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Steve D

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  1. At the beginning of this thread, let me issue a warning, I may not finish. I've never done any scenic work at all so this whole thread is an experiment and my experiments go wrong more often than they go right. Still, I've been watching a lot of Youtube videos and I've decided to have a go, time will tell. The subject of the diorama is an Admiral's barge I build ~ 9 years ago in a temporary workshop while building the house we live in. When I finished it, I could not make up my mind how to display it and so it has languished in the new workshop getting buried in dust and damaged since them, accidents happen! The model is OK, but needs quite a bit of cleaning up to improve the finish. Its sitting in a box I made that is supposed to show it in a waterline setting, really a bit rough all round. It was built based on these lines, I had a more complete drawing but it seems to have walked off in the intervening years This is what it looks like now It almost has an antique look about it, that brass need a good polish... My original plan was to mount it floating against a quayside but then I found this painting on line And I couldn't resist it, just look at that slipway trolley with all those I beams, lots of interesting brass work possibilities! But a slipway is still a bit simple, so I'm going to put a boat shed behind it and build out a bit of the boatyard. In the boat shed, I'm going to have a 16ft clinker boat under construction and I may add a dinghy tied up in the river next to the slip, Time will tell I started yesterday by drawing a kingpost truss boat shed and as you can see, the construction has come along fairly fast There will be a small office at the end, it will have an open side and end and be roofed in corrugated iron (O gauge) It looks a little low as the frame wall plate will sit on a dwarf wall of bricks (1:48th scale individual bricks, I can't wait...) and be clad in feather boarding The legs at the front are not too short, they will sit on stones. So, excuse me for posting a small framed building on a boat thread, the boat is still the main event, but I have a lot of ideas about adding detail to the boatyard the possibilities are (almost) endless
  2. Thanks Rob, appreciate the great comments, personally, I can't work smaller than 1:48th, I've tried and its rubbish so power to you with the smaller scale The offer is serious, just let me know once you have the examples that need drawing and i'll give it a go
  3. Thanks Richard, hopefully the model gives the sense of what those boats were all about, a tough way to spend the war
  4. Thanks john, of course everything could be better, like you say the curse of the modeller but it came together in the end
  5. Well here is the last new post to the thread. 20 months and ~ 2,000 individual pieces later the boat is finished and in mounted A few close-up shots to show the extra detail added at the end Note two of the three buckets left out (6thou copper) and that great figure from Shapeways searching the horizon for enemy shipping And now joined with the WW1 ML, her companion model showing the evolution of thinking from one war to the next And finally on its resting place in the study While I plan the flower and start the drawings, I have a little project I've been meaning to do for years, mount the Admirals barge in a diorama tying up at a quayside, but that's another thread. Thanks again to those who have followed my progress your nice comments and likes gave heart to the build Cheers Steve
  6. Hi Rob The depth and the identification markings were drawn by me on a CAD program and sent to Rothko Frost http://rothkoandfrost.com for printing (they specialise in guitar decals also but do bespoke work). The challenge I had was finding someone who can print water-slide decals in white because normal inkjet printers can't do it. This is the first time I've used them and they were great, I think they charged me around £30. This is the artwork with a grey background so I could see what was going on The scale at the bottom is cm to help them print at the right size. The artwork I sent them had the grey removed of course. The black line around the draft marks was to help me cut them out as they come back white on white, and so not easy to see If you want to take the same route and need help, I'll be happy to do the artwork, just ask Steve
  7. Best of luck with that please post the build here so I can follow I'm also researching the flowers for a planned 1:48th scratch build on an aluminium plated wooden hull, my guess is that will take me >2 years
  8. The interest for me is working out how to make each piece, I just wish i was better at the painting bit. Thanks for you nice comments Steve
  9. interior base dimension, 32" x 8" wide by 14" high, unashamedly imperial! When I get it finally finished, I'll take some more and better pictures Thanks for your kind comments Steve
  10. Basically, I think its complete! Not sure I can think of much more to add other than the obligatory figure to provide scale, I'm painting him now. The past couple of days I've made the two boat-hooks (on the handrails forward of the deckhouse), two padded timber fenders, one side hanging and one side in mounts (these are just visible on the photograph), a couple of rope ladders, rolled up and the canvas covers for the guns and windlass, very hard to see on these pictures as they are dark grey And, I finally plucked up the courage to add the water streaks on the hull after studying a lot of pictures And the case arrived but no pumice yet, so there she is mounted in the case unvarnished (before weathering)... Case supplied by Peter Jones at DSC showcases who's made all my model cases, great chap I'll hopefully get this all finished next week and post some clearer pictures in better lighting next weekend, but overall, I'm quite pleased with the way it turned out
  11. Thanks for the heads up Rob, just bought it! I've got Campbell's Naval Weapons of WW2, all nations which has a lot of Lambert's drawings, but this looks more specialised You can't have too many books....
