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Ray S

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About Ray S

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  • Birthday 04/01/1916

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    Forest of Dean, UK
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    Ships mainly,

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  1. I had a Christmas card which was sent from Nelson, NZ and it arrived only six days later here in good ol' Blighty, according to the post mark on it! Top service! Ray
  2. Ah, so I was not seeing things! It is funny what you learn on this wonderful site! This is a great result Geoff ( @Bugle07) All the best, Ray
  3. @junglierating Hi, I cut the rails out in fairly long runs and try to attach them all in one go down one side. If there are lots of corners on the deck, I will try and leave just one or two bends to work, but it does depend on the size and complexity of the deck. I run a thin bead of PVA along the base of the railing, not much but 'enough'. Then I fit the railings, the PVA gives 'wiggle time', and finally I use some fishing line as an applicator to run a line of CA along the join between the rails and the deck, which then makes it solid. I use old Medium CA which has turned a bit thicker, and it can help fill any gaps between the railing and the deck. Even finaller, I then pop a bit of paint along the joint line to disguise the gloss of the PVA and CA. I hope that helps
  4. Hello all! Over the past year or so I have been tootling away with trying to create something from this massively expensive (£4.95) kit. Before I started, I had had a conversation on another forum with Jeff ( @ArnoldAmbrose) who very kindly gave me some pointers as to how to improve it. At first I thought this kit appeared to be the Airfix HMS Cossack. The parts breakdown was the same, but the runner layout was different. It was supplied with the original stand rather that Airfix’s current style, and I suspect it was a copy. Some of the parts supplied were beyond belief, and I cannot remember them being like that when I built the original Airfix Cossack only 9 years ago. The kit needed some help! · Propeller shaft supports were lengthened (shafts were not angled downwards) · Replaced propellers (from the Manxman – the kit parts were ‘dodgy’) · Portholes (scuttles) were sanded down and drilled out (they protruded on the hull!) · Fore breakwater was replaced with thin card · All deck splinter-shields were replaced with thin card · Added ammo boxes, storage lockers and watertight doors to superstructure · Added vertical and inclined ladders · Replaced masts with soldered brass rod, with plastic rod supports · Replaced the ‘crow’s nest’ · Scratch-built a new torpedo tube assembly · Replaced plastic ship’s boats and Carley floats with Shapeways 3D-printed items · Added plenty of photo-etch detailing The model was painted to represent HMS Eskimo as during 1941-43 when she was painted in RN White and Western Approaches Blue (as per Sovereign Hobbies website) using AKAN acrylic paint, and rigged with .02mm Rigging Line by AmmoMIG. I have deliberately kept the pennant number off, as it is probably a hodge-podge of Tribal Class destroyers, but it was an ideal excuse to use up some of my left-over White Ensign photo-etch. I had a huge bundle of fun building this, it certainly was better than my experiences with MisterCrafts 1/500 HMS Harvester. As you may have noticed, drilling scuttles in a straight line is not my strong point! I also think my white balance on the camera has been fooled, the Western Approaches Blue is not that grey on the model. Although I thought the Akan paint was okay, the more I used it the less I liked it. It was brush-painted, but is probably better sprayed. I want to do another kit with a similar scheme then I can try the ColourCoats versions that I have in stock. Finally, to show you the quality of the Shapeways ship's boats, here they are (please remember they are under huge magnification!). The whaler's thwarts were hollow underneath, and the cabin was hollow on the cutter. Absolutely incredible, but, oh boy! they were expensive. I also got the Shapeways Carley floats, and they were great too, but there were a LOT of them on the frame so they will come in handy for other projects. That is it for now, thanks for looking, Ray
  5. @Modelholic, thank you for raising this issue. I had been trying for days to work out how to ask this and make it sensible! I have wanted to re-scale some ship plans and my schoolboy maths had vanished into the ether! I have written down the answers and that is safely stashed in a notebook in the work den. Cheers, Ray the numericallychallenged
  6. Ah, very interesting indeed... Ray
  7. This looks interesting from Combrig in development: Very interesting indeed methinks! Ray
  8. Will do, I still intend to do it in Raspberry Ripple colours and will definitely post it when done! Thanks for being understanding, Ray
