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JohnWS

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  1. 1/72 RAF ASR Launch

    Hi Stuart. Have you seen this video 'RAF Rescue Boats (1941)' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Pcwjy2jwRg? There's a nice closeup shot of the anchor at 47 seconds into the video, showing the anchor secured to the deck with a short length of chain attached to the anchor. Here's a link to a few photos, one showing a winch mounted at the bow and another with what looks like a fairlead at the stern - http://ournewhaven.org.uk/page_id__1400.aspx. John edit (just to confuse things): - I just found this photo showing a Sampson post fitted to a rescue launch - https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205188324. Judging by the large deck vent, this is a Thornycroft designed boat.
  2. Welcome to my world. I won't say how many times I've remade some of those parts to get them just right. John
  3. Where does the time go? I've been spending my modelling time over the past two weeks making two small rocket launchers for the PT boat. I was amazed at how much visible detail there is in these tiny assemblies, at 1/72 scale. Here's a photo of the completed scratch built rocket launcher assemblies; The launchers consist of three main parts/assemblies - a base, a manual operating mechanism with hand crank, and the rocket launch tubes. I made the various parts from plastic sheet, plastic tube & rod, stretched sprue, straight pins for the pivot points, & copper wire for the hand cranks. This is a Mark 50 8-tube launcher designed to fire 5" spin-stabilized rockets, & that was specifically designed for PT boats. Two launchers were mounted on each boat; swung inboard for loading and outboard for firing. Elevation was adjustable using the hand crank. The rockets were trained by turning the boat. The firing button was located on the bridge. Each time the firing button was depressed, one rocket was fired from each launcher. I haven't decided in what position I'll display the launchers, so I've used the straight pins to allow the launchers to freely rotate and elevate. I've temporarily attached the launchers to the deck, using white tac, to show the locations and the firing positions. Next up, 4 torpedo roll off racks. Thanks for looking in. John
  4. Revell PT 109 New tool

    Yes, the figures (and most of the other parts) have at least one molded circle indent. Here's a photo showing a few of the figures originally included with the kit. It also shows the excessive flash.
  5. Revell PT 109 New tool

    Thanks for posting the link Francis. Here's my quick (first impression) comparison of the new kit to the original. A photo of the original kit sprue for reference; The obvious changes include two offered PT boat versions (1942/43 & JFK's 1943), a lot more parts, a multi-part hull, and the addition of depth charges & the bow 37 mm anti-tank cannon. There appears to be a number of other 'detail' improvements in the new kit. These include; - hull detail including molded inlets/outlets on the sides, & the addition of the bow reinforcement plate, and stern muffler details. - additional prop shaft supports, & corrected rudder shape. - addition of day cabin & chart house interior detail. - addition of clear window & windscreen parts. - MG & turret detail. - torpedo tube detail. - Oerlikon gun detail (separate ammunition magazine). - instrument panel decals. One of my major complaints with the original kit was molded plastic quality. The parts were bulky with lots of flash and, in some cases, lacked visible detail (e.g. Oerlikon gun, deck vents and bow toe rail). I guess this was to be expected in a 1960's model kit, even though Airfix was able to provide superior molded plastic quality at that time. It appears the new kit does not address the lack of deck vent & toe rail detail & does not include the crew figures that were included in the original kit. John
  6. HMAS/m AE2, Scratchbuild

    Steve, your sub is looking awesome! Nice work on the details. John
  7. Hi again! My shipyard's productivity has slowed down over the past week as I've been fighting a good ol' Canadian winter head cold. I knew my brain was starting to get foggy from the cold (more than normal) when I measured the same part four times & got four different results. Well the fog is starting to lift, and I've been able to spend a little more time back at workbench. I've started laying out the PT boat's deck, beginning at the bow. I've added the reinforcement plates for the bow gun mounts & the bow mooring bitt, as well as adding a small deck hatch, jackstaff bracket & a hatch hold open device for the hatch by the 37mm Canon. Next up, making the four main deck & day cabin hatch covers; For something different, I made the 20mm deck gun. You may recall I had ordered 3D printed guns for this build, but the vendor's packaging resulted in the guns being damaged during shipment. However, I was able to salvage the tripod mount for the 20mm gun. I cut the mount off the 3D printed gun & shortened it to suit. I added a scratch built yoke from plastic sheet, & a detail using wine bottle foil. The 3D printed gun was beyond repair, so I used the Revell kit's 20mm Oerikon gun removing the gun sight and mount. A plastic cradle, copper wire shoulder rest, and stretched sprue ammo magazine detail were added. Here's a photo of the completed 20mm gun assembly; Now the fun part, test fitting all the bits & pieces assembled to date to the forward deck. I used my scale paper superstructure for reference; Next up, building of either the rocket launchers or the torpedo racks. Not sure which, just yet. Here's a photo of my parts store (aka a cookie tin) with all the little parts completed to date. Thanks for looking in. John
  8. We have a friend who moved to Santa Cruz de Tenerife a couple of years ago, and loves it.
  9. Rob; Glad to see your back at this build. Here's something else to try if the putty doesn't work out. I've used Tamiya masking tape for the hull metal reinforcements, with reasonable success. Masking Tape applied; After painting; Any "pleats" in the masking tape can be smoothed out with a little pressure using a smooth piece of plastic or wood as a swaging tool. The tape stretches a bit so it conforms to the curve of the hull. There is a down side, though. Paint doesn't adhere very well to the tape & chips easily. But, with a little experimenting & care, you can get a relatively good result. John
  10. HMAS/m AE2, Scratchbuild

    Ouch! Thanks for the link.
  11. HMAS/m AE2, Scratchbuild

    Guilty as charged! Most recently, I used a red Sharpie permanent marker on my Elco build to mark the hull side vent locations. The red bled thru the grey primer coat sprayed over the marker. I ended up having to remove the primer & marker & stop the bleeding. I know some model aircraft builders have used black permanent markers without issue, so it could be just a red thing.
  12. Interior colour

    Here's a link to an interesting discussion about paint (or lack of it) http://www.shipbucket.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=5363.
  13. Terrific build. Love the photos of the 'B' & HDML.
  14. I decided to take a detour & focus on the muffler assemblies, rudders & propellers. I came across a copy of Elco Parts Catalog & found detailed line drawings of the exhaust muffler assembly. As a result, I was able to make a couple of simple details to the kit parts - attachment flanges & butterfly valve operating levers; The kit rudders required some reshaping the match the actual pt boat rudders; When cleaning up the three kit propellers, I found the centre hub on one of the propellers was molded incorrectly, resulting in the hole for the propeller shaft being off centre. I re-shaped the hub with putty & then drilled the hole for the shaft in the correct location; Now, back to the deck ... John
  15. Revell 1/144 Corvette

    Me too!
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