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  1. Gidday @TomTango, I think that's a boat boom, for tethering the ship's boats while anchored. Regards, Jeff.
  2. Gidday, actually they're the same bloke. Douglas Reeman wrote quite a few naval novels, all what I would call "stand alone" novels, in that each is a separate story in it's own right. Under the name Alexander Kent he wrote a series of novels about the career of a fictitious naval officer named Richard Bolitho who lived at the time of Horatio Nelson. Before I knew myself that they were the same author I had noticed that the style of writing was the same, and the cover illustrations were by the same artist, Chris Mayger I think. Regards, Jeff.
  3. Gidday Andy, I particularly like Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin books. He had an interesting style of writing. Also Alexander Kent/Douglas Reeman. Regards, Jeff.
  4. Gidday, these are incredible. While I think IJN Yamato is an impressive ship I think these tiny S-boats take the cake. Even the seascapes are very good. Very well done. Regards, Jeff.
  5. Gidday Beefy, she's a beautiful model. Very well done. Regards, Jeff.
  6. Gidday, that came together very quickly. She looks good but way to small for me. Will you be adding deck crew? I guess the beauty of these is that they don't take up a lot of space to display them. She's well done, and I think that flight deck enhances her. Well done. Regards, Jeff.
  7. Gidday Harold, I've found that close-up photos are often unkind to a paint job, showing the build warts-and-all, my models anyway. But in your build here they seem to show the extremely good finish that you've achieved. especially around the cockpit. Well done. Regards, Jeff.
  8. Gidday Robert, welcome aboard. I'm a ship modeler too but usually Airfix 1/600 scale, so they're a bit basic. I'm looking forward to seeing your Titanic. Have you done any others? Regards, Jeff.
  9. Gidday, You'd be welcome. My model ships are a bit crude though, as I don't do PE or AM stuff. But I enjoy it anyway. Regards, Jeff.
  10. Gidday, as you mentioned, macro (close up) photos are never kind to models but she looks good when seen overall. Thanks again for sharing your memories. And for posting that first photo. Thanks to that we all know what you looked like forty years ago. Well, maybe not. Regards, Jeff.
  11. Gidday All, it's been just over two months since I made a progress report on HMS Glamorgan. I've recommenced the build now that HMS Minotaur is complete. I don't have much to show but here it is anyway. The aft funnel needed raising which I've done. There was also some sort of shielding (air inlets, vents?) attached to the sides, which I've added. The mainmast is dry fitted at present. It needs some sort of structure added to the rear of it which the kit part doesn't have. I'll scratch build it, along with the SCOT platform. That structure between the mast and the funnel position was also scratch built. I don't know what it is, and was poorly represented on the kit superstructure. It's also dry fitted at present. The kit came with a single bedstead radar scanner to be mounted on top of the mainmast but HMS Glamorgan had a double bedstead unit so again I had to scratch build it. It looks a bit rough I'm afraid. The kit part was 'acquired' by Captain Teach of HMS Minotaur. This is it for now. Hopefully more progress soon. So stay safe, and regards to all, Jeff.
  12. Gidday @TonyOD, just about all my models are of the floaty type (except those that sank ) so I plan to be in on this. The beauty of it (for me, anyway) is that any builds I've planned for GBs that ultimately got knocked out of the bunfight will be eligible here. Regards, Jeff.
  13. "Makers" for short? Thanks for the explanation. Regards, Jeff.
  14. Gidday Beefy, it'll be good to see this back on the go, but in your own good time. Regards, Jeff.
  15. Gidday Stuart, I agree with those above, an interesting diorama. It's a scene that I don't often associate with nuclear subs - stationary on the surface with the crew at 'R & R' stations. (Or is that an American term?) Well done.. Regards, Jeff.
  16. Gidday Andy, I'm a ship modeler myself but I have a penchant for the big twin engine fighters of WW2. I like the Beaufighter (never done one - yet) and I like your model of it. Like the Mozzie I like the earlier versions without the warts and stuff on the nose - they look better IMHO. This plane looks very nicely done. Regards, Jeff.
  17. Gidday, I can see the photos in the post above. They show superb work with the rigging. Regards, Jeff.
  18. Gidday Predator, I did one of these many years ago but nowhere near as good as this. She's very well done. That paper deck idea was very clever and the bulkheads (walls) with the door hatches and scuttles (windows) came up very well too. Your rigging finished her off nicely. Very well done. Regards, Jeff.
  19. Gidday Bertie, she's beautiful. You can be very proud of what you've created. Regards, Jeff.
  20. Gidday Bertie, now I've heard of those things. Sounds like work. Who wants to be a sucker for punishment? And iron, isn't that some sort of metal? But yes, seriously, it's easy for dust and cobwebs to take over. And actually, I do know what a vacuum cleaner is. I've not long retired from 19 years as a school cleaner. Enjoy the spring cleaning, but have a VERY careful examination of the area around the workbench first. Regards, Jeff.
  21. Gidday, I've just found the photo I referred to earlier. I can't reproduce the photo here but that wire spiral up the periscope looks very accurate in size. If possible maybe stretch it up the periscope a little more vertical, but if not possible it still looks very authentic. Regards, Jeff.
  22. Gidday Bertie, I think you've done a superb job, even more so as it's your first. As for overscale, I think @mark.au makes a very good point. My stuff such as gun barrels are certainly overscale. A lot of it would be invisible otherwise. Don't be too critical of yourself or your model. She's excellent. Regards, Jeff.
  23. Gidday Kevin, glad to hear that the Good Lady Wife is on the mend. That's meticulous work there. And I think it a good idea to include the crewman as it demonstrates the size of the ship. Regards, Jeff.
  24. Gidday, you could have just said - "Redo the ship" - would have saved you a lot of typing. But seriously, I think Fletch looks very good. To me the only thing that stands out at present is the missing Bofor on the aft deck-house. But it's your model so it's you that has to be happy with her. I think she's well done, and good luck with her. Regards, Jeff.
  25. Gidday All, I finished my model of HMS Minotaur on Thursday night. However I'll only post one photo here as I think dual threads are frowned upon. I've done a post in the What-if section as the story I've written for the model is a companion piece to that done by Alan P and hence I thought they should be in the same place. The majority of the photos show the ship in 1982 when she carried Exocets but the story also says that these were replaced by Harpoons so I'll show a photo of that here. The platform carrying the Harpoons just forward of the bridge structure simply lifts off and another carrying Exocets can fit in it's place. The directors mounted on the forward superstructure are, from front to rear, the Seawolf director, the DCT for surface targets and then the HA director for aerial targets, both for the forward pair of 6-inch turrets. This arrangement is duplicated aft. The model uses an elongated Airfix Suffolk hull (I used two) and as much of the two Airfix Tiger kits as I could use. Parts of other Airfix ship kits are used also, plus some scratch building. More photos can be found in: The build log in the works in progress section: Thank you for your interest. Regards, Jeff.
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