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  1. Now I have finished practicing my skills with the Dodo Models Armidale resin kit it is time to turn my attention to my next project. I was given (at my request) the Atlantic Models HMS UPTON kit at 1:350 scale as my Christmas present. This was influenced by the kit review on this fine forum back in November 2015: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234992178-hms-upton-ton-class-minesweeper-1350/ This is my first Atlantic models kit and I am very impressed with its quality. I have always had a liking for the TON class ships and I have fond memories spending a weekend on HMS BRERETON sailing to Douglas on the Isle of Man from Liverpool when I was a Sea Cadet. HMS BRERETON was at the time assigned to Mersey Division RNR and not surprisingly I am going to model BRERETON as she was in 1985. I shall get the controversial bit over and done with now so that it does not detract from a very crisp and detailed kit. The name on the kit box of HMS UPTON is deceiving, for those who know the history of the TON class, the ships underwent a number of conversions over their long lives with some ships becoming Mine Hunters and others remaining as Mine Sweepers. HMS UPTON was a Mine Sweeper retaining the original bridge superstructure. The Model in the kit is a Mine Hunter with the modified bridge superstructure and mast; In fact the kit mouldings match the Jecobin Drawings for HMS NURTON. To be fair, HMS UPTON was the lead ship of the class and by the time of their retirement no two ships in the class were identical. However anyone wanting to build HMS UPTON from this kit would need to do some serious conversion work as the bridge superstructure and mast are entirely different let alone the inclusion of the Influence Sweep drum on the sweep deck. That said with 119 ships in the class, a 30 year plus life and service in 9 Navies there is plenty of scope to build a unique model for those daring to build something different. This is not my first attempt at building a TON having scratch built HMS BRERETON in 1:144 nearly 30 years ago (and is now a bit of a wreck): I also have a part built Deans Marine kit at 1:100 scale which I am intending to finish (eventually) as HMS Iveston.: As a consequence I have a reasonable source of research material to help me with this build. I have 1:96 Scale drawings for HMS NURTON by Jecobin: 1:48 Scale drawings for HMS IVESTON from MAP Publications: And I have an ancient copy of Model Boats magazine with drawings by Eric Dyke for HMS WOOTON. Having said all that I am not anticipating that I will have need to refer the scale drawings as the detail provided in the kit is very good. There are some minor changes that I will need to make to the kit and I will address those as I advance through the build. First up pictures of the box and contents: I have also bought some extras to enhance my build, some 1:350 Scale Non slip deck PE by Fly Hawk and Brass Barrels for the 40mm Bofors. One of the things I like about this kit is that there is an option to produce a full hull or waterline model without the need for surgery and I will be presenting my model HMS BRERETON in her element in a similar manner to my other models. That’s it for the introduction hopefully I will be posting pictures of progress soon. I hope you all enjoy.
  2. It has taken some time but here are some photographs of my build of HMS Brereton a Ton Class mine hunter as she appeared in 1985 when she was attached to the Mersey Division of the Royal Navy Reserve. I managed to spend a weekend on board sailing from Liverpool to Douglas in the Isle of Man when I was a Sea Cadet. The model is based on the Atlantic Models kit and this is the first kit I have built from this range. I have made some improvements to this kit by designing and having manufactured some Photo-Etch detail. There is a complete build log on forum here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235001978-ton-class-mine-hunter-hms-brereton-and-minesweeper-hms-wotton-1350-scale-atlantic-models-kit/#comment-2348495 This gives some details about my build and about the Ton class that might be useful for anyone wanting to build one of these fine ships. So here is my model of HMS Brereton: I designed my own Photo Etch to enhance the model: As a post script, I have a spare set of the Photo-Etch available if anyone is interested. I hope you enjoy the pictures and I will back soon with my conversion of the same kit to a Mine Sweeper. Thank you. Paul.
