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HMS Exeter 1939.
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Posted: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - 09:57 AM UTC
Something different in size and complexity to the other two builds on the bench.

HMS Exeter.

The kit is pretty good is not bad at all, just a couple things B gundeck has no deck planking, which it should at this period, and the bridge, which is a very nice piece of slide moulding, including the open windows below the compass platform, except for the see -through look. (both will be cured - more on that later)

The kit.





The aftermarket.

A bit more restrained this time.



Eduard etch,
Infini deck,
Master gun barrels.

The deck cures the B gundeck issue.



The hull on the stand.



The propeller shafts and rudder fitted.



The hull sprayed with red primer, which also doubles as anti fouling red.



a bit of light destruction on the decks to take the wood overlays.





More soon.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - 10:04 AM UTC
on board for the ride, mate
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Posted: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - 10:17 AM UTC
Immediate follow Si!
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Posted: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - 11:13 AM UTC
Si,

Nice choice. I always like this design of British heavy cruiser, nice lines. It been on my wish list for long time. Maybe your build will open the wallet.

Mark
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Posted: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - 12:06 PM UTC
Go Si! I built the Matchbox 1/700 version of Exeter many years ago, made a real mess of it. I'm looking forward to seeing the ship as she should look!

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Posted: Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 03:00 AM UTC
I'm in. Should be an informative build.

EJ
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Posted: Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 05:01 AM UTC

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on board for the ride, mate



Hi Russ,

Glad to have you aboard mate.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 05:03 AM UTC

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Immediate follow Si!



Thanks Rory,

Welcome aboard.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 05:10 AM UTC

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Si,

Nice choice. I always like this design of British heavy cruiser, nice lines. It been on my wish list for long time. Maybe your build will open the wallet.

Mark



Welcome aboard Mark,

Exeter and York are compact but still quite punchy cruisers, the quite spase upperworrks make them look quite racy.

Always had a soft spot for the pair.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 05:15 AM UTC

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Go Si! I built the Matchbox 1/700 version of Exeter many years ago, made a real mess of it. I'm looking forward to seeing the ship as she should look!




Thanks Tim,

Welcome aboard. I well remember the old matchbox kit, not even state of the art in their day, but at least she looked about right.

I am looking forwwrd to building my first British cruiser in this scale.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 05:17 AM UTC

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I'm in. Should be an informative build.

EJ



Thanks EJ

Welcome aboard, I will do my best not to disappoint.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 06:46 AM UTC
Another great choice Si! Is there a small place left at the bridge for me to watch your build?

I too have this kit together with the extensive SHIPYARD upgrade set . There are some question about this ship: Some say that the red EX writings on top of the gun towers should be black indeed. And I am curious about the color of the walrus aircraft (silver or camouflaged). Therefore I will follow with interest your build.

Intended to build the Exeter in the near future after my Schleswig-Holstein but maybe makes more sense now to start its former archenemy the Admiral Graf Spee in her Plate River livery, hehehe
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Posted: Friday, August 28, 2020 - 09:04 PM UTC

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Another great choice Si! Is there a small place left at the bridge for me to watch your build?

I too have this kit together with the extensive SHIPYARD upgrade set . There are some question about this ship: Some say that the red EX writings on top of the gun towers should be black indeed. And I am curious about the color of the walrus aircraft (silver or camouflaged). Therefore I will follow with interest your build.

Intended to build the Exeter in the near future after my Schleswig-Holstein but maybe makes more sense now to start its former archenemy the Admiral Graf Spee in her Plate River livery, hehehe



Hi Thomas,

Glad to have aboard. I have been digging around about the colour of the "EX" and so far have not reached a conclusion as to which is correct.

The Walrus, again I cannot find a conclusive photograph, however my best guess would be that it was camouflaged. Basis for this, the Exeter arrived in Plymouth 17/08/39 for a refit, so the aircraft she was carrying would have been landed. The refit was cancelled and she sailed for the South Atlantic 25/08/39, As by this time the Fleet Air Arm had repainted most of it's aircraft in Camouflage, I am assuming whichever aircraft we embarked would have been camouflaged.

I did look at the infini full upgrade set, but as I already had the Eduard set and the Master Barrels, for once I decided to be sensible on my expenditure.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Monday, August 31, 2020 - 03:05 AM UTC

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for once I decided to be sensible on my expenditure.



What is this word sensible? I have no idea what it means
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Posted: Tuesday, September 01, 2020 - 09:29 AM UTC

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Another great choice Si! Is there a small place left at the bridge for me to watch your build?

I too have this kit together with the extensive SHIPYARD upgrade set . There are some question about this ship: Some say that the red EX writings on top of the gun towers should be black indeed. And I am curious about the color of the walrus aircraft (silver or camouflaged). Therefore I will follow with interest your build.

Intended to build the Exeter in the near future after my Schleswig-Holstein but maybe makes more sense now to start its former archenemy the Admiral Graf Spee in her Plate River livery, hehehe



Hi Thomas,

Glad to have aboard. I have been digging around about the colour of the "EX" and so far have not reached a conclusion as to which is correct.

