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Ray S

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  1. Excellent work Murdo, this is coming along very nicely. I think it was well worth the work aft. Looking forward to seeing this progress. Cheers, Ray
  2. Hello all! A question, if I may? What are the Eastern Express transfers like? I am very interested in the NZ Dash-8 Q300 with the black tail and white fern (I got that the right way round this time!). I am not worried about the plastic as that looks okay in comparison to my F-Resin Plastic ATR-72 in the older Air NZ colours. This is the one: https://hobbyterra.com/product/1-144-scale-plastic-modeldash-8-q300-air-new-zealand-eastern-express-144134-06.html I am waiting for the Big H to get them back in stock, but I would like to know the transfers were ok. All the best, Ray
  3. That is good work on this old beauty! It is looking good so far. Cheers, Ray
  4. Hello all. I trimmed up the cross-deck superstructure and the decks so things were reasonably level, now I had to build some cabin/deckhouses. I used some plastic strip, 4mm wide for the base of them, then gave them sidewalls with 3.2mm wide strip. Using the one lot for the base gave me something to glue them to, and enabled me to make the walls vertical and true. To help me remember which was which, I wrote inside where they were to go: I used my tried and trusted 'cut-the-bits-too-long-and-trim-later' ploy and it seemed to work ok. Later, after trimming the remaining long ends, I transferred 'Mid' and 'Aft' to the underside of the bottom plate as I would paint the insides black... In that photo, I have just dry-fitted the two deckhouses. You may be able to make out that I have added some entry doors on the sides, since then I drilled out a few scuttles in the deckhouse walls and the hull sides. I thought that although this is set a long time in the future, scuttles would still be round, rather than having been replace by much more ornate square/rectangular ones (and round ones are easier to drill out!). The mechanics of strength are still valid then as now, and the ship would possibly need to be stronger in an on-ice environment than an in-water one. I made up another deckhouse, for the fore-deck this time, but that needed a slight angle to be sanded on the bottom to ensure the deckhead(? - roof) stayed parallel with the surface and did not rise up fore like the deck itself. Anyway, here she is now with the three deckhouses glued in place. I have also added a cargo hatch behind the mid-deckhouse, and will add a couple more later on. I have said in a number of my projects that planning is not a strong point of mine. To prove it, here are a couple (or three) things I where I have failed. When I made the replacement mid deck, I had drilled the hole in to check how the centre mast would sit in the blutack. Seeing it was better than my original idea of gluing a tube under the deck, I promptly glued the deck into place. Then found I had not centered the mast hole properly. Quickly sorted with a new, measured hole and some filler. Being better prepared, I measured and drilled a hole in the poop deck for the aft mast, marked the deck and measured and marked the location point for the hole in the aft deckhouse roof and drilled that too. I then needed to enlarge the hole in the poop deck to give some wriggle room for the mast. (Fine!). Then I used the same drill to open up the location hole in the forecastle. And realised I had used the BIG drill rather than the smaller, correct sized one! And that is why there is now a deckhouse on the forecastle, when I had not planned one... Never mind, serendipity and all that. I was again thinking late in the night (I don't sleep very well!), and decided that the coxswain would need to be forward on a vessel like this. On our normal sailing ships I would imagine they would be aft to be near the rudder. Well, on an Ice Schooner, they would need to be near the front as the front pair of skis are where the steering is, and where better that on the forecastle? I have been looking though my photo-etch and think I have found something that could do as a ship's wheel. I will see if I can modify it a little and use that. I have also found some skylights on another sheet so the deckhouses can have some lighting from above. I have now also found a couple of nice photographs of a three-masted schooner, one with sails set and one with them furled. I am going to see if I can find out how to make furled sails, for a scene I have in mind for this. That is it for now, thanks for looking, Ray
