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HMS Warspite 1/350 with Pontos
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Posted: Thursday, February 08, 2018 - 01:48 AM UTC

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I love how Pontos provide brass replacements for the masts!



You and me both mate, and all the other turned stuff, like the searchlight supports.

The do look the business when they are assembled.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Thursday, February 08, 2018 - 02:05 AM UTC

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SI,

That platform really is a nice improvement from the supplied in the kit.



Sure is Mark,

Etch is so much better for structures like this, really adds finesse to the whole thing

Thanks for looking in.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 01:12 AM UTC
Hi Si,

just catching up here and with your other projects.

Beautiful work, mate! This kit and the Pontos set makes me really want to get it out of my stash - but something to do before that will happen. But it's really fun to watch your progress on the beautiful old Lady!

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 02:06 AM UTC
Thanks Jan,

She is coming along. The North star bridge gear is testing my eyesight, but I found out from my Bismarck build the difference get the bridge detail right makes a lot of difference.

Thanks for looking in.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 03:05 AM UTC
Finally got to grips with the compass platform.

The binocular sights done, including two spares.



Pompom directors built.



Top right of North star RN Bridge equipment fret is the Captain's chair.



Magnetic compass, gyro repeater and some voice pipes painted.



Compass platform, with the above and sights fitted.



sights and directors, after a visit to the back garden spray booth.



voice pipes.



Binocular sights and pompom directors fitted to the compass platform.



In place with the main director fitted. a couple of ladders to go on, and a few more details to on the signal platform.



The after pompom directors fitted as well.

Lots to do yet.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 02:25 PM UTC
That compass platform looks great with all those Northstar additions, Si
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Posted: Monday, February 19, 2018 - 12:17 AM UTC

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That compass platform looks great with all those Northstar additions, Si



Thanks Russ,

They were a "labour of love" some of the etch is verging on the microscopic. but resin is excellent.

Particularly on the capital ships, the open compass platforms of that period were quite busy. few details still to add, small bulwark around the ladder opening, ladders down the signal platform and some voicepipes and railings down there.

Then I can get on with boats, pompoms and the rest of the stuff.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Monday, February 19, 2018 - 08:01 PM UTC
Hi Si,

This build is looking great! I just picked up that model this last week and am thinking of the Pontos set as well. I'll keep your build as a favorite while I build it!

Cheers
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Posted: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 12:52 AM UTC

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Hi Si,

This build is looking great! I just picked up that model this last week and am thinking of the Pontos set as well. I'll keep your build as a favorite while I build it!

Cheers



Thanks Mike,

Appreciate you looking in and thank you for your kind comment. The Pontos set is good, but being their first it is a bit less complete than their more recent releases, and the instructions leave a bit to be desired, but it is still good value for what you get, but a few references wouldn't go amiss,

Good luck with your build mate.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 07:49 AM UTC
Si,

Hats off to you for the fine work on the bridge equipment. That must have been a petty good challenge to put that all together and painted.

Mark
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Posted: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 06:22 PM UTC
Si, your open compass platform looks terriffic! It looks crowded even with just the equipment; I bet if you were to add crew figures it would look like the inside of a subway train!
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Posted: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 01:53 AM UTC

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Si, your open compass platform looks terriffic! It looks crowded even with just the equipment; I bet if you were to add crew figures it would look like the inside of a subway train!



Thanks Tim,

Glad you like it, it was "fun" to do. At action stations it would make a rush hour subway, or tube, train look quite roomy. Hadn't really thought about it, but you have put an idea in my mind, if I can sort some figures might look at manning the bridge with a cruising watch.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 02:12 AM UTC
Small update today.

Finishing of the compass platform. the bulwarks around the companionway up from the flag bridge.



Details to the signal platform at the rear of the flag bridge, ladders a few more voice pipes and railings.



Details on the foredeck tidied up.



The kit say nothing about the holes on the Pontos deck, around a Barbette. Will need to do some digging amongst my references to see if I need to add any vents.

More soon.

Cheers

Si

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Posted: Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 04:21 AM UTC
getting nice and busy around the bridge now
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Posted: Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 04:59 AM UTC

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The kit say nothing about the holes on the Pontos deck, around a Barbette. Will need to do some digging amongst my references to see if I need to add any vents.


Well, Si, even if there were no vents around the barbette (the Anatomy of the Ship volume does show mushroom vents there), I suppose you can use spare bits of wood from the Pontos set to repair the little round holes. Love that deck so far!
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Posted: Monday, February 26, 2018 - 12:19 AM UTC

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getting nice and busy around the bridge now



Thanks Russ,

I think I am happy with the bridge, nothing obviously missing looking at the drawings in AOTS.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Monday, February 26, 2018 - 12:24 AM UTC

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The kit say nothing about the holes on the Pontos deck, around a Barbette. Will need to do some digging amongst my references to see if I need to add any vents.


Well, Si, even if there were no vents around the barbette (the Anatomy of the Ship volume does show mushroom vents there), I suppose you can use spare bits of wood from the Pontos set to repair the little round holes. Love that deck so far!



Hi Tim,

Seemed likely to me there would be vents, there appears to be some spares in the kit. may be able to adapt those so they don't foul A turret.

Cheers for thee advice mate, much appreciated.

Si
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Posted: Monday, February 26, 2018 - 09:32 PM UTC
Si,

that is splendid work!! I particularly like all the small equipment and the busy look of your compass platform. I stole some of your ideas, printed some of your pictures and will use them as inspiration to get a little more life on my Hood's bridge.

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Monday, February 26, 2018 - 10:28 PM UTC
That's looking amazing
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Posted: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 01:33 PM UTC

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Si,

that is splendid work!! I particularly like all the small equipment and the busy look of your compass platform. I stole some of your ideas, printed some of your pictures and will use them as inspiration to get a little more life on my Hood's bridge.

Cheers,
Jan



You are very welcome Jan,

Hood's compass platform should be pretty similar, what is supplied in the kit does look a little sparse to me.

Thanks for looking in, and your kind comment as always.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 01:34 PM UTC

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That's looking amazing



Thanks Ken,

Appreciate you looking in.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Saturday, March 03, 2018 - 02:33 AM UTC
Very quick update,

Thanks to Tim's advise and a bit of deeper research, there were mushroom vents around A and Y turrets, so before fitting any vents, a turret needed to be constructed in order to make sure I don't make them too high to foul the turret as it rotates.

The plastic bits.



The plastic barrels vs the brass and resin components.




Test fitted.



More soon.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Saturday, March 03, 2018 - 11:30 PM UTC
Looks good, Si! And always a nice comparison, plastic vs. turned brass barrels - the brass barrels make quite a difference!!

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Sunday, March 04, 2018 - 12:00 AM UTC

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Looks good, Si! And always a nice comparison, plastic vs. turned brass barrels - the brass barrels make quite a difference!!

Cheers,
Jan



Thanks Jan,

The brass barrels are really nice, but the resin blast bags are also a really big improvement over the kit parts (which aren't that bat to be fair.)

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Sunday, March 04, 2018 - 01:52 AM UTC
Good to see her "teeth" going in Si. Even if it is only for "test fit"