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  1. The main mast has been primed & resulting visible little defects have been corrected. Here's a photo showing the results. And, a photo showing the 4 sides. I'm really happy with the results. The main mast turned into a modelling project by itself. The challenge was to add a much detail as possible in 1/350 scale & keep all the visible parts of the mast distinguishable to the naked eye (in my case, the naked eye with glasses ). One final photo of the mast test fitted to the resin model. The insert is a reminder
  2. Well, I've finally finished making & modifying Regina's main mast. The last portion of the mast to be completed was the four legged lattice mast. This included modifying the kit's PE parts for the navigation radar support structure; making the two Reprogrammable Advanced Multimode Shipboard Electronic Countermeasures System (say that 5 times really fast ) equipment using the kit's PE & resin parts plus some scratch building; making simulated flag lanyard blocks from drilled out .030" diameter plastic rod; making the Raytheon navigation radar from plastic strip; scratch b
  3. Thanks for the book review, Rob. Sounds like it's a great addition for the reference library. John
  4. Hi again! I trying to continue this build over the Spring & Summer months, but unfortunately what would be a normally slow build has become a snail's pace build. Enjoying the nice weather & Spring household chores have been the priority over the last few weeks. But there has been some progress building Regina's main mast. I've finished building the top portion of the mast including the surveillance & air defence radar antenna, I was able to use PE parts from the resin model kit for the antenna, but had to completely scratch build the mounting
  5. Very nice! Your photos look like they could be screen shots from the movie Cockleshell Heroes. John
  6. beefy, the tank really shows how big these LCAC's are. John
  7. Tom, you could be right. They do look like 4"'s. Unfortunately, all references I found for the LCG (L)'s indicate that they carried 4.7's. John
  8. Hi Michal, That would be an LCG (L) (Landing Craft Gun (Large)). There were a number of landing craft modified to support invasion troops, but from what I can find there were only 4 LCG (L)'s modified from LCT's (I could be corrected). It looks like the one in the video was either LCG (L) 3 or LCG (L) 4. Both these had had two twin 4.7-inch gun turrets, while 1 & 2 had two British Army 25 pounder gun-howitzers in armoured turrets. In the video, it looks like the hull number was removed. I couldn't find a photo of LCG (L) 3 or LCG (L) 4, so having one recorded in the video
  9. Nice work, Rob. Thanks for the kind compliments. I've been lucky to find a number of hidden gems like that video in Canadian photo & film archives. Regarding the gun tub repair, in the past I've applied a thin coat of CA glue over the surface of the dried putty (after sanding to shape) & then sanded the glue smooth after it dries. The glue gives the putty a little more rigidity & after sanding can give a smooth transition where the edge of the putty meets the base material. John
  10. Hey Rob, Have you seen the photos & video at the following links? http://helix2.nfb.ca/images//DB-25/RCN-400-CM-8-01/13582/DB-25_RCN-400-CM-8-01_13582_WebCopy.mov http://silverhawkauthor.com/royal-canadian-navy-rcn-19391945-landing-craft_945.html John
  11. Jeff & Michal, I've reposted the sketch using Flickr this time. Let me know if you can see it now. John
  12. Michal, I'm guessing those are signalling lights. In WWII allies had four red fighting lights that were used to signal other ships at night regarding such things as communicating commands, e.g. execute course changes, attack formations, open fire, etc.. Flashing clear lights were also used to communicate information to other ships using semaphore. Here's a sketch showing the signal lights used on RCN ships. Hope this helps. John
  13. I like the smooth surface finish ... easy to clean. I'll be following along as well, Rob. John
  14. Thanks Kev. Well, you could say that I won the lottery. Thanks Rob. Your comments are always appreciated. Sorry, our complaint department is closed due to the virus. Shhh, not so loud beefy. Kev might want his big pen back. John
  15. Continuing the main mast build. Scratch building the pole mast is completed. The pole mast carries IFF (Interrogator Friend or Foe) antenna, DLPS (Data Link Processing System) antenna, VHF/UHF antenna, and navigation lights. I wasn't able to find any detailed dimensional drawings for the pole mast. As a result, I spent a lot of time researching what is included on the mast. Then scaling a number photos of the refitted frigates to fit the model and use as guides to scratch build the mast. I made the 'pole' using .03" & .o4" dia. Evergreen
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