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Steve D

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  1. It's always a bit rough at this stage Kev, but I wanted to show more of the process (which is quite haphazard). Hopefully I can get the rest together tomorrow and do more clean-up so it will look more complete and tidy Thanks for the kind comment Cheers Steve
  2. The guns and more soldering won.. First, I made the ladder that is stowed on the starboard side of the deckhouse. Note is has the weathered bashed look of a ladder with some service It's a skill.... The the twin Oerlikon mount. Mmmm.. this is a new venture for me and they don't always go the way I intended, in particular in the months since I did the etch artwork, I'd completely forgotten what I intended These are the parts including that beautiful cast barrel assembly This sits in the cradle and is raised up from the cradle floor with those two rectangular pieces to the left. Well, not enough it turns out, over 1mm short but come micro channel sorted that... The 0.8mm rod runs through the whole assembly and the cradle bocks on the mount, though there are a couple of turned spacers to insert later to centre it correctly Then the base drum was made up seen to the left in this picture and the upper base piece folded ready for the sides which were cleaned up The sides hold the upper base to the base drum which sits on the centre pivot on the tub. Each side is in two parts for thickness, the centre side also has a small lower plate to support the inside face of the cover plate And here it is resting in place after some tense soldering that unsoldered as much as it re-soldered, sigh... Not great pictures sorry. Tomorrow I'll attempt the sighting and elevating mechanism plus add the seat and foot rest. Then once I'm happy I'll post some better pictures. Anyway,, I'm sure I can make this work, big relief Love that cast gun... Cheers Steve
  3. Only one picture today, after a failed attempt to make the dust-bin ladder from scratch (it looked horrible...) I found an old spare etched ladder that I was able to adapt to fit, this is OK very prominent feature, quite tricky to make, moving on.... Cheers Steve
  4. The mast was timber, from the drawing, 6 inches diameter at its base, tapering to 4.5 inches at the top, so my mast is true scale. The upper mast was also timber but it would be too easily damaged modelled wood so I've made it from brass Check out this picture, you can see it's actually quite chunky Cheers Steve
  5. Thanks guys, your consideration is always so much appreciated. The challenge with 1:48th scale is that it is the smallest scale where is is almost possible to build true scale if you use brass, (for instance a 1 inch grab rail is ~0.5 mm diameter), and so the temptation is too great not to. Accordingly, that aerial is horribly fragile, even though soldered, as you can see one of the pieces already fell off and needs re-soldering... How you guys work at smaller scales simply baffles me, my clumsy fingers barely work at this scale these days. One the other hand, 1/35th scale seems so big to me that the guns aught to fire and the level of detail needed becomes ridiculous (components could actually be bolted together and so you know where I would end up going ...) I have a few shackles and eye bolts to make (rigging has to start somewhere) and then I have a decision, start the guns or start the primer Watch this space.... Cheers Steve
  6. Sorry, having so much fun with the Räumboot drawing, I've neglected this build a bit. Really, I'm thinking through when to start priming the model, normally I would have it in primer by now, but this time I decided to do as much construction as I could before paint. So, I've been a little stuck on what to make, the guns are later, so I've been filling in on odd stuff. In particular the mast and the IFF aerial. The main mast was sanded to a taper from 1/8 inch lime. I did this in the lathe with a sleeve in the end-stock. This works OK , it tapers down to 2.4 mm (3/32nd inch). The mast has an upper spar holding the Type 286 aerial which is quite a fiddly assembly. Lots of silver-soldering tube to wire. Here is a not very good shot of the first trial fit (notice one of the small transvers wires has come adrift, needs fixing back). There is a lower yard to add but this will be in wood and fixed with rigging, not part of the assembly. The flag gaff is hinged to a mast band and the claxon sits on a platform on the lowest band. 36 pieces of brass in total Better shot also showing the IFF more clearly and the grab rails fitted to the top of the deck house This shot also shows the wind-screen frame quite well, smoothed in with a little filler. The third band up has two side rings to support the shackles that will anchor the stays (just visible) Side ladder to the open bridge (called the dustbin apparently) next. he rear ladders were etched so no work, but this ladder is a very prominent feature and needs to be made up from wire Cheers Steve
  7. Blxxdy nice rudders Dmitriy. (just trying help...) Steve
  8. Interesting, I can make finer but the mechanism helps. Thx
  9. Ha, randomly, I just found this cool picture of R238 in Norway, Cheers Steve
  10. Thanks, that's better than everything else I have. R41 from War Thunder (I hate to trust such a source but other details on the model do align with sources I can trust...) has these chutes in close-up, as ever, we make do with what we can find and compare, Should be enough at this scale Cheers Steve
  11. For information, this is what I do have And on an S-boat stern rack... Cheers Steve
  12. Well, they certainly have that appearance, perhaps the German's had an equivalent pillar-mounted LMG, something more to investigate Cheers Steve
  13. Fantastic, thanks again Arjan. Some great shots and interesting details there! Check out what looks like a smoke machine on the bow of a few of those boats, I'd not seen that before. Plus that first image has a profusion of danbuoy like objects I mentioned before in this thread As I'm working my way round the drawing, I've realised that I don't have any drawings of Kriegsmarine depth charges in any of my own reference material. Three are mounted on each side of the foredeck ahead of the bridge on the 110t class. Do you happen to have any information on these and the racks used by any chance? I know the size so can probably make the rest up but nothing beats an actual drawing Cheers Steve
  14. Arjan, Many thanks, I've downloaded those and this one has a detail I'd not seen anywhere else, see my ellipse below: A major bugbear of mine is people building ship models without the holes needed for cooling water. None of the drawings I have show this detail, but there it is clear as day, excellent All these little things no one notices or cares about are what this hobby is about to me.... Cheers Steve
