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 Post subject: Re: 1/20 MAS 527 1942
PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 5:39 pm 
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 1:56 pm 
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Thanks Richard :thumbs_up_1:

I nearly screwed up the work I had done on the air intakes: I tried to spray some acrylic putty on the wheelhouse roof to get a smoother finish from those heterogeneous materials, but that thing nearly melted the plasticard :Mad_6:

When I came back I found all the plastic parts distorted; as the air intakes are built on a CA-soaked paper frame I could salvage them, but the windshields were CTOL. So, I rebuilt them in cardboard. All in all, I think I saved the day.

I'm not really satisfied of the overall result of what I've done on the roof, but neither willing to rebuild everything.

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Here's all that I had to mould in resin: ammo boxes, the boxes' stands and the portholes' frames. It's the first time I use sylicone molds and it was a good training.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2012 4:22 am 
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Now, the smoke generator (which was seldom used in combat: depht charges set to explode on the track of pursuing enemy ships were much more effective).

Its base had a fairly complex shape and was one of the parts that worried me most. I took the part from Italeri's 1/35 model for reference and built it applying a square of plasticard, pre-bent at the sides, over the angle made of carved wood.

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Why had it this unmnageable shape? At first I thought it was to willingly made the item more complex, thus more difficult to produce and more costly, in order to spill more money from the Navy (this was a fundamental concern for our arms manufacturers). Then I realized that the thing was both the base for the smoke generator and a fairlead for mooring lines. This shaping was to protect the lines from friction.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2012 5:39 pm 
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The DVCE visited the boat today but was not satisfied with the windshields which, he said, were too short. He had me rebuilding them at once: ya'll better not upset the Boss...

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While he was there, a new secreat weapon to be used on MAS' was presented to him by its proud inventors: it's called the Thingie Mk 39

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 7:17 am 
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That is a great looking build. Thanks for your help in clearing up my jymy-class questions. I'm looking to start the Italeri 1/35 MAS 500 series in Finnish Navy service towards the end of this month. Great work once again! :thumbs_up_1:


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Back at work, finally. Painting the hull with Gunze tire black and Lifecolor grigio cenerino chiaro; it seemed a bit dark at first glance but now that it has dried it's really spot on

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Railings are soldered copper wire, much sturdier and reliable than plastic rods

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Correcting the waterline...

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A first coat of anonymous medium gray, to not waste the precious Lifecolors...

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Getting some subassemblies aboard: the depht charges rack, for instance...

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Checking the fitting of the aft torpedo bracings; the four lifting hooks are also in place

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Beautiful job on an unusual subject! :thumbs_up_1: :thumbs_up_1: :thumbs_up_1:

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Thanks Bill, your appreciation is an honour for me! :-D

Random details done with phone wire: the inflatable raft container, the lifebuoy's basket; then the secondary rudder wheel's transmission (on the deck, next to the wheelhouse) and the engine room's hatches.

The lifebuoy is resin; I wish I could have molded its ropes as well, but my casting technology is still not advanced to that point...

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Torpedoes' tails are finished :smallsmile: Cardboard for the fins, paper soaked in CA for the propellers; their bracings, which had a screw to adjust their position, are also almost done

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The strange thing aft on the port side is the support for the boarding plank

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I had to correct the port windshield: the big one was installed only on the starboard side.

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Let's get back to work: an iroko plank 2" thick will do the job for the support. I wanted to have the boat solidly hold down on her support before to carry on

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The kind of thing that you can only see in those scales: the torpedo sight

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