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  1. More progress to report. This kit doesn't come with figures so I purchased 30 figures from Shapeways. There are 15 Petty Officers and 15 Ratings and are all dressed in duffel coats: Putting the figures to one side, I continued working through the three PE sets and my trays are now full of parts. Tray 1: Tray 2: Tray 3: Tray 4: Now that the PE is sorted, I can get to work. First off, I filled the ejector pin marks on the interior of the bridge and superstructure bulkheads: The PE replacement FM12 MF/DF antenna: The ejector pin marks on the underside of the bridge decks were filled and I started to assemble other parts: Turning to the hull, I sanded off the filler that I had applied earlier in the build: On the Quarterdeck, I filled the locating holes for the kit depth charge rails with plastic card. Filler was then applied and sanded back: I cut strips from the "wooden" decks to accommodate the PE plates glued next to the depth charge chocks: Next step was to fit the decks starting with the Upper Deck. I dry-fitted the deck and ran Tamiya Extra Thin Cement along part of the join and clamped: Having worked my way to the stern, there was a gap where the Quarterdeck met the bulwark. I filled them with scrap plastic card: Turning to the Foc'sle Deck, I glued that in sections too. Once I have cleaned up the deck joins I can get down to painting: That is all for now. Dave
  2. Thanks @Courageous You should have popped along to the BM Matchbox 50th Anniversary GB earlier this year - I built five ships for it: I didn't go over the top with PE and rigging and they were brush-painted, a lot different to this Snowberry build. I also built the Heller 1/400 Jeanne D'Arc for the BM Heller GB in 2020. So you see, floaty things do appear in GBs every now and then. Dave
  3. Thanks James @81-er The trays are indeed disposable food trays made of reclaimed Bagasse (sugarcane). I bought a pack of 25 trays for £9 two years ago on Amazon and often use them to keep parts safe, especially PE. They are recyclable and compostable but I don't have any plans to throw any away just yet! Dave
  4. Thanks for your comments everybody. It seems that I couldn't leave the PE alone for long and last night I continued to fit it to the guns. Here are the Oerlikons and Lewis guns: Here are all of the guns ready for painting. BTW, when I posted the B&W picture above showing the 4" gun, I noticed that the hatches on the top of the gun shield open outwards, not rearwards so I have repositioned them: This is the bulk of the remaining PE from the Eduard PE Armament Set that still needs to be assembled but I don't need to do that just yet: I now have to turn to the Eduard PE Superstructure Set..... That is all for now Dave
  5. @ArnoldAmbrose Jeff, as you can see in this picture, the shells alone are put in the shell holders and the cordite charges come up from the magazines below via the hoist in front of the first crew member. You can see another one of the crew has a charge on his shoulder and the guy in the foreground is getting the next charge: (IWM Photo) Dave
  6. Thanks lads. Last week, I started working on the 4" gun bandstand. Around the edge of the bandstand are thirty holders for 4" shells. Each holder is made up of two parts (No.27 and No.98) and here are the larger parts (No.98): These parts need to be bent in two planes. First of all I angled their centre sections: I had glued the larger parts according to the instructions. However, Eduard have the orientation of some of them wrong as those on the left half need to be face the other way. After this photo was taken, I had to rip them out and re-glue the right way around: Once they were sorted out I could glue the smaller parts (No.27): Work on the PE for the 4" gun and shield has begun: I have also been working on some other PE such as the depth charge rails: The 2pdr gun and it's bandstand: Too much PE is not good for the head so I glued the stern section to the hull and got filling: Filler will be left to harden and then it will be sanding time: That is all for now Dave
  7. Bill, @RC Boater BillThe walkways will be sanded down later on. I only did the wooden sections now because I needed to see how the replacement decking fits with the depth charge chock frames in place. Dave
  8. Twenty degrees here and it's just started raining! Dave
  9. It has been a little while since I made my "pre-build" posts but I haven't been idle. Using three sets of photo-etch means a lot of cross-referencing with the kit instructions to see what bits have to be replaced or modified. It is a slow process which is taking a long time but, hopefully, I won't find myself making lot of mistakes which would need dismantling. The first step was to sand down the moulded "wooden" decks in readiness for the replacement decks but they won't be fitted for a while yet: In the Eduard PE instructions, they say to fit the replacement Bulwark Stays without removing the moulded ones inside the bulwarks. I didn't like this idea so I have removed the moulded ones: Once done, I was able to glue the hull halves. The instructions say to fit the propeller shaft and rudder before joining the hull halves but I have ignored this. You can just make out part of the hull bulkhead that has the moulded doors replaced by PE ones. Since taking this photo I have glued the bulkhead inside the hull and the keels on the outside: The outside of the 20mm Oerlikon base-wells on the bridge wings were wrapped in PE: To fit the Eduard external doors, it is necessary to cut off the moulded detail. However, one door has an internal blackout curtain so it is necessary to carve out the door opening. First, I traced an outline using the PE frame and drilled out holes: The opening after cleaning up: The door frame and blackout curtain after fixing: After the doors were done, I turned to the depth charges. These were to get PE ends which are shown in the photo: After fitting the ends to the depth charges: The four depth charge throwers weren't forgotten either: The chocks used to hold the depth charges on the upper deck are bolted to the deck using frames. Here are some frames ready for fitting: It took a while but the bolts were glued in place: Some of the other parts that I have started to work on: That is all for now Dave
