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Ray S

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  1. Cheers beefy! I thought today would be a good time to try to fit those machine guns, so I hopped to it with a will, and a couple of crossed fingers! I was able to trim the parts off the pour block without losing or breaking any of the parts, which was a good start. I used some fishing line as my CA gel applicator and popped a tiny drop of the stuff into place, and very carefully (after using a brace to hold my hand steady), I was able to place each pedestal into the correct place. Initially I tried using my fine-pointed tweezers but I could not get the pedestals in place properly, so I had a ponder, and used an old trick I use for small photoetch - namely a sharp, damp wooden cocktail stick. I was able to touch the damp end to the spike on the pedestal, and it stuck to the stick long enough for me to place the parts in place. Step one done, nothing lost! Yippee! Then it was time to try and get the barrel onto the tiny pin on top of the pedestal. I tried using the fine-pointed tweezers again and this time had much more success, and all four barrels went into place on the spikes well. What was I concerned about? I also fitted the first funnel cap. It needed a number of 'spider legs' bending so it sat on them, and I used an old broken scalpel blade as my bending tool this time, and a good blade to bend them vertical. I used PVA to initially tack it into place, before locking it with thin CA. This is coming along nicely at the moment, albeit slowly. That is it for today, thanks for looking as ever. Ray
  2. My intention today was to start getting the funnels rigged, then I remembered I still needed to give them a second coat of paint, and some more etch needed adding too, so I put that on hold. Instead, I added the two remaining 4" guns abeam: The resin barrels did not break this time, so that was a result. I also found hidden in the instructions two ledges just aft of the breakwater which were on the etch sheet, so they were added: There will be a couple of booms near to those platforms which I will need to scratch build. The second funnel had a platform half way up, that was etch so it too was added. I think this has been through the wars a little, as the ladder is slightly bent: I hesitated at the next step, which is a set of four machine guns which will go on a couple of the deckhouses. You can probably see my problem in this picture: Somehow I am required to fit the pedestals and then fit the barrel on top of that pointy thing sticking up from each pedestal! I am sure I will work it out. Anyway, that is it, thanks for looking, Ray
  3. Thanks for all the responses, what a great range of favourites there are. As many of you have popped lists on, I will add to my original one choice (the Brittas Empire) and add a couple of others I have enjoyed over the years, in no particular order: Sledge Hammer with David Rasche - would that ever get made nowadays? Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy (BBC TV series) The Sky at Night Life on Mars That will do for now. Ray
  4. Thanks Kev! Today I decided I would start getting the funnels on. My plan is to put a couple on and then rig them, and then do the other two. One forum has a number of images of a builder's model in a museum, so I have downloaded a lot of those pictures to use as a guide. They involve HMS Gloucester and HMS Glasgow, and here is the link (scroll down a few posts): http://www.shipmodels.info/mws_forum/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=148393 The funnels for this Combrig HMS Gloucester are nicely hollowed out at the top and give the impression of depth. The funnels are raked (just like the masts), and taking that into consideration, I was very careful to make sure I aligned the first one correctly fore and aft. The CA gel had had plenty of time to set on the first one, so I made the steam pipe for the back side of the funnel and attached it. It was at this point I noticed that I had abjectly failed in my alignment, as the funnel cap had a jaunty angle of 45 degrees from fore/aft, and the funnel had to come off. In doing so, I also managed to remove the bridge platform when the CA on the funnel finally gave it it's grip and my hand recoiled into the platform. I managed to say 'Oops' or something similar, then fitted the funnel properly this time, and took advantage of this happy circumstance to paint the four (not two as I mentioned previously!) cabin windows in the small deckhouse under the platform (out of every bad thing something good comes): I had a bit of repairing on the etch platform supports to do, but nothing catastrophic, thank goodness. Anyway, this time I learnt, and for the other three funnels I checked really carefully and marked on the funnel caps the fore/aft position. How careful I was, I will find out over the next few days! The second funnel went on well, and I got into a better groove when adding the fore and aft steam pipes on this one. The two funnels have had their first coat of Colourcoats GW02 WWI Grey, but will get another tomorrow. The second funnel also needs three extra etch pieces adding which I thought would be better done when it was attached to the ship. They all also need funnel gratings popped over the opening, but they will go on when I have painted the cap and interior black. That is it for today, thanks for looking, the comments and the 'likes'. Cheers, Ray
