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JohnWS

1/72 Fairmile 'D' Motor Gun Boat - 33 years in the making

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Hi everyone!  This is my first Ready for Inspection – Maritime thread.

 

I thought I’d share an old build of mine that was built and then reworked over a period of 33 years – a Fairmile ‘D’ Motor Gun Boat.

 

I’ve always been a fan of the Coastal Forces, and especially the Fairmile D dog boat, for as long as I can remember.  I started thinking about building a Fairmile D gun boat in the early 1970’s.  At the time, there were only a couple of Vosper MTB plastic kits available, but no Fairmile D kits.   As a result, I decided to scratch build the model – my first attempt at scratch building.  Little detailed information available about the dog boats at the time, other than a few black & white photos.  I was able to purchase two small Coastal Forces handbooks to help with the build - WARSHIPS OF WORLD WAR II, Part Seven: Coastal Forces by H.T. Lenton & J.J. Colledge, and Royal Naval Coastal Forces 1939-1945 by A.J.D. North.

 

Compared to today, there were few aftermarket modeling materials available.  So, I decided to look around the house to see what materials I could use for the build.  I ended up using a 4x4 cedar fence post for the hull, wood thread spools for the gun turrets, straight pins for stanchions, balsa wood, cedar wood remnants for the ready use lockers, paper card, plastic sprue, brown, grey & black thread, brass eyelets for port holes. steel washers for life rings, plastic spatula handles for the deck air vents, various sizes of copper wire, window screen, Humbrol paints, and a lot of guess work.  The only aftermarket kit parts used were two sailors from a Vosper MTB kit.

 

Here’s a photo of the end result, completed in 1975;

 

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Moving ahead to 2007, John Lambert had already published his books - The Fairmile ‘D’ Motor Torpedo Boat, and Allied Coastal Forces of World War II, Volume I.  I purchased the books and found all the information needed (& wish I had in 1975) to build a detailed model dog boat.  Rather than building new, I started tearing apart the old 1975 model, rebuilding it to John Lambert’s sketches & drawings, and again using items found around the house;

 

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During the build, I was lucky to make e-mail contact with John Lambert, who offered great insight and assistance with my build.

 

Here are photos of the end result, completed in 2008;

 

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... and a photo of my MGB in virtual water using Photoshop.

 

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 As I mentioned earlier, this was my first attempt at scratch building a model.  It looks pretty hokey by today's modelling standards, but it stoked my enthusiasm for future builds (including a MTB build completed this year, using a remnant from that same fence post used for the Fairmile ‘D’ build).  

 

Thanks for looking in.

 

John

Edited by JohnWS

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That's a bit brilliant too John, right up there with your BPB MTB to my eye. :)

Steve.

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38 minutes ago, Corsairfoxfouruncle said:

It looks better than you think 👍

I guess whenever I look at my models I see all the things I coulda/shoulda done differently.  Thanks for your reassuring feedback.

13 minutes ago, stevehnz said:

That's a bit brilliant too John, right up there with your BPB MTB to my eye. :)

Steve.

Thanks Steve.  Good hear from you.  I'll be posting the BPB build here as well.  

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That’ is a stunning job well worth the effort and time looking forward to seeing your MTB

 

beefy

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Looks an excellent model and far better than anything I could manage. Just getting a symmetrical hull would be a massive achievement for me if I was a ship modeller. 

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Capital, absolutely capital old bean.

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Wow, stunning job! All the better for it being scratch built - very impressive.  

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Thanks again for the feedback.

 

On 2017-11-09 at 04:39, Al Gunthwaite said:

Great Stuff!

 

Al

Al, I really like your RN figures.  

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On ‎10‎/‎11‎/‎2017 at 2:47 PM, JohnWS said:

Thanks again for the feedback.

 

Al, I really like your RN figures.  

I do my best! (in the time available!) More new ones soon (ish)

Al

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What a splendid tribute to a much neglected and little appreciated force that contributed massively to the war effort.

 

Cheers

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