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Francis Macnaughton

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  1. Revell PT 109 New tool

    The instructions for the new kit are available on-line at https://www.revell.de/fileadmin/import/images/bau/05147_%23BAU_PATROL_TORPEDO_BOATPT109.PDF This shows the sprue breakdown and how the two versions offered differ.
  2. 1:147 HMS Surprise

    Thanks again for giving such a clear and useful account of the conversion and I'm definitely going to get my copy of the kit down from the stash and start looking to get started.
  3. 1:147 HMS Surprise

    Thanks - I would be very happy if someone did a injected plastic frigate from the Napoleonic period too. I will be interested to see how your copper plating method turns out but I fear my airbrush skills are well short of that!
  4. 1:147 HMS Surprise

    I am delighted for you posting all this as I had been thinking along the same lines using the HMS Surprise book plans as a basis. You have already answered lots of issues I was expecting to have to resolve by trial and error so many thanks indeed for explaining your progress so well and I will definitely put this high on my list of projects to get started. I presume the 1/147th scale is determined by the beam width of the model after the plastic surgery? Also how do you intend to do the hull copper plating?

    How do you go about persuading Xtradecal to do a set of alternative markings for the various versions of this kit?
  6. Help from the Coastal Craft aficionados needed.

    At least 5 years by my reckoning
  7. Help from the Coastal Craft aficionados needed.

    As Al Ross (John's co-author) has recently said on PT Boat forum that he is going to do a stand alone book on the Higgins PT boats which was going to be his part of the Volume 3, I assume it has no prospect of ever seeing the light.
  8. Danton, Hobby Boss, 1:350

    In fact the French archives plans are available via the Dreadnought Project website: http://dreadnoughtproject.org/French Warship Plans/Danton_1909/
  9. Revell 1/32 Sea Lynx Mk88A

    You could start with looking at the instructions for the HAS 3 version and comparing what you have on the sprues for yours https://www.revell.de/fileadmin/import/images/bau/04837_%23BAU_WESTLAND_LYNX_HAS_3.PDF Apart from the decals that come with the HAS3 kit I don't know of any RN 132 options
  10. Tamiya Prince of Wales

    I got this kit several decades ago and accumulated fittings as they were released starting with the Gold Medal set then the White Ensign which is very comprehensive. I started to actually build it about two years ago but paused once I needed to start fitting railings on the superstructure as it is quite demanding to cut and bend the lengths supplied by WEM to achieve a good fit. Fairly recently I realized that Eduard's railing set offers individually tailored bits that would greatly simplify things so have splashed out on this set and also their boats set as I think it is the only one that will improve the large open boats supplied in the kit. Others will have their own preferences.
  11. Royal Navy Submarines, what are my options?

    There is a 1/400th card model of an Upholder as the Canadian Victoria which would be rescaleable at a pinch and available as a download at https://www.ecardmodels.com/index.php/1-400-victoria-class-submarine-paper-model.html
  12. Royal Navy Submarines, what are my options?

    Isn't Trumpeter meant to be doing a 1/144th Astute?
  13. 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!
  14. 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.
  15. 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.