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HMS Hesperus & U93
RedDuster
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Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 10:40 PM UTC
Today's progress,

The foremast, the kit supplied white metal lower section, along the a brass rod replacement and upper section.



Joining the two brass rod section.



It doesn't show that well, but some cotton wool added to try and give a bit of life to the water between the ship and the boat.



The white metal crow's nest cut off the bendy mast and added.



etched yard arm, Radar and Huff Duff aerials fitted, apart from the ladder, that is foremast done.



more soon.

Si

RedDuster
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Posted: Monday, April 24, 2017 - 12:26 AM UTC
A bit more progress.

The foremast painted.



masts fitted.



The mast fit looks odd, but matched it to a photograph showing Hesperus coming into port, with that scheme and damage to her bow, it was an uncensored picture clearly showing the radars and the pennant number.

Cheers

Si
RussellE
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Posted: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 02:19 AM UTC
that mast sure does look odd-looks like they've left their lunch box up there
RedDuster
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Posted: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 11:59 PM UTC
Hi Russ,

Your comment made me laugh mate, but I get your point. it is quite a bit kit on a small pole mast, next job finding some clear pics o the rigging.

Cheers

Si
JJ1973
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Posted: Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 11:48 PM UTC
Hi Si,

this diorama of yours is absolutely awesome!! Setting and water look spot on - I don't need to say that the models are looking great, as well...

Cheers,
Jan
RedDuster
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Posted: Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 01:29 AM UTC
Thanks Jan,

Must admit I am not sure of the Hesperus' wake, trying to replicate he starboard engine being chucked astern to swing her bow into U93.

Cheers

Si
RedDuster
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Posted: Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 02:16 AM UTC
Today's progress.

Stays and halyards on the foremast.



Starting to tidy up the base.



The aerial run on, the spreader on the vestigial mainmast is scratchbuilt.



And finished.









Cheers

Si
RussellE
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Posted: Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 09:41 AM UTC
Wow Si!

this has really come alive! Another great addition to your fleet!

PS it'd be interesting to know what your completed vessels tally is at
RedDuster
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Posted: Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 02:32 PM UTC
Hi Russ,

Thanks Mate, first attempt at this kind of dio.

As for the fleet, currently 2 Battleships, 2 Battlecruisers, 1 CVL, 1 heavy Cruiser 3 armoured cruiser about a dozen fleet destroyers, 4 Escort destroyers 2 FFG's 1 LSC 1 corvette 1 monitor and 4 U boats. (Aproximately)

When I write that down is it quite a few ships.

Cheers

Si
RussellE
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Posted: Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 02:43 PM UTC
34, I believe
TimReynaga
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MODEL SHIPWRIGHTS
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Posted: Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 06:58 PM UTC
Wow, Si, this is great! I'd call your diorama "beautiful" if it weren't such a deadly scene. Fantastic sense of mood...
Grauwolf
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Posted: Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 07:06 PM UTC
Very well done...Simon!

Cheers,
Joe
JJ1973
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Posted: Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 10:17 PM UTC
Hi Si,

that's a really great diorama - and considering it's your first!!! I've never tried my hands on one, and I am not sure if I will in the nearer future - 'building' the water really scares me! I still think you did a great job, and on your pics the wake from Hesperus with a backing starboard shaft comes across pretty realistic!

Cheers,
Jan
rolltide31
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Posted: Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 11:08 PM UTC
Si,

Amazing work. Really highlights the tension that was probably felt by both crews.

Great work

Dave
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Posted: Tuesday, May 02, 2017 - 12:23 AM UTC
Ahoy Simon

Very nice work indeed - well done!

I love the sense of drama you have captured.

Cheers

Sean
RedDuster
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Posted: Tuesday, May 02, 2017 - 12:30 AM UTC
Hi Russ,

I didn't realise it was that many, actually make it 35 forgot 1 Panzerschiff, mind he is in need of a refit.

Cheers

Si.

P.S. I'd best not tell Mrs Duster it's that many, might be an embargo on workshop time.
RedDuster
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Posted: Tuesday, May 02, 2017 - 12:33 AM UTC
Thank you very much Tim,

That is high praise indeed coming from a modeller of your skills.


Cheers

Si
RedDuster
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Posted: Tuesday, May 02, 2017 - 12:35 AM UTC
Thank you Joe,

very glad to have had you along for the ride.

Thanks again for your generous words.

Cheers

Si
RedDuster
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Posted: Tuesday, May 02, 2017 - 12:44 AM UTC
Thank you very much Jan.

Must admit the seascape did scare me, especially the complex wakes. Appreciate you kind comments on the wake, never tried to replicate one ahead, one atern before. I have had to get most of the "depth" from layering paint, as I am no sculptor.

Cheers

Si
RedDuster
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Posted: Tuesday, May 02, 2017 - 12:47 AM UTC
Thanks Dave,

Very kind of you to say, it is the one thing that can make or break any dio, getting the figures right. Appreciate your support and kind words.

Cheers

Si
RedDuster
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Posted: Tuesday, May 02, 2017 - 12:50 AM UTC
Thank you Sean,

I have to admit I am pleased with the result, considering it is my first attempt at two ships interacting.

as always appreciated your support and kind words along the way.

Cheers

Si
RussellE
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Posted: Tuesday, May 02, 2017 - 02:33 AM UTC

Quoted Text

Hi Russ,

I didn't realise it was that many, actually make it 35 forgot 1 Panzerschiff, mind he is in need of a refit.

Cheers

Si.

P.S. I'd best not tell Mrs Duster it's that many, might be an embargo on workshop time.





I think Mrs E would have a fit if I had that many!

at 35 in the fleet and counting, you're at risk of running out of topics
RedDuster
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Posted: Thursday, May 04, 2017 - 12:08 AM UTC
Hi Russ,

That is one reason I am glad Mrs Duster doesn't read this!

Still lots of stuff out there to be built, mate comes out faster than I could keep up, even if I tried.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 06:03 PM UTC
A bit late to the party here, but thought I'd post this super colour photo of Hesperus in Icelandic waters.

Apologies if you have seen it before -

http://s1085.photobucket.com/user/AlertFive1/media/18301838_1905234306414052_6839258597923058983_n_zps4sxmtsxh.jpg.html
RedDuster
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Posted: Friday, May 12, 2017 - 12:35 AM UTC
Better late than never Dave.

Hadn't seen that photo before, not in colour anyway, thank you for sharing.

Cheers

Si