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HMS Campanula K18 1/144th Flower Class
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Posted: Tuesday, May 01, 2018 - 11:37 PM UTC

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Great work here - you give a lot attention to the details. I especially like the funnel rigging; may I ask you which kind of wire you use for it? I would need such one too for my ISUZU later

Cheers

Thomas



Thanks Thomas,

Appreciate your comment. The wire I use is copper wire stripped out of old mains leads for electrical appliances, everyday stuff from round the house. Just strip off all the insulation, unravel the individual strands and role them flat under a steel rule.

Hope that helps.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Tuesday, May 01, 2018 - 11:46 PM UTC
Ah ok, and how do you paint them? before installation or after?

Cheers

Thomas
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Posted: Wednesday, May 02, 2018 - 02:13 AM UTC

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Great work here - you give a lot attention to the details. I especially like the funnel rigging; may I ask you which kind of wire you use for it? I would need such one too for my ISUZU later

Cheers

Thomas



Thanks Thomas,

Appreciate your comment. The wire I use is copper wire stripped out of old mains leads for electrical appliances, everyday stuff from round the house. Just strip off all the insulation, unravel the individual strands and role them flat under a steel rule.

Hope that helps.

Cheers

Si



The question is: Does Mrs Duster notice things such as her hair dryer not working after you've stripped the wire out?

Seriously though, looking good Si
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Posted: Thursday, May 03, 2018 - 12:58 AM UTC
Shhhh Russ, I blame that on mice

Seriously mate, I do wait for stuff to be decommissioned

Thanks for looking in and your kind comment mate.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Saturday, May 05, 2018 - 02:53 PM UTC
Before I go too far over the top with interior it was time to see how the KK would cope, if it could cope, with the bigger spaces.



Not too bad and but I think that will be seen, so think there is enough in there. Might have the wheelhouse doors open on the next one.





Depth charges sprayed white.



Painting on the reloads started.



A little problem with the stream anchor, fixed.



Quarterdeck details going down.



Resin & etched smoke pots built, they will sit on top of the depth charge racks.



More soon.

Si
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Posted: Saturday, May 05, 2018 - 03:57 PM UTC
The Krystal Klear looks great Si
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Posted: Saturday, May 05, 2018 - 04:32 PM UTC
Simon,

I have to concur with Russel - that Kristal Klear is always nice on Battleship Windows; makes it always more realistic. Keep up the good work.

Cheers

Thomas
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Posted: Sunday, May 06, 2018 - 03:37 PM UTC

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The Krystal Klear looks great Si



Thanks Russ,

It has worked that is the main thing, I was concerned that the size of the openings was pushing the limits.

Test fitting everything in place, there is a decent impression of a busy structure, so I am calling the interior done.



Cheers

Si
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Posted: Sunday, May 06, 2018 - 03:38 PM UTC

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Simon,

I have to concur with Russel - that Kristal Klear is always nice on Battleship Windows; makes it always more realistic. Keep up the good work.

Cheers

Thomas



Thanks Thomas,

I agree, any moulded transparencies are always way too thick.

appreciate you looking in.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Sunday, May 06, 2018 - 03:59 PM UTC
Yesterday's progress.

Depth charge racks built up and painted.



And fitted in place.



The wheelhouse structure fixed in place.



Structure going in place around the wheelhouse, little bit of tidying up with the paintbrush needed.



The upper bridge test fitted in place.



A overview of the little lady so far.



More soon.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Monday, May 07, 2018 - 04:49 PM UTC
coming together nicely Si
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Posted: Monday, May 07, 2018 - 10:57 PM UTC

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coming together nicely Si



Thanks Russ,

she is getting there, still quite a way to go, mostly small detail stuff.

Thanks for looking in

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Monday, May 07, 2018 - 10:59 PM UTC
Coming together nicely and looking superb

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Posted: Monday, May 07, 2018 - 11:14 PM UTC

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Coming together nicely and looking superb

Kev



Thanks Kev,

The quality of the base kit really helps, as does the add ons from L'Arsenal & starling,

Thanks for looking in mate.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Monday, May 07, 2018 - 11:29 PM UTC
Some progress yesterday.

