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Francis Macnaughton

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  1. The opinion of Prof John Tilley on any sailing ship kit is always worth having. He posted many items in the FSM forum and was obviously a fan of the Imai Cutty Sark: http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/modeling_subjects/f/7/p/65003/650801.aspx#650801 He also seems enthusiastic about the Revell kit although he doesn't comment specifically on accuracy as far as I could see in a quick search: http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/modeling_subjects/f/7/t/151475.aspx?page=2
  2. Having looked through everything I can find on this latest Nurnberg show, I cannot see any mention of the promised 1/35th Italeri Higgins PT boat. Did anyone attending get a chance to ask Italeri about this?
  3. Sounds like one from a D-Day collection set rather than the individual boxed kit but the parts are the same. There were never any decals. I'll see if I have any copies of the instructions I can scan as I had one or two Belfasts as a sources of spare bits for other 1/600th conversions.
  4. The Airfix Belfast is reckoned to be a pretty good representation of the ship as at the Battle of North Cape in late 1943 and has the relatively complex camouflage scheme I assume you are concerned about. She was in that scheme for the period from returning to service after the 1939 mining until commencing a refit for Far East service in July 1944. If you really wanted a simpler scheme, you would probably be best to model her in the spring of 1945 as the Pacific camouflage scheme was more straightforward (a single bar of darker colour on each side of the hull) but there were a lot of changes in AA armament etc. Going back to the pre mining configuration would be more challenging as you would need to remove the side bulges that were added during the refit. If you do go for the as moulded configuration I would strongly recommend the White Ensign PE 615 set (not sure about a UK stockist though) which really sorts out things like the cranes and radar aerials that the original moulding could never match
  5. I would also be very keen to know what is displayed by Italeri, especially if they make any mention of the previously announced 1/35th Higgins PT boat?
  6. There are quite a few kits in the Pyro range and the Independence War schooner looks like the nearest to what you are after but I think it is more like 19th century https://www.scalemates.com/kits/pyro-093-61-independence-war-schooner--1173078
  7. There are a some useful drawings in this booklet about the reconstructed Skuldelev 2/Sea Stallion that pretty much give you the hull lines. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Welcome-Board-Sea-Stallion-Glendalough/dp/8785180416 There is also this card model of the Gokstadt ship which is pretty good http://www.sklep.wak.pl/product_info.php?products_id=1159&language=en
  8. I must admit to being surprised to see this but soon found an item at the Roskilde museum website explaining that a reinterpretation of the underwater lines was much more seaworthy. I had only recently finished reading the British Museum book on the Viking Ship published in 2014, well after the Roskilde work. This still had the original theory as do 2 or 3 other works still on the market. I would suggest most plastic and wood kits purporting to represent the Oseberg are also therefore out of date unless they specifically say they have the corrected shape.
  9. John Tilley posted many times on historic ship models at the ships section of Fine Scale Modeller forum. This thread seems to cover the Bounty but starting from the much older Revell kit:: http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/modeling_subjects/f/7/t/155394.aspx?page=1 He refers to the Scale Model articles
  10. I might be able to help - pm to follow about possibility of a handover rather than sent via post
  11. As I understood it the Oseberg ship was some kind of ceremonial or leisure craft with an appreciably shallower hull rather than a sea going vessel, let alone a true long ship type raider. The "Sea Stallion from Glendalough" replica at Roskilde is an example of the true long ship and there are a goo set of photos here: http://www.modellmarine.de/index.php?option=com_imagebrowser&view=gallery&folder=havhingsten-roskilde&Itemid=55
  12. The only motorised Crusader I can recall in that era was the Article by Mike Purser in Airfix magazine in January 1983 to convert the Airfix 1/32nd one to radio control. Like Seahawk, I would suggest the Nichimo Charioteer is about the only other possibility.
  13. I suspect the best you are going to get is the pictures of the 1/76th S-13 version which are still on the Accurate Armour website which is the currently available kit at Dan Taylor's Modelworks site https://www.dantaylormodelworks.com/landing-craft-tank-mk-iv-11-p.asp I understood Dan was behind the masters of both versions so you might find he can provide more photos of the 1/35th one. I see there was an issue of Tamiya magazine which looks like it covered the start of a build: http://tamiyamodelmagazine.com/frames/BackIssues/Issue122.htm Otherwise it would be a question of looking through what photos of the original craft there are from sites like the Imperial War Museum.
  14. If you find you want to make the model even more interesting, you can always convert it to radio control ……….. https://www.wettringer-modellbauforum.de/forum/index.php?page=Thread&threadID=67186
  15. I would suggest trying to contact the Devonport Heritage centre: https://devonportnhc.wordpress.com/
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