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Exkiwiforces

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About Exkiwiforces

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  • Birthday 09/05/1973

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    Darwin, Australia
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    1/700 Ships WW2 onwards, RN/Commonwealth & DKM

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  1. I wouldn’t be too worried about the Radar fit out, as from my experience with Flyhawk ship models is that the Radars will separate as you would have the option too used PE or the radars.
  2. Because of issue of gluing the both half’s to another, I’ve had to add the rear bulkheads in and as a result the stern railings are on the outside edge and not on the inside as per the plans. The bow railings are and were a lot easier to do than my other carrier build.
  3. I looking forward to catch up with you & Chris at a show probably Telford once this Covid19 has settled down as I’m hoping to do a 6mth trip to the UK providing the ministry of finance approves it?
  4. Cheers for that, I had to pop to it last night to confirm that the Ark didn’t have Radar, I remember we did have a discussion on this time ago and I couldn’t be bothered heading over to the man in the shed last night as well. Two questions I do have, is there any doors/ hatches or whatever you pirates call them for the twin 4.5in guns? As I can find only the ready use lockers on the plans I have. Did the .5 quads and Search lights have the same access or was that via ladders from the flight deck? Because of issue of gluing the both half’s to another, I’ve had to add the rear bulkheads in and as a result the stern railings are on the outside edge and not on the inside as per the plans. Apart from that, I’m trying to keep this as simple as I can, without going to overboard with any extra detail atm.
  5. I’m not that impressed so far, especially if you don’t have any additional ship plans at your fingertips. Also I’ve noticed a few gaps here and there especially during a trial fit of the flight deck. Still tossing up weather to get some small ships boats off Shapeways or the ships guns as well. The Radar fit out I might use from a extra set of PE I purchased for my other carrier build. I was hoping this build would good to do as I want to their two DKM Carriers down the track. Anyway I’ve started so I must crack on and get it finished before I start on HMS Hermes.
  6. I knew there was something I liked about Chris? Like me, he was a member of the Black Mafia. I was an Armoured kilted Jock in NZ Scots during the 90’s. But I’m not allowed to Tanks or Aircraft as I have these wee babies and in fact I’m very lucky to do even model ships btw. P.S, I’m really enjoy watching this build atm and especially when you showed the hull of the DKM battle wagon Hatton.
  7. I have also started another carrier build as I’ve decided to finish the RN Destroyers, Cruiser and Minelayer alongside the the two DKM Z classes during the wet season as I would more home bound during the wet season and be able to devote more attention to them. Hopefully once they are done a start on some DKM battle wagons as well. This HMS Ark Royal by Trumpeter in 1/700. I always said I would never go to back to Trumpeter after my DKM Admiral Hipper build, but now back have a crack at this one. I won’t be doing to much to this build in the way of PE, but just a enough to make it look good as I have another carrier that I would to start and finish before the Nth’ern Oz wet season kicks in for the 20/21. The green painting tape is there to stop me from going completely bonkers with adding the railing in places where those little floaty ships/ boats or whatever the pirates call them.
  8. Main Pension day this Thursday for me, so I’m chipping in for this model as I missed out on the HMS Ark Royal Model. As there is a few things on this IHP model I can used for reference in my Malta Class build which I’ve been wanting to start for sometime.
  9. A very late weekly update for the this build. Is the two cranes have been primed, the Yagi antennas have all but completed bar one which I butchered and some 20mm cannons done. Currently this build is on hold as I’m awaiting for a few parts to arrive via the mail to complete this rather slow build. I have also started another carrier build as I’ve decided to finish the RN Destroyers, Cruiser and Minelayer alongside the the two DKM Z classes during the wet season as I would more home bound during the wet season and be able to devote more attention to them. Hopefully once they are done a start on some DKM battle wagons as well.
  10. I’ve seen some pictures of the flight deck, after I was wondering why on earth would you need helicopters with monsoon buckets to fight a fire on a ship and now I know why as parts of the flight deck has collapsed inside the ship Ouch. I remember this ship and her sister ship when I was in Timor-Leste during INTERFET some 20 odd yrs ago. It’s such a sad way to see her in this state and knowing that she is more than likely off the knackers yard now. After seeing those huge holes in her flight deck as it’s going to take more than few a metal bashes armed with welders to patch up her flight deck.
  11. Well another update from the weeks building of the main mast and one of the two ships canes. Been a rather slow pace build, as I’ve lost pieces of PE to the carpet monster during the week and then me trying to make PE parts to make up for the lost pieces which has been fun not. But around Thursday afternoon I lost another PE piece, so while I was the floor trying to find that, but you won’t believe it! I found a heap of missing PE parts from the last two weeks with all but one for main mast just under the bird cage. So I managed to get all the various bit glued and followed by a trial fit. The aft mast wasn’t the pain in the bottom I was expecting and actually it quite smooth sailing at assembling it. It’s a little wonky, but since this is just a hobby to keep my mind and fine motor skills going I’m happy with it. Started on one of the two ships cranes which has caused a few issues, as all of the rods both plastic & metal are either to big or way too small for the wee pulleys I’ve had to use some copper wire instead. I’m hoping to do a little bit rigging for these two cranes. Once these are finished I’ll start on the yagi antennae’s for the HADT’s. I’m still trying to some Pom Pom directors atm, but I believe they finally ditched in some cases from 42 onwards and they were replaced by single or double 20mm canons and later 40mm Bofor guns
  12. Yeah it took me a while to workout what I doing wrong with my attempts at trying to soldering the mast and it happened by accident, anyway I’m happy with it
  13. Well I’m still here, slowly plugging away with this build during the Nth’ern Oz dry season atm in between stints at my bush estate painting, fishing/ crabbing and of course bush firefighting as the A1 Ech tanker support driver. Anyway here are a few happy snaps to keep you interested. The hockey sticks are all completed and primed ready for a coat of paint. All the main guns are in place apart from a the 20mm cannons The Air Direction Beacon, will a part of it. Adding rigging for the Carly Floats which is now completed and i realise I haven’t taken a couple of happy snaps. Yesterday I managed to get round to soldering the main mast after a few attempts I managed to nail it. Followed by a Dry to confirm everything was right before I stuck it in the pin vice. Today was a slow and steady pace with bird cage and the Air Direction Beacon.
  14. It was all going good until the poor ship fell off the desk twice in one day and it’s been down hill ever since then with this build. Spending time prepping the yardarms and the aft mast almost broke me after snag one the yardarms, as I knew the 292 antenna was going to a right **** so I was sort’ve prepared for it. Anyway I have to do a bit more research on PE assembling along with some more history on the other two ships that have the same colours scheme.
  15. Well I’ve finally finished the aft mast and glued to my poor beaten up J Class and my next party tick is to scratch build another mast which goes in behind the emergency conning position. This mast is 5mm high and the yardarm is 2mm long and thinking super glue might be the way to go as soldering might be a tag messy considering I haven’t been near a soldering iron since 3th Form High School.
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