  5. Okay, I heard the call! I will sign up. I will have something in the stash. By the way, is there an upper limit to 'kid' age? I am a 1957 product, so I will choose something that was around before 1975 when I turned 18, and it will probably be Airfix, as that was what it was all about for me. And there are still lots to choose from. But I may decide on something from the other model firms. I was indecisive then, I think I am better now. Ray
  6. It was time today to re-visit a job I had done a week or so ago (maybe longer) - the masts. I felt the original was too tall, and I did not get the overlaps of the three verticals quite right. I was also concerned as to how to fit the spotting top on the foremast. As to that issue, I played with the original mast and a scrap of plastic this morning, and I found that if I used a certain size drill (the 4th smallest in my box of bits), and used a scalpel to increase the fore/aft hole, I could slide the plastic up to where the lower and mid uprights overlap, which is where the spotting top would be. That meant I could solder a new mast completely without having to put any resin parts on one of the brass rods during the solder process, and possibly melt them. I decided to try Longshanks' suggestion of taping the yards into place, then soldering them to the upright which would rest and be taped onto the yards. I drew a diagram as to what goes where: The extra little marks were indicating the extent of the uprights, and also where the overlap area would be. As you can tell, one yard is where there was an overlap, which could prove interesting when I join the two uprights together - would that join melt? Anyway, a while later after dealing with those and then setting up against another diagram for the complete mast, I had this: I used solder paint and flux, and it seemed to do quite a good job. Unfortunately, the upper upright was slightly out of true fore/aft, so I decided to redo it, but do two this time simultaneously. This time I reverted to my original way of setting the masts up. I taped them to a ceramic tile as tight as I could, and zapped them with the soldering iron. They came out fine this time, straight and true. Then I used blue tack to hold the yards in place and tape for the uprights: I set both up and got them soldered. One mast worked, the other did not, as two of the yards fell off when I got them away from the tack on one of the masts. So I kept the one I did first today and will use the best of these two, which means these: Then a quick dry fit into The Mighty G to see how she looks: I am happy! The masts do have quite a rake to them, they are at 80 degrees rather than vertical, that makes this ship look quite sleek. Hopefully I can get them sprayed with primer tomorrow. They will not be added yet, so I will start getting the funnels (all four) on soon and start getting some rigging to the funnels on too. That is it for now, thanks for looking, Ray
  7. Enzo, I promise I will not use the logic you use on us when we are unsure which models to build for a GB! Honest! Ray
  8. What a great lot of replies! Thanks for all that. Ray
  9. With huge thanks to @Adm Lord De Univers and @Seahawk, I came to the conclusion that the forward gun had been assembled incorrectly my me. The images David linked to, and Seahawk's plans that he sent me showed the gun barrel was mounted to the plinth too far forward, and the shield was too far forward even than that. This is what I had produced: And it was this image which got me thinking I had gone wrong! Thankfully the CA gel I used had not clamped the barrel onto the plinth too tightly, and the shield was only slid onto the barrel, so it soon came apart and I re-installed the barrel a bit further towards the breech: I let that set for half an hour then slid the shield back on and teased it backwards a bit more than previously: That is more in keeping with the picture links and the plan. I am a lot happier now. Oh yes, Combrig moulded that barrel with an open muzzle! I also attached the bridge platform, then remembered I needed to paint the two cabin windows underneath it! Doh! I hope to get a very fine brush in there tomorrow, there is no way I am going to try and prise the platform off. The other thing I did was to add the balsa raft platform. This was included in the instructions as an etched part, but it is not on the etch sheet: When I originally started this model, I tried to make that platform from some CA-infused paper. It all worked well, but it fell apart when I tried to add it, so I decided to make a simpler one, this time with 0.5mm rod: Although I have now painted it, I may still take that off and replace it with 0.3mm rod instead. I have plans which show how to produce the balsa raft, and that will cover the missing cross piece. I have also found out that the mounting tower for the oval searchlight platform was mesh, not solid, but that will certainly have to go by the way, I have limits! That is it for today, this is one happy bunny signing off, Ray - and again thanks for the info David and Seahawk!
