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  1. Hi Steve, nice paint job so far ! I stopped trying to make sense of the white/grey pattern mostly because there is so much variation between different boats (on some boats specific hatches were grey, on others white etc.). Still generally speaking most vertical parts are white. The obvious exception here is the hatches but keeping in mind that most actions took place in the dark it may have been helpful for the crew to have objects like the compass and hatches stand out in poor lighting conditions. Regards, Arjan
  2. The bow gun mount is a real pain which is probably why none are available at Shapeways (I bet they would sell well), I think yours looks very convincing. Regards, Arjan
  3. The bow stripes , green deck and yellow St. Andrew's cross are certainly a nice challenge Scan from Schnellboote in Action, David Krakow probably didn't notice the cross : Regards, Arjan
  4. In the mean time I have installed the two brushless motors. The motor mounts have been made from 1.5mm styrene, I only used two bolts at the top of each mount to secure the motors, this should make removing them easy. I'm finally ready to start painting the model. I'm still not quite sure though which S-Boot I wish to model, probably a Black Sea one but I also fancy a boat stationed in Holland. I discovered that this 4th S-Boot Flotilla boat (S-117) also had a 4cm Bofors Flak, the pic was taken at Rotterdam : Regards, Arjan
  5. Lovely work Steve ! Regarding the Archer rivets, it's best to cut the rivet strips in shorter pieces, this makes them more manageable. I also use rather generous amounts of Micro Set decal solvent. Regards, Arjan
  6. Hi Steve, I'm going to build the later version of the 2cm Flak 38 mount. I do have some pics of the early C/30 mount but I don't have a drawing of this version. I do have a detailed drawing in 1/35 of the later mount. To tell the truth I don't think the drawing you posted is 100% accurate but the mount I will build won't be completely accurate either. A pic of the later version, I hope it shows in what respects your drawing isn't completely accurate : Some pics of the early mount : Most pics of the boats at the Black Sea see
  7. Hi Steve, I don't think they were (fuel) hoses after all. When I enlarged the pic I noticed a definite rope structure so I think this is just a bundle of rope. I posted this pic on the German Marine Archiv Forum and they also thought it was just a bundle of rope. The boxes I marked with a blue dot turned out to be water proof ammo containers looking similar to these 2cm and 3.7cm Kriegsmarine ammo boxes : Time for a brief progress update. I have been working on the rudders. I enlarged the main rudder and installed much bigger side
  8. The Propaganda film I mentioned before (Asse zur See) shows S-105 and it would seem the tops of the torp tubes were dark grey : According to the boat's service history PK photos/films were made in April and November of 1942 . Asse zur See contains one frame showing a Bofors gun, no way of telling if this is S-105 : The fact remains that Harald Fock doesn't mention a Bofors gun on S-105. edit: In the mean time I have received confirmation from the German S-Boot experts I consulted that Italeri made a mistake and that S-105 never had
  9. The illustration is from the Italeri kit and should depict S-105's colour scheme. No doubt the dark grey boot topping is correct. There are quite a few period pics of S-105 since they had a Propaganda Kompanie Kriegsberichter (war reporter) on board several times but the pics I know are of little use for determining which colours should be used. According to Harald Fock S-105 didn't even have a 4cm gun by 24.9.43 so I don't even know if Italeri's illustration which includes the Bofors and mentions "English Channel 1943" is correct. My advice is to choose the colours you think are appropriate a
  10. Hi Steve, I have no idea. Possibly (fire)hoses but these were normally stowed elsewhere. It doesn't look like ropes. I also considered long pieces of tarpaulin frequently used for camouflage. This pic seems to show similar objects : The object in the background here looks like a rolled up piece of tarpaulin ? Bits of tarpaulin (or netting?) hanging over the sides to be used as camouflage when moored : Fuel hose I think : Regards, Arjan
  11. Hi gentlemen. The Italeri Bofors gun doesn't have the slots showing the recuperator spring. Some US Navy Bofors guns didn't have these slots but the German ones did. Regards, Arjan
  12. I took some rather bad pics of my progress late last night . I'm going to finish the model as one of the boats stationed at the Black Sea. Unfortunately, this means that painting the air recognition stripes on the fore deck won't be easy because I have glued down most parts on the fore deck already . These are the (7) red stripes used : Apparently a yellow cross was also painted on the lid of the gun tub. Regards, Arjan
  13. No doubt these ferries were not ideal assault craft but they proved their value later in the war especially in transport and supply roles. I think the German Siebel Fähren and MFP's (Marinefährprame ) didn't get the recognition they deserve . WWII historians mostly focus on U-Boote, Schnellboote and the big battle ships but it was the former that kept the German war machine going in many different theatres. One of the advantages of the Siebel Fähre was that it consisted of manageable parts and (pontoon) sections which could be bolted together fairly easily and could also be transported by rail
  14. Hi gentlemen. The Siebel ferries were an invention of Luftwaffe Major Siebel. He had come up with the idea of using written off airplane engines for the propulsion of his craft. The crew who had to operate these engines/ craft were also Luftwaffe personnel. For operation Sea Lion, the planned invasion of Britain, all three service branches constructed craft independent of each other. The Luftwaffe were the first to come up with viable craft, By September of 1940 the German Navy still hadn't managed to build self propelled craft whereas the Luftwaffe had. Some years ago I posted more photos an
  15. Really great work Steve ! One remark, though, regarding the locking handles on the hatch. As I see it the handles should be pointing in the same direction on both sides of the hatch (just like any ordinary door handle). Regards, Arjan
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