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  1. Hola Bickerton! Thanks for your comments. HMS Bickerton would be a smart model in her angular Western Approaches camouflage scheme. As for rigging on my Duckworth, it is not totally prototypical - near enough to be fairly convincing (to me) on the model. I generally use stretch-thread (the Uschi version in three different sizes) or sometimes non-stretchy Caenis or Modelkasten thread (0.13mm) where I can get firm securing locations for large stays etc. For signal halyards, I split brown Easyline into its individual fibres (or at a minimum, halved). I make small "turnbuckles"/fixing eyes from the finest copper wire I can find from stripped electrical gear, where this is unobtrusive or in scale. Good luck! Cheers, GrahamB
  2. Unbelievable modelling in 1/700 scale. When I first saw it it was at 1/350, if not larger. So clean a build - not like a blob of superglue held together by model parts as some of my efforts are. Amazing. Cheers, GrahamB
  3. Hi Steve, thanks for digging out this esoteric information. Could be useful for any future builds of US-made ships (Colony Class etc). Cheers, Graham
  4. Hi MRMRL, it was just some rust/red primer paint (can't remember which) dabbed on. It is loosely based on the photo of Duckworth seen from the starboard bow. Perhaps the USN experts here would know what primer colour was used on the DE builds (a gray of some sort?). Cheers, GrahamB
  5. Very nice and convincing. I like the result of the weathering pencils - perhaps more controllable than paint brushes.
  6. Kia oa Ambrose - the scale is 1/350. Socjo 1 - The hull panel is "more or less" like the photograph of HMS Duckworth but is clearly not an exact copy (my painting skills are not up to that!). Perhaps more darker streaking is required, especially aft of the blue panel. Other ships with this camouflage, such as HMS Byron, HMS Cotton, HMS Curzon, and HMS Deane, are similarly heavily weathered with light and dark streaks. If I was to do another - can't we have a 1/350 Evarts DE for conversion please? - I might do the other late camouflage of full (but sloping) dark hull and pale upper-works. Said in various places to be an Admiralty pattern but it looks no different from the USN version to me. Check out the book by Bruce Franklyn for a complete record of the Buckley/Captain vessels. I can't remember about the 3" guns but think they were aftermarket items. Cheers, GrahamB
  7. Hi Maurice, yes you are right - I only had a brief glance at the Lyon book (and some of the names I mentioned can be extrapolated to others in the same build group). However, these capstan platforms are not universal across all the TBDs and may be related to specific builders - some may have installed steam-powered versions. It would take a detailed study of this to get the full picture, and I don't think that Combrig has got it wrong for Banshee, at least. Cheers, GrahamB
  8. Hi guys, sorry about any delay in replying with my thanks for the kind remarks - a 12-hour time difference here in NZ. The model's appearance is based on a well-known photo of Duckworth but I may have been a little over-enthusiastic with the weathering. The F-star set was very complex and fiddly, and included replacement for many of the vertical faces of the superstructure and it took quite an effort to blend these in with the decks etc. It also had what seemed hundreds of the small brackets for holding the DC spigots - I assumed these were empty (partly or completely removed??) because of use of replacement with spigot-less DC throwers. Kept a few on for interest. The life-rings are pre-painted etched versions - a bit of a cheat. The boat fenders are simple plastic rod rounded at both ends. I added a few 20mm ammunition lockers near the four midships positions. Cheers, GrahamB Building Flyhawk 1/700 HMS Invincible 1914, AJM 1/350 HMS Queen of Thanet, Arsenal 1/350 Hunt Type-3 (probably as HMS Catterick)
  9. Thanks for the replies. Maurice - you may be right but I can't see the capstan platform feature in my references (including Friedman, Lyon, Perkins) apart from perhaps images (Lyon p.15, 21) of very early designs (Charger, Dasher, Hasty, Fervent, Zephyr). I don't think it is on the builder's model of Whiting (Hobbs, p. 72-73) either. They are an attractive subject and I look forward to building my HMS Earnest in the black scheme and an early WW1 format (if I can interpret scant references properly). The Combrig 1/700 TBDs/WW1 destroyers are a little too small for my liking. Cheers, GrahamB
