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  1. Great subject matter, Rob! Another beauty to add to your collection. John
  2. Very nice, Rob. 'When the going gets tough, the tough get going'. Another great build, Mr. Tough Guy.
  3. The funnel & attachments are primed ... the last step before starting the final paint process. Note the photo of Regina in the background. I'll use similar photos scaled to 1/350 to make templates for the North Atlantic dazzle scheme. But first, I need to apply an overall coat of RCN shipside grey. For reference, here's a an RCN frigate photo that shows the actual light green hue of the RCN grey colour; Next up, masking the hull. Stay safe! John
  4. Thanks everyone! As terrible as the quality of this kit is, I really do like the challenge of scratch building all the needed corrections, repairs, & added detail. (Silly me! ) Otherwise, the kit would have been returned for a refund long ago. John
  5. Hello again, it's been a while. Spring is here. The grass is cut, the new flowers are planted, & the summer tires are on the vehicles. Time to return to do some modelling. As I was getting ready to start painting the modeI, I ran into a little setback. The good news is I've been able mix a close match to the RCN ships' grey paint colour. The bad news is I decided to complete the ship's funnel before applying the first coat of paint. Unfortunately, completing the funnel has turned into a lengthy project with lots of trials & tribulations. I found that none of the funnel parts supplied with the kit fit properly. Not really a surprise, as the quality of this kit really sucks. Here's a photo outlining the major issues I found; And, a photo showing the rework completed to build the funnel; I'm finally happy with the end result ... what a relief! Next, add a coat of primer to the reworked funnel and then start applying a coat of finish paint ... for real, this time . As always, thanks for following along. Stay safe! John
  6. Can't wait to see how this build progresses, Steve. Kev, please pass the popcorn. John
  7. Looking good, Rob. Trying to smooth out the surface of some 3D printed parts is a real pain. Your work on the balloon is paying off. John
  8. Wow, she's a beautiful lady David. Great work! (My turn to have my chin hit the floor.) John
  9. Steve, the only detailed drawings I have are for the later BPB MTB's. Like you, I'd guess the rectangle with the three circles (@ 6 o'clock) is the anchor point for the radio/electrical wires. Sorry, not much help here. John
  10. She's looking great Steve. You're correct, most, if not all, photos of the British Power Boat MTB's show the boats having a bow tow line attached during normal running. From what I understand, the tow lines were kept at the ready in the event a boat had mechanical/electrical problems or battle damage, & needed to be towed out of harm's way as quickly as possible. On later boats, the bow line usually ran through a jam cleat on the deck (to hold the line in place), and the rest was coiled on a clear spot on the deck. John
  11. Boy, you have been busy beefy. Sorry to hear about your Dad. Here's hoping for a speedy recovery. An interesting story about the minesweepers. Really adds a special human element to these little ships. John
  12. Hi Dmitriy, Regarding Royal Navy paint colours for Brave Borderer, Jamie Duff provides a nice colour chart of the RN paint colours used over the years. For my Brave Borderer build, I used Model Master acrylics. Although I couldn't confirm the actual colours used on Brave Borderer, I did choose the Model Master colours that I felt were a close match to the sample colours on Jamie's chart, for the time periods when Brave Borderer was in commission (1959 to 1980); e.g. Light Grey for the period of 1955 to 1968 - M23 Light Admiralty Grey BS381C-697 Light Grey for the period of 1968 to 1980 - M01 Light Weatherworks Grey BS381C-676 Dark Grey for the period of 1955 to 1968 - M02 Dark Sea Grey BS381C-638 Dark Grey for the period of 1968 to 1980 - M02 Dark Sea Grey BS381C-638 Here's a link to my thread where Jamie provided the Sovereign Hobbies colour chart for reference; https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235057663-thinking-ahead-rn-paint-colours/&do=findComment&comment=3387997 Hope this helps. John
  13. Thanks everyone for the Likes & supportive comments. I've completed the scratch built Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone helicopter. Fortunately, I was able to successfully design & print the tiny decals, as well as do some fiddly micro masking & painting on the helicopter fuselage & props. The fuselage was spray painted. The cockpit windscreen, the jet engine inlets, & tips of the propellers were masked & brush painted. Once the masking tape was applied, I sprayed the taped areas with matt clear lacquer to seal the tape edges, and to prevent the final coat of black paint from bleeding under the tape. The wheels, struts, and small details were brush painted, as well. I made inkjet printed waterslide decals for the side windows & the low-vis fuselage markings. Once the decals were applied & allowed to dry, I sprayed a thin coat of matt clear lacquer over the entire fuselage to seal the decals. Here's a couple of photos of the end result. As the helicopter will be on display on the flight deck of the Regina model, so I'm really happy that it turned out as well as it did. Another photo showing the helicopter onboard the Regina model. This was a fun detour from the ship build. I learned a lot about the CH-148 helicopter (both good & bad) was able to practice painting piddly parts before painting the Regina model. So, now it's back to the Regina build. Next up, painting the hull. Thanks for looking. Stay safe! John
  14. Hey, Kev! Glad you've motored back. I'm not sure you'll be able to add a lot of rust to a wooden cutter. Looking forward to following along. John
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