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  1. I agree with Paul. Having spent over 10 years of my Naval career at sea, it is surprising how the ship and sea interact and how just with a slight 10 deg alteration of course in a heavy sea you can reduce the movement significantly. I know the reason that I rarely model my ships in anything other than a sea state 1-2 is that the sea is more difficult to get right than the ship itself! I do have one on the shelf of doom where I am bucking that trend. HMS ALACRITY in 1/600 depicted in February 1984 while we were on passage from the Falklands to S Georgia in a Force 12. Here's a photo of work in progress. Eagle eyed readers will not that the model is in fact waterlined. Don't worry, I've not gone mad. This is an old part completed hull that I'm just using to test the fit in the seascape.
  2. Worthy of being in a museum. Excellent work. I'm struggling to believe that it's only 1/350 - I've seen 1/96 KGVs with less detail. BZ.
  3. Nicely done. Ordinarily I don't often like models that try to recreate funnel smoke as they never seem to look realistic but you have bucked that trend with this and it looks very good.
  4. I'll ask when I next see him but it won't be for a couple of weeks or so
  5. Really nicely done and it goes to show that you don;t need a £50+ state of the art modern kit to produce something that looks really good. COSSACK was my very first kit back in the 60s. I must see if I can get hold of another one and super detail her. One of the members of our local model club has just built a RC 1/72 tribal in which he 3D printed all of the parts. He did say at the last club night that since he has the plans he could now produce a kit of anyone wanted one!
  6. That was the 1988 Operation Armilla deployment when I was the Flight Observer. Originally they they were going to have the strapline "on a mission from God" underneath until our Chaplain refused to conduct the naming ceremony unless we painted that bit out! So the paint was literally still wet when they were named. I can't find a photo of Jake. BRAVE's cab 1990-92 was the F.B.I., short for "flipping big Indian". It had an alternative meaning but I won't go into that here! I fear we're getting a wee bit off topic!
  7. You're right about a lot of the kit, especially electronic kit being that pale blue, but the interior bulkheads and deckheads were ash white (certainly up to the T23s, I don;t know about 45s and QEC)
  8. Just echo everyone's comments above. Both stunning and very realistic.
  9. Thanks for that. Hadn't realised AK had branched out into maritime. I shall give some a try if I can find a local stockist
  10. If it helps, the interior of RN warships from the early '60s (Rothesays/Leanders) on was Ash grey, a very light slightly off white colour
  11. I'm not sure of the specific liferafts carried by QE (I know that she has a unique mass evacuation device so the liferafts themselves may be different) but as far as I can recall standard RN 25 man liferaft cannisters are approx 1450mm x 720mm if that helps
  12. For a first ship model this is looking really good. You mention "warship weathering wash". I usually make my own - is there a specific product that I've not yet come across?
  13. Seriously impressed with the level of detail you've achieved. I must confess I'd be very nervous at wrapping a model in clingfilm to create the base with that much detail already on there - especially the rigging. Although I do often wrap the hull in clingfil while I create the sea around it, I tend to do it much earlier on while the hull can be manhandled. Was also interested to see the results you've achieved with Uschi line. I've not tried that one but must give it a go. The EZ line that I've used in the past is so tense that I find I have to put balanced tension across both sides or otherwise it just bends the mast/yard out of shape.
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