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  1. Thank goodness for that, I can somehow conspire to take months to build one of these. And much like the Enterprise she looks fantastic, the paper details really sets it apart! David
  2. "(3) Eighty rounds of 4-inch ready Use ammunition were stowed in light type lockers on the boat deck and on the foc's'le deck" - from page 89 of the inquiry, here. Hopefully a simple division by number of shells stored in each may lend credence to the number of lockers each had. And for those unfamiliar with the mystery of mathematics, such as meself: "5 in No. Ready Use lockers were supplied to each of the 7 in No. 4” mountings. Each locker contained 32 rounds, therefore 160 rounds per mounting = 80 rounds per gun. Total weight of cordite per mounting approximately 1440 lbs. The approved amount of U.P. ammunition was 2 in No. lockers per mounting at the mounting, and 4 in No. per mounting stowed elsewhere. Each locker contained 10 charges." Pg389 of the Inquiry, here. Now I assume they asked someone, listed on that link, who was familiar with the loadout at the time of loss and not just the plans and working back to what should have been present. Although, since I believe the Board appeared to discount the boat deck fire being a direct cause of loss, I doubt they would've put much effort into ascertaining the exact numbers if lower (say 4), since the higher number (5) was not felt responsible; but hopefully it was documented correctly. I was going to reply differently as my memory was that there had been a change in configuration, number and/or placement of the RU lockers (might just be for the UP), following some mishaps with the UP ammo (and wanting to reduce the amount of explosive and/or concentration thereof on deck). Unfortunately I couldn't refind the section, and I was pretty sure its somewhere either nearby to a discussion on securing the lockers at sea, at action stations, etc in the Inquiry, or somewhere in Briggs' book. Good chance it's a false memory however. So, 5? But one is a Where's Wally of lockers/heavily camouflaged? David
  3. So when you said that you don't mind the rigging phase, you really meant it! She looks absolutely, superlatively, outstanding Steve! David
  4. I must say, I do sound much better in french...now let's see what I remember: Fetchez la vache. Yup, still got it! David
  5. Lookin good already, I have an undeniable love affair with these small kits... David
  6. A maritime GB, i guess I have a few in the stash, count me in! David
  7. Either keep it safely away from icebergs or ensure there are (accessible) binoculars in the crowd nest! Really depends on your skill level, but I always have a good look on these forums (fora?) for others' builds first to give me an idea of what to expect before commencing a build. I mainly use revell contacta glue (applied with a toothpick if needed), but also superglue (a variety of types), pva (anything cheap), and some special glue that doesn't fog up clear parts. Full set of tools, best not to try to make do, but also no need to spend a fortune. Read through the instructions first, take it slow. I probably spend more time on sanding than anything else (apart from research), start from a rougher texture to smooth obv. Filler is almost always likely to be needed, the type depends on how shoddily I put something together and how big the gap is, or if I can easily get to the filler to sand it back. Think about how you want to display it, it might make more sense to paint the hull and secure that to a base to minimise handling of the model later (fingerprints, oil from fingers or - in my case - clumsy rearranging of deck parts). Also think about how you'll paint those tiny parts once all installed, I often paint on the sprue or attach to blue tack/tape to paint, or make subasemblies for installation later. Sorry if teaching to suck eggs, and for not having experience with this particular model, but have a look on scalemates for add-ons if desired. If this is your first model and you want an absolute showstopper, then prob best to have a go at something cheaper and build up to it. Equally, have fun and give it a go, you'll soon improve as you go along. David In my research for the Titanic I have in the stash, I came across convincing evidence that the red hull colour is much pinker in hue than usually depicted, so add research to the recommendations above.
  8. Ha! Thanks Dave, I am British after all. I'll be continuing very soon, she's close to being finished, but it will be the earlier version of her without all the bofors and extensions. Just need to pluck up the courage to do the crew. David
  9. Oh yes I'd like to see your Enterprise, this one has come out a treat and the paper details has blown my mind, amazing work! David
  10. An interesting story Mr Tango! I'm not sure about not having space for a capital ship to dock, esp one that needed supplies and leaving it, it sounds like, outside of the inner harbour defences, but I like the diorama idea! You can find a log for PoW here: https://www.naval-history.net/xGM-Chrono-01BB-HMS_Prince_of_Wales.htm, certainly lists a few merchant ships that could fit this bill (but on the way to escort a malta convoy). If you are building in 1/700, there are some manufacturers that build some of these merchant vessels listed in the above, AJM Models springs to mind. There are also some examples of harbour boats, tugs, etc on scalemates that you could use to populate the scene. I don't see how being coal fired precludes the transfer of fuel, so I'm sure that ok. If you read the above log, assuming it is PoW (and regardless of someones affinity to tell 'tales', I've found that memory of wartime, especially if telling a story many years after, often gets details confused or muddled up - it could be any one of several battleships, battlecruisers, or cruisers), you can research some of those merchant ships to see if any went onwards to the Pacific, narrowing down which vessel you want and what her paintwork will likely be. I think your best bet is to try to find out which ship he served on and take it from there. Sorry I cant be of more help, David
  11. Thanks Jeff, you should see the pile of leftover parts! Fortunately the list is on a word doc, so just a copy and paste job here, but good to have a backup. David
  12. Oh well, didn't quite finish, but at least I made it to the gallery in time, pic as below and link to the rest: Those eagle-eyed among you may see that I dropped it at the last minute as the temporary sticky pads I used gave way right before photo time, fortunately only v minor bending of an aerial or two. So what needs doing? Boot topping, deck and wall-mounted and bridge fixtures (bollards, winches etc), all doors, all small lockers, 2x large lockers, davits, carley floats, ships boats, railings, 40mm AA, redo ladders, redo front superstructure railings, redo mast, redo radar, sort bow railings, rearrange stern depth charge launchers, finish larger winches, poles, supporting beams, flag locker, antennae, rigging and various rope-age, deck markings/gritted walkways, and crew. Even before I get to touching up, painting, shading, highlighting, weathering, water effects on deck, and sealing. Thank you to the hosts for the GB, my first one, but if you chose to access the scalemates link in my opening post you'll since find I have added a ridiculous amount of air and armour to my already ridiculous wishlist (where there were none before, well a couple of planes) and purchased a few more Matchbox kits too! So thank you @JOCKNEY and @Rabbit Leader. My wallet and partner want a word though. Fletch is going in her holding cell until I strike up the courage to tackle that list. I have the honour to be, Your obedient Servant, Admiral Lord D'Univers* (*fake titles may be self-bestowed)
  13. You made that looks easy @Ratch (maybe because tour carpet monster is a friendly type who only borrows sacrifices), and no small feat, it looks amazing! David
  14. Unfinished, I mean, fitting out, yes fitting out, DD-445 (PK-063 / 05127) USS Fletcher: Build log here: David
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