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NigelD

HMS violet

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My aim is to build the revell 1/144 corvette as my late father in law's ship, or at least an approximation of it. 

Does anybody know where I can buy suitable decals for the Hull markings, K35? 

Nigel

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Hi Nigel,   regarding the hull markings , you could use any suitable for aircraft , xtradecal (hannants) or fantasy printshop. You would have to measure the height required on the model

but 1/72 scale  would probably suffice. But remember there was  one on the stern as well so you will need 3 of each.  It carried white or black codes depending on the camoflarge scheme.

Just one thing,  you will  need to buy the HMS Buttercup version to make HMS Violet   as it had the minesweeping gear aft as well as higher depth charge rails and different stern plate

which is all included in this  particular kit

My father served aboard her 1942-46 , and I built the 1/72 version for him. If you want any details  I would be happy to assist.

Tony

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Thanks for your information Tony. My father in law would definitely have known your father as he was the CO for most of the war, Charles Napier Stewart. 

I never knew that Violet was used for minesweeping. All the information I have shows her as convoy escort or air sea rescue. Unfortunately I never knew my F in L and have nothing of his apart from his DSC which he received for the sinking of U641. 

 

Nigel

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Hi Nigel, Yes they probably did know each other , I have heard that name mentioned before. When I was younger I heard lots of stories about those convoy escorts  in the Atlantic,

Indian Ocean , Cocos Islands  and many of their ports of call. All very interesting. I don't recall many stories about minesweeping except a vague recollection that they did do some

at Oran during the North African landings (Operation Torch).  But she was definetly equipped for such with a big winch and paravanes down aft. Also a hedgehog thrower up forward.

Being new at this I'm not sure how to attach info or photos, if I can find your email I might be able to attach some info if you haven't got much.

Tony

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I've just looked at some photos of HMS Violet, on the Flower class forum(link below) and it had the oresposa minesweeping gear; Buttercup had the magnetic and acoustic minsweeping gear. Link to the forum -

https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/theflowerclasscorvetteforums/viewtopic.php?f=70&t=659&p=316&hilit=violet#p316

 

I have designed 3D prints of the minesweeping gear and the extra Oerlikon tubs on the RN flowers, these are available from my Shapeways shop - link -

www.shapeways.com/shops/nmp.

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Hi Tony 

 

You probably know, but there is a site dedicated to Violet (platenboring.com/Violet). This has some photos, including one of your father. What is not mentioned is the fact that she was involved in Operation Postmaster in a small way. Google is your friend here. 

The hedgehog is the weapon which sank U641. 

 

My e mail address is

Teamdeacon(at)btinternet(dot)com

 

Nigel

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