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Francis Macnaughton

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  1. Tamiya 1:350 KGV

    This kit was released in 1985 according to Scalemates website and I doubt it has had any update since. I would suggest looking at the Scalemates entry and also the various build articles here and at Modelwarship/The Ship Model Forum first before spending anything on aftermarket. Hopefully this will give you a better idea of how detailed you want to make the model and how you want to present it (cased full hull, waterlined etc). There are pros and cons for the various photo etch sets available and there is a large range of other accessories to improve on details such as the AA guns and directors. Real wood decks is another item to be thought through. If you are feeling a bit overwhelmed after this you could always start with a smaller warship such as the Tamiya Fletcher to get a better idea. Good luck anyway!
  2. Dynamite With A Laser Beam...

    From my time 20 years ago in the early days of bringing a (presumably) much lower power naval laser range finder into service, the safety trace that had to be kept clear from anyone inadvertently damaging their eyesight when the equipment was "firing" was enormous. I dread to think how big an area will have to be kept clear for something like this in any peace time training.
  3. Why do US Navy ships keep colliding?

    I understood newer build warships have double bottoms around fuel tanks. In any event, warships rely primarily on extensive subdivision of the ship into many watertight compartments so that the effects of any damage are contained as far as possible. I presume the impact point on the McCain was a messdeck but the alarm was raised too late (if at all) meaning not all the occupants at the moment of collision were able to get out before being overcome and the compartment had to be sealed off. I did visit one of this class about 12 years ago and noted the escape arrangements in the main machinery spaces which involved a vertical escape chute with ladders going up several deck levels. I don't remember the same in the messdecks which seemed to hold quite a large number of occupants compared with RN practice.
  4. Why do US Navy ships keep colliding?

    The RN certainly has bridge and Ops room simulators - training at sea cost a lot more.
  5. Looking for a 4cm wide 3.5cm tall truncated cone

    If you can get hold of some, sheet lithoplate is very good for this sort of work as it is cheap if bought as scrap from a printers and can be cut and rolled easily. I use it for making funnels on RC warsrhips for example.
  6. HMS Queen Elizabeth Sea Trials

    If you look at the MoD/RN reporting of the naming ceremony by the Queen 3 years ago ( http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and-latest-activity/news/2014/july/04/140704-queen-elizabeth-naming ) the ship is referred to as HMS, including by the First Sea Lord himself. I presume that MoD has already paid a substantial proportion of the contracted costs to BAe so legal ownership might be a moot point if it came to a legal dispute. It is interesting to read about the first of the fast minelayers HMS Abdiel, in this context ( Very Special ships by Arthur Nicholson) Abdiel was about to start builder's trials in March 1941 when she was ordered to take a full load of mines and do an operational lay off Brest on 23/24 March and again 28/29 March coming into contact with enemy aircraft at one stage before resuming her original programme, formally commissioning on 15 April. Mountbatten, who commanded the escorting destroyers for the 2nd lay, signaled congratulations to Samuel White and Co (the builders) for their minefield at the end of the operation!
  7. Help with Lynx HAS.3 Gulf Mod

    The Rotorcraft conversion set 4806 is to convert the Airfix 148th Lynx to Gulf war config and has all the pods you list - perhaps find someone that can lend one to measure from?
  8. Modern Royal Navy colour

    To my eye the Tamiya primer is quite a bit too dark - nearer Humbrol 64. I would suggest Tamiya AS16 is a better match to RN light grey but not sure if that one is actually acrylic. Re the bit above about acrylic vs enamel, for me the issue is whether the paint used passes the SWMBO smell test. If it doesn't I'm usually banished to the garage!
  9. Britmodeller running slow?

    I experienced enough interference yesterday to be convinced something was going on beyond my usual broadband speed issues but things are fine today Mike - I must have lived a very sheltered life not to have previously come across the other website being referred to and my curiosity has been raised enough to want to see what is actually being said but no amount of googling seems to turn up a likely culprit. Can you give me a hint of a useful search term perhaps please?
  10. ML196 Fairmile B - Landing Craft Control

    Taut wire measuring was used by the Abdiel class minelayers and there are a couple of photos in the recent "Very Special ships" by Arthur Nicholson but not a lot of detail shown.
  11. Falklands Sea Harrier - La Muerte Negra

    The policy re beards relaxed fairly early on once it was decided that Argentina was not likely to deploy chemical weapons. Many ships, mine included, went in for beard growing contests after that.
  12. 1/350 Prinz Eugen range finders

    Have already got the funnel searchlights/covers or is it worth ordering those too?
  13. Remaking parts

    I get the best results by having a sort of sprue run so that the resin is fed down first underneath the item and then rises up into the area of item being cast with a vent at the top to allow all the air out. This always gives the most consistent results especially in terms of minimising trapped bubbles.
  14. On the look out for . . .

    Assuming that you are after 4mm = 1ft scale, have a look at Plastic Soldier review which shows virtually every figure ever made in 1:76 th or 1:72nd http://www.plasticsoldierreview.com/Manufacturers.aspx
  15. Enamel paint options?

    I'm pretty sure that it is because some of the chemicals in old enamel are no longer considered safe but doubtless Jamie at Sovereign can give the full answer.
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