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Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies

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  1. Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies

    1/350 HMS Imperial D09

    Pffft! It's summer today. Got to make the most of it. 3D parts curing, barbecue set up and ready and more beer en route! Ok, so I haven't invited anyone over but then again I don't feel very sociable today
  2. Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies

    1/350 HMS Imperial D09

    Yes I noticed that. I'm not sure what can be done with 3D printed plastics to be honest. I may try abusing the runners they came on and see what works. I did get the nice Master made 4.7" turned brass barrels so I am very tempted to cut off the barrels and use the brass barrels on the rather exquisite 3D printed breaches. That really would be a rather Rolls Royce solution, but since it's all here now I may as well do it!
  3. Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies

    1/350 HMS Imperial D09

    In the immortal words of Britney Spears: "Opps! I did it again" Having already committed to upgrading the Vickers 0.5in quad machine guns with Tetra Model Works items, I mentally justified upgrading the rest of the weapons with some MicroMaster designed parts 3D printed by Shapeways. Some close-ups (not that good, because this is just a camera phone). The 4.7in QF Mk.IX guns And 21in pentad torpedo tubes A bit of a luxury item, for sure, and particularly given the eye-watering price of 3D printed parts. This certainly won't become a habit, and I for one am not worried about 3D printing supplanting other means of model making any time soon! The Shapeways site recommends against enamels and advocates acrylic paints. That's only because they're not cured when sent out from Shapeways though. I have proven previously that Colourcoats dries perfectly fine on the 3D printed frosted plastics offered by Shapeways, and all that is required to ensure that happens reliably is a bit more UV curing time. Hence, the new parts are now sat in the sunshine and I will paint them tomorrow afternoon or Sunday, depending on how my weekend pans out. :thumbs_up_1:
  4. Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies

    1/350 HMS Imperial D09

    Hi Pete, It's stuff you've likely come across under one name or another in your modelling career I expect? It's a material sometimes called medium density modelling board or "chemiwood". I got mine from a small business in NE England whom I used when I was mostly building radio controlled aeroplanes: http://www.fighteraces.co.uk/product/chemiwood-modelling-board/ If you haven't used it, it's a solid substance without grain that can be easily and cleanly sawn, filed, sanded, glued etc and even machined. I understand its industrial uses are more pattern making and similar. It's sometimes called tooling board. Best regards, Jamie
  5. Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies

    Trumpeter 1/200 HMS Hood + Pontos Upgrade set

    Fantastic job Pete
  6. Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies

    Royal Navy Colours of World War Two - The Pattern 507s, G10 and G45

    We've collated a little more of the background material we used in our Royal Navy WW2 revelations for people to see. In general the reception of our work has been overwhelmingly positive, but every now and then I see something that makes me think someone is reluctant to believe me yet lacks the motivation to look up the references listed. So, we've recreated a few key documents pertinent to the introduction of the inter-war Pattern 507 greys, as well as some documentation discussing which paints were in use in the first 2 years of the war. Admiralty Fleet Order 1658 / 1927 introduces a dark grey for the Home Fleet, and a light grey for foreign stations and assigns the Admiralty Pattern numbers 507B and 507C respectively. Admiralty Fleet Order 2680/36 introduces a change of shade in 1936 to 507B, giving the colour that would remain in use until after the war ended. https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0730/0927/files/AFO2680-36.pdf?8058593617178735373 This extract memo referencing (Confidential Book) C.B.3016 details how various classes of Royal Navy ships are painted according to station and tells us that matt surface paints are used (meaning 507B with its glossy finish thanks to 10 pints of dark grey enamel is not being used as the surface coats, if at all) by December 1939: https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0730/0927/files/CB3106_Extract_Memo_dec39.pdf?8058593617178735373 Admiralty Fleet Order 211/39 dated 19th January 1939 introduces the long-absent Pattern 507A to the authorised list of paints. It clearly states that 507A and 507B are both "Dark grey paint, Home Fleet shade" and that their formulation is the same except 507A lacks the 10 pints of Pattern 11 Dark Grey enamel: https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0730/0927/files/AFO_211-39.pdf?3526008614875121614 This Temporary Memorandum from August 1940 orders the cessation of green and brown camouflage efforts and reiterates that ships in the Home Fleet are to be painted Home Fleet Grey. It also addresses deck staining and painting of turret tops etc to match the decks using non-slip paints. Note the non-slip paints are NOT described as 507A: https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0730/0927/files/HTFM_288_20Aug1940.pdf?8058593617178735373 In summary, these are but a few of the documents communicated to the entire fleet or reported up through the chain of command discussing paint use in the terminology of the day which directly contradict the 1990s narrative that 507A and 507B were distinct dark and medium tone greys. If there's a demand, I will reproduce the correspondence reintroducing 507A in 1939 and ordering the cessation of enamel use in 1940 (although the relevant texts from these are already included within our Royal Navy Colours of World War Two - The Pattern 507s, G10 and G45 paper).
  7. Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies

