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  1. Most Fairmile Bs had funnels just aft of the wheelhouse. The Landing Craft control boats had these removed and a lattice gantry was constructed in it's place to hold the Type 970 Radar. It gives quite a modern look to an otherwise classic Motor launch appearance. John Lambert depicts the design as follows Referencing Mark Smith's profile once again My notable points and work list is as follows: 1) Scratch the Lattice mast and 970 radar 2) Scratch the Hotchkiss 3 pounder on the foredeck. Neither Coastal Craft or Mark hawkins on Shapeways represent this. Coastal Craft's 6 pounder is an entirely different gun 3) I'm considering "planking" the deck which as the plan view shows was a prominent feature 4) Scratch the ASDIC pod under the hull 5) Both the rocket racks on the side of the wheelhouse and the companionway covers are available from Coastal Craft 6) Scratch the Coach house 7) Aft single and Twin 20mm Oerlikon - Coastal Craft 8) Dinghy - Coastal Craft 9) Chemical Smoke apparatus - scratch. 10) Depth Caharges - Caostal craft or Great Little Ships 11) Portholes - CC or GLS 12) PROBLEM - These ships used "Taut Wire measurement gear" - and close inspection of John Lambert's plan views show this at the stern. Pre-GPS an effective way to measure distance covered was to spool out literally miles of piano wire having first tied it to a known point such as a buoy or submerged anchor. I can find only a single picture on the web which whilst tantalising, in no way shows what this really looked like..... Can anyone give me any advice here please? 13) The Colour scheme is comparatively straight forward with White G45 sides and a B15 middle hull segment. Here are some of the Coastal craft goodies lined up..... I'm conscious that the crucial USP on this build is the lattice Radar tower so without further ado let's get cracking. I'm using plastruct "L" shaped rods My first attempt was too narrow at the top So start again Take 2 Better.......And with some 15mm diam waste pipe cut with a Stanley knife (tried a pipe cutter but it distorted the plastic) .... It look slop sided but in fact isn't. i hve no idea how one of these came to find itself on the kitchen window sill Nearly true......! On close examination of the wartime pics there is a ladder on the aft side of the tower which reached a platform beneath the cylindrical radar housing.. the square cut out in the corner is to allow a prominent pipe to run down from the Radar to the wheel house. I'm about half way there - I'm looking at ways to roof the radar - Blanking screw caps are currently in front running though I have singly failed to find any at 15mm to date And whilst doing this - i had a play around with stanchions that will figure prominently on this build Great Little Ship Stanchions figure in the foreground and whilst they are very detailed they are delicate - David says to stick 2 together but this is an enormous faff. The white metal are from The GLS Corvette set and don't really belong on this vessel type. The Coastal craft stanchions on the far side are robust and far easier to use than the GLS offerings but not as detailed. I'll reflect. Thanks for looking - I'm pressing on with the lattice tower. ( And if anyone has any info or pics or wartime "taut wire measuring kit" - Don't forget I'm your Man) Rob
  2. MGB 40 awaits a paint job and I'm awaiting parts for a defunct compressor. So...inspired by Kev Longshanks and his Dog boat build MGB658 I'm going to kick off my attempt at a Fairmile B. They were in many ways the unsung work horse in motor launches and were deployed in a miriad of roles including acting as navigation leaders to mark channels for landing craft to use in their approaches to the D-Day beaches - as represented by ML 196. Pictures of these comparatively rare types are hard to come by. I am indebted to Christian Sheppard-Capurro for passing on some pics This pic portrays ML or Q196 as she was on or about D-Day... Mark Smiths "Coastal Craft History Volume 3 - Motor Gun Boat, Motor Torpedo Boat and Fast Patrol Boat depicts Q196. It's an indispensible volume for anyone interested in British Coastal Craft of WWII as our volumes 1 and 2. Volume 4 is due and will specifically detail Fairmile As, Bs and Cs. Further references will include And unlike the Dog boats there are still a few extant originals of which RLM 497 is probably the best well known having served as a ferry and pleasure day boat around the Dartmouth estuary for many years, she now resides in Portsmouth and I believe will become part of the Naval museum Th hull comes courtesy of Christian at MTB hulls and is truly a thing of beauty. if you have any interest in coastal craft - check his site out - he does a huge number of different hulls in different scales and here it is against the HDML that he also supplied ( this is approximately Vosper MTB sized) As Longshanks reports with his Fairmile D - the moulding is superb with barely a blemish. The deck is loose and will need epoxying down which fits with my plans I'll also be using Coastal Craft Model products Coastal Craft Models from Martin Blundell which are uniformly excellent. And Thanks Also to Longshanks for his encouragement and help to date. If I make half as good a job as MGB658, I'll be delighted. More soon Thanks for looking Rob
  3. Really effective shading/Modulation. Looks Fab Rob
  4. Some of the most realistic marine weathering that I have seen Rob
  5. Lovely work on the steering wheel as ever, and thanks for the tip re the Aber wheel set "Golden" Rob
  6. Super job Edward - great looking MTB very expertly modelled. I really like the weathering and detail touches Rob
  7. Couldn't agree more. Congratulations on a really fine model there. Rob
  8. What a fine build! Rob
  9. My thoughts exactly Rob
  10. Looks a very fine build, the wood deck really does set ti off Rob
  11. Excellent build and I love the base. The ratlines really set it off. Rob
  12. I can only agree with the guys - Cracking result - really fine paint job with subtle weathering and superb rigging. One to be proud of, Congrats Rob
  13. Kev - it is a Shapeways offering from Mark Hawkins - his web link is on the Corvette thread. It hasn't drooped yet and in truth seems less likely to than the Coastal Craft 20mm. Here's a comparison I haven't made this easy as the translucent finish hides detail on the Shapeways offering. They are virtually identical in size and in truth the magazine is done better on Mark Hawkins - it was offset in reality and it's hard to capture this on the slightly undersized Coastal Craft version. The etch sight with CC does set it off nicely and I like the Wood base. I'll paint both up for a play off. Seadog - Couldn't agree more - for it's time it was quite remarkable. It would be excellent to see yours. I'm going to build RAF 122 at some stage. Here's one I did a couple of years ago, before having worked out to do the toe rails and turret railwork! I was pleased with the rigging at the time Thanks Paul - No Viagra needed!! Thanks - Looking forward to seeing S2 and S3! it's time to fit out and that's where Coastal Craft make life a whole lot easier.... The Mushroom ventilators and cleats work really well and that necessary little bit of detail The open bridge area is fitted out And rubbing rails added... The handrails are scratched from round rod styrene and are probably a tad high - I removed the aft rails off the coach house and redid them but I couldn't bring myself to remove these And so with a full days work today - the first for ages I've managed to get the aft gun guard rail done, first "setting" it with Super glue then soldering with paste for strength. The ammunition locers fore and aft were done and the CC 20mm Oerlikon built. The Airfix props were cleaned up (a labour of love!) and the rudder attached - unlike the ASR craft there were only 2 engines and shafts so the middle was filled and sanded The Clutter is beginning to make it look original The mast was made from the original kit version much sanded with a metal crosstree to support the rigging. At long last I come to painting. This hull build probably started some 2 or 3 yrs ago As ever thanks for looking (and commiserations to any Leicester Tiger fans out there) Rob
  14. Lovely work Paul I'm in for a 1/144 fret - message to you Rob