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The King! - HMS King George V, May 41
RussellE
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Posted: Friday, December 14, 2018 - 01:07 AM UTC
Small update before Christmas!

These are the MkIV pom pom directors fitted to the KGV in early 1941 as provided for by the kit

as you can see they look pretty toy like in comparison to the real thing


So I decided to remove them and replace them with some nice Northstar AM

after removing the cupola holding the upper director I had at it with a diameter 4.5 drill to get the bulk of the material out. Of course, I only held the drill bit with my fingers and twisting slowly to remove material

Here's the resulting cupola after removing material with the drill

and the bridge

I then had some diameter 5 rod made at work onto which I glued wet and dry sand paper


and the result: ready for paint with the hairy stick




Well that's it for now! No more updates before Christmas as the dockyard workers will be sent home for a few days to wrap presents for the kids

Merry Christmas to everyone! I hope the man in the red suit delivers hobby related material to you all!

RussellE
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Posted: Monday, December 10, 2018 - 08:33 AM UTC

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Those cranes came up nicely Russell, very sharp.



Thanks Ned

The cranes and the Walrus are awaiting paint at the moment, whilst I rain down destruction on the superstructure to remove the molded on (toylike) UP directors for replacement with nice Northstar ones!
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Posted: Thursday, December 06, 2018 - 11:19 AM UTC
Those cranes came up nicely Russell, very sharp.
RussellE
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Posted: Sunday, December 02, 2018 - 09:03 AM UTC

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Hi Russ,

Nice job on the Walrus' undercart. Cranes look great too, sometimes the actual finesse of the parts outweighs the level of detail.

Cheers

Si



I know what you mean Si Sometimes when trying to cram in every single little bit of detail, things just get out of proportion and no longer appear in scale


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Just caught with your Build Russ. Very impressive indeed.....Cheers mark



Thanks Mark-getting there. Made a commitment to finish her before the Mother-in-law goes home next April


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Russell,

Those cranes look sweet, they will add nice detail to the King George.

Mark



Thanks Mark. For a moment there I was worried I would have to pony up the dough for another AM set, but these Eduard cranes have worked out quite well.


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Russ,

I rather liked your WEM cranes, but these Eduard versions are even better! Don't know about you, but I hate re-work, so having a superior result must make it a lot easier!



Thanks Tim. I agree, re-work is tedious at best, and dangerous at worst. But in this case I think it was warranted, and you know, I'm really starting to appreciate Eduard's efforts on their PE for the KGV kits. In many instances they are the superior choice.

Speaking of re-work, currently deconstructing the molded on UP directors ready for Northstar replacements
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Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 07:36 AM UTC
Russ,

I rather liked your WEM cranes, but these Eduard versions are even better! Don't know about you, but I hate re-work, so having a superior result must make it a lot easier!
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Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 01:14 AM UTC
Russell,

Those cranes look sweet, they will add nice detail to the King George.

Mark
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Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 12:26 AM UTC
Just caught with your Build Russ. Very impressive indeed.....Cheers mark
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Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 10:04 PM UTC
Hi Russ,

Nice job on the Walrus' undercart. Cranes look great too, sometimes the actual finesse of the parts outweighs the level of detail.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 09:46 PM UTC
right then, time for a quick update...

First up the landing gear on the Walrus has been "retracted"



And the cranes have been re-built using the Eduard PE.



The Eduard PE seems to have a finesse that the WEM PE cranes lack, yet, the Eduard PE doesn't seem to have as much detail as the WEM cranes. Nonetheless I am happy with the results



Thanks for looking
RussellE
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Posted: Monday, November 26, 2018 - 09:55 AM UTC

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Hi Russ!

Very nice setup for the 40th birthday party!! But you Walrii business looks really good as well! The King is getting there, mate!

Cheers,
Jan



Hi Jan!

Thanks mate!

PS. The missus liked the party setup as well, phew!
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Posted: Monday, November 26, 2018 - 06:24 AM UTC
Hi Russ!

Very nice setup for the 40th birthday party!! But you Walrii business looks really good as well! The King is getting there, mate!

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 11:30 PM UTC
Hehe, didn't notice the bullet hole before Michael! Good spot.

