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PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2011 4:37 pm 
Having done County class recently I couldn't resist giving Exeter a try. As was said here information about the ship is not easy to come by, but with the rigging plan (thanks to KevinD), new Friedman's book and some pictures googled around I put together something resembling Exeter. I've borrowed some pieces from County class and I have plans of HMS Penelope that gave some idea about equipment of the ship. Still, it's just a try and I'm curious what experts would say.

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PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2011 4:10 am 
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Nice rendition!

I'm sure some others here will chime in about accuracy.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2011 10:37 am 
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I have been reading through Friedman's new book, and now I have a question. In one on the captions, he states that during her post River Plate repairs, Exeter's "V" shaped catapult arrangement was replaced by a standard rotating catapult to allow her to operate the Walrus type aircraft. From the photos that I have available, I can't either confirm or refute this. Do any of you have anything that will help sort this out?


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 8:53 am 
Dick J wrote:
I have been reading through Friedman's new book, and now I have a question. In one on the captions, he states that during her post River Plate repairs, Exeter's "V" shaped catapult arrangement was replaced by a standard rotating catapult to allow her to operate the Walrus type aircraft. From the photos that I have available, I can't either confirm or refute this. Do any of you have anything that will help sort this out?


The official drawings prepared by Devonport Yard after her wartime repair and refit show the two catapults still in place, and photos taken after this yard period confirm. A small error by Friedman.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 10:38 am 
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Thanks, Alan!


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Interestingly, when I dived her, I could only see one which appeared to be a rotating type, but I will review the video......... Kevin Denlay mat have some stills or video that can clear the matter.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 6:13 pm 
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Interestingly, when I dived her, I could only see one which appeared to be a rotating type, but I will review the video......... Kevin Denlay mat have some stills or video that can clear the matter.


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See the three well known photos of the ship as she appeared after repair and refit on pages 21 and 22 of the Exeter profile. Both sides of the ship are shown. There are other photos somewhere on the internet.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 11:13 pm 
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Hi Alan,

I reviewed the footage and indeed there is only one catapult visible. However, as the starboard side is relatively buried I believe that you are correct based on close examination of the period photos.

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There's a reasonably well-known photo taken from EXETER's bridge just after the Battle of the River Plate with "EX" on the roofs of her 8" turrets; most colour drawings and model makers depict the letters as being black. However, the colour drawing in Slawomir Brzeziński HMS Exeter Part 1 (1939) (Wyszkow: BS Press Profile Morskie, 2011) shows them in red. Profile Morkie plans have a reputation for being variable in accuracy, and interpretation of colour from black and white photographs of unknown film type is always difficult; does anyone know what colour the letters really were?
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Looking at the photo I would have assumed black Tim.
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Hi Folks,

I' am planning to get a 1/700 Exeter by Niko for my Battle of Java Sea collection but I remember having seen dark rumours about his kits' accuracy. I've done a search and can't seem to find a review or anything specific except comments about "the kits' deficiencies" and other mutterings. Can some tell me what the problems are and how hard are they to fix on this Kit?

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I' am planning to get a 1/700 Exeter by Niko for my Battle of Java Sea collection but I remember having seen dark rumours about his kits' accuracy. I've done a search and can't seem to find a review or anything specific except comments about "the kits' deficiencies" and other mutterings. Can some tell me what the problems are and how hard are they to fix on this Kit?

Hi Lester,

I think that the major problem is that the aft 4" mounts should be staggered with the starboard one forward to allow room for the crane. I've recently bought the Profile Morskie volume of Exeter in 1942 which shows the correct position.

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Ahoy,

I have a question regarding depth charge rack on HMS York. Can some tell me if it was present on HMS York during her loss? I have profile morskie book, and it seems it was installed. Thanks for help in advance.

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Re Exeter, these photos may also help with the mounts positioning.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 1:23 pm 
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Igor,

They were certainly still there in March 1941 as evidenced by a photo taken on the quarterdeck of York showing Bonaventure in the background.

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I just received my Samek Exeter today and it is a really nice kit. I will be looking forward building her real soon. :thumbs_up_1:





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Hi All,

Can anyone comment on the accuracy of the Profile Morskie Exeter in 1942 plans? Mr Raven?

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Does anyone have clear pictures of Exeter's bridge area around '38?

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PetrolGator wrote:
Does anyone have clear pictures of Exeter's bridge area around '38?


Not so clear, but.......................................

The bottom image of her in the Panama Canal is 1939 IIRC, others are dated.


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All:

I did a detailed review of the Samek HMS Exeter kit in the reviews section. In short, it is a very good kit, but there are some minor errors that are, by and large, easily corrected. The Niko kit has major errors-most noticeably the bridge is way too high.

As for the Profile Morskie HMS Exeter plans, I was very favorably impressed. I think that some of the details for the areas around the catapult and aft deckhouse and the open bridge platform that cannot be seen from available photos is speculative. I can say with confidence that the shape of the aft pompom platforms are wrong--the drawing shows them as semicircular (greater than a 180 degree half-circle) whereas an aerial photo I have seen shows them as a half-circle in shape. Aside from that, the drawings are excellent.

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