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  1. Hi Lain, this build has been a process of trial and error, (the latter mostly ). In the original Artesania kit the stem, keel timbers and stern post are separate parts which are to be added only after planking the hull. I should have made them as one piece with the main center part. The bulwarks also posed a challenge, I fitted some nails temporarily so I could use these for screwing on clamps. I used Abachi planks (1 cm in width and 3 mm in thickness) for the bulwarks but the planks proved to be too difficult to bend. So I removed them (only after the glue had set ....) I'm going to use thinner 2 mm pine planks now instead, these are much more pliable. Regards, Arjan
  2. Your model really looks stunning . I could definitely use some advice since there seem to be preciously few build reports around on the internet, especially of the glass fiber hulls. This 1/8 build is one of the only ones I've managed to find : http://www.modelshipbuilder.com/e107_plugins/forum/forum_viewtopic.php?7428 I will send you a private message shortly . Regards, Arjan
  3. Thanks Kev. I first bought the 1/12 "Katie" hull because I felt it wouldn't require a bulb keel : https://www.sarikhobbies.com/product/katie-gaff-rig-pilot-cutter-by-david-alderton-set/ The quality of the hull is fine but the drawings are rubbish. Although this hull isn't based on a particular existing vessel I think it was at least inspired by "Breeze" which has a similar raked transom : http://classicyachtinfo.com/yachts/breeze/ Unfortunately, there do not seem to be many pics of "Breeze" on the internet. The second one I ordered was the 1/15 Marguerite hull : https://www.sarikhobbies.com/product/marguerite-bristol-channel-pilot-cutter-by-david-alderton-set/ This hull is more manageable, more representative of a typical Pilot Cutter with her long counter stern and it's based on an existing vessel. This also means there are a lot of reference pics to be found of both the original and the replica. I guess it will require a bulb keel though. Fortunately, the drawings that come with this hull are much, much better than the "Katie" ones. Regards, Arjan
  4. Two pics of yesterday's outing. The helmsman is bracing himself against a killer wave : To tell the truth, it was obviously absolutely wind still , the perfect conditions for this model. By the way, I've bought two Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter hulls at Sarik Hobbies (my contribution to the British economy). One in 1/12 and one in 1/15 : Arjan
  5. No doubt the figure section of this board would be more appropriate but it's a very nice diorama : https://www.virtualmuseumofminiatures.com/dioramas/item/7868-pirate-ship.html Arjan
  6. Thanks Beefy, I have been working on this build quite intensively for over 10 weeks and then I usually get a bit fed up and wish to continue with another project. I'm going to continue with my 1/25 Privateer Cutter. I have always liked Gaff rigged Cutters and perhaps I might buy a 1/15 glass fiber hull of a Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter. Nice video of a 1/10 rc version of the "Jolie Brise", a French pilot cutter :
  7. Thanks gents. I'm a bit fed up with the whole rigging business so I will put this model on hold before continuing with the sheets, stays and shrouds. Especially the latter fill me with dread . Regards, Arjan
  8. In the mean time I have installed all five sails. I simplified the rigging because some double pulleys in the BB drawings were simply not applicable. Also I prefer rigging that can be easily adjusted (tightened) afterwards. Regards, Arjan
  9. An acquaintance was kind enough to sew the sails for me, it's a pity that I lack the necessary skills to do this myself. I fitted the main sail and top sail today : On the subject of cutters, I noticed Sarik hobbies (UK) have some nice Bristol Pilot Cutter hulls and plans (1/15 and 1/12 scale) : https://www.sarikhobbies.com/product/marguerite-bristol-channel-pilot-cutter-by-david-alderton-set/ I wonder if this company produces good models/hulls ? Arjan
  10. Yes I'm sure it's not a Vosper but I can't tell you what it is. I'm not familiar with the anatomy of Motor Launches and Fairmiles because I have never built one . It's usually only after having built a model that I can identify a vessel or parts of it in pics. edit: I think you are right after all, the fore deck does look rather small .
  11. Yes, you're quite right Lewis. Also MTB 349 doesn't have the life rings on top of the pilot house. I think I may have found the answer to the screen/padding question regarding MTB 245 and probably MTB 83 as well. It looks like it may be a matter of both, splinter mattresses inside and a spray cover on the outer side (pic doesn't show a Vosper) : Regards, Arjan
  12. No, all lend lease Vospers (Annapolis, Jacob's, Herreshoff etc.) were exclusively used in the Med and Adriatic. edit: I forgot to add that some were also used by the Indian Navy for a short period of time (at Madras and Vizagapatam).
  13. The Vosper with the twin Oerlikon on the foredeck is probably the same as this one (if you look closely you can see two barrels) : It may be MTB 349 (she also has a clear wind screen), unfortunately the crew members make identification of the forward Oerlikon impossible : MTB 83 indeed shares some of MTB 245's features. I also get the impression both MTB 83 and MTB 233 had the additonal bridge bulkhead with door. The Lambert/Ross Coastal Forces book does not seem to contain drawings showing these doors ? Perhaps these bulkheads and doors were a late update. Early Annapolis Vospers didn't have them but the final batch did. Regards, Arjan
  14. Thanks Lewis, I simply love WWII period pics. Especially those taken in locations I know well. This often allows me to piece together some then&now photos. This is as close to travelling in time as I can get . Regards, Arjan
  15. You may be right about the angle of the flare launcher, the angle here is definitely lower. Some years ago I tried to get some info on the flares : http://cfv.org.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=626 To return to the splinter padding, it's sometimes really difficult to tell whether or not any padding is present. Seems to be present here : AN EMPIRE "PARTY": BRITISH MGB'S ROUT E-BOATS. LOWESTOFT, IN THE EARLY HOURS OF 8 MARCH 1943, MOTOR GUNBOATS OF THE ROYAL NAVY ENGAGED A GROUP OF E BOATS IN THE NORTH SEA. ONE OF THE E-BOATS WAS DESTROYED, THE OTHERS FLED. AMONG OFFICERS WHO TOOK PART IN THE ACTION WERE MEN FROM BRITAIN, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND AND CANADA.. © IWM (A 14910) IWM Non Commercial License Hard to be sure here : VOSPER MTB AT SPEED. 26 JULY 1944, AT HMS BEEHIVE.. © IWM (A 24906) IWM Non Commercial License Arjan
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