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  3. Catching up on this I see you have managed to turn plastic into wood. Alchemy at work I say! Marvellous stuff Martian. Terry
  4. Yes, a nice digression indeed. So Stuart, is clearing debris from a submariners head like clearing your baffles.... Excellent work on that starboard side Crisp. She's going to be a real corker I reckon! Terry
  5. Indeed. And in Furious, Eagle, Glorious & Courageous it might have made some sense. In Ark, designed as a carrier from the outset, less so. I also wondered whether the Upper deck might have been the top of the armour? But I guess that amounts to the same thing in the end. I wonder how they referred to the... uhhh... gallery (boat bay?) that was on neither the Upper nor Lower Gallery deck, or whichever level of hangar (Ark’s being double) it was that wasn’t on the Hangar deck? The more modern system of numbers for up & down, letters for fore & aft (rather than frame numbers, which might be obvious on a drawing but are not in real life) makes far more sense!
  6. That's likely a carryover from when aircraft carriers were built on top of the likes of battlecruisers, and the Upper Deck would have been the battlecruiser Upper Deck.
  7. Sorry I confused you. The thread was a way of forming the frames as it was easy to line up to a template and yes it was strengthened with CA. . As it turned out I wasn't happy with the texture. Thanks for the support one and all. Feeling much better thanks Richard Kev
  8. Glad of the digression Crisp, cleared a lot of debris from my head being a submariner and all that. Catch you next week. Stuart
  9. Nice louvre! A big improvement. She’s coming together very nicely.
  10. Louvred cover is now a big improvement and as Steve says recycling is a good thing also beefy
  11. Liking this, sounds like it might be a good scheme to plunder the guts of our old 'puter before it gets recycled. Steve.
  12. @beefy66 thanks, it makes sense to do so as it helps reveal problems the builder may have. I've been closely following @warreni and his build on the 1/200 Rodney. I closely examine his images of the pom poms at times as they're more detailed than the actual instructions!
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  14. If they were part of the ship's compliment at the time camouflage was applied, they were typically painted with everything else. Ancillary units like Carley floats may be camouflaged or left in standard gray tones.
  15. Decided to add some of the plumbing (some kind of pipes and vents) so I cut up some electric cable for the wire inside. Pulled a strand of wire gently between the jaws of two small pliers and it straightened nicely. Added some of the pipes and vents using the copper wire plus a handle on the door on the left (major Optivisor job). Having spent some time studying some of the photos I decided that the angled Louvre shouldn't be angled but should be aligned against the superstructure so cut it off and glued it upright: Still very unhappy with that Louvre. I reckoned that as soon as paint was involved the Louvre vents would just disappear under it. I was rifling moodily through my "Spares boxes" (which my wife hates so much) looking for inspiration when I came across an ammo belt I'd made from computer Hard Disk Drive cable for some machine gun or other. Had one of these "lightbulb" moments and hunted down some of the HDD cables I have stashed in the "spares boxes". Found the smallest one, cut a wee bit from it and CA'd a wee bit of micro strip to the side of it then glued it in place... Much better... MUCH better! Happy with this Louvre now! Some pics for an idea of size: And that's my eyesight done for tonight! Auld age doesn't come without its issues.
  16. Q. Regarding the colours of rafts and lifeboats on WW2 Us Navy ships, where they painted to the camo measure or where they a set colour? Regardless of the camo.
  17. That is quite impressive. Certainly very wow indeed. Definitely a coffee table talking point, if you could ever find a large enough coffee table........... Terry
  18. Tonight I have continued working my way gradually aft along the starboard side. Though there are numerous small inaccuracies in Merit’s moulds in lots of places, they have at least tried all over the hull... except on the deck I’d call 2 deck (the deck below the flight deck), using modern RN parlance... but which they’d have called the Upper Gallery deck. [OK - quick digression, but worth doing to help people follow the build. Post-War (don’t know when the change came, but definitely by my era), deck names were standardised throughout the Fleet. This might seem trivial, but in fact accurate description of where a compartment is in a ship is vital: “Fire in the mess deck” doesn’t really help much if there are a dozen mess decks. The highest continuous deck is called 1 Deck. So in a carrier that’s dead easy: the Flight Deck = 1 Deck. Anything above that has a 0 in front, going up - so the levels of the island would be 01 Deck, 02 Deck, and so on. Anything below has no Zero, so 2 Deck, 3 Deck etc. are going down into the ship. The hangar of Ark 5, my era, was on 3 deck, for example. Once you are used to it, this is a simple, logical system. The 1940s RN was different. The Flight Deck was still called the same, thank goodness. But going up into the island the decks were A, B, C, D etc. And going down into the hull they had names: Upper Gallery, Lower Gallery, Hangar, Upper Deck (which confusingly was 4 decks down...), Lower Deck, Platform Deck & Hold. Throughout this build I will use modern terms, because they are completely instinctive for me and I find the WW2 terms highly confusing. Digression over.] For some reason best known to Merit’s designers, they have not moulded any detail on 2 deck at all, despite there being plenty there for real. If you look at this pic from a couple of days ago, there’s nothing there except a few pencil marks of mine: Tonight I have started fixing that; seen here are 8 newly drilled and brassed scuttles, the sponson for the starboard aft HACS (kit part) and a section of Tetra brass representing open galleries in the real ship - all on 2 Deck. It being a Bank Holiday, I’m home from tomorrow until Tuesday, so I will leave you with two summary photos which show all of the week’s work... seen from aft: ... and seen from for’d: Until next week Crisp
  19. I'm not a ship modeler, but I know an outstanding build when I see one! Unusual subject, to say the least, but the detailing and weathering are top notch. Loved the little observation aircraft, too! The I-400 class build is also outstanding! Thanks for showing your work to us! Mike
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