Poor old Wilson at around the 9 minute mark. Showing up the Corsair's dubious carrier landing traits
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Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 11:24 AM UTC
Hi Russ, Nice link to the launch video. Wouldn't want to a tall sailor in that job. Also noted the bullet hole through the centre of the right windscreen.


cheers
Michael
RussellE
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Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 08:39 AM UTC

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Hi Russ,

I had a quick scan through the library, although most Walrus's sat on a cat wheels down seemed to be on a turntable catapult. I did find one or two in cross deck catapults on the launch cradle wheels down,

I reckon it's up to you mate.

Cheers

Si




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The other thing of course a Walrus with it's wings folded would have to have the undercarriage down, and it couldn't be retracted until they were extended.

I did find a photgraph in Raven & Roberts of HMS Prince of Wales Walrus being hoisted aboard, and that was definitely an amphibian, so more than likely KGV's would have been too.

Cheers

Si



Hi Si

a scan through RA Burts' battleships shows the same picture of a Walrus being hoisted aboard, wheels down. Also checked VE Tarrant's KGV class book along with an internet search and wheels up or down wasn't a hard n fast rule.

All the KGV class were equipped with Walrus as spotting planes before they were landed around 1943 and from what I can find out, I don't believe there was any protocol as to whether wheels should be up or down until a launch was imminent, at which point wheels definitely had to up!

There's a great video here here showing the launch of a Walrus. Some very brave men at around the 3 minute mark. Don't think that would wash in today's Occupation health and safety obsessed world

Anyway, back on topic, what made my decision in the end? I felt the plastic wheels supplied by Tamiya, while quite nice, didn't really match the finesse of the rest of the aircraft with the PE details, so it was off with the plastic wheels and on with the raised PE wheels!

Pic soon! Rebuilding the cranes at the moment using the Eduard PE set!

PS. There's a new book out that I might need to add to the library

here
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Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 10:22 PM UTC
The other thing of course a Walrus with it's wings folded would have to have the undercarriage down, and it couldn't be retracted until they were extended.

I did find a photgraph in Raven & Roberts of HMS Prince of Wales Walrus being hoisted aboard, and that was definitely an amphibian, so more than likely KGV's would have been too.

Cheers

Si

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Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 07:56 PM UTC
Hi Russ,

I had a quick scan through the library, although most Walrus's sat on a cat wheels down seemed to be on a turntable catapult. I did find one or two in cross deck catapults on the launch cradle wheels down,

I reckon it's up to you mate.

Cheers

Si
RussellE
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Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 03:04 PM UTC
Thanks Sean, Michael

Will have a look tonight Michael at the wheels. Lot's of pictures on the net showing up and down wheels... hmmm
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Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 11:42 AM UTC
Hi Russ,
I like the Walrus. Always difficult adding etch to planes in that scale. I would have one suggestion and that is remove the wheels. Catapult launched Walrus usually dispensed with them altogether, or if not they would certainly have been retracted.

cheers
Michael
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Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 06:06 AM UTC
Ahoy Russell

Very nice work on the birthday set looks great.

I love the cake as well - very unique.

Glad the night went well.

The Walrus looks superb!

Cheers


Sean
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Posted: Monday, November 19, 2018 - 09:20 PM UTC
Thanks Ned, Dave, Mark!

She's a wee one for sure. Once I've painted it, I'll post a pic of her next to the 1/72 scale Walrus for comparison
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Posted: Monday, November 19, 2018 - 12:08 PM UTC
Really nice work on the Walrus, you don't really appreciate it until you see it in scale and realise how small it is at 1/350.
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Posted: Monday, November 19, 2018 - 04:07 AM UTC
Russell,

Amazing work on the Walrus. Cant wait to see the finished product.

Dave
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Posted: Monday, November 19, 2018 - 12:49 AM UTC
Russell,

Very nice work on that Walrus. Those modifications really did make a difference on appearance.

Mark
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Posted: Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 09:42 PM UTC

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Nice job on the Walrus, Russ.

All etched up like that, they do add a lot to the finished build.

Nice set up for your good lady's upcoming celebration.

Cheers

si



Thanks mate-the night went off like a frog in a sock!
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Posted: Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 09:05 PM UTC
Nice job on the Walrus, Russ.

All etched up like that, they do add a lot to the finished build.

Nice set up for your good lady's upcoming celebration.

Cheers

si