  3. I have been absent from the ship section of this site for far too long. I plan to get back to my long-paused Ark Royal 1987 build this year, but before I do I thought I'd get my 1/350 eye back in. I was in the RN from 1978 - 1997, and my (very long term!) plan is to build a 1/350 model of every ship in which I served (and 1/48 model of every type of aircraft that I flew, but that's over in a another part of the forum!). That means, in order... Dido, Norfolk, Fearless, Boxer, Ark Royal, Broadsword & Blackwater... In some cases a good quality model is available; I have the Atlantic Models Ikara Leander (Dido) and DLG (Norfolk) kits safely in the stash. You can find my Ark Royal elsewhere on here. Though the chances of a mainstream kit of them are approximately nil, I am still hopeful that Peter Hall will get round to a Batch 1 Type 22 (Broadsword), and it's not completely impossible that he will do a Batch 2 (Boxer). After that it gets dodgy; I am going to have to scratch build Blackwater and Fearless - but since they respectively were my first (and only) command and the ship in which I went to war, they're arguably the most important of the lot! Anyway, most of those are along way off. When I was appointed to Blackwater in early 1992, she was in refit and not looking ready to emerge for at least a month, so my Boss sent me to sea in order to get some early experience of the Fisheries Protection malarkey before I was in charge of a patrol in my own ship. So I was never officially appointed to Brinton, but I spent a couple of very happy weeks in her in early 1992, boarding dodgy French and Portuguese trawlers in the Western Channel. There is also the modelling point of view; I am doing this because it will be first experience of one of Peter's beautiful kits, and I thought I would learn on a relatively simple one (no monstrously complex PE radars or Sea Slug launchers!); Brinton fits that description perfectly. So here we go with the statutory box photo: As you can see, I have a copy of the stunning Jecobin plans (I never do a ship build without decent plans), shown here reduced to 1/350 size. The plans are of Nurton, and the model matches them beautifully - those of you who followed @Paul E's Brereton build last year will recall that this means the kit isn't actually Upton (who was a 'sweeper rather than a 'hunter, and the kit is a 'hunter). [If you don't know what I am talking about, Paul explains it far better than me in his build, including photos!] Luckily for me, Brinton was definitely a mine hunter, so the kit can be used for her without any significant surgery. Apart from the Jecobin plans and a few photos, my only other reference source is this, which contains some useful close-ups of the class in all its varied forms: I am also lucky enough to have a sheet of Paul E's home-baked extra PE, which will allow me to improve a few details (doors, windows, the Bofors, petrol stowage rack, etc) - seen here in the foreground, with the resin, white metal and PE of Peter's original kit, plus some Master brass 40/60 Bofors gun barrels. So here goes! I should warn you that I also have a Seafire 47, a Seafang and a Walrus on the go at present, plus I am being badgered to re-start my Sea King and Ark Royal builds... this is not likely to be quick. But it should be fun... [famous last words]. More soon Crisp P.S. Why the title? Brinton had a long-standing affiliation with Fyffes bananas (the reasons are lost in the mists of time), and throughout her service both in MCM3 and the Fish Squadron had a large yellow banana proudly displayed on the bridge screen. [Auto-correct seems intent on telling me that Brinton should actually say Brenton, so if I slip at times during the build, blame Apple!]
  4. Here is the second of my Ton Class models, this time HMS Upton a Minesweeper. I was not originally intending to build this model but as I had decided to develop Photo Etch for Brereton I thought I should go one step further and develop PE to enable me to build another model to show the extent of the difference between a Minehunter and a Minesweeper. So I designed the PE and bought another kit. I originally started out with the intention of building HMS Wotton which is why the build log refers to HMS Brereton and HMS Wotton. http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235001978-ton-class-mine-hunter-hms-brereton-and-minesweeper-hms-wotton-1350-scale-atlantic-models-kit/#comment-2348495 However I changed my mind as I had no connection with Wotton whereas I grew up in a village called Upton. I am aware that in doing so I am causing confusion with the Atlantic Models kit that I converted. To be clear the Atlantic Models kit is a Minehunter and is actually HMS Nurton and not HMS Upton as stated on the box cover. Not that it matters too much as it is an excellent kit and a joy to build. So here are pictures of my HMS Upton, a conversion from the Atlantic Models kit to a Minesweeper: And finally here are some pictures with my models of HMS Brereton and HMS Upton together: I hope you enjoy the pictures Thank you Paul.
