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HMS Hesperus & U93
RussellE
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Posted: Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 05:02 PM UTC
How did I miss this?

Oh well, all caught up now and following along
RedDuster
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Posted: Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 03:30 AM UTC
Hi Russ,

No worries Mate, welcome aboard. Good timing too, today's update will follow shortly.

Cheers

Si
RedDuster
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Posted: Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 03:55 AM UTC
This weekend's progress.

Basic start to the weathering on U93



One small job I overlooked before I painted the deck, was removing the mount for "Y" gun. Done and painted over. There will be extra reload depth charges sat over that spot, so I haven't filled and filed.



More sub assemblies, "X" gun deck, and the 0.5" platform etched up.



The searchlight and emergency control platform as supplied.



etched up, the moulded on binnacle has been replaced with a North Star models part, and a spare wheel has been found and fitted.



An overview of the Hesperus.



What I found at the LME to help with the water.



The contents of the box, resin, hardener, mixed pots and measuring kit.



More soon.

Cheers

Si


JJ1973
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Posted: Monday, January 23, 2017 - 10:25 AM UTC
Very nice work, Si!

I'm really curious and looking forward to see how you are approaching the 'solid Water'...

Cheers,
Jan
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Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
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Posted: Monday, January 23, 2017 - 06:27 PM UTC
Cool idea and good start Simon,

Looking forward to seeing how that boxed water works out.

How do you do so many models at the same time?

Bryan
RedDuster
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Posted: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 12:07 AM UTC
Thanks Jan,

You and me both, need to some experimenting with it first. Intend to use a foil base as usual, and use the "solid water" to add depth to the confused wake between the ship and the boat, id it works, might lead to some interesting projects in the future.

Cheers

Si
RedDuster
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Posted: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 12:13 AM UTC
Thanks Bryan,

welcome aboard. The "Solid Water" will take a little experimentation, but I am hopeful it will work.

Because my time in the workshop tends to one decent session at the weekend (two if I am lucky!) by working on more than one thing at time I always have something I am not waiting for paint or glue to dry. just organisation, keeping the sprue in their own boxes, the only danger is mixing the etch up! keeps me on my toes.

Cheers

Si

RedDuster
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Posted: Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 01:43 AM UTC
A bit more progress this weekend.

Etch on the funnels.



WA white on the main superstructure components.



Pennant number added.





WA blue (lifecolor) added to the funnels and funnels fitted.



Funnel stays next.

More soon.

Cheers

Si
RedDuster
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Posted: Saturday, February 04, 2017 - 01:40 AM UTC
Cracked on with this project today.

Main armament sprayed.



Bent gun barrel was very easily straightened.

A gun in place with trainer, gunlayer and one of the loaders in place.



The U boat gets 3 figures on the conning tower, the captain is at the aft end, with the white cap cover, probably praying they are going to clear Hesperus' bow.



more figures on for A gun.



Light AA gun platform in place.



Funnel stays.



B gun platform / lower bridge in place.



Start to weathering the hull, Hesperus was a very hard worked destroyer.



Playing with what the final job should look like.





More soon.

Cheers

Si
Grauwolf
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Quebec, Canada
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Posted: Saturday, February 04, 2017 - 03:39 AM UTC
Hi Simon,

Excellent progress....it is looking real good!

Cheers,
Joe
Cosimodo
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Posted: Saturday, February 04, 2017 - 01:22 PM UTC
Simon,
Staying in touch with this and the progress is looking great. I like the figures, they should add some drama to finished scene.

cheers
Michael
RedDuster
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Posted: Saturday, February 04, 2017 - 02:51 PM UTC
Thanks Joe,

Appreciate your support.

Cheers

Si
RedDuster
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Posted: Saturday, February 04, 2017 - 02:55 PM UTC
Thanks Michael,

I think in a diorama / vignette like this getting the figures right will make or break it.

Cheers

Si
RussellE
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Posted: Sunday, February 05, 2017 - 01:34 AM UTC
Moving along nicely Si

going to be a very dramatic diorama when completed
RedDuster
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Posted: Sunday, February 05, 2017 - 01:34 AM UTC
Today's progress.

One thing missing from the kit is the splinter matting that goes around the searchlight platform and the 3" gun platform. Two things on models that really grate with me are perfectly painted D Day strips on aircraft and neat splinter matting on ships.

Some little bits of plastic strip cut up ready to make the individual mats.



Some of mats shaped and detail scribed on them.



Mats fitted around the searchlight platform.



Reason for the vessel having no "Y" gun, and not needing to fill the location hole, extra depth charge stowage.



Mats around the searchlight painted and a wash added to bring out the detail.



details still need picking out and the searchlight and some crew need adding before putting in place.

'X' gun deck in place.



More soon

Si

JJ1973
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Posted: Monday, February 06, 2017 - 10:20 AM UTC
Very cool updates, Si! Quite some scratch work again, and the figures really bring the dio to life!!
This is going to be a very nice diorama of that battle!

Cheers,
Jan
RedDuster
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Posted: Tuesday, February 07, 2017 - 02:15 AM UTC
Thanks Jan,

I must admit I am quite pleased with the splinter matting, bit tedious, but once you get in the zone, like anything repetitive it isn't too bad.

The figures are a mix of North star & Fujumi, just hope I have enough to go round.

cheers

Si
RedDuster
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Posted: Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 02:25 AM UTC
Today' progress.

The 3" AA platform with railings attached.



Splinter matresses fitted.



The searchlight platform / secondary control position detail painted and fitted.



detail on the forebridge.



The 3" platform painted, with a wash over the splinter padding, and glued down.



Bridge structure glued down.



overview of the Hesperus.



More soon

Ceers

Si



JJ1973
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Posted: Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 11:05 PM UTC
Really cool with those scratch-built splinter mattresses!!

And the paint scheme with some colourful spots really makes them stand out!

Looks beautiful, Si!!

Cheers,
Jan
RussellE
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Posted: Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 01:21 AM UTC
The scratch building is really cool Si!
RedDuster
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Posted: Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 03:36 AM UTC
Thanks Jan,

Pleased with the splinter matting, as it was separate mats just trying to replicate the real thing, more monotonous than difficult.

Cheers

Si
RedDuster
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Posted: Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 03:49 AM UTC
Thanks Russ,

Sometimes there is no option but to do a bit of scratchbuilding, and like all things it is mostly practice.

cheers mate.

Si
RedDuster
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Posted: Monday, February 20, 2017 - 01:00 AM UTC
Little bit of progress around commissioning the Repulse.

B & Y guns detail painted, and their trainer and layer in place.



fitting B & Y guns and checking they are trained correctly.



The replacement 12pdr AA gun.





Built and compared to the kit part.



More soon... I hope

Cheers

Si
JJ1973
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Posted: Monday, February 20, 2017 - 10:29 AM UTC
The setup looks really good, Si!

And those 12 pdrs are really worth the effort! Great improvement over the kit's (white metal ones?)!

Cheers,
Jan
RedDuster
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Posted: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 12:13 AM UTC
Thanks Jan,

The trick is now going to be getting the figures in the right place.

The kit 12pdr is white metal, not the best, a some etch would have helped though. Sorry mate, one of my favourite Whinges, lack of help for open gun mounts.

Cheers

Si