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  1. P.S. sorry about the rough pics, I am laid up at the moment with cellulitis in my leg and struggling to get about or do anything much at the moment. Mick
  2. This arrived today and I must say I am blown away by the level of detail. Also got the mask set and wooden deck Everything shown except the deck and mask comes with the kit. The paint guide also shows the lower hull in grey anti fouling paint. I'm a little intimidated by this one and think I need to get a few more under my belt first. Mick
  3. Hi, had an interesting few days, never thought I would have so much trouble replicating the base for the torpedo tubes The two circular parts in the above pic. Styrene sheet was too thick, compass cutter would not go small enough, tried paper and that was a disaster. In the end I used a disposable pub menu and the Dspaie circle cutter, reinforced it with ca and made quite a good guess at the centre to drill the mounting hole. All the plastic parts that I can put on at the moment are now on. Now it's time for the brass work and no doubt much cursing. I am also going to attempt to make the mast from brass which I have not been very successful in the past, so if anyone has any hints or tips they would be gratefully received. I have problems with both gluing and lining the parts up. Mick
  4. Hi, finally got around to doing a little work. Pom Pom platform fitted and guns added, Main guns added, I had to drill out the mounting holes as the Micro master guns have a longer mounting spigot. Fitted the fore torpedo tubes. Hit a temporary snag with the aft torpedo tubes as I can't find my stash of plastic card anywhere, my compass cutter will not go small enough and my hole punch has gone walkabout. I have a Dspaie circle cutter which will easily do them, so will give that a try. I had a great time building the Pom Poms, which is a bit of a surprise as I normally struggle with P.E. Mick
  5. Flyhawk 1/700 HMS Hood, wooden deck and paint mask have been posted today. Mick
  6. Hi, no update tonight, too hot to wear my Optivisor. On a better note I have just had an e-mail to say my 1/700 Flyhawk HMS Hood, deck and paint mask has been dispatched today
  7. Hi, just a bit of progress again today, Foredeck assembled and installed along with funnel and searchlight platform. I first made the mistake of assembling the searchlight platform from 1942, with the 20mm Oerlikons before realizing that these were not present in May 1941. Wearing an optivisor in this heat is not very comfortable so progress will be a little slower. I also used the decals for the double red funnel stripe that was worn by Kimberley, Kingston and Kandahar at this time instead of the usual red and black stripe. As you will be able to notice there are quite a few touch ups to do, but I prefer to do as many at one time as I can. Mick
  8. I wish I had room for 1/350, running out of space for 1/700 !
  9. Hi, just a bit of progress today, decks are on and the bridge has been put together. Thank heaven for Optivisors. Progress may be a little slower than I had hoped due to sweat running into my eyes and dripping on my work, I'm a big bloke that doesn't cope to well in this heat I may try to do some more after it cools down later. On a plus note, my son has been camping and when we went to put the gear away in the garage (away from the house), I found a whole box of 1/700 ships I had forgotten about, Trumpeter 1943 Richelieu with deck and etch came back with me as I cannot ever remember buying it. Mick
  10. Hi, I can accept no praise for the masking of the upper works as I used the Flyhawk mask set, which I always use if I can get my hands on them. They are simple to use and I just go over them with tips of my tweezers once down. I did have to modify this set to paint the Semtex but it wasn't too much trouble. Mick
  11. Hi, camo on, so glad the upper works are plain 507c . Hopefully going to start some building now, first time using lower hull as I intend to embed this one in a foam sea base. The error on the lower part of the boot strip will disappear in the sea. I have been furloughed for a couple of days next week, so hopefully we will see some progress. Hope you all have a good weekend and don't get burnt, forecast 28 degrees here. Mick
  12. Hi, work is getting in the way of model time. Thanks to Colourcoats drying so quick, with no fear of lifting, I unmasked the deck and re masked for the Semtex, which I sprayed with a slightly darkened emergency grey. In my haste I forgot to mask the 507c, so had to re mask for that and then re sprayed it. Masking now removed, a few small touch ups will be needed. Next I will start masking the hull for the 507c, Home Fleet Grey and black camo. Mick
  13. Thanks Jamie, to the rescue again. I think i will go with the grey colour. Glad you piped up while I was cooking a BBQ as I was going to do the corticene when I came back. Thanks Mick
  14. Hi, I have been spraying the 507c and the black boot stripe and the anti fouling red, then I started to look at the deck. Could anyone help as the only reference I have found to the deck colours are from Shar2's build of Kimberley in 1940 colours, which shows a good portion of the deck is covered on corticene, am I right in assuming this would still be down in May 1941, any advice or help would be very gratefully received. Mick
  15. Hi, starting a new ship, Trying to make HMS Kimberley from Flyhawks HMS Jupiter. The most significant difference that I can see is Kimberley retained both stes of torpedo tubes. I have filled the square opening for the 4" AA gun and have made a start with the amazing Sovereign hobbies Colourcoats Narn 23 dark deck grey and masked up ready for the 507c. I will be using the illustration from "The Kelly's" book by Christopher Langtree. I intend to try to make this one my best effort yet, time will tell. More to come Mick
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