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  1. As I've said many times, I think my painting is a real weak area, I need to build some kits to practice more. Because of this, I hate showing work in progress during painting as all I can see are flaws. Still in the interest of keeping the thread up to date, here are the progress shots on the main hull assembly Finished blocking out the primer And first couple of final colour coats, some edging to clean up still I'm using Vallejo acrylic paint with my own mixture for 507C/G45 and B15. This is a base coat, the 507C will darken with weathering, hence I've made it light at this stage. The pictures all show very white looking boats but the builders drawing reproduction has G45 specified for vertical surfaces, not White as the coastal craft history book indicates. In the end, I opted for a pale grey which will weather darker and hopefully look OK (kind of sitting on two stools). The B15 is intense to say the least, as it was with the MTB, again that will weather softer and become more washed out looking. The colours in picture are a bit weird, in the flesh it looks a better colour match but of course is blocky and powerful at this stage lacking shading effects and washes The windows are a bit of a disaster at this point. I didn't have any liquid mask, tried masking tape but gave up the struggle and just let the primer spray over to be cleaned off. That of course removed the paint from the brass frames which now need fine touching up after a second round of clean-up. As I said, this is all work in progress, it will be OK, I have done worse... Paint, I hate it, please no arguments over colour on this thread, wait until its finished BTW, getting that waterline straight took 4 attempts, the hard chine protruding moulding really confuses your eye Cheers Steve
  2. In response to a request I posted, the German marine forum has just thrown up a link to an archive of high quality shipyard photographs covering R25 class boats. Incredibly useful stuff, of which at least 40 photographs are applicable to my little venture, amazing... However, it has sent me back to the drawing board on a number of details I'd got wrong, the venture continuers Meanwhile a further sneak preview of my work in progress, hopefully to illustrate the detail work involved. This is an extract from the GA sheet showing the stern deck layout with suggested locations for the minesweeping gear together with a scratch view showing the layout for mine-laying. All equipment shown is separately drawn on an equipment sheet with multiple views. It is soaking up hours and hours but I'm having so much fun with the project... BTW, the mine rails are a simple lazy mirror copy, I'll amend that on the final version When I've had time to absorb the new information, I'll post some examples of the new pictures, they are seriously cool Cheers Steve
  3. Update on the painting, basic primer done and waterline marked in a top coated Hovering in mid-air on the gun mounts to spray Looking a bit rough still, this is only primer, those edges need a lot of work still... Slightly out of focus stern shot And a selection of deck fittings also in white primer, bridge fittings in the background, will be installed after final painting Quality of the prints are good, rivet detail on the hinge straps and catches all came out well Cheers Steve
  4. You're right Pappy, the grey spoils the image. I should have made those pieces out of brass, but life tends to get shorter as you get older..... Cheers Steve
  5. Please don't be Steve, it's the only form of modelling I know how to do, so I bumble along trying my best to create facsimiles of these historic vessels. It used to help me forget the stress of work, now it gives me interest in retirement and I do enjoy the drafting. I'm very grateful that some people find interest in what I do. It has added a significant positive dimension to my little private hobby Cheers and thanks for your kind words Steve
  6. OK, I've still not started painting, the smoke machine I made (from the SGB build) was too big, there must have been more than one size.. So it needed redrawing and re-printing Here is the new smaller one And the Holman projector was just not good enough, why did I think a printed barrel made sense. So I modified the print and replaced the barrel with brass, much better. Here are a couple of shots of the new improved projector on the aft deck The deck gets more cluttered once all the lockers bins and vents are added (will be fixed after painting). Here is a mock-up with most of the equipment installed, really to see if I need to adjust the deck with locating blocks before I fit them Few more tiny details to fiddle with then I really will start painting. Custom decals being shipped from Rothko and Frost, I can print the numbers here but not the white draft marks so I may as well get the whole lot done in one go as its the same price. I'll probably use #75 as the actual boat as I have multiple pictures of that example Cheers Steve