The Walrus, again I cannot find a conclusive photograph, however my best guess would be that it was camouflaged. Basis for this, the Exeter arrived in Plymouth 17/08/39 for a refit, so the aircraft she was carrying would have been landed. The refit was cancelled and she sailed for the South Atlantic 25/08/39, As by this time the Fleet Air Arm had repainted most of it's aircraft in Camouflage, I am assuming whichever aircraft we embarked would have been camouflaged.

I did look at the infini full upgrade set, but as I already had the Eduard set and the Master Barrels, for once I decided to be sensible on my expenditure.

Cheers

Si



Hey Si/Thomas

I would take a look at Sovereign hobbies website as they have quite extensive research on the colours of WW2 RN vessels and may be able to help...
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Posted: Thursday, September 03, 2020 - 06:28 AM UTC
Really looking forward to this one Simon. I have always been attracted to anything concerning the pursuit of the Admiral Graf Spee, since I first saw the movie as a teenager.
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Posted: Friday, September 04, 2020 - 05:05 AM UTC

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for once I decided to be sensible on my expenditure.



What is this word sensible? I have no idea what it means



To be honest neither have I,

I guess in Ship Modelling terms it is when you spend less than twice the cost of the kit on aftermarket.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Friday, September 04, 2020 - 05:08 AM UTC

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Another great choice Si! Is there a small place left at the bridge for me to watch your build?

I too have this kit together with the extensive SHIPYARD upgrade set . There are some question about this ship: Some say that the red EX writings on top of the gun towers should be black indeed. And I am curious about the color of the walrus aircraft (silver or camouflaged). Therefore I will follow with interest your build.

Intended to build the Exeter in the near future after my Schleswig-Holstein but maybe makes more sense now to start its former archenemy the Admiral Graf Spee in her Plate River livery, hehehe



Hi Thomas,

Glad to have aboard. I have been digging around about the colour of the "EX" and so far have not reached a conclusion as to which is correct.

The Walrus, again I cannot find a conclusive photograph, however my best guess would be that it was camouflaged. Basis for this, the Exeter arrived in Plymouth 17/08/39 for a refit, so the aircraft she was carrying would have been landed. The refit was cancelled and she sailed for the South Atlantic 25/08/39, As by this time the Fleet Air Arm had repainted most of it's aircraft in Camouflage, I am assuming whichever aircraft we embarked would have been camouflaged.

I did look at the infini full upgrade set, but as I already had the Eduard set and the Master Barrels, for once I decided to be sensible on my expenditure.

Cheers

Si



Hey Si/Thomas

I would take a look at Sovereign hobbies website as they have quite extensive research on the colours of WW2 RN vessels and may be able to help...



Good call Russ,

Jamie is a font of knowledge on ship colours. Very nice guy too.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Friday, September 04, 2020 - 05:16 AM UTC

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Really looking forward to this one Simon. I have always been attracted to anything concerning the pursuit of the Admiral Graf Spee, since I first saw the movie as a teenager.



Welcome aboard Chuck,

Likewise, and I still have copy of it in my DVD collection. Can't be many naval war films that star ships that were actually there .

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Tuesday, September 08, 2020 - 05:43 AM UTC
A bit more progress.

The lower hull masked.



the hull sprayed Tamiya TS81, I have extended the main deck forward a bit, to fill a hole that may well be visible when the fo'c's'le deck is down.



Wood deck and TTs down, as there is not enough to cover the new section, painted dark grey.



a bulkhead and supports for the 4" guns added under the deck, likely won't be that visible, but better not to take the chance.



Eduard etched w/t doors fitted to the superstructure.



The steel deck sections attacked with the old hairy stick, and fixed down.



The gap filling under the fo'c'sle deck is barely visible at this stage, with the railings and boat racks in place it will be likely invisible.

More soon.

Cheers

Si


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Posted: Tuesday, September 08, 2020 - 07:57 PM UTC
Si,

Off to another fine start. Proper prep work makes for a fun assembly.

Mark
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Posted: Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 09:14 AM UTC

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Si,

Off to another fine start. Proper prep work makes for a fun assembly.

Mark



Thanks Mark,

She is coming on, and you are right mate, getting the planning & the prep right makes for a much more enjoyable build.

Cheers

Ski
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Posted: Saturday, September 12, 2020 - 09:05 AM UTC
The latest progress.

The wood fo'c's'le deck in place.



Eduard etched doors on B gundeck.



B Gundeck sprayed Tamiya TS81, and fitted, along with the etched unplanked sections where two of the boats sit.



etched anchor ways and piece for the eyes of the ship, these come from infini fret that comes with the deck.



Painted and in place.



The wood deck has also been fitted on B gundeck.

More soon,

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Saturday, September 12, 2020 - 10:56 PM UTC
Si,

Fine progress with the wood deck and PE. That was a nice feature to have those anchor ways included. Beats having to remove molded on anchor chain and the follow up cleaning.

Mark
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Posted: Sunday, September 13, 2020 - 03:19 AM UTC
Looking good Si! As always, the addition of the wood deck instantly starts to bring the ship alive! I agree with Mark, those etched anchor ways and piece for the eyes of the ship are a great idea.