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Francis Macnaughton

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  1. I see Starling models have now started stocking the Exeter set at a much better price than NNT
  2. When I did this kit a while back I found the shrouds and ratlines provided were a poor fit and not much use at all. Since then 3 sets of photo etch have become available to greatly enhance the kit including replacement ratlines which might be worth considering: https://www.scalewarship.com/store/index.php?route=product/category&path=82_186
  3. NNT in Germany was the nearest I could find a couple of months ago http://www.nntmodell.com/en/Ships/British-Heavy-Cruiser-HMS-Exeter-Photo-Etched-Parts-Set-incl-wood-deck.html?listtype=search&searchparam=exeter
  4. Part of a hoist for handling 8" shells when ammunitioning ship perhaps?
  5. What kit/set did you use to provide a driver? The space available in the cab is very small.
  6. For the 1/32nd version, have you looked at how you will do the decals since as far as I can make out there are no aftermarket options available?
  7. The type 21s Active, Ambuscade, Arrow and Avenger are supposedly according to Wikipaedia still on the strength of the Pakistan Navy
  8. HMS Ambuscade - we went south from Ascension in company with Antelope but had to slow down after heavy weather forced Ambuscade to delay a refueling but Antelope had already topped up and went on ahead and was sent to San Carlos. Exeter passed us around that stage.
  9. Hi Franco You might be interested in a photo of HMS Exeter I took in May 1982 a couple of days before arriving in the Falklands area. The weather was a bit murky but it shows how the RN Type 42 destroyers were given a black identity stripe on the funnel to distinguish them from the two Argentine ones and also how other markings were painted out. I seem to remember that Exeter also had a bright blue lower hull rather than black or dark red at that time - there is just a hint of that at the waterline under the forward 1022 radar. Sorry to have missed showing this earlier - I have only recently looked at this thread!
  10. Actually issued as for December 41 - when sunk by the Japanese - without the UP rocket system and some other minor secondary AA changes which can readily be corrected
  11. For the resins ( see the range offered by Sylmasta ) I use, the main cause of bubbles in the final mouldings is because air has been trapped in parts of the mould as it is filled. So degassing before pouring wouldn't help I suspect.
  12. What sort of size and complexity are the parts you hope to mould? I have been making resin castings for many years without a vacuum to degass or pressure to keep bubbles down, mainly relying on a gravity pour which is led down underneath the main mould area and then displaces the air out via vents as the resin rises through the mould.
  13. Laurie You might be interested in this thread on SUE stores load from a while back Francis
  14. A couple I bought 3 years ago were in jpg format. These were for a 40' launch in 1/24th scale and were 42 and 33 MB in size - goodness knows how large the file for a destroyer would be!
  15. Recently while searching on-line about ASV Mk2, I came across a new publication "Airborne Maritime Surveillance Radar, Volume 1 : British ASV Radars in WWII 1939-1945" by Simon Watts ISBN 9781643270630. Google images suggests that there are plenty of pictures associated with this book which might help confirm the actual arrangement but I am a bit reluctant to cough up the asking price to find out. Is anyone in a position to check this possible source out?
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