  12. Thanks guys, your great comments are really appreciated. I was nervous sharing my 3 steps forward 2 step back build process which results in so many pieces thrown away and reworked before I'm content. The first reply was to welcome me to the friendliest site on the internet and that comment has been totally accurate. Anyway, I'm not quite finished adding details, the decks don't look cluttered enough quite yet but I can see the end from here.
  13. Sorry, not posted for a while, just been adding little finishing touches and it didn't seem to change much so little point. This weekend however, I cracked making Brodie helmets in 1:48th scale out of 5 thou copper sheet, after about 5 failed attempts that is. Heated to red heat to soften and beaten in a doming block, I made 5 in the end before I got bored, trimming the edge is a nightmare. 4 are now mounted on the bridge next to the vickers guns and 1 has been left on the ready use locker for the RR gun. I took this picture but it seems the rigging is in the way of the bridge, however, you can see the one on the locker .. I've also spent ages turning the base columns, bit large for my Unimat lathe, very slow job and cutting the stop chamfers on the oak board, to match the sister model. I was about to start french polishing when I watched a Youtube video that recommended dusting with 4F pumice as a grain filler. I've not had great success with french polishing before so I've ordered the pumice, maybe this is the magic ingredient, time will tell... The columns grip the keel sides and also slot a rod into a hole in the keel for stability so it appears to almost hover in space
  14. I've not posted for a couple of weeks, been away and then just attending to finished bits, no really progress shots until now. The ML is now complete bar some additional rope coils, final weathering and the stand and case. I'll post better pictures once that is all complete but for interest, below are where it stands now. I hand paint my flags using fabric paint, this one is a 3' x 6' white ensign which is the smallest I've done I know it looks a little rough but then I soak it in very weak PVA and hang it overnight so that it rests dry in nice folds as shown below The folds easily disguise the rough painting. Then its hung on the rope fall and mounted on the model. Below you can see it in place, reasonable shape for a flag in a light air I also re-built the first anchor blade assembly and made the second anchor, the flukes were too small. The picture below shows the brass components prior to assembly. The bolts are 16BA (0.7mm dia) Next, here they are installed, a couple of pictures I found show them and the chain in white which looks nice and distinctive. I've also added the 3 pdr shell case wire to the handrails (brass etched) and the first two rope coils added to the forecastle Lastly, this is what it looks like overall now (sorry, lighting not great)... I'm still very uncomfortable with weathering but I'm going to do more next weekend, finish the ropework on the deck and make a start on the stand. Overall, I think it is OK, though some bits are still not clean as I'd like. Looking forward to seeing it next to the WW1 example, its companion
  15. Thanks, nice to see someone else building in 1:48th scale (your LCM3 thread, looking great), it is the right balance of detail and size imho
  16. Hi Stuart Not a great shot but this shows it hopefully The guns are tiny, made from 11 pieces of brass each. They mount on a 1mm tube that is fixed to the windbreak just behind the windscreen on each side This shot also shows the turnbuckles on the mast stays Cheers
  17. Quick update from the weekend. I realise all these pictures look very similar, but progress is being made. The changes here are that the mast is rigged, both twin Vickers are made, painted and installed, the handrailing on the starboard side is complete (I still have to add the chain across the entry way), the last lifebuoy is in place and I've added more weathering to the deck. The drawing in the background is there to make sure I get the layout of the stanchions right, where the removable ones go, they have different bases to the fixed stanchions. I'm pleased with the 7-strand beading wire, (all the way from California!), but its too bright, will dull it down. This is connected using tiny brass ferrules that I've been struggling to drill out (0.8mm tube). They need a 0.55mm hole to pass two lines through before clenching shut, they fly off at the slightest.... I'm really bad at painting, don't get enough practice so I'm unsure about the extent of the weathering to do. The pictures all show very weathered vessels so I guess I can add and not overdo things, happy to accept comments/suggestions, where to stop? I've decided this is all very ambitious, its a very crowded deck