  5. Hi Steve, if you need them I have the original Frog markings left over from my build, they seem in good condition, with just a hint of white around the roundel red on the large roundels. They have been exposed to daylight and any yellowing has gone. They are for the same aircraft represented with your Novo bagging. If you want them, pm me and I can post them to you. I am looking forward to seeing how you get on with this, I enjoyed mine! All the best, Ray
  6. I had a bit of a think over the long duration of the night just gone, and decided to fill a chamber with blutack for the mast support. The tube I had fitted to the deck was not quite true, and the dry-fitted mast canted off starboard too much for my liking. I knocked up some chamber walls from the remains of my original replacement deck, reinforced it with more card and ended up with this: I built the box to try and prevent the blutack creeping out when I pressed the mast in later. This was my test fitting to see if the mast would stay true with the blutack in place. It did, and I found I could shift it slightly to allow a little bit of rake if I want to. Having sorted that out, it was time to add the decks. I fitted my new new deck (without the tube receptacle) and then added the forecastle and poop decks. I have deliberately made them over-sized and that will allow me to trim them down later. That is also the excuse reason for the cross-deck bulkheads being a tad large too: I have decided that this is going to be a 1/700 representation of the ice schooner (it is not far out in size from a 1/700 WWII destroyer), so I feel that using 1/700 railings will be okay, along with inclined ladders to fore- and poop decks. I am going to let this lot set for now and tackle the deck/bulkhead trimming tomorrow. Thanks for looking, cheers, Ray
  7. I have just been searching and found this! https://www.scalemates.com/kits/air-graphics-models-mv-1003-bedford-rl-gs-truck--1196415 That is the type he drove, so it looks like I might have two (possibly three with the scratchbuild sub) I can do. Wonder when this will be issued. And what colours would the RL have been in Egypt? Really looking forward to this now, Ray PS - It is out now, at £38. Might have to think about that a while...
  8. Dave, every time I think about this build, something changes! As you may have noticed in one of my previous pictures, the hull, despite not being very big, was a bit twisted. It needed a little help to get it together Now I do not know about you, but I have always had difficulty clamping curved/angled surfaces. I don't know how I managed it, but I actually had a brainwave! I popped a couple of pieces of blutack onto the bow section and clipped a peg into that, and the peg did not go flying off into the sunset. A bulldog clip dealt with the rudder area (the rudder is probably another area which will vanish soon, as a rudder quite a few feet up in the air above the ice was not probably a priority to build into an Ice Schooner). Now it was time to deal with the various levels of decks. The other week I finally invested in a scriber, so the first use it had was to scribe marks along the hull side in the area I wanted to remove. Having read quite a bit about scriber use, I did remember to score lightly making the weight of the tool do the work, and it seemed to do a good job. Another new purchase, a set of etched saw-blades and a handle, set the vertical limits for the scribing, and shortly afterwards I had my gunwhales cut out, and it did not hurt a bit. I used four more bits to the kit this morning, and built the stand. The joints were so good I did not need to use glue. I did the 'place-the-hull-upside-down-and-draw-round-forecastle-and-poop' routine on plastic card again and cut the new decks out (slightly over-sized). These will glue directly onto the hull side tops later on further increasing the height of the decks. In the next picture, the ship is sat on the silhouette I had downloaded, so you can see a bit more of the inspiration for the layout of this fantasy ship. The ship is beginning to look quite different now compared to the Cutty Sark, but it is still recognisable. The final thing I have prepared today is a socket to fit the middle mast into, in the dropped main deck. I have decided to have a 3cm gap between masts, it seems to give a reasonable 'balance' to the ship, but they need to be very precise in their positioning. My idea was to fit a piece of Contrail tube under the main deck to act as a guide for the mast, which will be 1.2mm brass rod. The rod slides into the tube nicely, but I am not sure if the tube will be strong enough. Thankfully, the tube does not interfere with the Miliput padding I added earlier for the ski supports. This side of things may possibly change, and I may well end up putting some blutack into the hull to hold the mast, but which will allow 'wriggle room' to ensure it is vertical and the rakes are the same. More soon, with luck. Thanks for looking and for the comments, all very encouraging, Ray
