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  1. One of the things I picked up at SMW Telford was a new resin kit of the Royal Navy submarine HMS Tabard - (thanks Chris for the heads-up) This Group III T-Class sub is made by Starling Models and is an excellent kit of an iconic British WWII sub. The resin parts come in a stout cardboard box - filled with polystyrene 'worms' to protect the contents.... The 8-page instruction booklet is well printed with eay to follow steps.... Note the two types of gun emplacement. Colour painting guide. Superbly cast one-piece hull - with some 'flash' - but no air holes or bubbles - excellent casting The rest of the resin parts. Gun barrels from Mastermodel, etched brass fret and decal sheet. This is a quality kit of an important British submarine - and if it proves as popular as it should, we hopefully can expect more from Starling Models. I can't wait to get started. Ken
  2. Finished at last - my conversion of the AFV Club USS Gato into the USS Sealion in her transport role designated LPSS. I think I've made the raised decking too high. The Marines helicopter is a Shapeways 3D printed S-55...... It hasn't turned out as good as I would have liked - but I'm blaming failing eyesight and fat fingers... The helicopter main rotor blades are scratched, the crew figures are from a Fujimi set. Not perfect, but something a little different. Build thread is here - and more of my 1:350 scale subs are here. Ken
  3. 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.
  4. Ever since finding this photo of the Balao-class sub USS Sealion, I have wanted to try and model her...... All I needed was a 1/350 scale model of a Sikorsky HRS-3 helicopter to place on her widened deck aft of the fairwater..... Then I found that Shapeways Models made a 3D-printed S-55 heicopeter - so I was ready to start... I'm using the AFV-Club Gato-class sub as a starting point....... Sealion is a Balao-class sub (improved Gato), so I needed a late-style fairwater - also made by Shapeways..... The S-55 helicopters are sold in blocks of 4 - and they are simply stunning.... Here's a single example - all of 36mm (1.5in) long....... I just hope my failing eyesight and fat fingers can do it justice... All I need to do now is widen that decking aft of the fairwater........ watch this space. Ken
  5. "Gentlemen, I present to you the Soviet submarine Project 629..... 1 ping only Vasilly" This is the solid resin model from Polar Bear Models - who sell ready-made and painted submarine display models in 1/350 scale. As a sideline, they also sell the subs as 'kits' - consisting of a rock-like, chocolate coloured resin one-piece hull with separate propellers, masts and dive planes plus a decal sheet. I had to fill the display base mounting holes and sand down some bulges from its display origins - as well as the seam line down the middle - and wore out a few sanders and drill bits doing so - the resin is REALLY hard! Anyway - It's finished........ It was hard work - but it adds another Soviet type to my collection of 1/350 scale subs. More photos of the build here. The Polar Bear kits are quite expensive - but I might be be tempted to get a few more - especially the more unusual types. Ken
  6. I thought it was about time I started posting my completed builds in the Ready for Inspection section; starting with some pictures of my model of HMS Somerset, my third and favourite ship on which I served from December 1994 to October 1998. Somerset is the 11th Type 23 Frigate (although her yard number was T23-12). I joined the ship whist she was in build in Glasgow and had the privilege of being part of the team that brought the ship to life. I modelled HMS Somerset as she appeared in the period 1997 to 1998 and the starting point was the Trumpeter 1:350 HMS Kent kit and White Ensign (now Atlantic Models) Etched brass. I made some minor adjustments to both the kit and PE to correct some small mistakes and I designed my own PE for the first time with this model and I would like to thank Mike McCabe who helped me getting it made. All the details of this build can be found on the forum here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234979406-hms-somerset-f82/ Thank you and enjoy.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Finally finished - the MikroMir 1/350 scale kit of HMS K15 - which I have built as HMS K22 (ex-K13). I also converted another K15 kit as HMS K12 - with a raised fordeck in front of the bridge. The WIP is here - from months ago. They aren't the best models I have ever made - lost my modelling mojo halfway through - hence the long tome to complete. Anyway FWIW, here are the photos..... HMS K22 - straight from the box.... Ken
