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  2. beefy66

    La Fauvette Steam Yacht

    All coming along very nice there. beefy
  3. beefy66

    1/2400 IJN Ryujo

    Looking great there Tim and so small beefy
  4. Martian Hale

    La Fauvette Steam Yacht

    Thanks Jeff, the splooshier the model is the happier I am. Martian
  5. Today
  6. Chewbacca

    RMS Carpathia, Scratchbuild, 1/500 Scale

    Looking really good Steve. I'm very much in the "ships to be seen in the sea" camp. The only time I've ever seen the bottom of any of my ships was in a dry dock. Mind you I did see the back end of USS PRINCETON leave the water when she went over the Manta mine in 1991. I so wish I'd had my camera ready! Best rgds
  7. Chewbacca

    1/350 HMS BULOLO scratchbuild

    Might have to move onto the 4th iteration. Just caught up with your Carpathia sea scape and the Liquitex stuff truly transforms it. I'll see if my local art shop has any in stock tomorrow.
  8. Gidday Alchemy, I like your choice of model. The fleet train I think is not often given the credit it deserves. Most warships cannot operate long at sea without those ships and crews. Regards, Jeff.
  9. ArnoldAmbrose

    La Fauvette Steam Yacht

    Gidday Martian, I like your davits and boat stowage. It looks very seamanlike. Almost 'splooshy', one might say. (Yeah I know, different thread). Regards, Jeff.
  10. Nice finish on the wood decks
  11. Chewbacca

    Colors of MacTaggart Scott catapult on HMS Sheffield 1941

    There's a really interesting Royal Navy Instructional Film on YouTube which details how catapults worked and there's a fair bit of footage filmed on Town Class cruiser (okay I'm a spotter so I found it interesting!). Unfortunately it's in monochrome so difficult to be certain about the colour but the majority of it looks to be the same dark grey as the "Catapult Aircraft Superstructure" (apparently the correct name for the launch carriage). Hope this helps
  12. Martian Hale

    La Fauvette Steam Yacht

    Thanks Tony, I have ordered some 2mm blocks, they may be a bit on the large side but should do nicely for the Heller Le Corsair kit that seems to have just docked at Martian Towers Martian
  13. ArnoldAmbrose

    1/2400 IJN Ryujo

    Gidday Tim, it's OK I guess. I mean, where are the planes, the crew, the guard-rails? Actually, it is terrific! I would not have thought such detail was possible on such small a scale. Regards, Jeff.
  14. Yesterday
  15. Bitzer

    1/2400 IJN Ryujo

    Awesome job Tim. I used those little guys when I war gamed back in the late 80's. Mine never looked like that.
  16. TheBaron

    La Fauvette Steam Yacht

    Sounds like you're well busy with MV duties Martian but good to see progress on this rakish beauty. Anything of use here? https://www.syrenshipmodelcompany.com/boxwood-rigging-blocks.php I did used to buy brass from Keith Jewell over on the Isle of Man - he did some exquisite ship's fittings but when I checked up just now to see if he had anything that might help you out it turns out he's had to give up the business. Pity. He was such a nice guy to do business with...
  17. Martian Hale

    La Fauvette Steam Yacht

    Thanks Kev, I was a bit worried about this bit but if you ay its OK then I am happy. Relieved of Mars
  18. Looks like an interesting subject. Stuart
  19. Can I ask, what are you using for the fishing net, might be useful for a 1/72 scramble net? Stuart
  20. Courageous

    1/2400 IJN Ryujo

    Well smart...and very small. Stuart
  21. longshanks

    La Fauvette Steam Yacht

    Looks the part Kev
  22. Martian Hale

    La Fauvette Steam Yacht

    Note to self, "next time stay on holiday"! No sooner than I had set foot back in Poole than MVS stuff began landing on me in order to get ready for the start of the patrol season aka the silly season. However, I have managed to sneak a few hours in the Martian Cave over the last couple of days. I have spent a lot of the time in a seemingly fruitless attempt to find a way of making ever smaller types of blocks and tackle. It would be nice if there was something available along these lines in etch brass. Wanting to achieve something more concrete, I decided to go to work on the lifeboats and davits. I decided that a raised structure to support the lifeboats would not be out of place. I have got the davits themselves drilled, detailed and fitted. There is meant to be a small tender hung from the stern of the vessel but, lacking anything to construct it from, I shall probably give this a miss. Currently, I am constructing the engine telegraph. Thanks for looking Martian
  23. Tim Reynaga