  10. Such an impressive model and a great refit. GrahamB
  11. Hi, HMS Banshee was an early torpedo-boat destroyer (TBD) launched in 1894 by Yarrow. It was part of a loose class called "27-knotters" from their design speed. Later they were part of the "A" Class. Banshee served mainly in the Mediterranean (hence the white-buff livery) but didn't make to WW1, being disposed of in 1912. HMS Earnest, mentioned previously, was a slightly later "30-knotter" and subsequent "B" Class. Combrig now do a whole host of early British TBDs and destroyers in 1/700 scale. Cheers, GrahamB
  12. Hi again, another Atlantic escort finished, this time the successful (6 U-boats destroyed/.shared) HMS Duckworth, a Captain Class frigate ((=Buckley Class DE). Apparently, my father (HMS Belfast in Korea) knew someone from her who had been transferred to Belfast. I used the extensive F-Star upgrade set along with the WEM Captain Class etched set as well, where required. The latter's DC storage racks were too short and I added an extra 1/3 by using scrap etched "sprue". Painting was with Sovereign enamels and I went for the G45/B20 scheme - but I might have erred here - could have been white/B55 though. Some G45 was supplemented here and there for economy with my own Schminke ink mix. The 3rd Escort Group emblem on the funnel was made from cut-up pieces of signal flag. It was a very complex build - the structure could be that of a cruiser in places! Cheers, GrahamB HMS Duckworth starboard by Graham Bird, on Flickr HMS Duckworth starboard quarter by Graham Bird, on Flickr HMS Duckworth starboard bow by Graham Bird, on Flickr HMS Duckworth port by Graham Bird, on Flickr HMS Duckworth port quarter by Graham Bird, on Flickr HMS Duckworth port bow by Graham Bird, on Flickr HMS Duckworth starboard bow 2 by Graham Bird, on Flickr HMS Duckworth starboard midship by Graham Bird, on Flickr HMS Duckworth starboard aft by Graham Bird, on Flickr
  13. Hi, finally managed to finish a couple of ships this year, the first being Combrig's lovely HMS Banshee in 1/350 scale. This ship is poorly documented in photographs but I found an image of her late in her career in the Mediterranean, with raised funnels, taller foremast (for aerials? higher signal flags?) and altered stern flagpole/tiller arrangement. Also with shelter awnings behind the conning tower. I was intending to modify the kit's funnels but bodged the job and actually robbed my HMS Earnest kit for these items. I suspect they could be a little taller still. I used Sovereign paints for the ships. The two-flag signal means something like "I don't like the look of the weather". Cheers, GrahamB HMS Banshee starboard by Graham Bird, on Flickr HMS Banshee starboard quarter by Graham Bird, on Flickr HMS Banshee starboard bow by Graham Bird, on Flickr HMS Banshee port by Graham Bird, on Flickr HMS Banshee port quarter by Graham Bird, on Flickr HMS Banshee port bow by Graham Bird, on Flickr
  14. Hello ship fans, the dazzle camouflage of WW1 ships makes an attractive and challenging subject for ship modellers and I've been fascinated by this subject for many years. So, joy of joys, a new book on the subject has been published very recently: “The Easter Egg Fleet. American ship camouflage in WW1”, by Aryeh Wetherhorn? I received my copy (paperback version) yesterday and it is marvellous – reproductions of most of the USN and merchant dazzle plans (as per the Admiralty Orders in the IWM). Both port and starboard profiles are shown in most cases. These are preceded by a decent (although obviously American-biased) overview of international laws pertaining to maritime warfare, USN camouflage theories and practice, submarine warfare in context, the British connection, etc. Various photographs are not very well reproduced though. Fabulous stuff, and grist for doing one or two Caldwell/Wickes/Clemson flush-deckers or the earlier USN destroyer classes, plus several armoured cruisers and battleships that are available in kit form. I’ve just ordered a Combrig 1/700 USS Birmingham to build in its beautiful (actually Admiralty designed) camouflage. A pity that the IWM can't put together a compendium of its many Orders. Cheers, GrahamB
  15. Thanks. I'll try it out on some scrap first to get an idea of how much to use etc. Cheers, GrahamB
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