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  1. Apologies - I have no idea I have discovered why I had listed Hermione as carrying Type 281. A (very) old reference (Alan Raven & H T Lenton Ensign 2: Dido Class Cruisers (London: Bivouac Books, 1973)) stated "... the Hermione (WA.281) had radar control (AR.285) fitted to the HA.DCTs ..." - I realised the latter was incorrect but so was the former, which I didn't check - apologies to those I may have confused - and thanks to dickrd for correcting me. I will amend my previous posts.
  2. For a look at the parts and instructions of the basic version of the Flyhawk kit, see http://www.modelwarships.com/reviews/ships/hms/cl/Naiad-700-fh/FlyHawk-Review.html. The photo-etch fret contains parts for quite a good representation of RDF Type 279; Type 281 had smaller aerials, which are not included, but are available from various aftermarket producers, as is Type 284 (in various configurations). Disregard comments about Type 281 - see dickrd's later email. Depends how accurate you are planning to be! If you're intending to depict Hermione after November 1941, you will need to source
  3. I suspect Ian's photo does indeed show Bonaventure (no "d"); the scanned photo is too indistinct to make out the obvious clincher (lack of "X" 5.25" turret), but the camouflage pattern does match other views said to be of the same ship (one taken from HMS York's quarterdeck, and another showing her in Piraeus - both from the port bow). A further photo showing her port side, apparently taken in Suda Bay, shows the same pattern from the bridge forwards, and on both funnels, but with the hull aft of the bridge all in the darker of the two shades - perhaps she was part-way through a repaint at th
  4. Thank you - it seems I may have jumped to an unjustified conclusion; I wonder if Alan Raven did the same? The destroyer may well be HMS Anthony - the other three mentioned in reports were, by this stage, offshore, according to some references (eg Battle Summary).
  5. Raven wrote "By may [sic] of 1942 ..." and "... by computer enhancement of a poor photo ...", which led me to look at Ironclad photos as a potential source of his drawing of a port-side pattern. As ever, interpretation of grainy long-range B&W photography is "challenging". My take, for what it's worth, is that IWM photo A9403 may show some sort of pattern, which, I agree, is not obvious in photos taken from sea level off Diego Suarez. That said, the difference in shades of various segments of the ship's side in the aerial views are quite pronounced - and the segments don't ch
  6. In Photo A9403, the southern (left-hand) carrier appears to be INDOMITABLE (what can be made out of the camouflage pattern matches, and, in A8890, she seems to have a larger for'd lift, and the deeper for'd 4.5" gun sponson of this ship); the camouflage pattern on the northern carrier appears to match Illustrious. I have seen a photo similar to the one iang describes, showing Hermione from her port quarter, with Devonshire behind her and Ramilles off Hermione's starboard quarter. The aspect matches that which would be visible from the northern carrier's position. As iang says, the quality
  7. IWM's collection includes the following external views of Hermione: A5740, A5742, A5743, A5772 and A5773, plus others too distant to be of much use.
  8. I suspect Alan Raven's drawing was based upon photos taken after Operation Ironclad, when the forces involved were anchored off Diego Suarez. I've seen three aerial photos taken on 13 May 1942, showing variously HM Ships Indomitable, Illustrious, Hermione and Resolution Ramillies; the photos are available on the IWM website (reference numbers A8890, A8891 and A9403). Only one of the photos (A9403) shows all four ships mentioned; in that one, Hermione is between and beyond the two carriers. Thanks to Jamie! Faraway asked for any other photos of Hermione - there are several which
  9. As completed, HMS Hermione was very similar to Naiad; the only obvious differences were in the RDF (radar) fit. NAIAD carried AW.279 aerials at her mastheads, whereas Hermione carried AW.279.281, plus SR 284 on her LA.DCT above the bridge. In November 1941, Hermione's two quadruple 0.5" gun mountings were removed, and five single 20mm Oerlikons were fitted. She seems to have worn overall medium grey (presumably AP507A) from completion, but was repainted in a two-colour angular pattern at some point in early 1942 - I've only seen a very indistinct photo of this scheme, although there is a dr
  10. Thank you - I hadn't noticed the bow springs before - but, now that I'm looking for them, they're present in a number of photos of the ship at about this period! However, none show a wire actually rigged in that position, and none show marks on the lift from hook strikes, which are often present on/near the centreline for the other wires (particularly 2, 3, 4 and 5 Wires). My guess (and it's only a guess) is that 6 Wire would not normally be rigged unless one of the other wires had to be removed for some reason (defective mechanism, wire break or past its safe life), in which case the span
  11. There is a photo of Eagle in this configuration at https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205016371 - the wires can just be made out.
  12. Neil McCart HMS Eagle 1942 - 1978 (Cheltenham: Fan Publications, 1996) contains several overhead photos of Eagle with the interim angled deck. They show five wires, perpendicular to the angled deck's centreline. The aftermost is just for'd of the after lift. That and the next three are evenly spaced, with the second from foremost about level with the crane base; there is then a larger gap between that and the foremost wire, which is level with the centre of the for'd boat bay.
  13. Eagle's air group for Operation Musketeer comprised nine Wyverns of 830 NAS, seventeen Sea Venoms of 892 and 893 NAS, twenty-four Seahawks of 897 and 899 NAS and four Skyraiders of 849 NAS A Flight. Not sure she carried Whirlwinds at this stage. The identification stripes were painted on the aircraft on 31 October 1956, well after the Gannets of 812 NAS had been disembarked in August. 814 NAS embarked in August 1957, well after Eagle had returned to UK for repairs and refit, by which time the stripes would have been long-gone from her aircraft.
  14. How countershading was to be applied varied with different types of camouflage - and specifications were by no means always followed! RN schemes are discussed at https://www.shipcamouflage.com/3_7.htm et seq.
  15. In addition to the changes Nick B listed (and the obvious new main armament): Omit ADO Platform (Part E26) and all its fittings, add director platform and 6" director in its place, increase height of foremast and add spotting top. Omit after HA DCT (Parts E19 and E20 - which Calcutta never carried anyway!). Provide additional boats and davits. Omit platforms and supports for searchlights and quadruple 0.5" guns. Add single 3" HA guns abreast forefunnel
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