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Francis Macnaughton

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  1. It makes a nice basis for radio control - i did this one as for the Mulberry Harbours after D-Day
  2. The link gives you a fairly high resolution copy of the original General Arrangement plan and you can then scale directly from that on the basis of the beam is 32FT 8" and the length is 114ft http://ww2lct.org/mk5/images/schematic-Mk5.jpg
  3. Is that a markings scheme provided with the kit or did you find a supplier of alternatives?
  4. There are plans for the German Pinguin at: http://dreadnoughtproject.org/plans/KM_Pinguin_1939/
  5. Is this thread of any help? http://www.shipmodels.info/mws_forum/viewtopic.php?f=50&t=51885&p=876446&hilit=satellite#p876446
  6. In fact Peter Hall did a dedicated Fearless/Intrepid 1/600th PE set under the Atlantic Models brand later on in 2018 https://www.atlanticmodels.net/onewebmedia/Instructions Files/Fearless600.pdf
  7. Taking stock of where I have got to, I have still got lots of bits like the boats to finish and attach as shown below, let alone the railings and yardarms so I very much regret I will have to miss out on completing the GB this time. I will continue reporting the build - is it Ok to do that in this thread or should it go elsewhere? Apologies for the disappointment.
  8. Progress with things enough to fix the hull to the display base and with my attempt at a sea scape made from rough art paper cut to fit within a stripwood frame and the bow wave made from normal paper stiffened with thin CA superglue then painted with various watercolours and fairly thick acrylic white with some acrylic gel to give a rougher surface for the sternwash. I should now be able to start adding all the other fittings and photo etch with the foremast going last as the yardarms are very delicate indeed. Still aiming to finish before the end of Sunday.
  9. FWIW I look like needing a few days more to finish my HMS Ambuscade build - a week at most.
  10. Sorry for the long gap - some recurring health issues haven't exactly helped but there is nothing like an imminent deadline to focus on getting something done! The main progress since June has been in completing adding extra detail and correcting some minor errors in the superstructure and also adding some of the photo etch detail like doors and hatches to the basic shape then painting the main hull and superstructure before starting to add the more fragile items like the masts etc. I have also progressed the display base so it is ready to have the hull attached as soon as all the hull work including pennant numbers has been completed. Paint was Tamiya TS-80 Royal (Navy) grey Originally I wasn't going to show any pennant numbers as these were painted out while we were at Gibraltar but as the photo (taken while alongside Stena Seaspread late June after the surrender ) shows the sea had soon removed most of the grey paint. This was the first time I had been off the ship ( not counting an equatorial Hands to Bathe) in 2 months! The photo etch is very comprehensive but fragile so I will need to add each item only when I am sure that everything else around it has been taken into account as it would be very easy to end with a bent yard arm or two.
  11. FWIW LCT 7074 which is on display at the D-Day story museum at Southsea is a Mark 3 rather than Mk 4 and although the main hull and deckhouse are largely as original, the work done in 1945 to an engineering support role changed the bow ramp and the side bulwarks considerably but still very much worth a visit as it is the only survivor of the 900+ LCTs at D-Day. I have recently completed a working model of 7074 as at 7th June 1944 with a build description and free plan in the May and June issues of Model Boats magazine. This is how it looks at your recommended 10 ft:
  12. Progress so far has been a bit limited but hopefully getting there. The main aim was to finish cleaning up the deck joins and correct some errors in the structure ( Tyne air intake shape and hull sides at the quarter deck ) and also clean up the basic structure ready to add the PE detailing. Some items removed such as the “aztec stairs” on the forecastle and each side of the hangar also the second capstan and the very thick breakwater and most holes in the deck filled. The cylindrical support to the top platform on the foremast also needed tapering. I reckon the 4.5” Mk 8 mounting supplied in the Skywave 1/700 th Modern Warship set is a much better representation than the one supplied in the kit and is nearer 1/600th than 1/700th in length and breadth but not quite tall enough so I have added a piece of 0.5mm plastic card underneath and trimmed it back to match. The kit offering to represent the Cheverton 25 ft motor boat is not really suitable so I looked in my spares box and found a replacement (probably from an Airfix Belfast) that is much closer to the real thing once the cabin structure is trimmed. After the excitement of 25 May Ambuscade spent most of the time as an ASW escort with the carrier group with occasional overnight passages to the northern end of the Amphibious Operating Area around San Carlos to escort small numbers of RFAs and Merchant ships to and from the main landings. We also started conducting Naval Gunfire Support (NGS) missions over night with the first on 29-30 May in company with Glamorgan to bombard parts of Stanley airfield. The main thing I remember from that first session was us closing the land for the first salvos but holding back from starting firing because the navigator and the warfare officer had a disagreement about where we were and hence where the gun should be pointing. Funnily enough, this was sorted very quickly when the Argentinians started firing in our direction (they had very little hope of hitting us as their field guns simply weren’t designed to track a moving target). The 30th was also memorable because of the last Super Etendard/AM39 Exocet attack on the carrier group. This time we were much further away from the line of attack and the main action centred on Avenger and Exeter so we only had to take the standard chaff and manoeuvre countermeasures. This time I was not closed up on the bridge but was on the ECP in front of the funnel armed with a Bren Gun ( or Light Machine Gun as they were then officially called). Our lynx had been on deck ready to launch at the time the alarm went up and I can still remember the sight of several 3" chaff rockets firing off and going over the top of the helo - fortunately no damage done. Further NGS tasks were carried out on the nights of 31 May – 1 June,1 – 2 June, 2-3 June and 6-7 June each of which had everyone closed up at action stations for at least a couple of hours in the middle of the night. With frequent Replenishments at Sea (RAS) in the daytime for fuel, stores and ammunition keeping us busy as well, it was getting very tiring and I was glad to get the chance to catch up on my sleep a bit on the 9th of June when we detached to the east to an area where several support ships were stationed to allow our main engines to have a number of defects rectified. By the 11th June Ambuscade was back on ASW screening for the carrier group after picking up a stores parachute delivery on the way back including some Shrike ARM missiles – one load splashed down so close the stores were on the port side of the bow and the parachute on the starboard side!
  13. Hi Steve, Another possible item of interest is the plan you will find in the collection at the Dreadnought Project: http://dreadnoughtproject.org/plans/KM_RA6-8_1943/ Also there is an article on German Motor Minsweepers at War, 1939-1945, by Pierre Hervieux in Warship 2002 - 2003 Francis
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