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Bluebell by Kevin - Revel - 1/72 - with full GLS upgrade


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good evening everyone, its me again

back to the 2 pdr qf mk viii gun with bandstand

i wasnt confident enough a few weeks ago to put this brass strip onto the platform, but as i feel my soldering has improved a little i attempted it this weekend, it is slightly off centre, but im happy with it

the rivet belt was also added as was the the top ring, the photos are very glarey, and make it look far worse than it is

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two 2nd hand books and photo etch bits

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10 hours ago, robgizlu said:

Really impressive work - I agree with Tom

You've caught the Corvette Bug Kevin!!

I'll be interested to know how you rate the Phoenix Precision products

Rob

 

yes, i have been discussing doing one in 1/48 or 1/24,

but other options include a minesweeper like the RN Ton Class

or a large scale MTB

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Really impressive stuff.  Having retrieved my Flower Class from the loft monster 4 weeks ago to allow our builders to put a new roof on, I realised that it will take a fair bit of work to correct the awful modelling that it endured when I first started it back in about 1978/79 but its certainly do-able. 

 

Question is, how do I explain to the wife that the GLS upgrades will cost >£400 for a kit that still has it's original £29.95 price ticket on?!

 

Note to self.  Must learn to solder properly before I start this

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On 15/09/2019 at 08:21, Chewbacca said:

Really impressive stuff.  Having retrieved my Flower Class from the loft monster 4 weeks ago to allow our builders to put a new roof on, I realised that it will take a fair bit of work to correct the awful modelling that it endured when I first started it back in about 1978/79 but its certainly do-able. 

 

Question is, how do I explain to the wife that the GLS upgrades will cost >£400 for a kit that still has it's original £29.95 price ticket on?!

 

Note to self.  Must learn to solder properly before I start this

Good question, and i have a very good answer

 

As for the soldering, i prefer it to glueing now, i am still making a few mistakes, but overall im happy, its just the photos make it look awful

 

my next build i may look to use thin metal rather than plasticard

 

the St Nectan or this build will be finished before i start the 1/48 Paddle steamer Talisman

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good evening everyone

 

i have tried to get into a routine of doing something on any of my builds every day, its surprising what can be done in a couple of hours, and it is weening me off the PC  (that can only be good)

 

most of the big bits are now started, so at any time i can go from one piece to another

 

most of the hedgehog launcher is done and protection screen

 

NOT MY PHOTO

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wip on the engine room skylight

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and now the depth charge racks are on the go

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5 hours ago, europapete said:

Chewbacca, GLS sell the sets individually, so you can accumulate them all over time without having to shell out a big lump of cash up front. Makes it easier on the budget 👍 Regards, Pete in RI

That's certainly the way to go but knowing my luck - because it's happened before - I'd get half and then it would go out of production!

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1 hour ago, Chewbacca said:

That's certainly the way to go but knowing my luck - because it's happened before - I'd get half and then it would go out of production!

i read the other day that Revell have/are dropping the ship from their list, but not to panic as there are lots on the shelves

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On 9/15/2019 at 8:21 AM, Chewbacca said:

Question is, how do I explain to the wife that the GLS upgrades will cost >£400 for a kit that still has it's original £29.95 price ticket on?!

It was great to meet at last, yesterday evening Ralph. As for explaining that spend to the wife, I can only wish you the very best of luck!

 

The amazing build continues Kevin. I am curious with all this brass, what will you use to clean, and then prime it? I've had variable results with priming then painting small bits of brass.

 

Terry

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1 hour ago, Terry1954 said:

It was great to meet at last, yesterday evening Ralph. As for explaining that spend to the wife, I can only wish you the very best of luck!

 

The amazing build continues Kevin. I am curious with all this brass, what will you use to clean, and then prime it? I've had variable results with priming then painting small bits of brass.

 

Terry

Terry good evening

 

i have been suggested to try this,

 

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good evening everyone

some of the work that has been completed

 

i moved from aft again to the bridge area, and progressed onto the the twin guns (20mm) i think,

one went together ok but the other one became a disaster, not helped by dropping it and not finding it because it caught in the dogs hair as later found in the garden

the platforms have to be adapted, to allow for the guard rails, the etch has a scribe line where it is to be cut if required ( as this gun was used in many builds) and it may not need to be adapted

then i cleaned the platforms with the etch cleaner, and for the first time i mixed a tiny amount of the etch primer let it sit for 3 hours and applied it, i impressed with the results, but also learnt not to put the etch cleaner in plastic yogurt pots

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good evening everyone

the main deck has been fitted now so i have a solid non flexing hull, the gross beam were reinforced with brass rod

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the 1/4 deck was also fitted, i got a brilliant fit, but when i tried the superstructure it seams the 1/4 is to far forward, if i correct it where it needs to be the deck will be 1/2 way up the depth charge exits in the stern, so may have to file some away at the same time thin the stern bulkhead down

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this afternoon i made some of the mast up with the lookout cage, this is all soldered, i just need to straiten som of it out to look more presentable

made the engine room cowls as well, yes its some kit plastic

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nothing on the deck plates has been fixed into position 

i have decided on her final colours, they are colour coat enamels supplied by soverign Hobbies and will represent her 1945 image

the ladder, 3 piece PE set with a shaped ring

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Ladder need to go forward at the base in line with the steam pipes

 

the new steam pipe does not look rifht, infact it looks like it being forced into position, i will have to sort that out during the week

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