    1/2400 IJN Ryujo

    I’ve always loved GHQ’s ‘Micronaut’ line of 1/2400 scale warships. Intended to be used as wargame counters, these models are simple to assemble and ridiculously tiny, but the detail on them is first rate! This one is one of the Japanese navy’s ill-fated light aircraft carriers, the IJN Ryujo.
  24. AndyPG

    German Battleship Tirpitz

    Hi Konrad, Any updates? Andy.
  25. Tim Reynaga

    1/2400 IJN Ryujo

    I’ve always loved GHQ’s ‘Micronaut’ line of 1/2400 scale warships. Intended to be used as wargame counters, these models are simple to assemble and ridiculously tiny, but the detail on them is first rate! This one is one of the Japanese navy’s ill-fated light aircraft carriers, the IJN Ryujo. I started by cleaning up an old Nichimo 1/200 U-Boat stand. Taking a sheet of high quality artist’s drawing paper intended for watercolors, I traced and cut out an outline of the ship. After gently rolling the paper over a pen to create a lightly undulating “sea”, I lightly attached it to the base with dots of cyanoacrylate (super glue). Once I was happy with the positioning, the whole paper got a soaking with the cyano. This fixed it securely in place and made it rock hard. Then I trimmed the paper and sanded the sides smooth to integrate the sea seamlessly onto the base. The sea base was painted with a coat of Tamiya Royal Blue (X-3) acrylic with enamel paints for the wake. The sides were then shot with Tamiya Desert Yellow (XF-59) acrylic followed with a streaky coating of Winsor & Newton Burnt Sienna artist’s oil (with just a touch of Burnt Umber) to simulate the look of a wood base. Now back to the ship! To depict the Ryujo as she appeared at the time of her loss at the Battle of the Eastern Solomons on August 24, 1942, the model was painted in Tamiya Kure Naval Arsenal Gray acrylic (XF-75). Then I applied the decal to the previously glossed flight deck. The end result is quite effective – and SO much easier than painting all this would have been! To complete the paint job, I added small details on the boats and funnels followed by a thin dark gray oil wash over the gray acrylic to outline details and deepen recesses. The ship was then attached to the ocean base with Soft Gel Medium, a clear viscous polymer used by artists as a thickener for acrylic paints. It works great as an adhesive, too. As with all Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft carriers, the Ryujo carried multiple masts to support communication antenna wires. These masts rotated down to horizontal during combat or flight operations. Matching the dimensions of a scaled down drawing of the vessel, I cut the three smaller units from brass wire and attached them to the ship with polyvinyl acetate (PVA) glue. To replicate the main mast’s lattice structure, I repurposed a type 13 radar from a 1/700 scale Japanese destroyer photoetch set, cutting the piece down and attaching it to a wire cut to the appropriate length along with a yard and antennae spreaders. As a final step, I installed copper wire rigging taken from an old coil. This stuff is about as fine as human hair, but even so it is fairly heavy for 1/2400 scale. I added just a representative sampling of the ship’s rig to keep from overwhelming the little model. The tiny IJN Battle Ensign is a Peddinghaus decal from their 1/1250 scale “Marineflaggen Japan” set. And done!
  26. Pandoa

    HMS King George V

    Bit late I know bit I hope I haven't-ahem- missed the boat Great job that mate with excellent camo- I hope you're very pleased with the results- you should be- well done
  27. Pandoa

    KMS Bismarck - Trumpeter 1/700

    Well done mate that's a great job you've done there! And I love the white markings you have carried on up the superstructure- with the white card behind it you can see how effective it was at breaking up the ships silhouette and size on perhaps grey and overcast days I'm like you an armour and plane maker and am just trying out on a 1/700 ship- I've ordered the HMS Campbeltown from Flyhawk and just waiting for it to drop thru my letterbox once again well done mate very impressive
  28. Vanroon

    RMS Carpathia, Scratchbuild, 1/500 Scale

    Well, Darwin Harbour and environs would be tricky even at 1/600 scale. The tidal variations alone would require two sets of scenery for the initial morning raid and the follow-up at noon. The bomb falls and aircraft crashes alone would need a tennis court to encompass. Then there are the shoot-down and strafings as far as Mellville Is. Perhaps 1/2400 may be a better scale? Hold that thought, onward with the Carpathia.
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