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1/72 Revell Flower

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It is my intention to post a build log on here and hope that it will keep me on track.

I purchased the kit quite a few years ago, it was my intention at that time to convert it to Radio Control. To that end I made the basic hull by joining the four parts together and glueing in the porthole lights. The foredeck was glued in, at that point, time and circumstance took over. The hull and box of bits was put to one side. I had by this time discovered G.L.S. photo etch and invested in some of the weapons to enhance the model, these also were put into storage. I had however drilled the hull and put in a stern tube and rudder tube both of which I had made. A few weeks ago I decided that now was the time to complete the model, partly because the boss lady was making threatening noises about getting rid of the kit which had resided on top of one to the wardrobes. I then discovered Toolmakers thread, it has gone downhill or is that uphill ever since . I am now awaiting a couple more kits fro David Parkins. I have over the last couple of days removed the keel from the hull (doesn't scraped plastic make a mess), good job I have a workshop which I now need to clean up. I am not happy with the bilge keels as I think they are wrong in size and length. I believe the ships were fitted with 6" x 4" keels which if my sums are right make the keels about 85 thou ( yes, I still work mostly in imperial) and were much shorter than those on the model.. The port holes will be replaced with P.E. ones

I will try to post some photos once I have worked out how to do it. I will need help from you guys as this is my first Plastic model in many a long year. Major work will be done in the workshop but I have permission to do little bits which do not smell or make a noise in the living room where it is warmer . As you will no doubt find I am not very computer savvy.

John

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23 minutes ago, dabbler said:

I will try to post some photos once I have worked out how to do it.

I haven't got the best memory, so if anyone has said this to you before, just ignore me. You'll probably find that the best coarse of action anyway.

To post pictures:

1) First of all you need to find a photo host:

2) Ideally, before you download your photos onto the host, you should reduce the image size to roughly 250 kB or less.

3) When your photos are on the host you copy the URL address for each photo (the URL is the link between your photo on the host and this site. How you get the URL depends on the host but it's usually a very simple process.

4) Finally just paste the photo directly into your post.

Posting photo's on here may look complicated at first, but it it is much easier than it sounds.

 

Any questions just ask and good luck with the kit.

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9 minutes ago, dabbler said:

this was done using google photos

As mentioned in the photo host document I linked to, Google Photos isn't suitable for using as photo host as it will only work short term. After a few months the links will break and your photo will disappear from this thread.

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Thanks Gorby, as I said back to the drawing board. I will investigate some of the other options. I recently moved over to an Apple computer and I am still trying to get my head round that after years of working in Windows.

I have just spent the last 45 mins trying to establish the correct length of the bilge keels, the approximation of the plating on the model is not helping, but I think I have got there and am intending to loose about 35/40 mm from each end (look at me going all metric) I have ordered some 2.5mm angle styrene to replace the existing keels which although oversize is nearer to the correct size.As you can see from the photo the main keel has gone, I will remove the eyebrows over the scuttles over the weekend and possibly work on the plating to reduce its thickness.  

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Question

On the Revell kit there are three, for want of a better description, oblong patches on the hull on either side, approx midships, does anybody know what they are. I can find no reference to them and they are as far as I can see not evident in any photographs. I thought I would ask before I removed them

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Regarding the 'patches' I have found a photograph of HMS Bluebell with these on the port side, There is no indication what they are, I have not found any pictures of the Starboard side. This is the only vessel that I have found with these patches and I can only assume that they are a repair. I am still struggling with posting photos I do have one drive but cannot get it to work as Gorby has described, in fact I cannot get it to work. I will keep trying,

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5 minutes ago, dabbler said:

I do have one drive

Sorry I can't help as I don't have OneDrive myself. I was told the method by someone on a different forum who uses it.

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I am back to the drawing board with the bilge keels. Having watched a couple of videos on YouTube of Flowers being launched I noticed that the bilge keels were much bigger than I thought. I have now got a copy of Lamberts book on the Flower and perusing that I see that the bilge keels are shown as 22" wide, that makes more sense than the 6" wide I thought they were. Do I leave things as they are or try and make new keels? I am undecided at the moment. I have been attacking the eyebrows and the thickness of the plates and am quite pleased with the results so far. I have also been making the Hedgehog from GLS kit, oh how I wish I had started with something a little larger. I found the soldering not to bad, but holding the smaller parts has been a nightmare. I will go to the local car paint shop and get a pack of 2 part etch primer next week, give it a coat of paint, instal the mortars and see what it looks like. I am awaiting a few bits and pieces when it will be all systems go, just hope it warms up a bit as my workshop is a bit cold, I did find a brass monkey who wanted to borrow some welding gear to reattach something!

John

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On 28/11/2020 at 09:32, dabbler said:

get a pack of 2 part etch primer

Make sure you're wearing a decent mask(preferably an air-fed job),breathing in 2K isn't a good idea at all,

it's horrible stuff.

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Thanks Miggers, I will bear that in mind. The spraying takes but a few moments, but it is the cleaning of the airbrush after that takes the time, I once left it few a short while and then spent the next hour stripping and cleaning it.

I have been back on the plating and reducing it further. I measured in a couple of places where I had left it before, oh my god this model of the Flower had plates of between 25 and 30 mm thick. I reckon that they were built with plates of about 3/8" to 1/2" or on the model about 6/7 thousands of an inch, because of the inconsistency of the moulding of the plates I have set myself a bit of a task. I have found that scrapeing with Stanley knife blade is the best method but it takes a long time. I am aiming for .010" for the plates on the model as a compromise. Once I have done that I will give it a coat of primer from a rattle can and see what it looks like.

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Oh how I love the flowers, always fancied one and wish I got a Matchbox version at 19.99 many moons ago. But alas I dont think I have the space for one so will just take delight in watching your build. with regards to the spraying, have you considered acrylics, a quick rinse out with water and job done! although you do have to be careful with which brand you choose! Good luck!

Bob

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