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Francis Macnaughton

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  1. Francis Macnaughton

    1/700 HMS EXETER Falkland 1982

    The type 21s Active, Ambuscade, Arrow and Avenger are supposedly according to Wikipaedia still on the strength of the Pakistan Navy
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    1/700 HMS EXETER Falkland 1982

    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.
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    1/700 HMS EXETER Falkland 1982

    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!
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    1/350 HMS Exeter (1939) - York class cruiser

    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
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    Vacuum chamber question?

    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.
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    Vacuum chamber question?

    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.
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    Super Etendard Falklands "wot " it carried ?

    Laurie You might be interested in this thread on SUE stores load from a while back Francis
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    A Class destroyer

    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!
  9. Francis Macnaughton

    Fairey Swordfish ASV Mk. II radar, cockpit equipment?

    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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    Hi from SW Cornwall

    There is a picture of the Ark Royal model on page 42 of the current Model Boats magazine - most impressive. I presume you need a spare garage to keep it in Dave?!
  11. Francis Macnaughton

    1/350 HMS Exeter (1939) - York class cruiser

    It seems strange to offer the crane in photo etch while doing the catapults as plastic mouldings.. Is that going to work as offered or realistically do the catapults need to be replaced?
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    The instructions for the new version are available at https://stage.revell.de/fileadmin/import/images/bau/04981_%23BAU_WESTLAND_LYNX_MK_8_V01_01LOW.PDF Iron Duke 2016 and Monmouth 2012 options are included and main weapon options seem to be Stingray, Sea Skua and cabin gun I see there are 2 control columns - not appropriate to a front line unit I assume?
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    County Class Destroyers, options in 1/600

    Missiles on my ship, Ambuscade, were loaded on to the launcher shortly prior to entering the high threat area with a protective rubberized protective covering over each missile and stayed that way throughout although there were presumably periodic checks on there continued readiness. I should think all Seacat fitted ships there did the same.
  14. Thanks again Jamie for your sterling effort to get RN WW2 colours better understood. I am looking at doing a 1/200th scratch build of Saumarez using the card model by WAK as a basis but will aim to fit the lattice fore mast as the IMW photos show her with this after the battle with Scharnhorst which is when I want to portray the model. In a War Emergency class thread back in April on Ship Model Forum you felt LRV analysis of the same Saumarez photo supported the use 0f B15, B30 and G45 - does this still hold true after your recent work with others of the type?
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    1/600 HMS GLAMORGAN (from Airfix DEVONSHIRE)

    The Flight Global report is certainly wrong on one bit - the attack that hit Atlantic Conveyor was initially targeted on HMS Ambuscade (I was the Officer of the Watch at the time) which was the first ship to detect the Agave search radar on the Etendards. We took the standard chaff and manoeuvre counter measures and were well separated from the targeted position by the time the Exocet homing head would have switched on. Presumably the homing head on switch on found Conveyor first as the nearest radar return to the expected position and went for that. I saw the official report some time afterwards and there was never any suggestion that the carriers had actually been targeted. Glamorgan was attacked by a surface launched Exocet which has a shorter range than the air launched variety and initial targeting by one of the shore based search radars that were transmitting anyway so there was no cue to alert the ship until the call from the NGFOs went out. This would leave very little time to do anything meaningful before the homing head switched on and found the ship where it was expected to be so the chaff at the time would have had no chance of distracting the Exocet in those circumstances.