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Don Murphy

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  • Birthday 11/19/1963

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    Melbourne, Florida, USA
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    I grew up in England and lived there for close to 20 years. So my childhood was spent basically building Airfix models. I've built pretty much most if not all of them. My ship loves include HMS Hood and my aircraft loves are Tornados and Spitfires. I also love English girls and collected a stunning one back in 1987. I display her frequently and purchase loads of aftermarket (clothing/jewels) for her.

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  1. Mad Pete is indeed one of the true masters. And his etch work is a work of art. Cheers, Don
  2. WOW! A blast from the past. I also built it as a young lad. Wish I still had mine. Cheers, Don
  3. Hey Mike, The closest photos I have to that timeframe are photos from June and Dec 43 which show the original sail (tho slightly cut down), more free-flood holes and a 3 inch deck gun. In order to build the kit you'd need an aftermarket sail from the usual suspects (Iron Bottom Sound/Nautilus) and you'd need to drill out a **TON** more free flood holes than the kit has. Check IBS for the cutting template. Either way...it's not going to be easy. Let me know if you need any other help. Cheers, Don
  4. Off topic? Well...not really. You see, every so many months we all bemoan the condition of today's youth and the shrinking hobby of model building and then we'll all start worrying about kids not picking up model building, etc. So you all should joyously welcome the addition of a cell-phone texting, Playstation game using, cheerleading, 13 year old into your midst. And a "girl" on top of that! Devon - although 13 - is no stranger to model building. She has a pretty vicious appetite, easily devouring most of my limited stash. Devon though, has remained firmly in aircraft building. While she has used resin and photo etch before, this is her first ship build. A school field trip to a Titanic exhibit was pretty impressive for her and soon she was watching the movies. It was then no shock to me when one day she asked "are you ever gonna build that Titanic kit in the garage?" "What...a 'father-daughter' build" I asked? "No...me on my own." Ouch. We opened the box and I fanned all of the Gold Medal and Tom's Modelwork photo etch like a hand of cards, showing benches, deck chairs and other sundry parts. "Oooh this looks like a HUD" she remarked while eyeing the deck chairs. Indeed...the chairs and their folding template resembled the head's up displays she uses on her jets. She was not deterred by the ton of etch that the kit will get. So we started out by mapping how she'll build the ship and then spent some time looking at the instruction book and other reference stuff I had. She decided that the ship will have a light kit installed inside. So welcome to chapter one: Prepping The Hull... Dremel in hand, Devon drills out all of the ship's portholes. Once the holes are cleaned up and ready, Devon will apply the hull colors. Paint wise, Devon will be using a combination of brush and spray for the hull. Most of the portholes are the same size, so that has cut down on her prep time. And of course, not being hampered by poor eyesight, her steady hand was able to knock out most of the portholes in a few minutes. Switching drill bits, the next task will be the smaller portholes. Once done, the cleaning tool will be added to the Dremel and the flashed over openings will be cleaned up. Once all holes are drilled out, Devon will measure the plastic sheeting needed for the porthole glass. Devon will affix the plastic sheeting to the hull using Testor's cement for glass after painting is done. Dremel work done, deck painting comes up. Brush painting with Polyscale Deck Tan Special is the order of the day. The humid Florida air dries the paint quickly and Devon is able to put two coats on. The finished deck sections. At this point, all the sections have had two coats of Polyscale deck paint. She will then buff it and start on the deck plates. All of that will be painted by hand. Her color choices will be based on the color photos of the Fine Arts Models' 1/48th scale Titanic. By the way, the kit she's building is the Academy 1/350th deluxe Titanic kit with the White Star Line poster for box art. The next phase will be cleaning up the lower hull and adding the prop shafts and rudder. Once that's done, Devon can work on the lower hull color and display base. Stay tuned. Cheers, Don
  5. Beautiful work on a beautiful ship. Great details and great colouring. I'm still picking at my Iron Shipwright Hood. Cheers, Don
  6. You're correct. The make-up was 86 aircraft: 12 X F-14 12 X F-14 12 X A-7 12 X A-7 10 X A-6 10 X S-3 6 X Seaking 4 X Prowler 4 X Hawkeye 4 X KA-6 Cheers, Don
  7. Great job. Your deck is flawless. I did mine as the controversial "blue" Arizona. Cheers, Don
  8. Great work so far on a classic kit! Cheers, Don
  9. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I saw one or two pages of your work on this project on another site. Great to see the whole thing so far. Your work is fantastic. I'll be consulting you for tips when I start mine. I love the detail on the CIWS guns. Cheers, Don
  10. Great job! I'm working on a few 700th scale Spru-cans as well. Cheers, Don
  11. Beautiful work! Stunning work for such a small scale. Makes my eyes hurt just looking at it...... Cheers, Don
  12. Everything looks great so far. A beautiful kit of a beautiful ship. I'm doing my KGV as she was when she met Bismarck. Cheers, Don
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