  9. Hello all! I am afraid this one is going to have to wait for a while to be done, other things have cropped up which need doing first. I am sorry about this! Ray
  10. It was 1957, and the Airfix Cutty Sark (and me) were unleashed unto the world. The inspiration for this build was a book called 'The Ice Schooner' by Michael Moorcock where the seas were frozen over and ships were on skis. I used the hull halves from the kit, the rest was scratch-built or from various photo-etch sets. Sails were made from layout paper. A build log is here if anyone wants a peep! It was a fun build while it lasted! All the best, Ray PS, I did use the four bits of the stand too at one stage to keep it upright...
  11. Hello all! There has been some slow progress on this project over the last few days. I was able to get the rest of the sails on, and some rudimentary 'rigging', but I have reached the limit of my abilities now, so I am calling the 'Ice Schooner' finished. At some future stage I may try to do the rigging properly, but as of now I am finding the tremors in my hands too great to successfully complete that part of the build. This is what she looks like at this time: The rigging for the jib sails was EZ-Line, but the little bits at the top of the masts was speaker-core cable gone over with a black Sharpie. Here she is against the obligatory pen: And finally an overhead shot to show that things were not too far off symmetrical and true(!): I have had great fun with this fantasy project. I had tried to do the same subject way back in the 1970's but lacked the skills then, and am happy with the way this has come out. I would like to say a big THANKS! to all who have contributed to the thread, either by commenting, liking, and reading, it has been greatly appreciated. I will pop a few more pictures into the Gallery shortly. All the best everyone, Ray
  12. Hello! I did wonder about adding SS Ohio, would she qualify for the GB? She was not in the RN or USN... Dug the kit out yesterday, and it looks really involved, it is the Niko kit. I am not sure my skills would be good enough for your suggestion! Cheers, Ray
  13. Hello Rob, You can count me in with this one. In addition to tons of injection-moulded ships (1/600, 1/700 and 1/350) I have 1/700 resin kits of: HMS Monmouth (WWI) HMS Good Hope (WWI) HMS Dreadnought (WWI) HMS Gloucester (WWI) HMS Ascot (WWI) SS Ohio (1942) This would give me a great excuse to get through one or two... All the best, Ray PS I would need to subscribe to Flickr (I am nearly up to my 'free' limit) or find another free image hosting site first though!
  14. Thanks Dave! I hope you have noticed there has not been an overhead photo... The time has now arrived for me to look at fitting the sails. I had wondered about fitting them prior to attaching the masts to the boat, but, after the rigmarole I had fitting the masts, I am glad I did not. However, the aftermath did show up some of my deficiencies. I found things difficult to handle - masts got in the way, my tremors in my hands seemed worse than normal, but I prevailed and did not give in! First though, I had to experiment. What was the best way to attach a sail to the brass rods? CA, I thought, so I used my practice sail, got out my non-shake 'helping hands' and give it a go: Three small dabs of CA Gel on the brass, a steady(ish) hand on the sail, bring 'em together and hey presto, one sail standing vertically on the jib! Wow, way to go! It was really easy, and worked like a dream. So, why would another sail NOT stick to the jib when I tried it for real? Four goes it took to get the sail on...I eventually laid the boat down on its side and used the upper jib to keep the sail in place for a few seconds, then reinforced the join with some thin CA as well. That worked, and soon afterwards had this: I had managed to stick the sails on with a bit too much over the top jib on the fore and mid masts, but got it right on the mizzen mast. Scissors soon rectified that issue. The fact that I had drawn them sightly over-sized helped too, as I was able to get them bowing outwards a bit, to give the impression of them billowing in the breeze. I have also now glued on the bowsprit, and now I will leave this all to set solid before I begin to look at adding the rest of the sails and (gosh!) the rigging. More soon with luck, thanks for looking and the likes, they are very much appreciated! All the best, Ray
  15. I agree with other comments, a truly fantastic build. In your last photograph especially, it looks just like the real thing! Don't say that - you might put others of us off! I know I for one would like to build one. I do have the Airfix 1/144 version, so may have to do that instead. Thanks for all the detailed information that you have unearthed, and for the great advice and tricks you have taken the time to show us. All the best, Ray
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