  10. Finally finished - the E.V.A Resin kit of the wartime HMS Upholder - along with my scratch-built 1990's version........ The 'distressing' looks a bit overdone, the camera makes it look worse - it doesn't look that bad to my tired old eyeballs - honest!!! I replaced the deck gun with one from a Mikro-Mir kit.... Ken
  11. Another resin kit from Blue Ridge Models - and the same comments apply - superbly cast, with excellent packaging and presentation. Two versions can be buit from this kit - the earlier missile-armed SSGN or the later, special ops boat with a SEAL delivery hangar and DSRV As I have already built a PIT Road Regulus-armed SSGN variant...... .... I'll be building the Blue Ridge model as converted for Special Operations. The kit...... Stout cardboard box with artwork.... Rear of the box showing the two variants. Excellent packaging and presentation - this is a quality product. Resin parts - note the two different sails and DSRV - plus etched brass and decals. Even the instruction booklet is colour (color?) coded for the two versions - a neat touch. This is another model that I will be adding to my growing collection of Special Ops boats. Ken
  12. Look what the postman just delivered....... The latest 1/350 scale submarine kit from the ever productive Mikro-Mir ..... and it's BRITISH !! The hull is in two vertically-split halves - minus the missile decking (which aids conversion) The decking - plus sail, dive planes, masts etc are on a separate sprue..... The package is finished off with an etched brass propeller and a simple decal sheet (why are British subs so plain? - not even a pennant number) The instruction sheet is a simple exploded diagram...... .... and a simple painting guide - black, black or.......... black. This is a very welcome addition from Mikro-Mir - if sales are good, maybe we will get more British submarine types. Thanks Mikro-Mir :thumbsup: Ken
  13. This is my conversion of the Airfix HMS Trafalgar into the earlier Swiftsure class sub HMS Spartan. This sub was fitted with a Dry Deck Shelter (DDS) for covert operations with the Special Boat Squadron (SBS). I was inspired by this series of photos - the only ones I have ever seen of the DDS. On my model the hull is shortened by 7mm from the Trafalgar kit, the single side vents are replaced by twin vents and the rudder is shortened by approx 5mm - all to make a Swiftsure class sub. For HMS Spartan, the decking behind the sail is extended to port and a scratch-built DDS is fitted - as well as a bathtub-shaped bulge on the starboard flank. I have tried to replicated the missing anechoic tiles seen in the photos when she was operating in Brazil...... Two 1/350 scale crew figures are added to give scale.... Clseup showing the DDS on the extended decking..... Starboard view showing the DDS, rear 'bathtub', twin vents and general scruffy appearance of this boat. I do wish Airfix would follow up their Trafalgar with some more submarine models - especially WWII types. Now, where is that photo of HMS Astute fitted with a DDS ???? Ken
  14. Look what's just 'surfaced' in my mail..... It is a solid resin model of a Soviet Golf-I class submarine. Made by Polar Bear models of Severodvinsk - they are sold as ready-made models - but they also sell the parts as 'kits' - minus instructions or painting details. This is not a problem as there isn't much to construct, the parts are self-evident and a view of the ready-made model shows the colours :- http://www.subs-n-ships.com/pics/subs/ussr/golf/400_golf.jpg The hull is a one-piece solid chocolate-coloured resin casting with a joint seam along the centreline, but is superbly moulded with no flaws or air bubbles... There are large holes in the keel to take the brass stands of the ready-made model - so they will need to be filled.. Once cleaned up it should prove simple to build.... A decal sheet, rear deck dome, forward dive planes, shnorkel, masts and propellers are included. I ordered the kit on-line and payed via PayPal - delivery took a while - but not a problem. I shall certainly be purchasing more of these kits from Polar Bear Ken
