no doubt tinker with her over time.
Hello all, It's been a whilst since I posted any update, I've been sneaking as much time during feeding my new born as I can. The basic hull and structure are now complete, I'm nearly there with the guns too. I've gone for the darker Matt Sea Grey with my ship and a Brunswick Green for the Decking. I've just ordered the brass / copper material now so I can get to work on the funnels and masts before tackling the railings (Thank you Roy for the Jig setup diagrams) Hopefully when the above Is all complete I can work on the detailing, some things I will order online (Bofors etc) but I will try to make as much as I can from scratch or give It a go to test my build skills. You may notice on the picture of the rear the numbering Is not quite center, error on my part thinking my centering was OK before checking! Best of luck with you builds. Dave
Evening Roy Looking really good, I'll put an order In If that's ok? All going well at home, babies doing well I'll get online at some point this week, when I can keep my eyes open long enough %uD83D%uDE00 Best regards Dave
Best of luck with that, l'm on my 1st build and finding my mind wanders from one thing to another with regard to how am I going to do this or that. As for the hull and finishing, I'm keeping It simple, a few coats of wood primer sanded smooth (light rub with 180 grade the finishing paper) then a few coats of paint. The boat will be out of the water longer than Its In It, so should be ok?? I coated the Interior with a few coats of yacht varnish too. I may try a water based resin on my next project and see how that goes. Good luck with your build, Dave