  9. Hello Jeff, there are not many times you can pin down a date for doing/witnessing something, but I can let you know I read HMS Ulysses on August 23rd 1970, in a VC-10 when I was flying home from Singapore to Blighty. I was 13 years 20 days old, and it was a brilliant read (and flight!). It is good to see your take on the ship. Looking forward to seeing more as you progress, Ray
  10. Mike, that would be a great idea. I strongly suspect that I am one of those who loads too big a picture. When I use Flikr, I have it re-sizing to 1024 x 768, so I thought that would be okay. Little did I know the intricacies of this. I will do my best in future Sir, and make life better for all! Humbly yours, Ray von penitent
  11. No worries, I did not think that would really qualify. Let's just hope this gets the go-ahead. Cheers, Ray
  12. What a great idea for a Group Build! I would like to be put down (no, not THAT way!). My grandfather served on HMS Dreadnought in WWI as a stoker, then transferred to the submarine E-23 as he got a pay rise, but also had the pleasure of being attacked by American forces when they were surfaced at night recharging there batteries. The resultant crash dive cost him his hearing. I have a Combrig 1/700 resin Dreadnought and White Ensign etch, and @Bandsaw Steve has kindly sent me plans of the AE-1 (or AE-2) E-class submarine, so that might make me attempt scratchbuilding that one. My Dad was in the RAF, he used to drive 3-tonner trucks in Egypt, so if I can find one of them (and afford it!) I could do that, or, failing that, we used to have a Morris 1000 so maybe Airfix would kindly tool one of them up especially for me to do for this as a 'civvie' entry. If we can just select things we have sat in/flown in, that could include a VC-10 or a Brittania too. Plenty of choice though... All the best, Ray
  13. So am I Murdo, so am I! These are probably the three parts of the kit I am going to use, but there is an element of doubt as to whether I will use the deck or not. The first thing I did today was clean up the top of the hull side walls. I was going to thin them down, but a cunning plan occurred to me, and I did not in the end. Next, I needed to decided where to drill holes in the hull to add the ski support struts. I am at a loss as to how these skis would have been fitted in this future world of ice and snow, but I decided that there would be four holes, and the struts would splay out at about 45 degrees down from the centre line. I used the lower markings for the 'wood' hull that Airfix had put onto the hull as my datum line, and used some Tamiya Tape for curves to mark down 5mm from there after having drawn lines on the hull about 35mm from bow and stern. I then used a (t)rusty needle to bore a pilot hole before using a proper drill to make a hole for some .8mm brass rod. In the book, Michael Moorcock suggests there were main, middle and poop decks, so by now I had come to the conclusion that the kit deck would also have to go, as it only has a very small forecastle deck. I still used it though (especially as this kit is the reason for qualification into this GB!), but only as a template. I drew around it onto some thick-ish plastic card and produced my own, new deck which, as it has no 'planking', is more in keeping with the description in the book as being made from fibre glass. I have made a number of trial fits, and the deck fits quite nicely BELOW the kit location aids, as I wanted to drop the main (middle) deck down a wee bit (which then would allow raised fore- and poop decks. I marked off where I wanted to cut the deck into three, and used a lovely pair of Fiskars haberdashery scissors to make the cuts. I also added some plastic strip just below the location 'ledges' which will become the new resting point for the main deck later on. I am minded to cut out the hull sides along this deck to give a different contour to the sides, and put some railings along, after all they were not using the gunwhales to keep water out in this frozen world. I will see. I have also kneaded up some Miliput and put that in the hull interior over the holes I drilled for the struts. This, in theory, will provide a more solid anchor for the struts when I add them permanently later in the build. I have had a word with the Webmaster's Union representative, Mr Silc Spinner, and he has said that I am not allowed to publish photographs of his comrades at work, as it infringes their Arachnid rights, as per dictat EU12987 in the 'Rules and Regulations of the Spiderworld'. Sorry, I will ask nicely again. That all for now, more soon with luck, All the best, Ray
  14. Count me in please, I have a number of Resin (ships) and Vacform (aircraft) kits, and am not averse to scratchbuilding something floaty if needs be! Cheers, Ray
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