  15. The Mikro-Mir kit is supposed to be HMS M.1 - but as I already had a resin model of M.1, I decided to make HMS M.2 - before she was comverted into an aircraft-carrying sub. The only changes I made were to source the M2 decals from my spares box - white characters on top of black to get the 'shadow' effect. I also left off the deck gun - Internet photos show it not fitted.... The M-Class were nicknamed 'Mutton Boats' - because the 12in gun mounting looked like a leg of mutton. HMS M1 and M2 together...... This is another in the expanding range of 1/350 scale subs from Mikro-Mir I understand that they are planning to make HMS M2 with a hangar and floatplane - plus M3 when she was converted into a minelayer. Ken
  16. Just received the latest in Mikro-Mir's growing range of 1/30 scale submarines - HMS M.1 The M-Class were conceived and built after WWI as gun-armed Monitor submarines - fitted with a massive 12in gun. This new kit from Mikro-Mir is welll executed with injection-moulded hull and superstructure, an etched-brass fret of smaller parts and a small decal sheet with markings for HMS M.1 in two different colour schemes. The box art shows her in the earlier 1920 disruptive scheme..... The kit contents..... Instruction Sheet..... .... and colour scheme/ marking options....... As I have already built a resin M.1 in the disruptive camouflage, I will be painting this new model in her 1921 scheme.... Mikro-Mir are planning to kit all 3 of the M-Class - HMS M.2 as converted into an aircraft carrier and M.3 when she was a Minelayer. Mikro-Mir seems to be ploughing a lone furrow with their continuing release of early British submarines - more power to their elbow. Ken
  17. To add to my collection of US Navy early cruise missile subs....... USS Tunny.... .... USS Grayback.... .... and USS Halibut.... I decided to have a go at making the first of the breed - the USS Cusk. This was a Balao Class wartime sub converted to launch a US-built copy of the German V1 flying bomb - called the KGW-1 Loon. AFV Club to a range of Gato class submarine kits - so I selected the 1943 boxing - with its cut-down conning tower - as the nearest thing to a late-war Balao......... Apart from the upper hull, this sprue is common across all versions.... This lower sprue is unique to the 1943 boxing...... AFV Club include an etched brass fret for the propeller guards, railings etc.... and a 'generic' decal sheet...(but no 'USS Cusk' title for the rear decking) They even include a pressure hull inside - totally hidden from view.. All I need do now is build the model more-or-less as kitted, then add the hangar, launch rail and scratch-built Loon!! Watch this space.... Ken PS - The rest of my 1/350 scale submarine builds (including the US Navy Ballistic Missile subs) is here
  18. Another one to add to the collection - Mikro-Mir's Project 673 design study for a small SSN.... It was never actually built - just one of a series of experiments.... Note the lack of a separate conning tower. A few more photos of the parts here Ken
  19. The latest in Mikro-Mirs growing range of 1/350 scale submarines is this 'Project 673' design. This weird-looking sub was never actually built - it was a design study for a small high-speed nuclear sub - although a lot of its features were later used in the Project 705 'Alfa' sub.... There are few parts - a hull in two halves, diving planes and masts...... The assembly diagram shows the simple build.... .... and the instruction sheet gives a potted history and colour scheme..... Finishing off the package is the decal sheet, an acetate 'windscreen' and an etched-brass fret - with five separate propeller blades I can't wait to get started. Ken