  5. HMS Upton Atlantic Models 1:350 The Ton class were coastal minesweepers built in the 1950s for the Royal Navy, but also used by other navies such as the South African Navy and the Royal Australian Navy. They were intended to meet the threat of seabed mines laid in shallow coastal waters, rivers, ports and harbours, a task for which the existing ocean-going minesweepers of the Algerine-class were not suited. The design of the class was led by the shipyard John I. Thornycroft & Company, and drew on lessons learnt in the Korean War, and numbered 119 vessels. They were diesel powered vessels of 440 tons displacement fully laden, constructed of wood and other non-ferromagnetic materials. Their small displacement and shallow draft gave them some protection against pressure and contact mines, and allowed them to navigate in shallow inshore waters. Primary armament was one Bofors 40 mm gun, although the South African variants also had an Oerlikon 20 mm cannon behind the funnel. RN vessels also had the same but they were gradually removed and an M2 Browning machine gun mounted midships. Sweeping equipment was provided for moored mines and magnetic mines. Many of the class were converted to minehunters by the incorporation of active rudders and the installation of the Type 193 minehunting sonar and associated equipment, including a very welcome enclosed bridge (the exception being HMS Highburton who retained her open bridge until de-commissioning in the 1970s, this actually becoming a source of manliness to her crew when meeting other Ton crews). These vessels only retained mechanical "Oropesa" sweep capability. The class served as patrol vessels in Borneo, Malaysia, Northern Ireland and Hong Kong. The minehunters played a significant role in the Suez Canal clearance after the Yom Kippur war. They also provided the backbone of the UK's Fishery Protection Squadron (4th MCM). Five of the class in Royal Navy Service were permanently converted to patrol craft for service policing Hong Kong's territorial waters in 1971. These vessels, comprising HM Ships Beachampton, Monkton, Wasperton, Wolverton and Yarnton had their minesweeping gear removed and were fitted with a second Bofors 40 mm gun aft of the funnel. They also received new pennant numbers: Beachampton P1007, Monkton P1055, Wasperton P1089, Wolverton P1093 and Yarnton P1096. It was originally planned to name the ships after insects, with names like Red Ant, Green Cockchafer and so on, but this plan was abandoned and the Royal Navy ships of the class were given names of British towns and villages ending in "-ton", hence the name of the class. With the rundown of the Royal Navy fleet in the 1960s, many were sent to become base ships for the Royal Naval Reserve allowing reserve crews to get to sea for short periods without a lot of effort to organise a crew of significant size. Some of these had their names changed to reflect the RNR Division they were attached to. The RNR vessels lasted until the introduction of the River-class minesweepers in 1984. The remainder of the RN ships paid off in the 1990s. The Model As with all the other Atlantic Model kits this one comes in a sturdy cardboard box, although admittedly somewhat smaller than normal in this case. Inside you are met with a box full of polystyrene chips, amongst which you will find a bubble-wrapped two piece hull, a bag of resin and metal parts, a sheet of etched brass, a CD containing the instructions and a small, but well filled decal sheet. As usual Peter has cast his magic and produced another superb resin model. The two piece hull is free from blemishes, pin holes or other imperfections other than the moulding pips on the mating surfaces of the hull sections. The detail included on the upper hull section is superb, with some of the finest bulkheads that can possibly be moulded. The detail continues on the small bridge and funnel sections of the superstructure, with only the small pour marks on the underside of each that requires any work, take care not to remove the locating pips though. The other parts made from resin are the buoy storage rack, complete with six buoys, two Gemini boats and the main sweep winch. The white metal parts include the 40mm mount, 40mm barrel, four sweep paravanes, or Oropesa as they are known, the hawser reel, the stern frame and towing bit, the anchor windlass, three liferaft canisters, and the propeller A frames. Some of the metal parts will require a bit of clean-up to remove the small amounts of flash attached to them. There are three short lengths of styrene rod provided, the two round section rods for the propeller shafts and a square section for the interior of the boat crane. The rest of the detail is provided on the etched brass sheet and includes funnel badges for the Hong