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HMS Rhyl F129, Огонёк (ex Frog) 1:500


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Hello, 

 

This time I would like to build something less usual but with very class hull lines - a Royal Navy Type 12 Frigate. 


I have chosen the old Frog 1:500 scale offering reissued in the former Soviet Union under the Огонёк brand. 
Last September I have found it on sale for the whopping amount of 2 EUR while visiting excellent Berlin Gatow model show.  

 

Among many good-looking Type 12 vessels I have picked HMS Rhyl during her Malta holiday between 1966 and 1967 - the final stage of the first configuration.

 

Here is the original boxart:

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The scale is a bit unusual as for today's standards but the interesting subject tempted a few companies to prepare the aftermarket updates: first PE from (Atlantic Models)...

Rhyl_001.jpg

 

... and 3D-printed parts from Bogeys Bits (via Shapeways).

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Also, I am going to add self made decals, PE (decks and some superstructures) plus some odd bits and pieces from my workshop reserves. 

 

OK, the first cut(s).

Rhyl_003.jpg

 

After the dust has settled the clean lines became to be visible (basically this is nearly all the plastic from the original kit I am going to use):

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The styrene is quite soft but highly workable. I have downsized the hawser boxes a little to make it closer to the original ones. Tamyia Extra Thin glue made the plastic to settle down a little...

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...but some CA glue came to the rescue:

Rhyl_008.jpg

 

The portholes were drilled and filled with brass tubing of two diameters: 0.5 mm and 0.3 mm - the bigger and the smaller ones respectively. The bridge deck has been just glued on and the funnel dry-fitted for the photo.  

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The funnel - Bogeys Bits offer the raked funnel used in the later guises of Type 12. The resin is very hard and a bit brittle but I managed to clean nearly all the grain from 3D printer as well as to drill the top openings. The confused alien has just been born. ;)

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One last glance at the hull lines...

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... and on the small decal sheet I prepared for my model.

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TBC.

 

Best regards, Marek

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Thank you guys! Decals were created using Adobe Illustrator software - in most cases I placed levelled and geometrically adjusted photos of the actual ship in the drawing file and then the shapes were traced. Please note this is a preview only - when I do some more in progress photos I will take one pic of the actual printout.

 

Best regards, Marek 

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Great job so far.  The decals look superb and I really like the concept of using brass tube for the scuttles

 

On 14/01/2020 at 18:38, junglierating said:

Surely all Leanders?

The way I read it was that the Leanders were later than the Rothesays.  But I agree - great looking ships all of them.

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7 minutes ago, Chewbacca said:

Great job so far.  The decals look superb and I really like the concept of using brass tube for the scuttles

 

The way I read it was that the Leanders were later than the Rothesays.  But I agree - great looking ships all of them.

Absolutely I concur only Julian said later leanders and would argue all leanders were good looking gash barges😆 especially mid Atlantic and disappearing and being goffered by a humongous wave...quite a sight from 10 spot 

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Thank you very much Kev!  I have to admit I am already familiar with this blog - it does contain quite a few valuable shots of Rhyl - but other modellers interested in RN Type 12 Frigates can benefit from it.

 

Meanwhile, the first deck is on. It seems like not much of a progress but at least I managed to get started. I drew the deck basing on photos of Rhyl and her siblings I have found in my books and online. When all decks are prepared it'll be practically half of the model done time wise. ;)

 

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The brass surface has been "wiped' with 1500 gradation 3M cloth - I wanted the small details to come out a bit. When large surfaces of brass are etched to half-thickness, the brass surface usually becomes dull and dark.

 

TBC.

Best regards, Marek

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Thanks Gents! 

 

A next step in this slow build - more brass on the stern.

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Not sure if it is the best order to fit the walls before the main deck is attached. I have another copy of the etched walls in case I will have to attach them to the main deck first an only then stick the whole set to the hull. We will see when the main deck is ready (the most time consuming part of this project).

 

The hawser bays got a small brass doubler underneath the opening.

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More substantial progress is visible on the funnel - now waiting for the primer coat to see what is left to sand down from the 3D-printed surfaces.

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Finally thanks to blacman's help I have received a nice custom set of bollards and chocks.

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TBC

Best Regards, Marek

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