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  1. JohnWS

    Tug S.A. Everard

    Great job on those tiny parts Stuart. Those bits on the binnacle would be Kelvin's spheres, also known as Kelvin's balls & navigator's balls. The RCN calls them Nelson's balls named after Horatio Nelson. They're used to correct the magnetic deviation induced on the compass, caused by all of the various ferromagnetic components on the ship. We always thought they were painted red & green to remind the Captain which side of the ship was port & which was starboard.
  2. Detailing the deck continues. I've been focusing on the stern flag staff & life line stanchions. The flag staff turned into a mini scratch building project. The actual flag staff is made in two sections. I'm assuming the top section was removed when the Bofors gun was in use, to clear the gun barrel. My Bofors will be facing aft, so only the lower section of the flag staff will be mounted on the deck. The flag staff was made using stretched plastic sprue, parts cut from plastic sheet, and the coupling between the upper & lower staff sections was made using wine bottle foil . Here's a photo of the completed flag staff before paint. Next, the life line stanchions. The Revell kit includes four stanchions. Earlier Elcos had a life line mounted on the forward deck, while the later boats had the life line mounted aft. I originally made the stanchions from stretched plastic sprue, but found they bent too easily to support the line. So I used the Revell kit parts, modified to replicate the stanchions for the later Elco boats. Here's a photo of the completed stanchions & flag staff painted & mounted on the model's deck. Work on the deck continues ... Thanks for looking in. John
  3. JohnWS

    BPBC 466-MTB

    She's looking like an MTB.
  4. JohnWS

    Colne Bay Smack 'Peace'

    That's looking spiffy!
  5. JohnWS

    TID Steam Tug

    Reading about these tugs, it looks like you'll have a lot of choice of how to finish this build. 182 were built for the Ministry of War Transport. John
  6. Thanks everyone! There's still a couple small fit issues that require rework, but the end is in sight. I used a similar technique used by robgizlu on his MGB40 build. John
  7. When I first read your post, I thought it said 'Nicely faked ropes'. ... but that works too!
  8. JohnWS

    Colne Bay Smack 'Peace'

    Pencil or ink? John
  9. ... and just when I was going to suggest a dab of day glow paint in each porthole, too. Steve, I don't know how you can work with all this noisy chatter in the background.
  10. JohnWS

    18th Century 28 Foot Longboat

    Nice work on the oars Kev.
  11. JohnWS

    Colne Bay Smack 'Peace'

    Nice work! What did you use to make the straight lines on the sails?
  12. Adding the deck detail is progressing. At last count, 33 tiny details have been added, including the dead lights, vents, mooring bits, fairleads, hatch covers, & deck cleats, with more to go. Whew! Here's a few photos showing progress, so far. Next up, adding the deck lifeline stanchions, the life lines and detailing the torpedo/roll-off rack assemblies. Thanks for looking. John
  13. JohnWS

    British MTB Deck Colour

    Yes! According to the Cdn. Archives, that photo was taken in May, '44. Cdr. Law's book says MTB 466 had its TT's refitted by that time. John
  14. JohnWS

    18th Century 28 Foot Longboat

  15. JohnWS

    British MTB Deck Colour

    As described in the book 'White Plumes Astern' written by Cdr. C. Anthony Law, RCN, the Canadian BPB MTB's of the 29th Flotilla had their torpedo tubes removed soon after the Flotilla was formed in March, 1944. The TT's were replaced with 48 small depth charges on each boat. It was rumoured that the German Navy was supposed to have introduced a new 'W Boat' submarine powered by a Walter hydrogen peroxide fuelled turbine, & the plan was for the 29th Flotilla to destroy the new submarine. The German W boat was never sighted. The 29th Flotilla MTB's saw action in the English Channel & took part in the D-Day invasion, without their TT's. The TT's were refitted in mid June, 1944, after the invasion. John