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SeanM

HMS Westminster

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Britain’s Type 23 Duke Class frigates were originally envisioned as pure anti-submarine vessels, to the extent of being planned with no other armament. The 1982 Falklands War quickly put paid to that idea, however, and the Type 23s would end up being commissioned from 1989-2001 and fitted with a main gun, Sea Wolf short range anti-air missiles, and Harpoon anti-ship missiles to accompany her torpedoes, decoys, et. al. These changes turned the frigates from specialized sub-hunters into versatile multi-role combatants that play a key role in the British fleet.


This is the Trumpeter kit HMS Westminster which I manages to pickup at SMW kit swap for an extremely reasonable £20. Then discovered in the box there was a replacement main gun from White Ensigns also.


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The kit has a nice piece of PE, on the left, but I also got the bigger set from Atlantic Models.


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Started with the hull and main superstructure pieces. All crisply molded and fit is excellent. So far just dry fitted the superstructure.

 

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Nice choice for your next build Sean. :popcorn:

 

Beefy

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The Trumpeter Type 23 is quite a nice kit to build. You might find my build log for HMS Somerset useful:

There are a number of minor flaws in both the kit and the PE which are worth knowing about.

 

I am looking forward to following this build having seen how excellent your other builds have turned out.

 

Paul

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Thanks for that link Paul, yours is an outstanding build. I don't think I'll be going for nearly as much enhancing as you have done....

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Just two bits of PE took nearly a half hour to get right. It is so delicate....thick fingers don't help

 

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You didn't use the kit PE did you? It is awfully flimsy. I found the White Ensign PE to be far better and survivable when dropped. Looking good though.:thumbsup:

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I used the kit PE for the "nest" but Atlantic Models set for the yard-arms. The AM set is a little easier to work with....but not a lot 😳

 

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This is going to be very slow going....but I trust will be worth it in the end

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The PE looks very neat Sean 

 

keeping any any eye on your build for tips for when I get round to mine. :popcorn:  :book:

 

Beefy 

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Looks like good start ,fine looking pe work there

Glynn

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Thanks Gents

 

Primed the enclosed fan deck, added the nets and a missing hatch using the spares on the Atlantic PE set. But once it's closed up nothing will really be visible, but I'll know it's there.....😀Sometimes I wonder at the lengths we go to. 

 

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Back at it. 2nd mast:

 

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Not the neatest I've seen but given the scale I'm happy with it

 

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Time now to prime and start slapping some paint on it

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Looking good 

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Some impressive work with that etch.  Watching with interest.

 

Rob

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Thanks Gents!

 

After being adrift for a while I managed to get it primed. Kept the second mast off for ease of painting. Sorry I didn't think of that before doing the first too....

 

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Next up paint and then mask the decks

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Masking, the one step in this hobby I really dislike

 

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Thanks Mick

 

Decks fully masked and the hull and superstructure painted. Need to build a jig now to hold her upside down to do the hull red and boot line while protecting that mast

 

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I have been neglecting this for a few weeks as I flipped between projects. Was having difficulty with painting and needed to spend some time just cutting plastic and gluing, but that's for another thread. HMS Westminster is back on the bench now though

2nd coat about to go on....

 

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Boot line applied. Almost afraid to take the tape off..... 😀

 

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At least now I can start adding all the tiny bits

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Boot line applied. Almost afraid to take the tape off..... 😀

 

Go for it Sean we are all getting impatient  :whistle:

 

beefy

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Just hold on till this evening Mr Beefy 😀

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That didn't work out as planned 😟

 

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I can see this getting set aside for a while

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