  18. Great job Rob, the finish is exemplary, extremely clean and crisp, the measure of a great model! And 25 months is not long for that result You should be justly proud of your first scratch build Now you have the bug, kits will never be as interesting. Next step, no more purchased parts Steve
  19. As soon as I wrote that comment, I knew I'd have to re-do it. One day I will get things right first time Anyway, below is how it looks now, remade with a cuddy at the bow and 2 knees at the end of each bench and the cover rolled back Much happier with this.... Note the windscreen (#3...) installed It would be so much faster but for the mistakes.... Mast installed now but not rigged yet
  20. Quick update on the 10' dinghy. The picture below shows it after the inner ribs and sheer strake were added and the interior and exterior painted. You can clearly see the clinker lines between the frames taken from the mould. I've also adjusted the crutches and added ring bolts ready for tying it down BTW, in the background Lambert's drawing shows an 8' dinghy and it sitting somehow on the lower deck. The specs say it was a 10' dinghy and many pictures of the port side show the boat stowed as I have it, on the coach house roof but hanging over a little. I added braces as it seemed odd without. I'm guessing the outer crutches folded and allowed the boat to slide over the side, there is no crane or davit assembly, must have been very tough to get it back on board.... The next picture shows it with the internal ring bolts, floor boards added and the seats and knees installed. I know there should be two per seat, but try making them in wood at this size, they just break. I've settled for one per bench though looking at the photo, they look too chunky, will work on thinning them a little. The proble with these photographs is they show it better than I can see it, so I just stare at all the imperfections, sigh.... This is still very much work in progress, still quite a bit to do, but I wanted to show the steps. Once I've made the oars, I'm going to display it with the tarpaulin installed but pulled back to show the interior The observant can see I've also made a start adding flags to the flag lockers, Holman projector in the background I still have to do the port side stanchions, boring job so putting it off.....
  21. I just wanted to add my thoughts, pride and admiration for the British, Commonwealth, American and Allied forces of all three branches who fought on D-day, 75 years ago today. Building military models is a way of keeping their memory and sacrifice alive
  22. First stages in making the ships 10' dinghy. The mould is made from balsa between ply frames with a slot down the middle for the keel. Once sanded to shape, this is varnished and the planked in card to create the impression of the clinker planks on the inside. This is then varnished again and cleaned up. That was all done for the last ML which also had a 10' dinghy. The first image shows the keel frame ready to slot into the mould. The mould has been coated in spray releasing wax. The shell of the boat is built up from tissue paper dipped in weak PVA glue and then left to dry overnight Then the sheer line is cut and the shell eased out very gently to be cleaned up prior to re-positioning on the mould for the outer planks (in thin card) to be glued in place The final image shows this with further clean-up and a coat of varnish and then primer. Next week I'll be fitting out the inside frames etc
  23. Couple more pictures from today. Not much difference really, but lots of work. I've made (at the second attempt) a passable windscreen frame, (un-glazed at this point), the lifebouys are finished, the deck and wheelhouse are varnished, the port depth charges and smoke floats are fitted, the funnel and desk house handrail are both redone with the new fine beading wire, etc etc plus endless touching up of paintwork Port side stanchions next weekend and a start on the boat The end is in sight, ordering the case
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