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    Sovereign Hobbies

    Hi everyone, and thank you all for your support. The following is quite a lengthy post; my apologies. Thankfully our house is quite big and being an architect's project it is more a small serious of little buildings joined together. Part luck and part judgement, we got the combination of open and closed apartures bang on which changed the Incident Commander's position from letting this part of the building burn down to trying to save it. It's where our bedrooms are. At breakfast my youngest daughter (aged 6) wandered off and came back saying she smelled a smell like a blown out candle through in "the cottage". She's wild that one, but as sharp as a razor so we went through and agreed but couldn't find the source. We had one particular ceiling light in our ensuite which worked intermittently. I turned the lights on and it glowed, dimmed, then glowed brightly. I turned them off and could then see orange flickering above/through the fitting. We entered the loft space with an extinguisher and opened the velux windows for ventilation. It was clear that access to that lamp from above couldn't be achieved quick enough, so Gill called 999 and got the children out whilst I went back to the ensuite and tried discharging the extinguisher up into/through the fitting. I have some burns from burning/dripping plastic coming down. This did dampen down the visible flames but not entirely, and by now I could head faint crackling from above. I abandoned the house then closing all doors in the living space, but I didn't go back up into the loft and thus left the velux windows open. I left the loft hatch and ladder open/down into my eldest daughter's bedroom. I am quite angry at myself that my first action was not to prise the fitting out of the ceiling where it could have been extinguished and denied a cozy nest of timber and insulation to allow it to build up its heat. The fire service told us that they had first intended to let the cottage burn down and try to prevent it spreading to the porch and through to the open plan living area which has a wing with bathroom and guest bedroom and a mezzanine level where the Sovereign office and my modelling area is. However, upon realising we had left rhe veluxes open there was no back-draft risk to the firefighters and because we'd closed all the doors there was a lot worth trying to save downstairs. 4 fire pump vehicles and 1 height vehicle came, plus 2 marked cars and we also can 2 unmarked and 3 marked Police turn up. All of the Sovereign stuff is completely safe - we just have no power due to extensive wiring damage and the fact that the main isolation is in the damaged part of the house. Likewise, our water is electrically pumped from our own well and we have damaged pipework. If anyone's interested, here is the sort of mess a relatively well contained fire makes that was caught very early before it properly got going. I'd like to think I was fairly anti-kneejerk reaction however I will take this opportunity to point out that the ceiling mounted smoke alarms in the living space didn't go off until smoke was pouring from the eaves and flames were emerging from the extractor fan vents on the roof tiles. The progress of the fire at the point at which the 999 call was made would have been entirely different had Penny not sniffed smoke and thought it worth telling us. I therefore suggest that people consider fitting an additional smoke alarm in the loft space. The cost is minimal but in the event of an electrical fire in the ceiling or wall cavities, it's the loft which will fill with smoke long before the living space smoke detectors will activate. We live in a very remote area. It had crossed my mind before that in the event of a fire we'd be left with a charred patch of land. These were retained crews about 8 miles away. From 999 to them arriving took around 20 to 25 minutes which objectively is bloody good time. I will admit it feels like forever when standing watching the smoke thicken and find new ways out, then see flames appearing. This is/was the ensuite where the fire started This is the loft space where I first tried to get access from above to try the extinguisher on it Our thanks to Scottish Fire and Rescue Service who were outstanding today. We took our childrens' absolute favourite teddy's with us. The fire service removed stuff like Kindles, photographs etc as they found them. The rest of the house is completely unharmed. Whilst the insurance loss adjuster won't be there til Tuesday we haven't touched anything to avoid giving the insurers any excuse not to pay. From a look around though, most of our personal stuff might be ok. Their toys etc seem no worse for wear but are a bit smelly. Our clothes were all in old-fashioned free standing drawers and wardrobes so whilst the walls have had some filtering with Tamiya Smoke and the cream carpets have perhaps been over-weathered with a carbon black wash, the clothes, most toys and most books seem ok. There is water peeing down through light fittings in all of the rooms but if the plaster board doesn't fall down then fingers crossed, we might be able to cheer up the children a little. A new razor, new toothbrushes and some new clothes from Tesco tonight will get me to work on Monday. It's very disruptive this...
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    Tamiya 1/48 Vought F4U Corsair

