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Some highly reliable gossip is pointing towards Monday. https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/hms-queen-elizabeth-expected-to-sail-monday/ New titbit; bridges are to be closed to the public during departure. However bad some of their PR has been, I don`t think the ACA can succeed in sneaking the 70,000t warship out without anyone noticing.
Swan's mizzen looks a bit overly aft. I'm using Edgar March's published drawings but making the boat at about 45 feet to make production easier. He also wants a Lowestoft ketch some time! Martin
The shape of the centre chain looks the most realistic to me if you could twist each link a bit more. The r/hand one looks way oversize and the left one's links don't look right, but if they were all painted the same colour it would be easier to judge. Andy
They were BIG boats, and carried huge sails. Two are restored in Scotland - Reaper FR.958 at the Fisheries Museum in Anstruther, http://www.scotfishmuseum.org/reaper and the Swan LK.243 http://www.swantrust.com/ Worth checking out Swan at speed in a squall here (especially at ~1 min in! Pull back your volume a wee bit)
Some more rock-solid and reliable rumour.... https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/hms-queen-elizabeth-likely-sail-soon/ Liking the webcam feature. Edit- Here`s the direct link to a series of webcams covering the Forth. http://forth-bridges.co.uk/queensferry-crossing/gallery-queens/rosyth-dockyard-webcam.html
Well, thanks, folks. Nice to know it might be popular. Apart from the capstan there's little left to do, hence nearing the paint, but it's currently raining (Hurray). 4mm scale is 1/76th. I will possibly be doing a similar item in 7mm (1/43rd scale) for the O gauge fans later. Nev just wants some unusual scenic accessories in his range and I have little else to do and he knows I'm a boat man. We will probably be doing a motor version of this later too. I should have mentioned that there are also some white metal parts and that the whole deck is a separate item with the hull hollow. Of course rigging in such a small scale is not easy to reproduce in quantity, so a diagram will probably be issued with each kit and builders will have to do that themselves. Cheers, Martin
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