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Posted: Monday, April 24, 2017 - 07:59 AM UTC
On the pulling boats.

The remainder of the pulling boats interiors sprayed.



vents and derricks on the quarterdeck.



The remainder of the boats painted.



Large pulling boats fitted, three of them have smaller boats stacked, and no chocks are provided for this, so scratchbuilt them from plasticard.



building the stacks.



All fitted.



Started on the armament.

one main and one secondary turret.



test fitted in place.



Cheers

Si
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Posted: Friday, April 21, 2017 - 05:57 AM UTC
Found a fret of oars.

some added to the pulling boats fitted.



details fitted to the after superstructure.



The Five big pulling boats paint job under way, along with fret of oars.



The two steam pinaces built, not the best, but they will do.



The boats painted and ready to on.



Ladders on the after superstructure.



And the Bridge.



Cheers

Si

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Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 05:40 AM UTC
Been busy on other things today, but here is yesterday's progress:

Mainmast and after superstructure in glued in place.



Cranes painted and fitted.



Fittings on the forebidge.



mainmast in position.



overview shot.



More soon.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 12:43 AM UTC
Hi Russ,

Couldn't totally get way with that, but I will admit I did factor some shipbuilding time into this week.

Got plenty of less enjoyable things to do as well.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 12:24 AM UTC
haha, my kids might have something to say about that if I took a week off to work on the fleet
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Posted: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 05:34 AM UTC
Thanks Russ,

Just practice mate, no twiddling my thumbs waiting for stuff to dry.

Off work the rest of this week, so might have another bash or two.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Monday, April 17, 2017 - 10:29 PM UTC
A very productive weekend, for sure Si!

Wish I could work on 3 at once
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Posted: Monday, April 17, 2017 - 08:21 AM UTC
Today's progress,

Getting some sub assemblies ready, starting with the mainmast.

The searchlight platform supports, from the kit fret.



The fit of the mainmast checked with the after superstructure..



Foremast assembled and test fitted.



Plastic parts of one crane together.



Very neatly designed assembly.

Both cranes etched up.



First boats on, along with the etched boat racks.



Compass binnacle painted, two provided one for the both the bridge and the after conning position.



Overview of the build so far.



Still lots to do.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Saturday, April 15, 2017 - 09:41 PM UTC
All five funnels painted, and the white decal stripe added to the centre funnel.



Ladders and rails added to the boat deck.



Assorted vents and the suchlike fitted.



Funnels fitted.



more soon.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 06:34 AM UTC
Thanks Tim,

I am pleased with progress to date.

As for her looks, well you know the old saying; "Beauty is in the eye the beholder". And I do love ladies with character.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 06:31 AM UTC
Hi Russ,

No worries mate, I was a guilty as you!

This is a very nicely moulded and, so far, a well thought out kit. Enjoying the build out of the box, alright a very well appointed box.

Well the, there are a few vents and the suchlike to go on, but the secondary battery will take up a big chunk of that deck.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 03:05 AM UTC
Your model is looking sharp, Si! As for the original, well, I guess the French didn't design Danton for its looks...

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Posted: Monday, April 10, 2017 - 04:04 PM UTC
sorry about hijacking the thread there, Si

Back to topic-looking great. The molding looks really crisp and the details sharp on this one.

Had to laugh when you said all the superstructure was now on-they really didn't have much above the upper deck did they?
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Posted: Monday, April 10, 2017 - 08:12 AM UTC
Before getting back on topic:-

Think you are right Russ, after she came back from Boston.

Right, this weekend's progress.

The Bridge structure under way, with all the etched deck supports.



The upper bridge / conning tower assembly built up and test fitted.



One funnel done.



All the main superstructure units test fitted.



Decks painted and main units glued down, the funnels still need the caps painted and the grills fitting before gluing down.



More soon

Si
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Posted: Sunday, April 09, 2017 - 11:22 PM UTC
Looking forward to seeing those pics Si.

Got a little time in, a bit of air brushing...

I think the only good reference for the Nelson Class might be RA Burt's Battleships... I think the main armament radar was changed in late '41 as well...
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Posted: Sunday, April 09, 2017 - 07:32 PM UTC
Hi Russ,

Second your comments above.