  10. I have seen the threads on here about 'What are you reading' and 'What are you listening to', so I wondered what is your favourite series on TV or any of the common viewing options? To start the ball rolling, at the moment my fave is 'The Brittas Empire' as seen on Forces TV, it is from the 90's and great fun. I thoroughly enjoyed it first time around and am amazed that it is still as funny (to me) even now. Up until a couple of weeks ago it would have been 'The Champions', but it has gone from the 9pm Sunday evening Talking Pictures TV slot. I will be interested to hear your choices. Cheers, Ray
  11. I could not wait for tomorrow! When I started to cook our evening meal, I decided to use the cooking time to see how the platform sat on the girders, so a quick dry-fit showed: Not too bad I am pleased to see! The platform has now been removed so I can get on with the paintwork tomorrow. All the best, Ray
  12. Thanks for that, and, to be honest, I don't know either! It is just on the limit for what I can do and see, which does not bode well for the Combrig HMS Victoria! Thanks, and it may be getting there for me too! Today, while listening to a Hawkwind CD, I tried to calm my nerves and deal with the Forth Road Bridge girders under the control area. As mentioned in my last post, it was a bit of a cat's cradle, and the instructions were not too clear as to what went/bent where, so I had to come up with a plan. They suggested that all the bracing was added to the underside of the bridge platform, before adding the lot to the hull. I decided differently to that. First I had to fold the main support array: Not very easy, as the fold were on an angled piece of etch, and I found it awkward to keep the assembly (can you have a one-piece assembly?) straight? There were folds in the middle and forward, but the angles forward were not shown, but the rods needed to sit behind the circular structure slightly forward of the platform. Anyway, the thing seemed to align okay and sat square when I popped it onto the ship and also in the modelling mat grid, so I put a couple of PVA dots down at the back of the underside of the platform, and delicately attached this support before adding some CA. To complicate the support structure, there were also two outboard support arrays, again with an angled piece that needed folding. This time the problem was making sure it was suitable far out under the platform, but where it met the hull sides. A difficult thing for me to get right, but part two of my plan was to add these to the hull instead of the underside of the platform, so I noticed the starboard support was canted aft slightly, so I was able to pull it back off and refit it after trimming the fret nub which had not been dealt with properly in the first place, silly me. These have been painted now, and it remains to be seen, hopefully tomorrow, whether the bridge platform will fit properly or not. And I must remember to paint the windows a glossy black before I add the platform. I am also beginning to wonder if the forward gun is set up correctly, it looks like the breech is too far aft of the shield in the image. Thanks for looking, and the comments Ray
  13. @ArnoldAmbrose, cheers Jeff! I only had a few minutes to work on this yesterday, but got a couple of winches and the forward main gun fitted and had no problem sliding the gun shield over the barrel. Today, I had a bit longer, and decided to concentrate on the bridge. It is a quite complex structure, and open as was the wont in those early days. Combrig supplied plenty of resin and photo etch for this area, and it is not very big. I started on the easy stuff first: There are two doorways and the cabin front as etch. Thankfully, the area had a roof (nautical names are available) so that gave me the angles to bend the main area of etch to. The roof was a little tricky to fit, it had a tendency to angle either down towards the bows, or back towards the props! I eventually sorted it out, then added a pair of etch ladders up to the top deck, and an etch 'plinth' for some instrumentation which will be added if when I get the bridge mounted onto it's cats cradle of girders. And I realised I still need to paint the wood deck on that small forward section. You can see what I need to build up from this section of photo etch: I need to bend the two sections at the top of the fret, and that long section on the right hand side. I also need to clear some poorly etched area around some of the parts too. This lot is then supposed to go under the bridge platform I have just been dealing with, then the whole lot onto the deck. It is a bit more complicated than a Type 45! But I really enjoy these challenges. The one challenge I am really flummoxed on is how to mount the ship's boats onto the davits. The images I have downloaded show they were suspended, rather than sitting on the decks (except for the two in the cradles). I need to figure out a way of adding the falls to either the boats or the davits in such a way that I can then glue them to the davits or boats and not destroy the thing with my shakes. Any advice would be appreciated. That is it for now, thanks for looking and for the 'likes' and comments. Ray
