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1/350 HMT Sir Gareth, Round Table class Admiralty Trawler

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As a break from big warships with a great deal going on, I have started working on Starling Models' cute little Round Table class trawler HMT Sir Gareth.

Eight Round Table class trawlers were built for the Royal Navy between the years 1941 and 1942, all by one of two shipyards in my home town of Aberdeen in the north east of Scotland. They were based on a 1936 trawler called Star of Orkney, and measured 125 feet long whilst they displaced just under 450 tons. They had a relatively large crew for a vessel this size of 35, and the vessels were all commissioned as minesweepers. They carried one 12 pounder anti-aircraft gun, 1 20mm Oerlikon and a pair of .303 machine guns.

His Majesty's Trawler Sir Gareth was launched 19th January 1942 and carried the pennant number T227.

 

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HMT Sir Gareth appears to be wearing a single colour scheme, which in 1942 could either be Admiralty Pattern 507A Home Fleet Grey, or possibly MS2. I don't like MS2 much, and in the bliss of ignorance otherwise, I will use Home Fleet Grey which I find a much more pleasing shade of grey.

 

The kit is, I believe, CAD designed and used 3D printed masters which have been used for cast resin parts. The kit costs approximately £55 from Starling Models which may appear a lot for such a small model, however the quality is exceptional and the kit is very complete indeed.

 

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In addition, it comes complete with a full colour instruction manual which also identifies all of the parts contained in the box.

 

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It's a full hull model, and the hull complete with numerous very fine deck fittings comes very cleanly cast in a single piece.

 

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I began by opening out some holes along the bulwarks.

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Next, a number of small photo etched parts needed to be fitted. The fit is perfect thus far. They literally drop into place.
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The following may appear critical, but in this small scale I wanted to ensure I got a good finish. I primed the hull with lacquer based Mr Surfacer 1000. In a single satin coat, there were a few areas which could benefit from a gentle flatting on my casting.

Overall the impression is good
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Closer up:
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I used a small piece cut from an 800 grit Infini Model sanding sponge wet which proved ideal for this.

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In no time at all the high spots were knocked down.

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After a quick reprime:

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I've added this winch to the foredeck. Duplicates are included of most small parts including this. I did drop it. Hopefully that's now out of the way, but I found it anyway and it dropped precisely into the hole in the hull casting.

 

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I think I'll paint it Home Fleet Grey next, then pick out the planking areas before proceeding with the deck houses which will obliterate my access in there.

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Here's the hull with a base coat of NARN20 - 507A/B Home Fleet Grey 13% RF.

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We make two versions of 507A; this one at its lightest tolerance and NARN21 at its darker 10% RF. For overall Home Fleet Grey models so far I've been using the lighter one, meaning that I can later wash with a highly thinned NARN21 to lowlight some details. Here's how the 13% RF grey compares to NARN24 Equal Parts 507A/507C Emergency Mix, which happens to be the same shade as our now-discontinued RN02 "507B Medium Grey" which was superseded by new research. It measures 20% RF and is equal in tone to MS3/G20 and Mountbatten Pink.

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It's adorable.
I seem to recall seeing this kit somewhere.
The nomenclature is possibly one of the most incongruous in maritime history 
Someone in the admiralty must have had a wonderfully ironic sense of humour to name a class of trawlers after the Arthurian knights! xD 

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The waterline inconveniently traverses across a lot of raised detail on the hull. I have used 2mm Tamiya curve tape, and will see what I'm left with shortly. I avoid paint brushes where possible but I'm not sure I'll get away with it here!

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I've tried to tidy up my wooden deck area. This has proven easier to think visualise than to execute well!

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Also, the rest of the hull has been painted with untinted NARN42 RN Anti-Fouling Red just below the boot topping, then with NARN42 heavily tinted with ACRA01 Giallo Mimetico 1 (a Regia Aeronautica aircraft shade) to make a faded pinky-red.

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6 minutes ago, Grunhertz said:

when you consider the size jamie thats bloody great 

Oddly enough that is something women never said to me.  :( 
Sorry to lower the tone and swiftly getting back on topic...

Did I mention that it is adorable! 
I'm starting to need a trawler!  
Stop it Jamie before I spend money! 

 

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These are the main parts of the gun platform at the bow. I'd like to paint this before adding the gun itself for ease of painting both.

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When I first started with photo etch in the 1990s all the magazines waxed lyrical about annealing the brass before use. I never bother nowadays...

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Ready for some paint :)

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That’s a fab little kit, I had a proper look over it with Mike from Starling when he first put them together and I was very impressed.

You are certainly doing it full justice and I think the mix you have done for the lower hull is the nuts. I shall be using that colour  cocktail in the future, thank you very much.

Paul

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I'm not sure if everyone else is managing to essentially fart about whilst we're all at home, but I'm as full-time with the day-job as ever. I got some paint on the little platform just now though, videoed on my phone by my 8 year old daughter:

 

More traditionally though, for those who think they will melt like the Wicked Witch of the West if they click a link to a video clip hosted on Facebook, I thinned some NARN23 Dark Deck Grey and slapped that about on the unplanked horizontals just to give something to look at.

 

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Thanks for looking in :)

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A tiny bit has been squeezed in before I begin today's work, again tortuously close to the modelling bench where I'd rather be sitting!

This resin casting is the lower piece of the forward superstructure and sits below the wheel house. I have opened out the pipes where they loop up and over the top using a 0.8mm drill and the tip of my fresh Swann Morton No.3 10A blade.

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I also tried to open out the end of that little exhaust pipe which I guess might come from the galley as it appears to have heat shielding around it where a person may touch?

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That’s great casting detail on show and equally well done improvements. I can think of some other resin kit manufacturers that might take note.

Jamie, I hope you don’t mind me asking but would you know the likely colour call out for the flat top USS Langley circa early 1920’s. I will be plagiarising your lower hull efforts so it’s just the upper hull and superstructure. A paint order to North Wales should follow 👍🏼

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1 hour ago, Toolmaker said:

That’s great casting detail on show and equally well done improvements. I can think of some other resin kit manufacturers that might take note.

Jamie, I hope you don’t mind me asking but would you know the likely colour call out for the flat top USS Langley circa early 1920’s. I will be plagiarising your lower hull efforts so it’s just the upper hull and superstructure. A paint order to North Wales should follow 👍🏼

 

Hi,

 

I *think* the flight deck would have been stained mahogany then. It was certainly planked over a steel frame. I look forward to seeing your's after the wonderful job on the Flower class :D

 

 

It's lunchtime. I have added a few bits and pieces to that deck house. The ventilator comes with a hole cast in it, but I've drilled this one out a little more to add to the appearance of it being hollow. It's ready for paint at first opportunity.

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8 hours ago, sovereignhobbies said:

I *think* the flight deck would have been stained mahogany then. It was certainly planked over a steel frame. I look forward to seeing your's after the wonderful job on the Flower class :D

Many thanks, and many thanks.

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