The resin boats from L'Arsenal.



Interiors sprayed deck tan, one has had a darker wash applied to bring out the cast detail.



Outside of the hulls painted and grab lines picked out.



Thwarts added to the resin boat, the single etched part was too wide, so I trimmed the thwarts off and fitted them individually. next to it is the kit boat, the shape is fine, but a little lacking in detail.



The boats in place, with oars and mast in place.



The reels for the falls fitted in place, nice to have them provided in the kit. No winches, these boats were raised and lowered by hand.



Davits and griping bar in place, the griping bar would sit on the two triangular brackets on the davits when they were turned out so the boat would be held against the bar prior to lowering, to preventing it swinging as the ship rolled when swung out.



Next job here adding the rigging to the davits.

Paint job finished on the first four reloads.



And fitted in place.



More soon.

Cheers

Si

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Posted: Monday, May 14, 2018 - 01:23 AM UTC
This weekend's progress.

Bottled doing the boat rigging, couldn't get in the zone. Decided to get the bridge fixed down.

One component that needed a bit of help, the skylight in front of the wheelhouse. I can understand it being a little bland, as it won't be that visible.



I drilled out the ports, used some of starlings brass surrounds with the "eyebrows" cut off and glazed with KK. In place along with the yet another locker.



Vents and locker down on the starboard side of the wheelhouse.



bits and pieces down on the port side.



The bridge fixed in place.





Must have get that boat rigging done and the rest of depth charge reloads in place next.

cheers

Si
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Posted: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 02:16 AM UTC
getting quite busy on deck now
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Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 12:31 AM UTC

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getting quite busy on deck now



It sure is Russ,

One of the good points of this kit is the amount of this sort of detail included.

I am enjoying this little beast, I am already scheming what conversion to do next.

Thanks for looking in mate.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 03:25 AM UTC
The boat rigging, the hook on points, in the boats, for the falls, knowing my ability to drop bits, I made a spare.



The hold down straps, for the boat, I have found photos of these canvas straps, and seen similar in use in my seafaring days, they may be a bit overwide, but I don't think they are too far out.



a little work on the bridge, the voicepipe into the chartspace scratchbuilt, and the Captain's chair from the Starling etch set.



The first of the falls in place.



The first attempt at connecting the falls to their stowage reel.



This did not go well, another study of the references, and I think this is correct, the downhaul runs through a fairlead on the davit, so it doesn't rub against the boat.



One down three to go.

Cheers

Si


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Posted: Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 04:35 AM UTC
Some serious nano-engineering going on here Si
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Posted: Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 12:01 PM UTC
The detail on the small boats is great and more special because you've scratched them yourself. Always feels better when the comes together and looks the part.

cheers
Michael
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Posted: Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 01:31 PM UTC

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The detail on the small boats is great and more special because you've scratched them yourself. Always feels better when the comes together and looks the part.

cheers
Michael



Thanks Michael,

I do enjoy solving these little things, that to be fair, in a pure IM kit aren't doable. It is also the joy of working in a larger scale, it is easier to come up with solutions for this stuff.

Yup it is nice when they work too, we will really see when I have got some paint on this.

More later today, or tomorrow.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 10:25 PM UTC
I've got to say I'm really enjoying this build

Thank you Si

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Posted: Monday, May 28, 2018 - 12:38 AM UTC

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I've got to say I'm really enjoying this build

Thank you Si

Kev



Very glad to hear that Kev,

And to be fair, I am enjoying it too.

It is a great little kit, we could with more like it, accurate and reasonably priced, Ok it lacks the sophistication of the latest offerings from the far east, but it is a good solid kit that lets the builder put their stamp on it.

Thanks for looking in.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 12:13 AM UTC
Yesterday's progress.

More progress on the rigging on the starboard boat,



completed and painted.



Before progressing on the port boat the compass platform finished.





The port boat being rigged.





Finally the last of the depth charge reloads on.



And the radar lantern on.



More soon,

Cheers

Si.