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  1. If anyone is interested, on the airfix website the 1/350 Type 45 destroyer is on its winter sale for £50, quite a good price considering it usually sells for more second hand on eBay. https://uk.airfix.com/products/type-45-destroyer-a12203?gclid=CjwKCAiA-8SdBhBGEiwAWdgtcGRteXMdhpyx76Jg3PnjOWHJKSfEFtHAxJtYLJV5aqG80So6EmZx6BoCWjYQAvD_BwE
  2. Is anyone able to point me in the direction for a source on what sort and size of floats and rafts were used on this vessel? It would be much appreciated.
  3. Ah thanks! Somehow I've missed the add the cart button and only seen make an enquiry! Ah I see what you mean, yeah I've joined them together to get rid of a gap between the two plastic parts, the rest of it is dry fitted just now. How are you getting on with your KGV?
  4. Where did you buy it from? I can't actually find it in stock on their website. As for the hanger deck I'll eventually get to it, I think the PE set I have requires me to cut off a few bits from memory.
  5. The next deck of the superstructure was worked on, I almost skipped the detail by accident as I want to get some paint down at some point. But as you can see the detail is pretty bare. I've got a few reference photos and the obvious details missing are the watertight doors and portholes. Roughly marked out where I want to put everything and started drilling holes and adding PE. Doesn't look much has been done but honestly it took me a wee while to do all of that. I must be rusty from the lack of model making recently. But I do think all this extra effort will pay off for my own satisfaction anyway. I'll be probably scratch building range finders and other bridge equipment as the kit doesn't seem to have anything. Progress will be slow as this is my first 1/350 and there is quite a bit still to do, I can see why people can burn out on building ships as you can really get into the really tiny details of the ship and there's 100's of it. But I've never had the problem as of it. Enjoying the build.
  6. Best to get the ball rolling once again, need to start somewhere so I started gluing PE on the super structure. I had already done this but drilled out the portholes and glued more detail onto it, same with the watertight doors. Still got plenty of PE to add here. Tried the the perfect plastic putty on the gap on the super structure. Just added a tiny amount as I've never used it before. But it looks like it has potential, I'll just need to keep adding and sanding more until that gap is gone. One thing I like to do is dive deep into the world of AliExpress, you can find quite a lot of interesting things for modelling if you look hard enough. I found these SS model resin 1/350 40mm Bofors dirt cheap on the website with free postage. Thought why not they'll be great for the model, bought them and a few weeks later they arrived. I think they look quite good! The only fiddly bit will be those tiny 40mm brass barrels, but for only a few dollars that's not a problem for me.
  7. Yeah thanks for that, out of interest I actually priced up if I was to go 'all out'/ 'pimp out' on another KGV with mircomasters, it was in excess of £400. My partner wouldn't be too impressed. Quite happy to torture myself with tiny PE and search for hours in and around the carpet monster. Your build is looking great so far btw.
  8. It's been a while since I have worked on the model, nights are getting darker and my 5 month old son is sleeping for longer at night. So that will give me the opportunity to get started again, I've been wanting to restart the build for a while, but it's been hard to find the time. I've been back and forth on if I want to buy some mircomaster bits for it, but I've decided to finish the model with what I've got on hand, which is still quite a bit of PE. Could spend a small fortune on that website.
  9. Looking good mate. Getting there!
  10. I was listening to Al Murray's and James Holland's podcast earlier this week and they were aboard HMS Belfast and I was quite surprised their tour guide from the Imperial War Museum was quite adamant that her current camouflage is accurate.
  11. Here are some random photos at different angles of the turrets when I was aboard her. They might come in handy for you.
  12. Thanks for that, I've had a closer look at the model and your thread and I think I'll be going down the way you've suggested. It must be quite an old model because there is quite a lot of tidying up to do on the plastic. I've been spoilt with newer molds on other kits recently.
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