Kong Squadron, a full set of railings, the anchors, jack and ensign staffs, boat deck, radar reflector fins, stern gear, buoy rack frame, sweep winch frame, boat derrick, propellers, funnel badges for the 1st MCM Squadron, mast, yardarms, mast platforms and their braces, sweep crane jibs and hand wheels, sensor cross, rudders, Oropesa cradles, radar mounting frame, radar antenna, stern sweep cradle guides, lifering ejector racks, signal lamps, DF antenna, plus vertical ladder stock and anchor chain. Construction begins with the modeller deciding how he would like to show the model off, either full hull or waterline. If full hull then the lower hull is joined to the upper hull and the joint filled and sanded as required. The 40mm gun is assembled from the white metal mount and barrel, whilst the life ring ejector racks, life raft racks and navigation radar mounting are folded to shape with the navigation radar antenna then fitted to the mounting. The 40mm gun, bridge section and funnel section are glued to the upper hull, along with the main sweep winch. The bridge section is then detailed with the various railings, DF antenna, vertical ladder, and fitted with the navigation radar and life raft ejector rack. The foredeck is fitted with the appropriate lengths of railing and further detailed with the anchors, their chains, the jack staff, two liferaft racks, which are fitted with two of the metal liferaft parts and the etched crane, complete with hand wheel. The mast is made up of two halves, which, when joined together are fitted with the three mast supports, and the various yardarms, platforms, braces, sensor cross array and the sensor panel, which is fitted to the base of the mast. The complete mast assembly is then glued into position behind the bridge. The Oropesa are paired up and fitted into the etched stowage racks, whilst the buoy rack is fitted with the etched frame, which contains the buoy arms which are in turn fitted with the radar reflector plates. The whole buoy rack assembly is glued into position over the main sweep winch, with the Oropesa racks just aft, two per side and the stern gear fitted to the transom. The quarterdeck is then fitted out with four cranes, each with separate hand wheels, the stern mounted towing bit frame and the two lower hawser guides fitted to the transom. The etched boat deck is fitted to the funnel section of the superstructure and fitted with the appropriate railings. The boat cranes is assembled and glued into position, with one of the Gemini boats fitted to the boat deck. If the model is being built in full hull configuration the propeller shafts, A frames, propellers and rudders are attached to the lower hull. Decals The smallish decal sheet contains complete pennant numbers for HMS Upton, M1187, P10, for the Hong Kong Squadron period, plus part pennant numbers M11, and M12 to which the individual numbers provided can be added, to make any of the class. There aren’t any nameplates, which is pretty understandable, considering how big this class was. The sheet also contains the bridge windows, for those who won’t like painting them in a large and small ensign and a large Union Jack. The printing is pretty good all told, although the flags are quite out of register, and a little bit thicker than the original decals Peter used in his Leopard class kits, so they should be easy to use. Conclusion Well, Peter does it again, with this release of another important class within the RN cold war fleet. With the exceptional moulding and etch we’ve come to expect from Atlantic models it would make a good kit to start with if you wish to build these multi-media style models. It is quite a bit smaller than the previous releases too, so would make for a nice centrepiece to a seascape that will be easy to transport and store. Very highly recommended Review sample courtesy of Peter Hall of
  6. This has been built out of the box,apart from figures and adding more detail to the superstructure.Very enjoyable build,that I have moved straight on to Leander class frigate as "HMS Hero" from the TV series.Enjoy the photo,s and a big thankyou to Peter Hall for bring out these kits. http://i699.photobucket.com/albums/vv360/mightyhood41/Ton%20class/Up%205_zps8m77ale7.jpg[/img
  7. Hi All With interested being shown in Paul E Ton Kit,Instead of Hijacking his build, I will show what I have done so far. I will skid the pics of the model,because the same as Paul E, Straight on to the build. It has as a lot a wooden deck ,I was happy until my ex naval buddies ,said it was too dark,already too far to change,so all a could do was weather it by dry brushing white to tone it down. Added detail on bridge and funnel,even added hinges on the lockers, very sad.
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