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1/350 HMS Imperial D09

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Nice one Jamie, I have a P.E. Quad Gun to make for my HMS Eskimo, I was struggling to work out what it should look like, now I know,

Cheers Andy

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Thanks!

Imperial had to take a bit of a break. Those with a common interest may have noted I've been very busy with work of late, but, I made some time for myself yesterday after replacing the washing machine drum...

I got the other Vickers gun assembled then the pair painted and mounted on the gun platform:
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I really do love those little Tetra Model Works guns and am very pleased they have finally released the Pom Poms in a similar fashion.

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Tonight I added some railings and ladders to the bridge. There are still semaphores and some pipes to add, but that section is close to done now.

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Agreed, it's always fiddly making masts and the scary part is that you need to work in a 3 dimensions at once and most parts have 4 degrees of freedom to manage whilst working. Get any of them even slightly off position or at a wrong angle and every time you look at it the room flashes red and mental klaxons scream inside your head.

The build has stalled (temporarily) whilst I try to figure out a likely weapons fit out with respect to depth charge throwers and TSDS davits and winches - and the TSDS davits were definitely there when commissioned - which means I would need to come up with better paravanes too. The white metal ones are a bit too blocky.

Having said that, ample depth chargers have been cleaned up and painted, as has the PE launch frame at the rear, the remaining handrailing and ladders, and the boat davits. The boats themselves have had their PE rudders fitted and PE propeller to the launch, and painting has been started but not completed.

Nothing much seemed worth photographing of this.

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I seem to have lost a few pieces! Argh... I'm sure they will turn up and I can add them later (just some depth charges).

 

Tonight I added the ship's boats, their davits, a little frame at the stern and permanently glued the masts on. There are a couple of davits for paravanes to go at the stern, and I want to get better paravanes themselves as the metal ones are a bit, well, clunky. Still, with the handrailing added and remaining ladders plus anchors, chain and some rigging, this will look fairly ship-shape. I could do with some crew, and shall probably get some from Northstar. I have some spare binoculars and stuff from l'Arsenal I can busy-up the open bridge with. The end appears to be in sight!

 

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I think we're on the home straight with this now. I'll start the rigging next - there's a surprising amount of it for a small ship. Then there are a few tiny little bits here and there to be added. Some PE touchups will inevitably be needed...

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That is looking so great, and no doubt I will pick up more tips when you do the rigging.

i don’t feel qualified to be sure with my suggestions, but if I may offer a proposed addition to your build it would be this;

I repeatable enlarged your images so only the sea and the ship were viewable (the sea is just great to my old eyes, I would love to match that), the same for me applies to the vertical surfaces, however the same little anomaly kept coming back to me. I think the decks may need either some tonal variation (easily done with a touch of oil paint) or more likely, and really where I was coming from, they may need to look a little wet in places (a bit of gloss varnish would probably suffice).

either way, thank you for the knowledge exchange

Paul

 

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I use Infini Model lycra rigging line. It's a round filament unlike EZ Line which is a flat tape, and is made in better thicknesses for this scale. I like their second thinnest version for 1/350 - the "40 Denier" which is 0.068mm diameter in real-life units.

Shown here attached to the deck and working off the reel which is my preferred technique. This is in the process of adding the first funnel stay - the first rigging job I did :)

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It took 3 hours over 2 nights to rig the funnels, boat davits and masts :)

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