Although I haven't found may good photos of the Rodney 1940/41 period, looks like more taking stuff off, with a few add ons i.e. the quad 0.5" on the rear of the octopod, the single 20mm on the roof of B turret, and the 6" directors in place of the pompoms abeam of the mainmast.

Did get some time in the workshop, haven't even got the picks off the camera yet, hope to update this evening.

Good luck at the bench this evening.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Sunday, April 09, 2017 - 09:50 AM UTC
Hi Si

hope you got that workshop time in-mine fizzled out! Maybe tonight!

Looking at the pic Trumpy are using for their 1/350 Rodney I suspect the release will be for 1942 (and probably no different to their Nelson kit) as it shows the camo pattern she wore at that time period.

Hope Pontos come to the rescue and release a 1941 AM kit for her!
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Posted: Friday, April 07, 2017 - 05:08 AM UTC
for a sec, but I saw what Michael did, and looked rather good.

Agree we could do with both of the Nelson class, and especially a '41 pre refit Rodney.

I do like the look of 1/200th, very tempted to stay on the pre-dread theme and start of in that scale with the Mikasa, would like to see a review of the Merit kit first though.

Hope to get some time in the workshop this weekend

cheers

Si
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Posted: Thursday, April 06, 2017 - 10:01 AM UTC
As we know, Michael was building his 1/200 Nelson here and IMHO did a pretty good job of "softening" the plating effect, not sure if he ever finished it though...

I think the plating should be just visible at 1/200 (and even less so at 1/350), but it's "trench like" on this release from Trumpy. (Let's not talk about their 1/350 Hood either )Still, not sure I'd have the cahuna's to take on a 1/200 let alone the budget or space to do one

I know this is still but are there any good references for the Nelson class that you know of?

My LHS has added the 1/350 Nelson/Rodney to their pre-orders page-can feel the goose bumps already!
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Posted: Thursday, April 06, 2017 - 05:59 AM UTC
Hi Russ,

You are right Mate, Nelson's hull does look better plain. I will give that serious thought.

Will also need take a good look at any underwater stuff, sea suctions and the like.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Wednesday, April 05, 2017 - 09:45 AM UTC
I've seen a few builds of the 1/200 Nelson on the net, Si, and they've sanded down the plating to great effect! Some have painted the plating back on, but most have left it plain and it looks far better.

It definitely seemed to be worth the effort.

I just hope that if the 1/350 Rodney (in 1941 fit please )ever materializes then they omit the plating from the hull... At 1/350 a welded hull/flush riveted should not really be visible. At least Merit got this right with Ark Royal!

I still can't understand how the Nelson Class (one of the most requested class of vessels) hasn't yet appeared in 1/350-baffling!

But on the flip side it gets me off the hook! Rodney is the only ship I've allowed myself to add to the stash, until the stash is empty of ships-only 3 to go after the King and the Prinz!
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Posted: Wednesday, April 05, 2017 - 06:33 AM UTC
Hi Russ,

Have to agree with you, they do have a habit of creating some excellent detail, and the at best overdoing or at worst getting a major component completely wrong.

I have the Nelson, and I with that am undecided what to do, live with it, or risk wrecking a very expensive kit?

Need to think very hard about that.

cheers

Si
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Posted: Wednesday, April 05, 2017 - 06:20 AM UTC
Thanks Sean,

She is one cool beast, love this era for it's oddities,

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Tuesday, April 04, 2017 - 09:34 AM UTC

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Hi Russ,

With etch like the gunports, some times I just sort of get in the zone sometimes.

I liked the option of the green, different, the kit instructions and various other references show both red and green.

The deck plating is heavy, I would reckon 1909 it would have been riveted, not welded. I maybe should have sanded it back a bit, sort of got carried away with this one

Cheers



Si



Understandable given the topic Si

Still, I don't know what it is with Merit/Trumpy/Hobby Boss. At times they get things very right, at others they go overboard (pun intended ) on silly things like plating. EG 1/200 Nelson!
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Posted: Tuesday, April 04, 2017 - 06:54 AM UTC
Ahoy Simon

Again another cool subject and a great looking build so far.

Cheers


Sean