I decided to fit the original ships whaler boat instead of using the more modern RIB and the modified boat crane.
This meant having to scratch build one as the Academy kit and Pontos supplied a RIB. Again what was I thinking???
Its not as good as the one "Blespooky" did which by the way is a very nice FFG build, so much better extra detail scratch built than mine.
I did use some of the parts from the Pontos RIB and the result is close enough to the original boat. I need to tidy up the trim around the top and the outside, colour is not quite "wood" enough and a bit sloppy with the brush.
I had to make 6 small bags that hold a rope each which is used to provide some basic support as the boat is lowered. Used Si's trick of rolling wire to make them straight then added a drop of PVA to each then another after they had started to set to form a small bag shape.
They will get painted and fitted.
Australian FFG's had one additional "Whip" antenna than the US version. The Pontos kit doesn't have enough so I've used 4 of the 5 brass antennas in the kit and used the original plastic antennas for the 2 that sit above the bridge.
I also wasn't that impressed with the PE version of the antenna base assembly support (they lower the whips when operating a helo) so I used the original molded ones and one of the PE versions to make up the 4. USN version FFG's only had 3.