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  1. Gidday David, if I have a question like this I Google and simply type "20mm madsen aa gun" or similar, then click on "Images". There appears to be at least one I found that looks like it's mounted on a submarine. Apologies if I've stated the obvious but I've found this to be easy and useful. HTH. Regards, Jeff.
  2. Gidday, that's a beautiful model, extremely well done. And it displays a nice peaceful setting. Regards, Jeff.
  3. Gidday David, if you built these simply because you like small aero planes then yes, you might be in the wrong section. But as you pointed out, these are your ship's primary weapon system. Others have posted builds of naval weapon systems here too so I think you can stay if you wish. Either way, you certainly wouldn't cause offense. I think it would be, among a community of 4ft long model ship builders. And anyway, when have ANY of us claimed to be "Normal". Glad to have you back. Regards, Jeff. P.S. - those aircraft look great, as do your mods of them.
  4. Gidday Matt, welcome aboard. I did a few 1/72 aircraft as a kid (50+ years ago) and a couple in the last few years, but my main interest is 1/600 scale warships, Airfix mainly. But I understand you regarding modeling communities. Until about four years ago (mid 2018) I was totally alone with my hobby, when I discovered modeling forums such as this. I've joined two, Britmodeller here and the ATF (Airfix Tribute Forum) and it has opened a whole new world for me. I hope you enjoy your time here as much as I have. Regards, Jeff.
  5. How did she turn out? That would have been before the major refit so she would still have had the open bridge and lower superstructures. I've seen Ozmod kits for sale here during our annual model show but I've never bought one. They seemed a bit expensive plus I know nothing about assembling resin kits. I think some modelers have trouble with paint adhering to them, or rather, NOT adhering. Gidday All, here's another quick update on HMAS Vampire II. The aft superstructure is now assembled and fitted. The radome that sits on the aft end of it is done, as is the aft funnel. Obviously that's them on the wood block in the foreground. I still have to make the main mast and associated radars. There was an elevated walkway between the casing under the forward funnel and 'X' turret gundeck (the lowest level of the aft superstructure). It was supported midway along it's length by a pole. That assembly is also on the wood block, and you can see the hole in the hull deck for the supporting pole to fit. The casing under the fore funnel had walkways added to the sides of it to allow crewmen to get past the funnel. I've done that too, you might be able to make them out. The first two levels of the forward superstructure are attached but the top level is only dry fitted at present. As built these ships had open bridges but they were enclosed during the major refit. The 'roof' of the bridge is glued to the top level of the superstructure. Between it and those two half-round wings will be some sort of open bridge. I'm not sure if it was a conning station or simply a lookout station. I still have to make that, and the structure supporting the other radome. Plus more detail to do - boats and davits, rafts, the Limbo A/S mortar, the Bofors 40mm guns etc. And bollards and fairleads. So that's it for now. Stay safe and thank you for your interest, regards, Jeff.
  6. Gidday Rob, she's looking great. I'm contemplating doing a scratch build of one of these soon, in 1/600. I'll be using your build here, among others if I may, for reference and inspiration. Regards, Jeff.
  7. Oh well, if you must. But ultimately it's you that has to be happy with her, not us, so if you feel you should wait until more parts arrive then so be it. Don't think I won't be watching for your re-start however. Regards, Jeff.
  8. Or sister in this age of gender bending. Yeah, I know the expression - "Bob's your Uncle". But seriously, you've done a superb job with this. Regards, Jeff.
  9. Gidday @Col., I hadn't initially planned to but OK, I can probably find a IJN warship in the stash. Regards, Jeff.
  10. What's an autocarrot? It chops and eats itself? Sorry, I couldn't help myself. Regards, Jeff.
  11. Gidday, she's looking great so far. Considering your name I was going to ask if you've done one of these? Obviously yes. Regards, Jeff.
  12. Gidday @andrewa, this era of warship is not my forte but even I can see what a terrific job you've done on this conversion. And at a scale that I find a bit fiddly. Plus, that beautiful deep blue ocean makes me want to dive overboard for a swim. Very well done. Regards, Jeff.
  13. Gidday, I didn't know that. Thanks. I've always known the length to be 15 fathoms. Regards, Jeff.
  14. No, not just you. For a ship with a fighting reputation such as hers it wasn't a glorious way to go. Regards, Jeff.
  15. Gidday, I don't think I can recall references to it either, other than by Alistair Maclean in "HMS Ulysses" but I think that ship was based on HMS Royalist, a ship that he served on. The ASDIC cabinet was on the bridge. AFAIK many RN and RAN cruisers carried depth charges so it seems logical to me that they'd be able to detect submarines to drop them on. Just my thoughts. Regards, Jeff.
  16. Gidday, me too. As Hendie says, a bit annoying, but not the end of the world. Regards, Jeff.
  17. Gidday, I'm not sure, maybe she didn't have one. Could be she was steered by tiller of whipstaff, considering her era. My model of Drake's (and Grenville's) Revenge doesn't have one either. Regards, Jeff.
  18. Gidday Steve, I'd be very reluctant to start again, after all the work you've done. Having said that, there's a model ship I'd like to do in the near future, and if I do it'll be my THIRD attempt at her. But I think you need to consider how you'll feel at the final completion - possible regret that you didn't cut your losses and try again if you can't fix these problems to your high standards. I also think that Malc2 raises a good point:- You've already done a lot of the thinking and planning. And while you COULD hide the underwater hull if you waterline her there's still that bow issue. I agree that larger models allow for more detail (it's why I abandoned the first attempt at the ship and doubled the dimensions on the second attempt) but it also forces your hand a bit in that you probably HAVE to add extra detail to prevent the model looking too spartan and bland. I guess the trick is finding the right balance. I'm sorry, this probably isn't much help, it's your decision I'm afraid. Good luck with it. Best regards, Jeff.
  19. And you've still got to add a pilot, ordnance and fuel (I hope that engine's not a wood burner). Regards, Jeff.
  20. Gidday All, just a quick update on the Bat. I've glued the hull weather decks to the hull, plus added the forward shelter deck (B turret deck). I've also completed the funnels. The rest of the parts are in that plastic jar behind the model, but you've already seen them all. She's also screwed to a building/handling block now. I consider this point a major milestone of a model ship build. But still quite a bit to do. Again, thank you all for your interest. Regards, Jeff.
  21. Gidday David, that vaguely rings a bell, now that you mention it. Thanks. And I've read of other occasions when zig-zagging, intentionally or otherwise was as much a hindrance to one's own gunnery as it was to one's adversary, so good point re the final engagement. And I agree with the effect on the crew. I believe that final night was both frightening and exhausting for the crew. Looking forward to the next progress report on the model. Regards, Jeff.
  22. Yeah, I think @Biggles87 needs to re-assess his life's priorities. And I can highly recommend retirement. Regards, Jeff.
  23. Gidday Steve, don't we all get measurements wrong sometimes. I have a morbid fear (read 'terror attack') when I start to cut a hull in half, that maybe I've measured wrong. Your repair job is very good. Smooth filling and sanding is not my forte. Good luck with the cockpit. Yeah, work is the bane of the modeling man. Oh well . . . Regards, Jeff.
  24. "The Final Countdown" - I was thinking of the movie too, and nearly mentioned it. If memory serves, the ship went back in time to 6th December 1941, the day before the Pearl Harbour attack. The Captain (Kirk Douglas) was faced with the dilemma as to whether he should take on the Japanese fleet and change history. I wont tell you what happened in case someone wants to watch the movie. Regards, Jeff.
  25. I'm sorry but I don't understand the concept. Seriously, Welcome aboard Gavin. Regards, Jeff.
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