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Kevin Aris

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  1. Good evening everyone the the after house is completed with the exception of the aldis lamp front (lost for now) lots to do but some of the work will be delayed whilst i replace some of the lost/used bits, annoying but my fault
  2. you could contact Sovereign hobbies, Colourcoats Sea– Sovereign Hobbies
  3. HMS TUMULT. 24 MARCH 1943, GREENOCK. | Imperial War Museums (iwm.org.uk) HMS TUMULT. 24 MARCH 1943, GREENOCK. | Imperial War Museums (iwm.org.uk) agreed they do show it as HMS Tumult surprised they made that mistake
  4. now that is very nice indeed, sorry i have been away from the forum for some time, and only just catching up
  5. Good evening everyone all the pin rails throughout the kit are wrong so i have attempted to adapt the supplied ones, my ordered paint arrived todat, so was able to move on with the stern,, this has now been panelled im struggling tonight getting the balcony panels to fit, - yes i mixed them up in error (schoolboy error) the instructions didnt do anything to help the situation, although im not blaming them
  6. i found this working link Dreadnoughts | NMRN Portsmouth (nmrn-portsmouth.org.uk) but wont me set as a link, as the exhibition finished in 2007, so i have copied it for you This exhibition ran from early 2006 until February 2007. It was commemoration of the centenary of the completion of HMS Dreadnought and also a comparison of shipbuilding techniques between 1906 and 2006. HMS Dreadnought HMS Dreadnought was the first of her kind. Her construction commenced on 2nd October 1905. The hull was launched on the 10th February and the ship was completed in a record time, officially after only a year and a day in December 1906. HMS Dreadnought gave her name to a new type of battleship, all the ships of her type that followed being known as dreadnoughts. The navies of the world immediately sought to copy and improve upon her design, and she started a naval building race that only ended after the conclusion of the First World War. Towards the end of the 19th century, battleship design had settled down to give a fairly standard type, which all the major navies followed. It gave a ship of around 15,000 tons armed with two twin gun turrets mounting heavy guns of around 12"calibre, backed up by a battery of quick firing guns of about 6"calibre. They were protected by heavy armour up to 14" thick and driven by reciprocating steam engines to give a top speed of around 18 knots. They had a crew of around 750-800 men A superb model of a typical pre-dreadnought battleship, HMS Albion, acted as an introduction to the exhibition. Painted in a Victorian style livery of green, white and buff, she looks quite different to the purposeful and austere grey of the Dreadnought model forming the focal point for the display. A step forward The design of the Dreadnought was a logical step forward, and utilised existing technology as well as introducing a number of new features. The most obvious change was the increase in size to 18,000 tons, and the adoption of an all big gun armament. Ten 12" guns were now mounted in five twin turrets allowing eight guns to fire on either side, giving the firepower of two of the earlier ships. No secondary armament was fitted, but a number of 12pdr guns were provided for anti-torpedo boat defence. Propulsion was provided by steam turbines. These had been introduced in the late 1890s and had been used in destroyers, but this was the first use in a large warship, and they were larger than any used before. The engines were lighter and more powerful than the reciprocating type, and required less crew to look after them. They could drive the ship at 21 knots. HMS Dreadnought was, therefore, twice as powerful in heavy gun power as any existing battleship, faster by at least 3 knots and only required a similarly sized crew. Once completed she rendered all other battleships obsolete She was still fuelled by coal and needed the services of teams of stokers to shovel coal into the furnaces by hand, and the control of her guns was still fairly rudimentary. Successive designs would improve the type, re-introducing a secondary armament, changing to oil fuel, and controlling the guns centrally to improve accuracy. Building the Dreadnought The speed with which Dreadnought was completed was only possible by ordering a lot of material in advance, by utilising guns and fittings already under construction for other ships, and by an incredible effort. She was a triumph of organisation at the Portsmouth Royal Dockyard. Up to 3000 men were employed on her construction working long shifts, often with the aid of floodlights, which were a new innovation.The exhibition shows the progress of the various stages of the Dreadnought's construction. Living with the Dreadnought Many men and their families had connections with the ship during her service and some of their stories are touched upon in the exhibition. Sydney Hammond was one such man He joined the Royal Navy at the age of 19 in 1903.He joined the crew of HMS Dreadnought as a stoker for her first commission on 6th December 1906 and stayed with her until March 1909.His son has kindly loaned some postcards showing Sydney's time on board. He remembers his father telling him how dangerous it was when the ship was coaling. His job was working in the coalbunkers and with the sacks of coal being emptied from above, it would have been very easy to become buried! The Dreadnought era The Dreadnought battleship had its heyday in the First World War, reaching the height of power and importance in 1916 when the Grand Fleet of the Royal Navy met the German High Seas Fleet for the first and only time at the Battle of Jutland. HMS Dreadnought was not present at the battle, but she did hold the distinction of being the only battleship to sink a submarine when she rammed U29 in March 1915. The importance of the battleship declined with the advent of air power. The Second World War saw the development of the fast battleship with radar and heavy anti-aircraft batteries, but by the end of the war they were really only useful as escort vessels and for shore bombardment. The days of the fleet action were over and the battleships replacement by the aircraft carrier as the most powerful type of warship was complete. The last British battleship HMS Vanguard, still recognisably a Dreadnought was scrapped in 1960, and the type has now disappeared from the world's navies' after a reign of only 40 years.
