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Francis Macnaughton

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  1. I would suggest looking on the Fine Scale Modeller forum as this kit gets a lot of attention there. This thread seems a useful one: http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/modeling_subjects/f/7/p/165396/1837128.aspx?page=2
  2. I can confirm that Sirmar is still operating as I exchanged emails with Barry Dudley yesterday to agree a bespoke order. He only does Sirmar work at the weekends so may still be working through a backlog of earlier enquiries. There is also a phone number 07791 440 641 at his website you could try.
  3. You could try the recent issue of the Revell Elco PT boat which has all the late war additions. You can look at the instructions via the download section. https://www.revell.de/en/products/modelmaking/ships/military-ships/patrol-torpedo-boat-pt-588-pt-57.html
  4. Have you got hold of a copy of "Nile River Gunboats 1882-1918" by Angus Konstam and issued by Osprey? It is available as a pdf format e book from the Osprey website.. This has several artist's impression type drawings of Safia but no plans or photos. The best bet for any plans might be any archive which might still exist from the builders Samuda Brothers Shipyard, Poplar, London - perhaps at the Local Government Authority History section. Oherwise possibly the Royal Museums Group ship plans section but they have been unable to do much for a while thanks to Covid lockdown.
  5. I vaguely remember fairly early in my RN career while on a training course being shown an episode and then the class were each required to write a S206 Officer's Confidential Report on one of the characters in episode!
  6. FWIW I ordered 3 items from Shapeways on 17 Jan with total cost of just under 49 Euros and it was shipped 27 January with original forecast for delivery 2 February. The cost paid was the total of the individual items on the website and there is no mention of VAT at any stage. The box arrived this morning safely via UPS with no demands for further payment. I have checked the package label carefully and there is no declaration visible re any taxes paid or not paid. Was I lucky or what threshold did I keep below?
  7. I can't say I am familiar with the image you mention - most on-line coverage of Tigris or China Gunboats defaults to the larger Insect class. There are 6 photos of Sedgefly and Firefly in "British River Gunboats" by Paul J Kemp, ISO Publications (probably long out of print) but no plans - I can scan them for you and send by pm. I see they were built (in sections) by Yarrows so perhaps it might be worth seeing if there is any Yarrows archive on line or at the Scottish or London National Archives but I suspect the actual plans will have ended up at the Greenwich NMM collection. I searched
  8. Likewise for me re how it went in the shop with Ray but Judy is who seems to run the e-bay end now and has always been helpful. As I said earlier, they are often a good option if you are after an OOP kit.
  9. Have a look at https://www.ebay.co.uk/str/polarbears3kitscatcat ( Ebay shop for former Plastic Pastimes in Poole ) as they often have new stuff on auction starting well below list price and you can also ask if they also have any particular OOP item you are after.
  10. Not if you leave the bilge draining bung out but you have to remember to screw it back it in before using the boat!
  11. I had a go at designing a PE sheet for a 1/200th WW2 destroyer about a year ago and found the guidance offered by PPD Ltd in Argyll for the process comprehensive, clear and workable. Perhaps start by looking at: https://www.ppdltd.com/artwork-guide.html It does require using vector drawing and I used Inkscape which is free to download and worked through the necessary tutorial lessons reasonably quickly. PPD give a check off list of what they need to have sent to them and apart from some minor corrections they accepted my first offering design very quickly a
  12. Hi Sue Thanks and I'll pm you a scan of the article if that works for you. What aspect of Mulberry did he work on? There might be some other items I can offer in addition to the Airfix series of articles. Francis
  13. Available from here: https://www.dantaylormodelworks.com/british-40mm-bofors-gunsight-early-war-152-p.asp
  14. Are you aware of this set or is it the wrong scale? http://www.hat.com/Curr2/Bx8235BH/Bx8236IN.html
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