  14. I would like to add my thanks to @rob85 for hosting, and to an excellent Group Build, plenty of subjects and such a high standard too (as usual!). All the best everyone, Ray
  15. Adrian, I have just recently started a WIP thread in Maritime for an HMS Gloucester (1910) resin build that stalled during the 'In the Navy' Group Build last year, and all I did was add a link to the GB thread I had been doing so anyone who wanted to could look back at that. I hope that helps! I know I for one will be very happy to see this progress so I will keep an eye out for this most amazing conversion! Cheers, Ray
  16. Due (or owing to) a late night last night (child-minding), I decided to give the masts a rest today, and tackled something easier instead. It was time to add the boat cradles which should have been added prior to those small guns. The cradles were a single piece of etch for either side, but required legs folding down. That sounds simple, but they also involved a bracket that needed to be bent, and they were very close to a sticky-out bit that must not be bent! It took a little thinking about, but eventually I used the pointy end of a scalpel blade to do the job, and it all bent where it should, and not where it shouldn't. The 'sticky-out' bits look like they are where davits fit later on. You can also probably see why I added the small gun under the cradle before fitting the cradle. The boat chocks were also part of the etch fret, but when I cut the first one off, I saw it gently floating up into the ether, never to be seen again, despite scrabbling around in the carpet with my super-duper high-powered torch and magnifiers. In all the etch I have done on ships, that was the first bit that has behaved like that. I used some chocks from another WWI etch fret (which was destined for a 1/700 HMS Dreadnought-type ship). There was a reason to add the ship to the base as I mentioned yesterday. Sticky-out bits (yes, even more!). Here is an example of four more bits that are just butt-fitted to the hull sides, they took a lot of aligning due to my shakes but holding the base, and using the base as a brace for the tweezer/part-holding hand, they eventually went on without being lost. Phew. The aft searchlight platform and it's entry ladder are on, and I have also added four capstans - three forward, one aft, which were a delight as they were so large (but remember relativity): I will let that lot fully cure overnight now, and hopefully get that lot painted tomorrow. That is it for now, thanks for looking. Ray
  17. That is looking good, I hope it is giving you the confidence for the Hood! (and others). Ray
  18. Cheers Rob! This ship has so many delicate parts to it, I thought it was prudent to attach it to the base early, as it gives me something to hold. On another Forum, one modeller puts attachment bolts in the underside and uses an industrial-looking clamp to hold his ships, so I just modified the idea! Adding extra depth under the waterline helps too. I only had this morning for more work on this. Stage 1 of the instructions suggest adding the boat decks(?) by the aft funnel early, and then later on show that you add a couple of small guns under those decks. I decided to modify that, and fit the guns now. They were made up of a tiny pedestal, and a very thin gun. I am not able to hold my hands all that steady nowadays, so would struggle to deal with those. I had a plan... That was to cut off the barrel from the pour stub, attach a photo-etch grip to the back end of that, fit the pedestal to the deck and then attach the barrel/grip to the pedestal. All fine in principal. So I cut the barrel off with a razor blade, only to find it had snapped and shortened the aft end! Unperturbed, I added the etch part, fitted the pedestal to the deck with CA gel, picked up the barrel with tweezers, and had to hunt for the etch! Where had it gone? Goodness alone knows. Personally I think it was a Good Thing, as it looked over-scale, so I am not bothering with the other etch grips. Did I mention they were small? Those coal scuttles are only about 1mm wide, and that small gun is the one with the shortened stock. The one for the other side cut off nicely and looks a lot better. I also fitted the two ladders (I know there is a nautical term for it!) up from the main deck to the fo'c'stle: The front deckhouse is also in place, and in keeping with most of the resin I have glued on, was done with Glu'N'Glaze as not very much of this is load-bearing, and the PVA gives some wiggle time. I then took the opportunity to re-touch the paintwork of the parts that have been fitted since my restart. That is it for now, thanks for looking, and also for the suggestions! I think I will be re-doing the masts tomorrow when I have a bit more time using Kev's idea. Ray