  7. lol she will be recognisable as the AV, but with a few tweeks and my own paint scheme, by rights this build should have been going towards some evolving oilfield underground (deep in a land fill), so glad i didnt do that
  8. very nice, that takes me back to the 80's pushing a British diesel boat around the seas, we used to have more of one class of Submarine then, than we have in the whole of the currant RN
  9. good evening everyone the kit for detail is pants, and much is wrong, in fact i would say that in the future rigging this is going to be hard work this is an eample belaying pin rails for the mizzen mast has 7 pins fws and aft, infact it should have 13 fwd and aft so that it looks like this NOT MY PHOTO lol my scratching is going to get better the balcony/veranda last time around this came no where at all close to fitting, how it changed, taking a bit more time
  10. good afternoon everyone photo of the AV on top of the wheelie bin, i no longer want to just open the lid and drop her in it. the lockers still need some form of covering at the front, wip
  11. Good evening Everyone more progress today, and im happy with the green. i am in no hurry to put the veranda on, it would be far to easy for me to break it
  12. Good morning @Arjan this is Dobbie now 5 1/2 the couch potatoe show cocker
  13. Thank you @dolphin38 she is a nice looking ship, but very busy, sometime i am overwhelmed by the amount of work i will have to do on her, and look for a very fast excuse to go and do something else
  14. this build is now finished, sorry for me not posting progress as i completed her
  15. good evening everyone for the last few months i have been doing other modeling projects, but the boat building that i love most keeps calling me back so Saturday just gone have brought this build back to the table, But with changes, the shape will be the AV but the couloir scheme wont be, every thing in yellow ochre is being replace with olive green here is where i have got to the black banding is now on and all the upper portholes and air ports have been added primed, ready for the olive green top coat it is hoped to finish this green area tomorrow
  16. nice to see another Mountfleet in build, i enjoyed my St Nectan, but see you have the same problems with some of the metal parts
  17. good evening everyone sorry for no recent updates and not visiting so often as i used to my last post was day 26 and now moved on to 63 i planked the inside of the hull Port side only and have spent the last few weeks working without plans to do some internal detailing its not very special, but im happy with it this is the after half deck, and sits below the officers accommodation the deck beams shown in the photo are the upper deck beams and been adapted to fit, i will order another set later on, when needed to represent treenails, i drilled holes and used a cheap filler several attempts at building the after platform, but go there in the end
  18. Good evening everyone, thank you for likes and comments Day 26 deck beam supports i have realised tonight, that there is so much to think about on this build, im not in a hurry to do things that are not in sequence, that might be for two reasons, 1 i dont have anything else to do that is out of sequence, and may be the 2 is the same as the first i have the next two part to the build, but CAF are resupplying some of it, hopefully will be here this week the point i was trying to make is that im in no hurry to go and make deck fitting or cannons, mast parts, as i am constantly thinking about the project that is on the go at present, and personally i think it is a good thing for me, lol its the most difficult kit i have ever done, and i aint got to the thinking about bits yet the deck beams on my build serve two purposes, first to support the deck and also to keep the frames in an upright positions, hopefully she can then be removed from the frame to enable some sanding to be done as previously mentioned the deck line on the plans is the very top of the deck not the deck supports, so the beams and deck planking has to be subtracted from the line shown which represent 7.5mm i had no idea how to put the beams supports in place so i came up with my own idea of using nuts bots and washers, it came in very useful, but very fiddly, i also put lower temp deck supports in (the white beams), to enable, ensuring both side were right, or at least both would be wrong the bow planks were soaked for a coupls of hours and clamped in place securing the planks, i never used just wood glue, i have drilled 2mm holes through the beam and frame and and used wooden cocktai sticks with glue on as a very oversized treenail, i will let you know if it works, but seams very secure at present, non of this will be seen
  19. Good afternoon everyone day 22 hawse timbers fitted thank you for comments and likes i would like to think im getting better at the wooden kit building, or the quality of the kit is, lol must be the latter thats the hawse timbers in, although i needed to remove a bit of wood
  20. good evening everyone Day 21 last of the cants been a quite week, lots of things happening, and not a lot of boat building, but today the last of the stern cants were put in, that leave the hawse timbers and stern timbers, Parts 2 and 3 arrived and i will show photos at a later date
  21. good evening everyone, thank you for comments and likes Hawse trimbers these are the timbers that fit at the very front of the ship, although not fitted yet they still need to be built jig made up most timbers have a lasered fairing line, which is removed the timbers then fit very nice infills placed Jig removed Cant Frames Fwd these fit after the hawse timbers upto where the full frames start, 7 sets After cants after the full frames upto the stern timbers 11 sets made up the same as the full frames also there is a angle template provided for each numbered cant to help achieve the correct angle, this template is to set up the bench sander at the correct angle, mine kept moving so i devised my own answer by gluing the template to the cant and then sanding to the correct line, it worked having done that, i then found i did not have enough room to get access to pin the cants, so i removed the top level of the jig glued starboard cants 2 to 7 in position, when the glue set, i removed the hull from the frame to pin, this will be repeated on the stbd side
  22. good evening Steve watch out for my next update, on releasing the hull, in the next hour or so, there is some different sized strip wood included in part one but at this time i dont know what its for, some of it might be to brace the ribs but parts 2 and 3 arrive this week, so i might be better informed
  23. lovely to catch up with your work. she looks stunning
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