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About Coors54

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    70's F1 cars, the odd battleship and winged things

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  1. Interesting colour change above the fin flash too.
  2. Mount it on a stand, undercarriage retracted and just fit the prop hubs, instant flying aircraft. Prop discs never really look convincing particularly in such a small scale and the kit props are probably over scale anyway.
  3. Wondering if anyone else caught the two programmes on BBC4 recently "Lost Films of World War II"? I know maybe this should be in Entertainment but bear with me, the second episode started with about 5 minutes of colour film shot by an officer on HMS Kent both pre war in the Far East and later in the Med. Lots of clips showing aircraft carriers (Ark?) and battleships around Kent in action defending convoys plus close ups of AA armament and main armament firing, a feast for naval colour scheme experts. This officer also kept a diary to back the film up, his daughter comments on the film and is obviously very proud of her dad (as she should be) and it does make me hope that copies of the film and diary find their way to the IWM. Worth a look on iplayer https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0008c3m/lost-films-of-wwii-series-1-episode-2 and I would be interested to hear other, more expert views of the film and whether it has anything new to offer to current wisdom on those ships shown. Dave
  4. Not a deck chappie but wouldn't the launch weight of the aircraft dictate different tensile strengths of cable? That may be why the reference to a Vixen cable. I'll get back in me box now.....
  5. Thanks Crisp, I've just come back from a sailing trip to Greece and spent most of the week Med Mooring and a right old scrum it can be too! Always best to go bows to so the cockpit is away from the hubbub on the pontoon or quay but most harbour masters seem to prefer the other way around and the stern kedge anchor on charter yachts never has enough chain or cable. Mooring stern to does make you part of the local scenery and stepping off the boat straight to your dinner table is very civilised! Mind you the risk of crossed anchor chains is pretty high making departure the following morning an interesting occasion. Pictures of capital ships in Grand Harbour show them out in the roadway moored for'rad to a buoy and, now I've looked more closely after all the replies, secured aft to another to prevent swinging. The thought of reversing even a destroyer up to the dock fills me with dread. Hats off to the navy.
  6. Working with Airbus and Rolls the abbreviations are an absolute minefield, Airbus even produce an abbreviation dictionary which runs to many, many pages. MSN is the term used by them rather than C/N and appears on all the Airbus documentation, I think it's only us spotters that use MSN for military serial number. Rolls always want the ESN - engine serial number, if you don't give that you don't get your bits. Anyway back to CIDS, EPSU, FAP, ANSU and CAM, a sweety to the first with the correct answers.
  7. Hi Leo9, welcome aboard and I am sure you'll find all things modelling a lot different from your teens! I'm also from down in Cornwall (just outside Padstow - when I'm not away at work) and about to embark on building my first ship for quite some years so maybe we can compare notes and if time permits meet up? I know there are some ace ship modellers in the county but they all seem to be way out west and meet at IPMS West Cornwall in Hayle, I drive miles to get to work so the last thing I want to do is climb in the car for a couple of hours to get to the meetings! The guys in the Maritime section of Britmodeller seem a friendly bunch so I'm counting on their sage advice once I get started. Happy to get PM's and looking forward to seeing you get started. Have you decided on which one will be first? Dave
  8. The 146 family - 4 oil leaks separated by an electrical fault.
  9. Loving this thread Crisp, so much esoteric information for those of us not so nautically endowed. I'm intrigued by the fog light conundrum, so much so that I have just spent my lunch hour (on a slow Sunday shift at work) trawling the IWM photo collection and have come up with a cracking picture, unfortunately I can't access my Flikr account from work to show here but the picture reference is A2704 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205137061 and shows Winston Churchill on the stern of a destroyer in March 1941, you can zoom right in on the light which seems as though it consists of 8 domestic light bulbs in a star shaped bulb holder without a high quality reflector. How good this light this would be in poor visibility is questionable but maybe the light pattern would be distinctive? The light is also clearly shown in a 1940 photo of HMS Queen Elizabeth in Rosyth https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205143254 on the stern rail but in 1942 it seems to have disappeared and moved to the rear director tower https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205142008 (see between X turret guns). Amendment: Closer study shows it in this position in 1940 too, maybe the extreme stern light was only rigged when required? Seems to be a bit of RN equipment that fell into disuse after the war. Hopefully your fathers Admiralty Manual of Seamanship will tell us more. Looking forward to the next instalment of the Ark build. Dave
  10. Thanks Our Ned, that's a familiar configuration from pictures in British Battleships of World War Two. One thought though, with the buoy so close to the hull didn't it bang away all the time? I pity the poor souls in the forward messes. Dave
  11. Thank you Roger, that's a pretty concise description and linking it to photo's means I have a good feel for what's required, BM'ers do it again. The principle is similar to what I've done on a yacht - just on a much larger scale with the need for many more hands and more expensive consequences if you get it wrong!
  12. Hi Jeff, thanks for the detailed answer, that settles my mind to a great extent and emphasises the maze of specific terminologies when you step on a vessel! The explanation of the paravane chains is an interesting nugget to file away. Dave
  13. Well, the title sums it up, I'm going to display my 1/350 HMS Warspite on a sea base moored to a bouy (based on photo's of her in Valetta harbour) but there seems to be no single way that battleships were moored. So as my nautical experience only stretches to yachts under 50ft I have several questions - 1) Some photo's seem to show a main anchor chain to the buoy, others seem to show a cable, is there a preference? 2) other pictures then show chains descending from the extreme of the prow into the water but what to? They seem under tension so must go to something. 3) Would there be a stern line to another buoy to hold the ship in position? Yachts usually swing with the tide or wind but several hundred feet of battleship is something else. Again pictures are not clear or consistent. 4) Would keeping an anchor ready to trip if things went awry be a standard procedure? My Googlefoo hasn't brought up any manuals online. Of course I could make it all up and no one who is likely to see the finished article would be the wiser but the detail fetishist in me wants to get it right, so I hope there is someone out there versed in mooring a big ship! Dave
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