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Matthew Spence

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  1. Stunning! the weathering around the water line is Where did you get the metal mounts for the base if you don't mind me asking?
  2. I'll be honest I kinda like the rough finish of the base, like it and bunch of sea water were just lifted out of the ocean.
  3. @davecov Out of interest Is the air wing, phalanx and 30mm guns scratch build too?
  4. Yep I ended up going through 3 sets! I was reasonably happy with it in the end though, some bits could definitely be tidier but there is always next time. It also took me 6 Lynxes to get the undercarriage fitted, those pesky wheels just love to fly off the tweezers! Luckily they did come in a pack of 6 but it would have been nice to have some left overs. Oh and a 30mm gun went awol so I had to order double of those
  5. It has taken some time but I have finally taken some decent photos of my 1/350 1994 build of HMS Westminster. This is the Trumpeter 1/350 kit with White Ensign photo etch, a Trumpeter Lynx, 30mm cannons and main gun barrel from Veteran Models, some 1/700 battleship anchor chain, lots of 0.1mm wire, and decals from Hawk Graphics. This is a gift for my dad who was the XO in 1994 so getting the build as accurate as possible was really important to me: a big thank you to all the guys over in the WIP thread that helped me out with the details.
  6. Took Westie down to Folkestone for the Euro Miniature Expo and scored a silver much to my surprise and delight. Having not entered a vehicle before I wasn't really expecting much, a bronze at most, so this was a really nice pat on the back. I also took home the Carson Van Osten award for storytelling, which on a non water line model ship I think is quite something. Given how much research and love went into getting the fit just right this really means a lot and I'm stoked to have taken it home. So just another big thank you to everyone that helped out really, cheers guys
  7. Looking good Jase Apparently the trumpeter 45's bow shape is off, did you do anything to compensate for this? And where did you source your brass gun barrel from?
  8. She's done! First things first, a huge thank you to everyone that helped me on this project, especially to @Chewbacca, @Terry1954, @Ex-FAAWAFU and of course @Paul E. I really can't thank you guys enough. The build would not have been any where near as historically accurate with out your input so thank you so much. Secondly an apology for not posting more WIP updates, December was mad and I just kind of fell out of the habit of posting updates. I don't really have any WIP shots of the process but I will endeavour to do some close ups shots and explanations of all the changes I made and detail added to the kit for those interested. I'm so happy with the end result. I can see a tonne of stuff that could be tidier but as always I just have to keep reminding myself that shows I'm improving. The overall affect and style, I couldn't be happier with to be honest. In fact I'm a little bummed I don't get to keep it, so I definitely see another Type 23 in my future (possibly Lancaster in a modern fit). At least I can enjoy it until August, (For those that missed it, it is a birthday gift for my dad who served as XO of Westminster in the mid 90s). I am equal parts sick of this project and sad it is over, but on to the next one, probably some of the figures I got for Christmas before Atlantic bring out their 1/350 type 22 this spring. Not sure how many hours I put in in the end but I recon somewhere between 150 and 200. Anyway enough chin wagging, here are some pictures. Just some quick ones on my phone for now, I will do some betters ones with a proper camera for "Ready for Inspection" once I sort the name plate out. Oh any technical feedback more than welcome but this time please keep any inaccuracies to your self - I don't have the energy to make changes at this point and if I know there are tings wrong with the build it will eat at me.
  9. Does anyone know if the hanger door rolls up in a roll? Or slides up flat against the ceiling?
  10. I've heard it is quite a tight fit with a Merlin, but the T23s were designed with the merlin in mind (although there were delays). So there must be plenty of space left over with just a single lynx but not quite enough to carry two lynx, the new Type 45 destroyers can carry a single merlin or two lynx. I'm not sure what decides whether ships are deployed with a Lynx or Merlin and which is better at what roles. @Ex-FAAWAFU might be able to speak to this though.
  11. Yes it can operate the Merlin, and in fact this Trumpeter kit comes with a Merlin, I had to buy some lynx separately. I'm not sure which ships typical carry a lynx and which carry a merlin. There was only a single batch for the type 23 (although there were subtle differences between later and earlier ships), and there was some refit required to enable them to carry the Merlin.
  12. Couple of Lynx nearly done, just transfers and some gloss varnish for the windows to do. Still not sure which I will use.
  13. Anchor Chains done: They are quite a bit over scale but look a tonne better than the photo etch in my opinion, and I wasn't about to go down the sennit route (although think I will next time).
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