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  1. Never seen a seascape done with bathroom sealant before but it works extremely well . I don't think the weathering is overdone at all. just look at more recent photos of the Task Force when it returned from the Falklands in 82. they were covered in rust and had only been away 3 months. Some of these ships on the Atlantic and Arctic convoys wouldn't have seen paint form 9-12 months between time in dockyard hands.
  2. That's a great way to achieve that effect in 1/700. I wonder if it will work in larger scales?
  3. That's an interesting concept. Whilst I can the efficacy of doing this to sail closer to the wind, and I can perhaps see it being done temporarily with 3 or 4 oars close to the bow or stern. if they positioned them the way that you suggest surely they'd have to leave a very large gap either side of the boom or have to move the oars to avoid fouling the boom every time the wind changed direction by a few degrees? Additionally putting all of the oars in the water would dramatically increase the drag. Like others, I've never seen any evidence to suggest that that was a practice adopted (though that's not to say they didn't!)
  4. Nice brasswork. Almost seems a shame to paint it!
  5. And a question to the knowledgeable masses. Does anyone know of a good supplier of 1/350 ensigns? I used to print my own in 1/600 but my colour printer's dead at the moment. Thanks
  6. Thanks Rob. Made a little progress in amongst all the building work though it's not fun trying to work with a layer of brick dust on the bench. Fortunately the model itself is in a glass cabinet in another room while they're on site! Since the last update I've managed to get the rest of the detail onto the aft gundecks including scratchbuilding a small platform between the aft 40mm that I have no idea quite what it is nor actually what it looks like; I have just a hint of its shape from one photo at an obscure angle that shows probably 10-15% of the structure. The aft 6 inch is now secure as are the masts though disaster struck this evening. Not content with fighting builders' residue, I'm fighting cats as well. I foolishly left the model on the bench this evening while I stopped to cook supper and when I came back, the main mast was bent half way up at an angle of about 80 deg and one of our kitties was looking very smug sat on the other end of the table. The annoying thing is that this was just after an hour or so of fettling to get it in exactly the right angle before I applied the CA. I've managed to fix it almost but unfortunately where it bent was just above the brass rod reinforcement so it's now an inherently weak structure butt join with less than about 1/4mm2 contact area. The photo below shows it is still slightly bent aft but I'm hoping that when I start the rigging which will be next session I can use some tension to pull it back into line. So I think now all of the upperdeck fittings are on there. It's the rigging still to go - which is quite complex with a plethora of radio aerials in addition to the shrouds and halyards - plus finishing off some ship's company figures, a final matt coat, remove the masking for the bridge windows, gloss coat the sea and finally put the edging on the baseboard. I've got a relatively quiet week this week coming so with a fair wind it might - and I stress might - be ready for the Bovington Show on Sunday. Even if it's not I'll have something there so if you're coming to the show come over and say hi - I'll be on the Ferndown Royal British Legion Modellers stand most of the day
  7. Thanks, I did suspect that that may be what they were but perhaps somewhat foolishly I was perhaps expecting them to look more like traditional block and tackle. I should have done a Google search for images of Renown - they are quite prominent aren't they!
  8. Rigging looks excellent and I agree with Martian that the moulded ratlines and shrouds look good. That said, with the quality of the rest of your rigging, I think I would have been tempted to replace the moulded plastic with properly rigged shrouds/ratlines. As far as I can tell from the photos in #13, you appear to have 2 additional sets of block/tackle just aft of those that tension the mainmast shrouds that aren't attached to anything or is that just a trick of the photography? I hadn't appreciated quite how big this was until I saw the photos in #10
  9. As others have said, lovely scratchbuilding there. May I ask what are the 3 objects on the fwd side of the mainmast just below where the tripod comes together?
  10. I'm speaking now from my experience of the RN over the last 40 years rather than having done any detailed research into watch routines in WW2, but even in defence watches there are certain things that have to be done like cleaning/eating/pot wash/routine maintenance etc and defence watches are 98% boredom. So there are some people who are assigned to those duties one in two anyway, such as galley staff and communal party. I would routinely relax one or two at a time from my Ops Room watch to scrub the flats for maybe 20-30 minute stints and then swap people around. Similarly it is possible to do light upperdeck maintenance in the vicinity of your weapon, so long as you can immediately close up if a potential threat is detected.
  11. Thanks. I've used the latter technique for bending thin plasticard but I can see it would be easier with brass that wouldn't be trying to revert to its original shape. No, MG
  12. That's certainly the way to go but knowing my luck - because it's happened before - I'd get half and then it would go out of production!
  13. Really impressive stuff. Having retrieved my Flower Class from the loft monster 4 weeks ago to allow our builders to put a new roof on, I realised that it will take a fair bit of work to correct the awful modelling that it endured when I first started it back in about 1978/79 but its certainly do-able. Question is, how do I explain to the wife that the GLS upgrades will cost >£400 for a kit that still has it's original £29.95 price ticket on?! Note to self. Must learn to solder properly before I start this
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