    Thank you Darren, that's very kind
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    Tamiya 1/48 Vought F4U Corsair

    This started off as a hairspray chipping experiment, but I decided to push on and finish the model before the end of the year. I don't "do" New Year so have used the time today finishing this off. There's a replacement bomb on the way for it and I will improve the bomb cradle and add them both later - but this is it for now. I hope you like it. I gathered a lot of photos of beaten up USMC operated F4U-1s and 1As in the Pacific and have tried to take inspiration from a number of them. The 100 mission markings on the particular aircraft here indicates that it was quite a well-used machine and indeed the photo I found of it online indicates likewise. I've been asked via a social media page post already what I used for this colour-wise so here are the main ones shown. The dark blue wasn't used as-is but instead was blended with ACUS08 - ANA608 Intermediate Blue to fade it towards a blue-grey.
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    Colourset improvements

    Regia Aeronautica Mid-War set. Verde Oliva Scuro 2 over Nocciola Chiaro 4 camouflage on the upper surfaces with Grigio Azzurro Chiaro 1 on the undersides. Enamel model paint
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    Colourset improvements

    Colourcoats Set US Navy WWII Pacific 1943-44 Colourset ANA606 Semi-Gloss Sea Blue ANA607 Non-Specular Sea Blue ANA608 Intermediate Blue ANA611 Interior Green ANA601 Insignia White ANA605 Insignia Blue. Tri color scheme. Enamel model paint
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    HMS Prince of Wales 1941

    Due to popular demand, I have added scrap views of the superstructure athwartships views. Every 14" gun barrel is camouflaged in its own right, and there is some camouflage carried onto the turret tops (which may be mostly MS1) - but I'm out of time now and need to do other stuff for Telford.
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    HMS Rodney 1942

    Another scheme we've worked on lately has been HMS Rodney. Some of the model kit painting guides have made me want to cry (see Trumpeter's 1/700 box art below), whilst the internet is flooded with "colourised" photographs which add to the confusion. Furthermore, whilst Rodney wore the same shape of pattern from 1942 until she was dismantled, the actual colours seem to have changed as the original paints used were rationalised to a simpler colour palette in the 1943 revision to the "B & G series" paints. That, also, doesn't help. Trumpeter box art Trumpeter painting instructions: Or this - I don't know where this came from but it appears on Google when searching images for "Rodney 1942"! Ficticious "colourised" photograph: Rodney is fairly well photographed leaving Liverpool in 1942 wearing her brand new scheme in immaculate condition, and furthermore was filmed in colour during Operation Pedestal, itself a very rare thing in the Royal Navy - strictly speaking filming was disallowed except by official war correspondents, but a blind eye was turned to some officers with a pre-existing hobby for filming however the films had to be submitted for rather heavy censorship. Anyway, the Op Pedestal footage is a bit washed out, and like much cinefilm is over or underexposed in places, however the footage does demolish many suggested colour schemes in circulation. Furthermore, Rodney was subject to several contemporary paintings. Some post war paintings also exist. One particularly notable painting however is by Stephen Bone who saw Rodney first hand. Bone was an official war artist, which is good, but his credentials are further enhanced because before that appointment he worked at the Camouflage Directorate at Leamington Spa - where the Royal Navy camouflage paints were developed and where the Admiralty tasked with developing bespoke camouflage designs for individual cruisers, capital ships and aircraft carriers as well as the standardised designs for destroyers and smaller ships - so Bone knew what colours he was seeing.
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    HMS Prince of Wales 1941

    HMS Prince of Wales must be a contender for some of the most botched schemes ever applied to models. That said, given the number of conflicting sources that's perhaps not surprising. Some sources even reference paints that would not be available until 3 years after the ship was lost. Others, such as Tamiya's instructions, seem to assume that the Royal Navy's camouflage was a free for all using all sorts of random colours. In any case, HMS Prince of Wales was extensively photographed in mid-late 1941, albeit in black and white. These photographs alone consign many proposed schemes to the bin because the photographs show light tones where the suggested scheme shows dark, and vice versa. We can also dismiss any schemes featuring paints which did not exist at the time - those cannot be well considered if the author suggesting it did not know his paint colour timeline! Study of the black and white photographs allows an accurate map of the camouflage demarcations to be assembled. Furthermore, it is possible to count five separate camouflage colours on each side. Thus, we can eliminate suggested schemes comprising of four colours. That leads to the remaining schemes which are plausible tonally. HMS Prince of Wales was however filmed in colour, just once and very briefly at that, in summer 1941 not too long after the paint was applied, and this gives us an invaluable insight into the hues present. All considered, here's what we have come up with:
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    1/350 HMS Imperial D09

