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USS Benson DD421 1940
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Posted: Friday, July 14, 2017 - 07:35 PM UTC
[quote]Si,
Really like how this is turning out. The rigging looks spot on. Wish I had your skills.
John[/quote

Thanks John,

Appreciate your kind words, like most things in our great hobby it is a case of finding a material that works for you, and practice. No one right way to do it.

I admire the guys that can knit a spider's web from all these monofilament threads.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Friday, July 14, 2017 - 07:24 PM UTC

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Once again, crisp and clean copper wire work - and now really nearing commissioning!

Another fine model, looking forward to the flag hoisting!

Cheers,
Jan



Thanks Jan,

Glad to back on this one, she is close, need to have a study of the instructions, just to make sure I don't miss anything.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Friday, July 14, 2017 - 10:39 AM UTC
Si,
Really like how this is turning out. The rigging looks spot on. Wish I had your skills.
John
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Posted: Friday, July 14, 2017 - 07:49 AM UTC
Once again, crisp and clean copper wire work - and now really nearing commissioning!

Another fine model, looking forward to the flag hoisting!

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Monday, July 10, 2017 - 08:26 AM UTC
Finally, back on this one.

New forestays, in the right place this time (I think)



The aerials on.



and with some paint on.

Insulators still adding, with paint, then the boats attaching to the davits, and few minor details, and it'll be time to hoist the ensign.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Thursday, June 08, 2017 - 05:52 AM UTC

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Thank you Si! I'll order it and have it for when I start!



You are welcome Mike,

Hope have as much fun with it as I have.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Thursday, June 08, 2017 - 05:51 AM UTC

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Si,
I really like how your ship is turning out. Bummer about having to redo the rigging. In the last photo in this post it looks like some of the fore stays may interfere with the pivoting of the gun director. If you haven't already redone them you may want to check the positioning. It may just be the angle of the photo but it wouldn't be hard to double check.
Again, excellent work so far.
John



Hi John,

Well spotted, I hadn't noticed. I will cut them out, even the undamaged one, and recheck the rigging diagram.

Appreciate the heads up, not always easy to spot your own mistakes.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Thursday, June 08, 2017 - 04:23 AM UTC
Thank you Si! I'll order it and have it for when I start!
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Posted: Wednesday, June 07, 2017 - 08:41 AM UTC
Si,
I really like how your ship is turning out. Bummer about having to redo the rigging. In the last photo in this post it looks like some of the fore stays may interfere with the pivoting of the gun director. If you haven't already redone them you may want to check the positioning. It may just be the angle of the photo but it wouldn't be hard to double check.
Again, excellent work so far.
John
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Posted: Wednesday, June 07, 2017 - 07:22 AM UTC
Hi Mike,

I think the gold medal set is worth it, all the usual stuff, railings, radars, armament, stuff for the boats and rafts, as it covers most variants the Benson / Gleaves classes Dragon have released you will get some spares out of it.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Wednesday, June 07, 2017 - 04:02 AM UTC

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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



Sorry, Correction, I have the USS Buchanan 1942. Same type of ship just slightly different.

Is the Gold Metal Model for these worth it?

Cheers
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Posted: Tuesday, June 06, 2017 - 06:10 AM UTC

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Wow Si,

just catching up here - that's too bad!!! Just joining in with all the prior comments, most of all, hope you'll be able to recover soon!!

Your copper wire work was looking excellent, as always...I truly hope you get that back on as it looks on your last posted pictures!!

I'm feeling with you, that' really painful!!

Cheers Mate and keep up your good spirit!!

Jan



Appreciate the support Jan,

The reason for the hiatus is more putting as much time into Bismarck to get him finished, than being put off the project.

I will get back to her within the next few weeks. Keep watching Mate.

Cheers

Si

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Posted: Monday, June 05, 2017 - 04:30 PM UTC
Wow Si,

just catching up here - that's too bad!!! Just joining in with all the prior comments, most of all, hope you'll be able to recover soon!!

Your copper wire work was looking excellent, as always...I truly hope you get that back on as it looks on your last posted pictures!!

I'm feeling with you, that' really painful!!

Cheers Mate and keep up your good spirit!!

Jan
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Posted: Monday, June 05, 2017 - 06:42 AM UTC

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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
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Posted: Monday, June 05, 2017 - 06:26 AM UTC

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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 - 06:22 AM UTC

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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: Friday, June 02, 2017 - 11:26 AM UTC
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: Friday, June 02, 2017 - 10:52 AM UTC
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 - 06:45 AM UTC
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: Thursday, June 01, 2017 - 08:30 PM UTC
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: Thursday, June 01, 2017 - 05:53 AM UTC
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: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 06:15 AM UTC
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: Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 05:35 AM UTC
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: Friday, May 26, 2017 - 08:43 PM UTC
Hi Steve,

Thanks for looking in and your kind comment.

It is a great little kit.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Friday, May 26, 2017 - 06:50 AM UTC
An excellent kit being made beautifully!