  20. The release by Mikro-Mir of their 1/350 scale K-Class submarine kit opens up lots of conversion possibility's. The same basic hull shape is used on quite a few RN subs - albeit with longer or shorter hulls and differences in beam. One such sub is the mysterious HMS X.1 - a Cruiser Sub armed with two turrets each packing a pair of 5.2 inch Quick Fire guns. At 110m in length, she is 7m longer than HMS K4 and her beam is .09m wider - so all that is needed is to lengthen and widen the hull and scratch-build the superstructure and gun turrets - what could be simpler??? Having purchased the book I scanned and re-sized the drawings to 1/350 scale - unfortunately they are printed across the binding, hence the dartk line. I cut a piece of 3mm thick plastic card to the outline shape...... The thickness of the card takes care of the increase in beam. Now to lengthen the hull... Mikro-Mir K4 hull compared to the outline of X.1 The K4 hull had the upper casing and keel removed - and it was then chopped in half at the widest point - and strips of plastic card were used to bridge the gap to lengthen it... (this is just a test fit, the front section isn't glued in place yet).... The rear of the K4 hull was then cemented onto the X.1 outline - and the front attached in the same way...... I removed a section from the X.1 outline at the bows - because the K4 bow needs to be 'pinched in' to make a sharp prow. It's all a bit crude and I'm making it up as I go along - but I'm having fun so far. I need to add the other half of the hull (the port side) - then its out with the Milliput to fashion the bulged bows. Ken
  21. Just finished... I rushed it because I'm going to a model show on Sunday..... This has to be the best submarine kit yet from Mikro-Mir - delicate engraved injection moulding, with etched brass detail parts and a great decal sheet. :thumbsup: The only thing I changed are the two funnels - I replaced the two-part kit iems with ones I made from plastic tubing. Note the etched-brass propellers. I like to add crew figures to lend scale - these are 'converted' from a Fujimi Japanese crew set.... Note the decals for the bridge windows and waterline marks and the superbly moulded guns. The model was built in a hurry - 36 hours start to finish - but it has turned out OK. Go out and buy millions of them - to encourage Mikro-Mir to make more British Subs. Ken
  22. "Underway on Steam Power" ! My model of HMS K26 - the last of the class of steam powered submarines launched during WWI. I converted it from the Mikro-Mir 1/350 scale kit of HMS K4 - by lengthening the hull by 11.4mm and scratch-building a new raised casing and bridge....... The bow was also altered to make it taller - using Milliput to get the basic shape. The WIP is here More photos of the finished model...... Comparison between the kit (K4) at top and my conversion (K26) below - note that K26 is longer by 11.4mm. Now - anyone got any plans of HMS X.1 ?? Ken
  23. The last few of the K-Class subs had their hulls lengthened by 4m - from 103 to 107 metres - that's 114mm in 1/350 scale. I only have a small side profile drawing to work from - but I'd like to have a go at making HMS K26 - the only lengthened K to enter service. As well as a lengthened hull, she also has a raised, longer casing with a taller bridge and a raised bow (different from the 'Swan Bows' fitted to her shorter sisters) with six torpedo tubes and will look very distinctive next to Mikro-Mir's K4. Using the outline drawing as a guide, I cut the hull into front and rear halves - just in front of the beam torpedo tubes.... This does unfortunately mean that there will be a parallel section on the curving hull - but I wanted to preserve the torpedo mouldings, which are in the same place on both hulls. I also removed the casing - it will be replaced with a taller scratch-built version. I re-joined the hull halves using strips of plastic card glued inside the hull - the gaps on the outside will be filled with further strips of card. This photo shows the plastic card strips inside the hull..... This is progress so far - all very Heath-Robinsonish - but nothing that Milliput can't put right...... I'm sure that Mikro-Mir will re-issue the kit as a short-hull K with a Swan Bow - but I'm not sure if they will go so far as to make a K26. Anyway, I'm enjoying my conversion...... making it up as I go along....... Ken
  24. This is the Mikro-Mir 1/350 scale Sturgeon Long Hull model re-issued with a new sprue containing a Dry Deck Shelter for putting ashore Special Ops teams in covert ops. I scratched a Combat Rubber Raiding Craft (CRRC) and modified a couple of Fujimi 1/350 scale Japanese Naval figures into US Navy SEALS to show it 'in action'...... Another view of the CRR..... the photos make them look worse - honest! Ken
  25. Another one to add to the collection - this time the Mikro-Mir 1/350 scale 'Foxtrot' Class diesel submarine - finished as the Ukrainian submarine 'Zaporozhzhia'....... Ken
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