    1/350 HMS Imperial D09

    Armed with sketch (which is about half right) I went ahead and painted on the rest of the base colours tonight: I just used a more-or-less mirror image for the starboard side. Now to get on with the rest of the detailing and some more subtle colour work.
  8. Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies

    1/350 HMS Imperial D09

    Colourcoats' adhesion to resin is generally pretty good. Nevertheless, I don't want any accidents. As I also wanted to add a plating seam it seemed sensible to give the whole hull a quick coat of Halfords primer. Then, a couple of strips of masking tape and another coat provided the seam. Halfords primer is ok but a bit too rough for me so I flatted it back with an Infini sanding sponge. Doing this also highlights the seam just added, but it will be less conspicuous after paint. I have since sprayed a base coat of Colourcoats NARN22 - 1936- Light Grey 507C / G45 - which I have access to early because I have the leftover paint matched to the target colour for manufacture
  9. Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies

    1/350 HMS Imperial D09

    There's something very satisfying about a good quality resin kit. I can't quite put my finger on why but it's very enjoyable Yes pass any ideas this way too please! I had to go on a trip to London last week so got nothing done. I have sketched out an I class in 1/350 scale though and transcribed what camouflage pattern can be seen from the image. Towards the stern is getting towards the interpretational but there's a reasonably clear view of the bow, bridge and funnels. The other side may or may not have been a mirror image of this. I doubt we'll ever know. As to colours? Again it's anyone's guess at this point really. The relative tones of the photograph would appear to indicate a fairly high contrast two-tone scheme that might be consistent with some other schemes captured in colour that could have been 507A and 507C or could have been custom mix greys. Although now known to have some issues in some areas (e.g. 507B), Alan Raven's Warship Perspectives Volume 1 does contain numerous destroyers in similar two-tone schemes and he also believed them to be 507A and 507C, as well as stated that most of these destroyers had similar designs port and starboard. HMS Revenge is clearly in two greys At this point, I feel like I might be up for having a go at portraying HMS Imperial when great uncle Alex was definitely on board. My father was over here yesterday and when shown the photograph of Imperial on tow, he suddenly recalled Alex telling him of the time they struck a mine and the big crack that opened up from weatherdeck down to the waterline, and that the crack moved as the ship reacted to the sea and the general fear amongst the crew that she may break in two.
  10. Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies

    1/700 AJM HMS Vindictive

    I have no information to hand on flight deck colours in this period.
  11. Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies

    Humbrol 27...

    They can if the 3 separate owners of a tin of 27, 67 and 79 all own different RLM paint chips. Merrick & Kiroff's chips don't match Ullman's which don't match Jerry Crandall's which don't match the common understanding in the 1960s, etc. Furthermore, 1 in every 12 adult males has colour perception deficiencies and it tends to worsen with age - with men suffering much worse than women and tending to see things more yellowish as they get older. Most modellers offering paint matches are doing so visually. How can you be sure they're not colourblind to a greater or lesser degree? Even if they're not, how fussy are they? I've yet to have a repair at a car bodyshop I haven't had to complain about but the guy with the paint gun thinks it's a perfect match.
  12. Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies

    Humbrol 27...

    Who's Luftwaffe references are we discussing here? The conversation is rather meaningless without first know who's idea of RLMwhatever we're talking about. There is some disparity between the colour chips published by the numerous different researchers on that particular subject. I suspect the answer cannot be given, but that in itself is a full explanation of why different Humbtol numbers apparently match different RLM numbers. You don't know who's version of the RLM numbers are being compared against!
  13. Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies

    What have you purchased / been gifted

    In the past 2 days we've had 3No. uninjured baby rabbits.
  14. Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies

    1/350 HMS Imperial D09

    If anyone is interested, my high resolution photograph was waiting to download when I stepped off a plane at Heathrow today. The whole image is 12Mb of mostly sea and sky, but here is a crop of Imperial. I am glad I held off painting now
  15. Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies

    Humbrol 27...

    I'm pretty sure I measured this for someone recently who wanted a Humbrol equivalent which really isn't what we're about. Anyway, the results of measuring with our Nix Pro Color sensor yielded a greenish hue resulting in a colour that doesn't really work for any of the darker RAF greys which are more towards purple-blues.