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HMS Exeter, Battle of the River Plate, Trumpeter 1/350


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After the Graf Spee, what else could I assemble but the HMS Exeter. I got the kit several months ago, and have been adding some aftermarkets for a better experience, like:
1. Eduard Big Ed PE,
2. Infini models Brass Masts,
3. Scale Chain
4. Master Model 8" barrels
5. Master Model 4" barrels
6. Wooden base (same as used for the Graf Spee) it will be a waterline model

 

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The length of the HMS Exeter vs the Graf Spee surprised me, it does not seem too much shorter.

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Marco

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Well thank you for your opinions, guys, this is really encouraging specially coming from whom it comes!!!  Will do my best not to disappoint you!

 

Marco

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About to start this one, got a doubt.  I was about to order the 507C Light Gray from Colourcoats, but I see that is shows up as "discontinued".  Is there an equivalent within the same Colourcoats range? 

 

And if not, are the colours suggested in Trumpeter instruccions appropriate?

Mr. Hobby H338,  Acryvision N338, Vallejo 907,  Model Master 1732, Tamiya XF-14 or Humbrol 147.

 

Marco

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32 minutes ago, Marco1965 said:

About to start this one, got a doubt.  I was about to order the 507C Light Gray from Colourcoats, but I see that is shows up as "discontinued".  Is there an equivalent within the same Colourcoats range? 

 

And if not, are the colours suggested in Trumpeter instruccions appropriate?

Mr. Hobby H338,  Acryvision N338, Vallejo 907,  Model Master 1732, Tamiya XF-14 or Humbrol 147.

 

Marco

 

Hi Marco. We discontinued the entire RNxx range due to inaccuracies. We needed to overhaul the entire Royal Navy range in line with newer and more complete research and updating the RNxx paints was giving lots of headaches for our distributors and indeed customers who wanted the new ones not the old ones.

 

So, RN03 is discontinued. It was replaced by NARN22 in 2018:

https://www.sovereignhobbies.co.uk/collections/colourcoats-sea/products/narn22-1936-light-grey-507c-g45

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So let´s set sail on this one!  I bored open all the skylights, not difficult (this is only my 2nd ship, and in the previous one I did not bore them open).  

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Thanks to several scale modelers who have posted their assembly process of the HMS Exeter before, I knew right away of the many corrections this kit needs.  I scribed the planked deck around the bridge, still need to see how it looks like under a coat of paint.  Then I increase the width of the corridors around the bridge with plastic sheet, an proceeded to cut the openings for the passage below the bridge.

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And covered the planking around the forward boat area with green putty to simulate the antiskid material.  Will sand it later to obtain a smooth surface, want it to actually be at the same level as the planked deck level, no big step around it.  Up to now, the three updates that I did shown clearly in this picture: antiskid area, passage openings and increased width of corridor around the bridge.  So far, so good.

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Passage does not look good as it is, needs an inner structure, I used plastic sheet for the interior walls, and will open some doors or something for a better appearance.

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And finally the bridge interior needs some work.  With those big windows, and the skylights bored open, some kind of structure has to go inside.  I will issue a floor and walls for the upper level, pure "educated" imagination, don´t have the slightest idea of how the interior looked like (checked on a couple pictures of HMS Belfast, though...).  I have a pretty good idea of where the stairs are located (and I just noticed that I have drawn them facing backwards, steps should face forward), I will add them as well.

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Issuing the interior of the bridge was fun, no references, HA!  according to my own discretion.

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Not empty anymore, still neet to paing the interior.

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Some details in the tunnel under the bridge.

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And this is how it looks currently, made the openings for the ladders going from the commanding level to the bridge upper deck, will add ladders later.

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I corrected the number and position of the reinforcements of the barbettes.  Trumpeter provides 8 per barbette, but there should be 12 for barbette 1 and 3, different positions, and 8 for barbette 2, in different positions.  I chiseled and sanded off the molded one, and added the correct number/position made of plastic sheet.

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And here they are, much better than the scarce original ones, will see how they looked when finished.

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Thanks, the figures for the inside of the bridge are leftovers from a Fujimi IJN kit, in that scale, hard to make the difference.  But My intention is to get one set from NothStar Models for the rest of the ship (currently shipping costs are prohibitively high).

 

Marco 

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On 09/11/2020 at 12:35, Marco1965 said:

Thanks, the figures for the inside of the bridge are leftovers from a Fujimi IJN kit, in that scale, hard to make the difference.  But My intention is to get one set from NothStar Models for the rest of the ship (currently shipping costs are prohibitively high).

 

Marco 

Thanks.  Agreed with the North Star shipping costs.

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Some advances on the HMS Exeter.  I finished issuing the notches for the main turrets to rotate, I don´t like just inserting them in the barbettes.

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I started painting the bridge, "corticene" came first (50/50 Military Brown/Rust), and the interiors gray blue.

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As I had bored open all the skylights on the hull, I added cheap black plastic in the middle of the hull, to avoid the totally unrealistic situation of looking at the light of the opposite side skylights.

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Same as with the main turrets, I issued notches for the torpedo launchers.

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And finished assembling the torpedo launchers.

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Glued rear deck in place, perfect fitting.

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I added a bulkhead at the front end of the rear deck.  Don´t know if it was actually there, but didn´t like the view into the deep hull.

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Then started the painting process of the Deck.  I wanted to pre-shade at least two different tones of wood planks.  For that, I masked several planks and sprayed them in MIlitary Brown.

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I repeated the process, this time using Dark tan, instead, pattern became more dense.

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Finally airbrushed Colourcoats "Teak C01", taking care not to completely cover the "pre-shading" of the decks.

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The upped deck, which had be scribed, looks much better now!  I am quite satisfied with the results, still pending are washes and some retouches.

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18 minutes ago, S-boat 55 said:

Looking very good, I'd not thought of preshading the deck, I'm doing mine post as oppose pre the main colour, might try you way next time 

I tried that approach with my Graf Spee, I like how it looks, just wanted to try some techniques common on airplanes kits to ships, let’s see!

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Gidday Marco, I do a similar thing with my main turrets now. I like to be able to lock them in yet they're still removable if required. It never occurred to me to do the same with torpedo tubes. Maybe next time. The decks look good. Regards, Jeff.

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