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  1. Nice detailing Kev. Out of interest, how did you make the mast clamps? John
  2. Thanks Steve for spending the time to rewrite the above post. Good point. I have a friend who has spent years building modern US Navy ghost-grey aircraft models. He finally built a non-grey aircraft, & made the same comment about how nice it was to make the change. John
  3. beefy, that's looking really good. Awesome seascape, as well.
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    Here's what I found regarding these MTB's. The boats in that photo are Vosper 70' MTB's 20 & 21. They were 2 of a series of 6 Vosper designed boats - MTB's 20-23 & 29-30. Nos 20-23 were built by Vosper in Portsmouth & 29-30 were built by Camper & Nicholson, Gosport, in 1939/40. Armament included 4 - .5" (2X2) machine guns & 2 - 21" torpedo tubes. MTB's 20, 21, & 23 were sold to the Royal Roumanian Navy in 1940. John
  5. Hi Beefy. I feel your pain. On my BPB build I tried a number times to build the conical transponder, but failed each time as they just didn't look right or my big fingers kept getting in the way. I finally made the antenna shown in the photos below. I ended up making the cone shapes from clear plastic sprue (although it looks a little foggy in the close-up pics), and made the antenna 'wires' from stretched black plastic sprue. I glued the plastic 'wires' to the clear plastic cones using clear cement. ... and the finished model. Hope this gives you some ideas. John
  6. Steve, I'm always amazed at the detail you're able to achieve in metal. Well done! John
  7. Although i don't have a copy of the original GMM instructions, here are links to the instructions posted on the modelwarship.com site. The resolution's not the best, but they're better than nothing. http://www.modelwarships.com/reviews/pe/gm_etch/350-31-liberty/libert-01-p01.jpg http://www.modelwarships.com/reviews/pe/gm_etch/350-31-liberty/libert-01-p02.jpg John
  8. Congratulations Steve! Too bad there's not a gold medal for excellent on-line build logs & teaching aids. I'd give you that one. John
  9. When I did research for my PT boat build, I found the life ring colour varied like you said. Colour photos show the rings being grey, grey/blue, white, white & red, & orange. Some of the photos were colourized, so the colours may not be accurate. I ended up painting the rings on my PT boat grey, the same colour as the boat's, as this seemed to be colour in most of the photos. Here are links to a few photos off the 'net showing the grey/blue life ring colour. These appear to show the life rings painted the same colour as their boat. https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2017/08/23/09/437BD64100000578-4815558-image-a-89_1503478513539.jpg https://imgc.artprintimages.com/img/print/boats-and-ships-waiting-in-a-port-at-weymouth-southern-england-june-1944_u-l-ppy11y0.jpg?h=900&w=900 https://www.lonesentry.com/panzer/may/pics/wwii-color-photos.jpg Hope this helps. John
  10. I agree with you Rob. One more close-up photo of the Type 277. This time with the antenna in the horizontal position. https://www.combinedops.com/COM_PHOTOS/FDT 13 FAR EAST REFIT.jpg John
  11. Looks great Kev. Very realistic. John
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