  19. @longshanks, thanks for that idea! I had been toying with building the masts that way while I was trying to get back to sleep during the early hours of the last couple of nights. I don't think I got the upright overlaps right (no mention of lengths in the guides and the illustrations are not to scale) as they look too tall to me when dry-fitted. Cheers, Ray
  20. What a great result @CliffB. From this side of the screen it is difficult to tell it was the old Airfix one! Superb. Ray
  21. I drilled out the location holes for the 0.5mm masts this morning, and dry-fitted that aft one I had made. It still needs height adjustment though: I think that David is right, and having the mast a bit thinner is probably a Good Thing. I may still re-do the mast anyway and see if I can get an improvement, there is still quite a while before I get around to fitting them properly. This afternoon I had a bit longer to work on the ship. It was time to start building the forward main gun, three small resin parts and two even tinier etch parts. The gun shield was the most substantial but it had a film over the gun barrel opening. How do I clear it? The answer was not an oblong-shaped drill, but when I pushed a round drill into the opening, it pushed the film out of the way, easy as you like! A pair of sharp-tipped tweezers did the final shaping of the opening. Phew! I found the shield was a good slide-fit to the gun barrel (prior to adding the pedestal and etch footplates), but when they were added it became a rather delicate item. Goodness knows what the 10 other, smaller casemate guns will be like. I added the control centre deck after adding an etch support brace, and then some other resin parts (ventilator, cable reel, circular control center and one incredibly miniscule vent?). The front of Gloucester is now beginning to look quite busy, and tomorrow it will be time to repaint all the bits I have put on these last few days. I had given the lot a pre-coat when they were still on the pour blocks, so should not need much extra. The gun is just dry-fitted, but it slid into the location hole really well, and might not even need glue. It should give a firm support though when I do add the shield. The forward mast location point is just behind the under-deck brace, that is why I drilled it this early. Well, this has gone pretty well today, I hope it continues in this fine vein. Thanks for looking and for the comments, Ray
  22. Hello all! There has been a little progress on 'the other G-Ship' also known as HMS Gloucester! It has been experiment time today, as regards the masts. I had a few practice runs, trying to tin the brass rod and then soldering them together. I needed more practice. Then I tried using solder paint and flux, and that was much better. I decided to use the system which worked! This is the start of the practice run - I taped the brass rod into position on an old ceramic tile, painted some solder paint into the joint, then brushed some flux (phosphoric acid) onto the paint, and touched the hot soldering iron to it and saw what happened... The first thing was there was a little crackle and a splatter of stuff puffed from the joint. I left the soldering iron tip on the joint for a couple of moments and the area went a silver colour. I left that for a short while to cool down, and the two parts did not fall apart when I pulled the tape away. Then it was time to do the real thing! I had to use three verticals, so I soldered those 'on their side' so to speak, left it to cool, then used blue tack to position the yardarms and then soldered those on. One yardarm (the middle one) was slap bang over a previously soldered joint, but the joint held okay. The problem was, would everything align okay? Yes! It was not too bad for a first proper go. I have washed the joints to get rid of the flux. I am not sure if I will use this mast or try and make another. The Combrig instructions suggested 0.6mm rod for the mast uprights, but the nearest I had was 0.5mm and they seem possibly a little thin - I will think on it. I made the lower upright over-long so it will slide into a hole which I will drill into the hull, the location is marked in the hull moulding. That is it for now, this was a big step in this project, and gives me a renewed kuta! All the best, Ray
  23. Sorry for the late reply Pat. Sadly, nothing has been done to this, and it has been 'suspended' for the time being. I think I have "vac'd out" after the vacform Felixstowe and Bristol Scout, and need to do something different to keep my mojo going. My apologies to all! Ray
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