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USS Benson DD421 1940
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Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 08:20 AM GMT+7
It was a busy weekend so just a small update.

I have decided to have the motor boats on the davits swung out, I cannot seem to get the boats to fit swung in.

The starboard davits in place with etched man ropes and falls.



The foremast etch is designed for a later fit.



trimmed up and fitted.



More soon.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 09:14 AM GMT+7
Si,

She seems to be coming along nicely.

Dave
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Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 03:27 PM GMT+7
She's looking good Si
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Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 03:45 PM GMT+7
Nice and steady, Si - I know those busy weekends (and times), you're still making good progress on all your project!!

Chores,
Jan
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Posted: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 07:45 AM GMT+7
Dave, Russ, Jan

Thanks guys, getting there, boats and rigging, and I am there.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 12:21 AM GMT+7
Nice work, Si! Well done!
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Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 12:30 AM GMT+7
She's looking good Si. I really like that mast!
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Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 07:09 AM GMT+7
Thanks Stephen,

It is nice kit, and GMM make some cool etch.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 07:16 AM GMT+7
Thanks Tim,

Simple and well moulded, didn't need a lot of help from me! Grand total of three plastic and two etched parts, (one slightly modified).

sometimes even I like simple.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 06:07 AM GMT+7
Very quick update,

The foremast detail painted and in place.



and the rather stumpy mainmast.



Cheers

Si
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Posted: Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 05:30 AM GMT+7
Hi Si,

masts are looking good - almost getting ready for commissioning, are you??

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 08:23 AM GMT+7
Thanks Jan,

Getting there, although there will be a slight delay, work has been suspended so I can have push on getting Bismarck finished within the new deadline.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Friday, May 26, 2017 - 04:41 AM GMT+7
Looking great Si!

I have the Dragon kit that is the 1942 version I hope to get to later on this year. Following your builds along with others is helping.

Have to finish my USS New Orleans 1/700 which is making my eyes cross!

Cheers
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Posted: Friday, May 26, 2017 - 06:50 AM GMT+7
An excellent kit being made beautifully!
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Posted: Friday, May 26, 2017 - 08:43 PM GMT+7
Hi Steve,

Thanks for looking in and your kind comment.

It is a great little kit.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 05:35 AM GMT+7
Very quick update. Big push is on the Bismarck, to get her finished within the campaign extension date.

Rigging, signal halyards.



painted.



Forestays on.



more soon.

Si
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Posted: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 06:15 AM GMT+7
Regrettably there will be a short hiatus on the Benson, she took a knock on the bench over the weekend, I will have to strip out all the rigging.

Will get back to her after I have commissioned Bismarck.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Thursday, June 01, 2017 - 05:53 AM GMT+7
Hi Si!

That sucks! I hope it didn't cause too much damage. It's coming along very nice!

Cheers!
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Posted: Thursday, June 01, 2017 - 08:30 PM GMT+7
It Does Mike, but fortunately only the rigging suffered, which is a cut out and redo job.

Thanks for your kind comment.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Friday, June 02, 2017 - 06:45 AM GMT+7
Si,

Sorry to hear about the unprovoked attack on your ship yard, glad to hear that the rigging was the only damage.

Looking forward to seeing her hit the bench again.

Dave
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Posted: Friday, June 02, 2017 - 10:52 AM GMT+7
You know how you solve the knocking over part Si? Stop building so many ships like you're Norfolk naval yard and putting us all to shame, all jokes set aside, I'm sorry to hear about the mishap, at least the rigging only suffered, with your build rate though you should be able to get her back up and rolling.
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Posted: Friday, June 02, 2017 - 11:26 AM GMT+7
Hi Si,

Bummer about the knock-over... been there too many times myself!

I wonder (and I hope I'm wrong, 'cause I like the way yours look) - didn't the USN paint the wooden slat platforms on the insides of the rafts gray to match surrounding surfaces?

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Posted: Monday, June 05, 2017 - 06:22 AM GMT+7

Quoted Text

Si,

Sorry to hear about the unprovoked attack on your ship yard, glad to hear that the rigging was the only damage.

Looking forward to seeing her hit the bench again.

Dave




Thanks Dave,

My own carelessness, could almost see it happening before I did it.

I have already cut away the forestays, I am going to look at the halyards, may be able to straighten some rather than redo.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Monday, June 05, 2017 - 06:26 AM GMT+7

Quoted Text

You know how you solve the knocking over part Si? Stop building so many ships like you're Norfolk naval yard and putting us all to shame, all jokes set aside, I'm sorry to hear about the mishap, at least the rigging only suffered, with your build rate though you should be able to get her back up and rolling.



Thanks Norman,

Yup, too much going on in too small a space! Should be no issue getting her fixed back up.

Need to concentrate on Bismarck, as time is running out on the campaign.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Monday, June 05, 2017 - 06:42 AM GMT+7

Quoted Text

Hi Si,

Bummer about the knock-over... been there too many times myself!

I wonder (and I hope I'm wrong, 'cause I like the way yours look) - didn't the USN paint the wooden slat platforms on the insides of the rafts gray to match surrounding surfaces?



Thanks Tim,

Yup, no excuses, just not paying full attention to what I was going.

On the rafts, I think you are probably right, certainly after the outbreak of war, (almost everything was camoed less, less contrast for somebody staring through a rangefinder to lock onto).

Pre war I am not so sure, looking at pre war photos of US warships they did look as "spit and polish" as the RN, and bare slats (or webbing on RN rafts) would be easier to keep smart than painted ones.

Also I like look of them this way too.





Thanks again Mate.

Cheers

Si