  15. Hi Arjan, I found that forum and joined, a lot of the pictures I have were sourced from viewing the 7 pages of Räumboote mentions in threads there.... I have that first picture but those last three picture of land transportation are new to me so many thanks for that. What a great 1:72nd scale model diorama that would make Cheers Steve
  16. OK, got to stop drawing before my eyes go funny, but I'm really enjoying it... Here is where I have got to, pretty happy with the lines and the outline of the wheelhouse and engine room roof, props sorts and prop-shaft alignment OK, three rudders looking OK... Lots of assumptions and compromises, but it's certainly close and I could probably build the whole thing from this sketch, but I will continue to prepare a two sheet set, GA and lines plus details... Key sketch (its a bit larger so don't try direct size comparison, only shape) for comparison Cheers Steve
  17. Welcome aboard what I plan to make the definitive R-boote thread, a much neglected subject
  18. Thanks Francis, that drawing is of one of the French minesweepers taken over and completed by the Kriegsmarine, RA1 - 4 and RA 6 - 8. Much more substantial steel vessels, but interesting and it's a great drawing. Cheers Steve
  19. Thanks Francis, I did see that but I think it is too small scale (1/250) to help, plus it is a model of the Aldebaran class not the 110t I'm building. The cover art however is a good guide to the camo.. Cheers Steve
  20. Probably the Baltic dazzle, so distinctive.... Cheers Steve
  21. Thanks for the support and encouragement. I have so little reference material on Kriegsmarine vessels, certainly compared to many dozens of books on the RN, this is a voyage of discovery for me. Please if anyone has any information , drawings or photographs I've not published, post them to this thread so it can become a resource for anyone following on that wishes to build one of these vessels. I was attracted to the early boats (pre-Capella class) because they have more the appearance of a yacht that a war-ship, even down to wooden planked decks and large windows on the wheelhouse. Having lots of fun adjusting Bezier curves on the lines right now, hope to post some drawing progress soon. Using a rule that vessels evolve (in particular during wartime), when you line up the keel and sheer line on the Capella class with the 110t class (in black and red respectively below), using the break of the keel as a anchor point, you get very good alignment of the deck-houses and sheer line (I mean amazingly good) with the Capella class stretched on the bow and angled in the stern simplifying the roll-over stern addition on the 110t class. This will allow me to make careful use of the detail drawings I have of the later class to fill in much of the detail. Well, that 's the theory at least. The dimensions are in inches as I work at 1:48th scale in inches, not 1:50th scale in meters, but this is basically a 1 m stretch at the stern and a 3 m stretch in the bow, The width is 0.3m wider to accommodate the longer bow section with a similar curve, draft the same @ 1,5m Cheers Steve
  22. This last collection of photographs show various R-boats on operations. Useful for deck clutter if nothing else... The first one shows what look like the Kriegsmarine equivalent of Dan Buoys. These are either 60t or 115t boats as can be seen from the anchor in a starboard side hawse pipe not the open deck scuttle fitted to later boats These are 110t boats in Holland I believe Just completing the main upload of images, working on the lines drawing, wil be back in a few days with progress Cheers Steve
  23. OK, between research, I've managed to make a few more pieces. Really, I'm not sure when to start priming the model, usually I've done this by now, but this time I wanted to get most items made before beginning painting (which I think I always rush...) Anyway, the locker printing is complete, here they all are trial fitted. I've also glazed all the windows now Back to building, I put the first of the two twin Lewis pedestal mounted guns together, show here next to the etched parts of #2. - Guns have to be brass in my world, no exceptions.... And here it is in position on the rear deck- the printed base in the background is for the Holman projector.. Next the flag locker. Remember I printed one but it was far too heavy, this is etched from .25 mm brass, ends 0.5 mm. This creates a much lighter looking result, though admittedly it hard to see one fitted... This all proved quite a challenge to hold together to solder, had to make a throw-away mount in the end... Soldering wood causes fires btw... Finished and cleaned up. The rivet butt strap on the top is to hold the canvas cover, might just be visible... This version is a keeper. I love the way my brass-work ends up a little wavy and bent, just like a real flag locker Next the wind-screens. This is in two halves to allow slots for the glazing. It has 6 angled supports individually soldered, more or less fitted, only a little fine filler needed to tidy up the join The vertical frames a bit too wide, but that's the limit of the etching, should be OK once glazed. The two frames stuck together form "H" supports that the glazing will slide into I hope... sorryy not quite in focus Lastly, I made up the IFF aerial frame that site across the top of the sliding hatch So, that's most of the etched assemblies bar the main gun mounts, they are for another day Cheers Steve
  24. Bingo! More searching, this time on a German naval forum turned up this outline drawing of R29 Which is a bad photograph of a plan but actually checks out pretty well with my comparison CAD sketch where I've superimposed and rescaled the various drawings I have. This is close enough that I'm confident the lines will work though the keel rise at the stern and the rudder look wrong and I'll probably based the drawing on the other plans I have in this area. The same forum also threw up the following pictures or boats out of the water, not published elsewhere. Both of the right type of R-boot, the second is R38, featured in earlier pictures. Note the first one has three rudders as with S-boats (seems some had this adaption) while others (R130 - R150) had Voith-Schneitigt-Antrieb rotary propellers which removed the need for rudders and is a very weird system all together, see drawing at the end of the post . The Voith-Schneitigt-Antrieb propeller is a combined propeller and rudder system (think an early version of azimuthon, ie directional thrusters), The blades (seen on the elevation to the right) rotate and feather to take the boat in different directions, even sideways (apparently) Looks pretty complex and expensive for war-time to me, plenty of bits to break.... The search continues Cheers Steve
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