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Ex-FAAWAFU

Explicit Women - LONG TERM HMS Fearless 1982 double build

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Having incorporated info on the mainmast from the Intrepid plans (as above), the revised FS 82 mainmast looks better - I was already slightly concerned that the mystery defunct radar platform was too high before, and I was right.  Better now, though:

 

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Since then I have been working my way aft, adding the Seacat directors and a launcher (the other one is invisible behind part of the superstructure from port), the whip aerials on Flyco roof (which were lowered to horizontal in action - that's what the dotted line over Flyco is about) and starting to fill in the area round the Cheverton (boat) and F8 LCVP:

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Now complete as far aft as Flyco, I think (though experience tells me that I will keep on spotting little things for a day or two).  First with the Cheverton on its davits, then the same view without the boat

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The "ghost" door on the port funnel is to show that there is a door on the inboard side of it - these are supposed to be useful for me when I come to model the ship, not just pretty pictures!

 

More soon

 

Crisp

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Bit more - just stopping for the night: similar view to earlier on, but with the 2 LCVPs in position, plus a couple of things I had missed.

 

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Detail around Flyco & the flight deck crane:

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And now starting on the catwalks:

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Finally, the whole ship as of now:

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The only way I can decide what to put in and what to leave out of a scratch-built model is by understanding what was there on the real thing.  I left the ship over 35 years ago, so I can assure you I ain't planning to do this from memory!

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Fantastic erudition and application - thoroughly entertaining.  I'm looking forward to the build.

I envy your draughtsmanship.

 

Rob

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Getting quite close to finishing this port side view now.  I thought it might be useful to show her...

 

1.  Waterline view in normal steaming configuration:

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2.  Waterline view in docked down configuration, dock gate open:

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There was a third configuration called "Pre-Action", where the ballast tanks aft were partially filled (to save time later), but she could still sail around without a free surface of water sloshing about inside the dock (which anyone who has ever studied ship stability will tell you is about the most dangerous set-up imaginable if the ship is rolling very much).  I cannot find any details of it, and anyway I can't see the advantage in wanting to model in that state.  It's somewhere between the two!

 

[Incidentally, below is a quite well-known photo of FS in action in 1982, which is often erroneously captioned; this is NOT (as is often written) a shot of her LCUs setting off for the beach on 21 May.  It was actually taken 2 days earlier than that; fairly late in the piece it was decided that having all the troops in FS & ID was a recipe for trouble, so we took a calculated risk and docked down in open ocean (which had never been done before) to cross-deck the Paras to Norland.  Using the LCUs it didn't take long; doing it by jackstay (which was a serious suggestion if it had been out of limits for LCUs and/or flying) would have taken many hours.  The giveaway that it is definitely not on D Day is the fact that the LCVPs are still firmly on their davits.  The weather, as you can see, was very much on our side that day - as it was the following day when we transited in through the TEZ to San Carlos; fog & low cloud - perfect!

 

Great photo, though - and it shows Fearless in her natural element, docked down, using her main armament; the landing craft]

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Astonishingly rapid and precise progress from the Office of Naval Architecture (Salisbury Branch). Oral and graphical history rolled into one . Bliss!

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Port view finished.

 

Here's the final bit you hadn't seen:

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And here the whole ship:

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There is a mistake in both pics - the support frame for the kedge anchor has obscured the dock gate behind it (easily fixed, but I have only just noticed it).

 

I have already taken a major step forward with the starboard view: a lot of this can simply be flipped round, so the next bit shouldn't take as long.  Having said that, I have a busy couple of weeks coming up (and the wrist ought in theory to be starting to come back into action 2 weeks from today).

 

More soon, anyway

 

Crisp

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