  7. Thanks Jochen, I'll take a look. Regarding the lay of ropes, to my mind that comes way down the list after hulls that don't have cooling water openings, decks without any clutter, flags that stick out like cardboard and rivet heads 2 inches (sorry 50 mm ) or more across.... Don't even get me started on plastic stanchions For my own models I have two rules: They should seem realistic, ie give an impression of what the vessel might have looked like; and The closer you look with a human eye, the model should get better by revealing stuff not noticeable from afar, Just to say again, I really appreciate your help and support. The Kriegsmarine is not a subject I know anything about and I do want to make these drawings (and my own version of a build from them) as accurate as I can. Otherwise, what is the point? Cheers Steve
  8. Wow Jochen, very cool video , R-23 is the earlier type but excellent background. Those buoys are very confusing, but now I'm thinking the items on the engine room casing roof might actually be boat fenders rather than danbuoys. There is insufficient height to store danbuoys there upright.... it would make sense to store the fenders out of the way on that railing Cheers Steve
  9. I know what you mean, in particular given that I'm so bad at painting, going to try harder this time Cheers Steve
  10. Final little gun project, the forward 2pdr, technically a MK II*C gun on a single Mk XV (power) mount. This is the same as the forward gun on the steam boat I built last year so I already had the artwork for the mount and the 3D model for the gun which Shapeways cast in brass for me. Here are the pieces ready to build, plus a misc. assortment of 0.5, 0.7, 0.8, 1.2mm brass wire and 1mm, 1.5 mm, 2mm, 2.5mm brass tubing plus some 4mm brass rod turned down on the lathe and drilled for the trunnion pins (Grey Fox's gun is in the background as a guide). Included below (on the right) are two mount flanges that I'd didn't fit as they are missing from the photographs. Mostly the assembly uses solder paste but a few tiny bearings need silver soldering First job is to clean all the parts, bend the fold lines, solder the four side pieces into two sides and solder the three base rings to the centre trunnion Next the sides are soldered to the base making sure the are in alignment with a dummy trunnion The gun is then soldered to its cradle and the outer packing disks soldered in place. At the rear of the cradle are the ring mounts for the spring rod. Love that cast gun.... Now the fun starts. On the right hand side is an elevating cylinder that actuates a crank to elevate the gun Still from the right, the spring cylinder is installed, it pivots on the forward holes etched in the sides. I inserted a 14ba hex head bolt in the front to represent the assembly bolt On the left hand side is a similar crank with a second crank that moves the gun sight in unison with the gun elevation. All those pieces are mobile, plenty of fiddling.... You can also see that I've added some checker plate to the gunners position (O gauge commercial railway etching) More complete shot with the ammo box added (3D printed) and the gun sight installed The seat is mounted on a beam that runs across the rear (I used some 2mm brass channel) and the gun shield is glued in place (it has had some rivet straps added to the face) That's actually just shy of 50 pieces in total and about 8 hours of fiddling, dropping pieces, over heating and melting thin tube etc etc etc. Still nice once finished Time to start painting Cheers Steve
  11. It was only a question Jochen, no need to get carried away.... I'll be modelling a minesweeper, not layer, it seems mine sweep gear information is available.. However, I want the plans to be as complete as I can make them, for others Thanks for your help, it is really appreciated Cheers Steve
  12. I guess the slope probably makes it easier to manage the different rise and fall of the dinghy vs the boat. Cheers Steve
  13. I agree those are not explosive buoys, too small and why place them on the engine room casing roof? They probably are danbuoys but I don't have any information on Kriegsmarine danbuoys. I have this image which I'm guessing shows danbuoys But looking at this image makes it more puzzling still These things seem to be hooked on to the upper rail, perhaps the danbuoys came in a packed from with the rods separate for ease of handling and were assembled before use. They are very ungainly to have stored on deck otherwise. Anyone have any thoughts on this or illustrations? Cheers and thanks again for the interest in my little puzzle Steve
  14. A couple of those are golden Arjan, thanks Steve
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