  10. Can I play this game too? My first edition hardback copy has 120 pages as well. Dave
  11. Bertie, the original Matchbox Flower Class Corvette released in 1979 and then re-released by Revell in 1992 is 1/72. However,Revell released two new 1/144 versions in 2016 (HMCS Snowberry) and 2018 (HMS Buttercup). Dave
  12. As I was born in Romford and my mother still lives close to Elm Park Tube station, I know exactly what you mean, @Neddy Dave
  13. If there is a next time, I might just surprise you all with a straightforward OOB build.... Dave
  14. Thanks lads My reason for a certain amount of pessimism about this build is that I have been this way before - only on a bigger scale. In 2007, ATF members bought me a 1/72 Flower Class Corvette in appreciation for setting up that forum: In 2015, I had bought lots of aftermarket stuff and reference material and finally got started and I reached this stage: Unfortunately, as it was the first time I had ever soldered PE, I ruined the forward bandstand using a soldering iron that was too hot and it warped the brass. It was impossible to remove it from the deck without causing a lot of damage so I consigned it to the "Shelf of Doom". I have bought replacement PE but my mojo hasn't returned yet. However, I can report that I have made one Flower Class Corvette although that was 1/350 scale: Reference Material Turning to this build, I have dug out my reference material bought for the 1/72 build and have added a bit more. "Snorkers. Good oh!" Two classic films starring Flower Class Corvettes - The Cruel Sea and Corvette K-225. I watch these regularly and I expect to be watching these a few more times in the coming months: Ensign 3 "Flower Class Corvettes" by Antony Preston and Alan Raven: "Canada's Flowers - History of the Corvettes of Canada 1939-1945" by Thomas G. Lynch & Shipcraft "Flower Class Corvettes" by John Lambert and Les Brown: "Warship Perspectives - Flower Class Corvettes in World War Two" by John Lambert: "Anatomy of the Ship - The Flower Class Corvette AGASSIZ" by John McKay and John Harland: That is all for now Dave
  15. I just hope I can live up to everybody's expectations! Here are the contents of the boxing and aftermarket products being used in this build. Parts are moulded in a medium grey plastic. There are a lot of seams to clean up. Hull Halves: Runners C & Runner E: Runner F: Runner G: Runner H - Transparencies: Runner I(1): Runner I(2): Runner J x 2: Rigging Thread and Decals which are in register and crisply printed : Instructions Instructions are in a form of a 24-page booklet printed in full colour on shiny paper. Instructions - Front Cover: Instructions - Pages 2 & 3 - Modelling Tips & Legend used in instructions: Instructions - Pages 4 & 5 - Required Paints & Layout of Runners C-F: Instructions - Pages 6 & 7 - Layout of Runners G-I & Assembly Sections 1-9: Instructions - Pages 8 & 9 - Assembly Sections 10-22: Instructions - Pages 10 & 11 - Assembly Sections 23-34: Instructions - Pages 12 & 3 - Assembly Sections 35-47: Instructions - Pages 14 & 15 - Assembly Sections 48-59: Instructions - Pages 16 & 17 - Assembly Sections 60-72: Instructions - Pages 18 & 19 - Assembly Sections 73-80: Instructions - Pages 20 & 21 - Assembly Sections 81-91: Instructions - Pages 22 & 23 - Assembly Sections 92-101: Instructions - Back Cover - Assembly Section 102 - Painting Profile Aftermarket Products to be used in this build. Eduard's Big Ed Photo Etch Set (BIG5343) (containing three sets - see next photo): Eduard's Superstructure (53176), Railings (53177) and Armament (53175) PE sets: FlyHawk Wooden Deck (W14001c): I doubt very much that I will be getting this build underway immediately as it will take a while to sort out what kit parts will be required bearing in mind that some will have to be modified/replaced by photo etch. That is all for now Dave
  16. My build of the Airfix 1/32 Beach Buggy (A02412V) Having already converted an Airfix Beach Buggy to a six-wheeler, I decided to do another but this time with four front wheels like FAB 1 from Thunderbirds. Dave
  17. I have been looking forward to this 2022 Britmodeller Canadian GB and I will be building the Revell 1/144 Flower Class Corvette HMCS Snowberry (05132): Unlike my recent BM Matchbox 50th Anniversary GB builds, this will not be OOB. I will be using Eduard's Big Ed Photo Etch Set (BIG5343) containing their Armament (53175), Superstructure (53176) and Railings (53177) sets. I really hope that this can be the first time I ever complete a ship with photo etch! Next step will be to get HMCS Snowberry and all of the other bits and bobs on my bench and get some photos posted. Dave
  18. A nice but severe case of "fitted for but not with"! I look forward to seeing the day when it is all "with"! Dave
  19. I'm intrigued, where do you get those 30 foot long matches from? Dave
  20. I must have got a knock-off because my kit made me build these: Whatever, I do like to see a nice bit of scratch-building and will follow this build with interest - whatever it turns out to be. Dave
  21. Another two weeks? Blimey, I could knock out another five OOB builds in that time. Just as well I am on holibobs... Dave
  22. Thanks Dave. My love of Matchbox kits is only surpassed by my love of Airfix kits. Both played a big part during my schooldays and it has been a pleasure to take part in this GB. Dave
  23. @Rabbit Leader Dave, any chance you could spell my username in the Build List in a consistent way? You have some with an "e" and some without. The former is correct while the latter isn't. Please can you change the rights to wrong or vice versa so that they all match. Cheers Dave
  24. Thanks everybody. This build brought back a lot of memories for me too. I built one of these when it was released in the 70s and it has always been one of my favourite Matchbox aircraft. I had never built another one of these until now. Dave
  25. My build of the Matchbox 1/72 Messerschmitt 410 (PK-113) As a bit of fun, I didn't use any paint, filler, plastic card or aftermarket bits so that it could be built as Matchbox intended - at least like the illustration on the side of the box: You can read about this build here. Dave
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