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HMS Sir Gareth, Armed Trawler
RedDuster
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Posted: Monday, September 09, 2019 - 05:03 AM UTC
With limited space, and missing ships, I wanted to find something small and interesting.

I found this.



This kit may be small, but it punches well above it's weight when it comes to detail and complexity.




A closer look.

The hull, not much cleaning up needed.





The resin parts



The etch and some very nice 3d printed resin parts.



There is a turned brass mast and a length of brass rod too.

Work started, the stand built, and the rudder fitted.



The hull has been sprayed Red primer. The rudder assembly is rather fragile so it with has been protected with some foil so I don't rip it off when I mask to spray the upper hull.



I did get a bit further Sunday / Today, but haven't taken the photos off the camera yet.

Cheers

Si



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Posted: Monday, September 09, 2019 - 07:18 AM UTC
Hehe, limited space is a growing menace to the serious modelship builders Simon isn´t it? Sooner or later we have to rething to tackle with 1:2000 scale ships just for the display space

By the way - nice choice you have made. Watching your work at this nutshell with interest.

Cheers

Thomas
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Posted: Monday, September 09, 2019 - 07:47 AM UTC
Si,

Nice subject you picked. At six inches that is going to one challange you have ahead of you. Looking forward to your progress photos.

Mark
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Posted: Monday, September 09, 2019 - 10:18 AM UTC
This looks like a great little project!
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Posted: Monday, September 09, 2019 - 12:45 PM UTC
Simon,

With your Sir Garth and Starling HMS Algerine and Starling HMS Nadder, we have the makings of diverse little escort group.
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Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 05:45 AM UTC

Quoted Text

Hehe, limited space is a growing menace to the serious modelship builders Simon isn´t it? Sooner or later we have to rething to tackle with 1:2000 scale ships just for the display space

By the way - nice choice you have made. Watching your work at this nutshell with interest.

Cheers

Thomas



Thanks Thomas,

It is, but that is not my biggest issue quite yet (not far off though), it is not having a functioning workshop, and am reduced to a small table in the corner of the kitchen. (Remodelling part of the house).

Always glad to have you along for the ride.

Cheers

Si





Always glad to have along Thomas.
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Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 05:50 AM UTC

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Si,

Nice subject you picked. At six inches that is going to one challange you have ahead of you. Looking forward to your progress photos.

Mark



Hi Mark,

Always had an interest in the small workhorses. This is some kit for it's size, it will be a challenge, but then it should be worth it.

Glad to have you aboard.

Si
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Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 05:55 AM UTC

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This looks like a great little project!



Hi Rory,

It is very nice kit, all I will have to find is the rigging and maybe a couple few figures.

Welcome aboard.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 05:58 AM UTC

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Simon,

With your Sir Garth and Starling HMS Algerine and Starling HMS Nadder, we have the makings of diverse little escort group.



That it will, pretty typical of RN escort groups, particularly early on in WW2, groups were often thrown together from what was available.

Welcome aboard.

Si
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Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 12:43 PM UTC
Can also add a full division of four Mirage Flower Class corvettes (one of each different kit), a L'Arsenal Hunt class DE, PC, and SC, and a Niko MS.

Quite a large convoy we can escort!
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Posted: Friday, September 13, 2019 - 06:31 AM UTC

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Can also add a full division of four Mirage Flower Class corvettes (one of each different kit), a L'Arsenal Hunt class DE, PC, and SC, and a Niko MS.

Quite a large convoy we can escort!



That would be some escort, and don't forget the Trumpy USS England that can be converted into a Captain class Frigate.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Friday, September 13, 2019 - 06:45 AM UTC
Finally found a few minutes to get Sunday / Monday's progress off the camera.

The hull has been sprayed with red primer that looks pretty much like anti fouling red.



The rudder has been protected with a bit of tinfoil, so I don't damage it masking & unmasking.

Masked, the rubbing strakes on the side of the hull were "fun" to mask over.



Sprayed.



The steel area of the decks given a rough coat of dark grey.



The propeller painted & fitted, the boot topping needs a little tidying up, but not too bad.



More soon

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Friday, September 13, 2019 - 07:11 AM UTC
Si,

Nice work, but it looks like that boot strap will need some touch up. I am sure it wasn't a joy masking the hull with those bumpers place where they are.

Mark
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Posted: Friday, September 13, 2019 - 04:49 PM UTC
That is a nice start on something a little bit different Si.....Cheers mark
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Posted: Friday, September 13, 2019 - 08:05 PM UTC

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Si,

Nice work, but it looks like that boot strap will need some touch up. I am sure it wasn't a joy masking the hull with those bumpers place where they are.

Mark



Thanks Mark,

It was never going to be an easy masking job, the touch up is first on the list.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Friday, September 13, 2019 - 08:11 PM UTC
Tiny!
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Posted: Friday, September 13, 2019 - 08:23 PM UTC

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That is a nice start on something a little bit different Si.....Cheers mark



Thanks Mark, It is a great kit.

Always liked unusual vessels, especially makeshift escorts. Would love one of these in a larger scale.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Monday, September 16, 2019 - 05:27 AM UTC

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Tiny!



It is that, but there is a lot detail, well cast too.

Welcome aboard.

Si
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Posted: Monday, September 16, 2019 - 05:44 AM UTC
This weekend's progress.

Before starting on the next stage the main superstructure components were cleaned up and test fitted.



some construction.

cable reels.



12pdr gun platform.



forward deck house.



the windlass and cable reels fitted to the fo'c's'le., and some weathering applied.



closer view of the fo'c's'le.



the gun platform painted.



the deck has had a light was & the ready use shells have been picked out in dark green.


The gun platform and forward deckhouse fitted.



Some weathering has been started in the hull, this needs a bit of work yet. these little ships were worked hard, so they would not have been pristine.

Cheers

Si

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Posted: Monday, September 16, 2019 - 08:53 AM UTC
Si,

Very nice progress, those cable reels are really tiny. This trawler reminds of the one in my Silent Hunter game.

Mark
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Posted: Monday, September 16, 2019 - 10:06 AM UTC
Great project, Si! I've always had an interest in these peacetime vessels impressed into military service. But I think I need them in a larger scale.

I'll enjoy watching you put this one together.

Gaz
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Posted: Monday, September 16, 2019 - 02:09 PM UTC
Very nicely done Si. Your touch for detail is remarkable.

Kip
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Posted: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 07:48 AM UTC

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Si,

Very nice progress, those cable reels are really tiny. This trawler reminds of the one in my Silent Hunter game.

Mark



Thanks Mark,

I think they are the smallest reels I have seen since I built 1/700th. The etch is very user friendly, which helped.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 07:59 AM UTC

Quoted Text

Great project, Si! I've always had an interest in these peacetime vessels impressed into military service. But I think I need them in a larger scale.

I'll enjoy watching you put this one together.

Gaz



Welcome aboard Gaz,

I agree, they are fascinating. The armed trawlers were hard worked, minesweeping, coastal convoy escorts, and any other job that needed doing.

Would love something like this in 1/72 or even 1/144.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 08:01 AM UTC

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Very nicely done Si. Your touch for detail is remarkable.

Kip



Thanks Kip,

The level of detail on the castings and the etch really help.

This is a very Nice kit.

Cheers

Si