    The Law of ze Sod has struck me well and truely this time. Would you believe that after so much hunting around for *wartime* images of HMS Imperial and finding only the AWM image, and deciding to just build the model, one of the gents who has been central to our RN paints research project just returned from the National Archives having stumbled across a series of excellent quality images from Malta's drydock straight after it arrived there after the towing seen in the AWM photo I showed a crop of, in a file full of damage reports. Curiously, Imperial had special treatment in the file too as the rest of the reports were light to lacking on photographs. This is excellent. I but wish my grandmother were still around to see these photos. As for the model, there are good and bad points. On the plus side, the drydock photos don't contradict my 507A / 507C colour scheme assumption. Furthermore, whilst none of the photos show the whole ship what they do show is approximately similar camouflage on both port and starboard side. The photos do clearly show the TSDS fit in place rather than depth charge equipment, so I did get that right. On the negative side, I didn't get the stern camouflage right though. It's more like a reverse of the bow, but leaving a rectangular light grey bit on the stern with black pennant number. Perhaps the biggest difference though and the one worrying me the most is that the mainmast has completely gone. Instead there appears to be a stub mast on the searchlight platform. As the first ship I have finished in a while I am having second thoughts about hacking it up already, so am going to think on it for a while. Ultimately though, I think it will need to be fixed.
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    Colourset improvements

    Sovereign Hobbies Colourcoats enamel paint set for Royal Navy Camouflage 1941-1943. The Admiralty Disruptive type camouflage schemes were extensively used mid war on vessels of all sizes, and typically comprised between 3 to 5 of the following colours; MS1, MS2, 507A, B5, MS3, B6, MS4, 507C and MS4A. Enamel model paints.
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    Colourset improvements

    Colourcoats Set 1943-1945 Royal Navy B&G Series Colourset. G5 G10 (Shade of 507A) 10% RF, B15, G20, B20 (introduced in late 1944), B30, G45 (Shade of 507C), B55. Enamel model paint.
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    Telford. Who's going?

    Henchman and I are 99% sure that Awesome Paint Stirrer and RLMman are in fact one in the same person...
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    Warren's New HMS Rodney Adventure.

    This took some calculation. I should have prepared better earlier... I have converted both sets of colours to true greyscale but retaining the exact Light Reflectance Values of each. This perhaps explains the tonal problems with all Snyder & Short copies better than words. Note how the documented numbers of the left go from smallest to largest and our new paints likewise graduate from darkest to lightest, whilst the Snyder & Short ones jump back and forth. Anyone trying to make sense of B&W images with the shades on the left is on a hiding to nothing due to this. That's why there are so many versions of colour schemes around and each of them is contradicted by some real piece of evidence - the jigsaw pieces just don't fit together:
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    Telford. Who's going?

    Ach it's ok Darren - it's just one of those things that needs to be done. It's a long weekend of standing with a smile painted on and aching feet and face at best. It's the little things that can irritate beyond reason though, like club wrist banders in early trying to get in about your stuff whilst still setting up and wanting to buy something when the computer is off and the card machine and money box are buried under a mountain of stuff. It sounds ungrateful, I'm sure, but it's hard not to be grimacing thinking "we're trapped here all weekend - can't you just come back after the show opens and we're set up?" We were accosted by some absolute rocket at teardown last year too, wanting to know if we'd changed formulae because he bought one tin from White Ensign Models 7 years ago and it wouldn't dry but it couldn't be anything he did wrong because his paint stirrer was "awesome". I literally just walked away (with paint rack on a trolley). Another trader reported him to the hall manager and we got a mail from the latter when we got home asking if it needed following up - it didn't - but for sure trading reveals a side to modelling that you'd rather not know was there! 🤣
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    Telford. Who's going?

    Me. Dreading it already 🤐