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Vosper Motor Torpedo Boat
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Posted: Saturday, January 28, 2012 - 09:11 PM UTC
Good luck in your search Alan.
And by the way, thanks for the message on Christmas eve. I'll keep my fingers crossed.
Tom
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Posted: Saturday, January 28, 2012 - 05:41 AM UTC
Hi Tom,

I'm thinking of using some of the MiniArt bear Chested Tankers for the Med boat!

Probably got enough cold weather crew, just need a few officers/perry officers caps.

Cheers

Al
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Posted: Saturday, January 28, 2012 - 03:21 AM UTC
Alan,
The reason I thought pixie suits was a pic in 'Dog Boats at War' by L Reynolds.

There's a pic near the back of the book, page 184 showing a chap posing with this one piece suit on. I'd admit that some of the pixie's pockets would have to go.

Tom
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Posted: Friday, January 27, 2012 - 05:57 AM UTC
Hi Tom,

I think you would have better luck with the para smock. The suit looks to be in two parts whilst the pixie suit is in one piece.

Another area possibly worth looking at would be some of the German U Boat Crews, might get a closer match there.

The Wee Friends Sailor in part BD might also be and easier conversion?

Talking crew, the MiniArt recent release of bear chested tankers might well prove very useful for a crew in the med!

Just my thoughts.

Al
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Posted: Friday, January 27, 2012 - 04:02 AM UTC
Alan,
Thinking about you crewing your growing Navy, I've read during the war a coverall named the 'Ursula Suit' became popular.

http://www.acontinuouslean.com/2010/01/25/the-ursula-suit/

Do you think, with a little work, a Nemrod tanker could stand in as one of these attired figures?

http://www.phpshopxml.com/blamod.shop/CID/2be61f980a13365e19e44af6b75e555f/function/itemPageDisplay/shopItemCode/ULT35018

Tom
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Posted: Saturday, December 24, 2011 - 12:32 AM UTC

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I am still miffed that Italeri didn“t fit the bandstand with Oerlikon in front of the bridge. The boat looks naked without it................
Merry Christmas too mate Go easy on the Christmas spirit
Cheers,
Julian



Hi Julian,

Yes, missed opportunity, but I have the AA kit still in need of a home so that should work out OK for number 2 .

Cheers

Al
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Posted: Saturday, December 24, 2011 - 12:23 AM UTC
I am still miffed that Italeri didn“t fit the bandstand with Oerlikon in front of the bridge. The boat looks naked without it................
Merry Christmas too mate Go easy on the Christmas spirit
Cheers,
Julian
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Posted: Saturday, December 24, 2011 - 12:17 AM UTC
Hi Julian,

MTB 77 in the Med with the Breda will probably be my first option. I would like to start now but have many other things to finish off first. I also want to wait a bit to see what if any AM stuff might come along.

There was very little for the MAS boat which I thought was a bit odd.

Merry Christmas to you.

Al
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Posted: Friday, December 23, 2011 - 11:46 PM UTC
I managed to resist buying the Vosper yesterday
Too many other projects waiting for attention at the moment, and that isn't counting work related either I'll probably get around to buying it next year but it will be relegated to the stash for the time being.
Cheers,
Julian
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Posted: Friday, December 23, 2011 - 11:40 PM UTC
Hi Julian,

Look forward to your build

Al
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Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 05:36 PM UTC
Nice review of the long awaited Vosper Alan! Looks tempting I must say.
Julian
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Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 08:24 AM UTC
Hi Al,

No, I don't think so, although all that open space is tempting, there would be less visable than on the MAS boat so whilst it might be fun it's probably not worth the effort in time. I doubt I'll get underway much before March as I have on going projects that need finished off first.

Great to finally see it released though.

Cheers

Al
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Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 03:10 AM UTC
Hello Alan, thanks for posting the pictures, do I see another scratch-built interior coming on? The only thing that puzzles me is why Italeri provided flat photo-etched parts for the yardarms and aerials? There are some very delicate parts evident on the sprues, so why didn't they mold them in plastic? I'm already considering replacing their photo-etch with some scratch-built ones. It would be better still, if one of the after-market firms produced some replacements in brass. They are already out there for the radar antennae used on German night-fighters. Might be able to adapt them. Otherwise, everything else looks to be very good. I can't wait for Santa to bring mine! Al
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Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 01:08 AM UTC
As with the other boats, PE, decals, rope and screws have been provided along with a small A5 booklet and instructions.







The booklet doesn't give alternative finish options and quite a few of the reference pics relate to MTB 71 which I photographed at IWM Duxford and are on site here:

http://modelshipwrights.kitmaker.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=Sections&file=index&req=viewarticle&artid=3485

Decals



Glass



PE



Rope/Screws



Instructions









Finish Options!



Al
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Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 01:00 AM UTC
kit parts - a little damage to one of the parts but should eb fixable.



















Al
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Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 12:57 AM UTC
Hi folks,

Well the kit arrived today so a look at some of the trees and parts.













Oh dear empty space D











Al
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Posted: Friday, November 18, 2011 - 09:53 PM UTC
Another Wee Friends Crewman, this one was sclupted by Rendal Patton.





Al
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Posted: Sunday, October 23, 2011 - 07:50 AM UTC
Hi John,

Yes, it's my intention to probably replace the few of the Italeri MAS Boat crew I used. However, I'll reserve judgement on any British Crew until they come out.

If I remember correctly when the ELCO boat came out it was £60.00 which I though was expensive at the time. For £99.00 the Vosper would need to be just about perfect to justify the expense, especially given the current situation.

Al
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Posted: Saturday, October 22, 2011 - 01:40 AM UTC
I've got mine on 'pre-order' for a bit less than that, ETA about Nov/Dec.

Judging by the gak Italeri did for the US & Kriegsmarine crew, I'll pass on the british crew, if any.
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Posted: Saturday, October 22, 2011 - 01:27 AM UTC
Hi folks,

I see Hannants have the kit listed at £99.00. Not in stock yet but I think at that price sales might be limited. I'll have to shop around when the kit gets released as I really want to get 2 for an early and late syle boat



Al
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Posted: Sunday, September 25, 2011 - 05:38 PM UTC
Hi Guido,

Thanks. If Italeri stick to past form then they will do a crew for the boat too, which may add additional crew possibilities.

Time will tell.

Cheers

Al
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Posted: Sunday, September 25, 2011 - 04:36 AM UTC
Looks like you'll have no prblem filling the boat with life!
Great start. I'll enjoy to follow this thread, I am sure!
Cheers,
Guido
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Posted: Saturday, September 24, 2011 - 06:48 PM UTC
Hi Andy,

Thanks. There should be a good range of finish options with this one, so if funds permit I may get two.

Cheers

Al
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Posted: Saturday, September 24, 2011 - 04:33 PM UTC
Hi Alan
Great job on those figures,I may well invest in the Vosper when she comes out as the old 1/72 Airfix one brings back many happy childhood memories
Thanks for sharing
Andy
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Posted: Saturday, September 24, 2011 - 05:41 AM UTC

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I 'meant' 20mm Oerlicons.... [/quote]

Hi Jon,

Two references for the Boat that might be worthy of purchase.

Allied Torpedo Boats

http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Reviews&file=index&req=showcontent&id=5658

and

Vosper MTBs in Action

http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Reviews&file=index&req=showcontent&id=5608

No sign of a release date yet.

Al