The Ship Model Forum

The Ship Modelers Source
It is currently Tue Oct 04, 2022 6:45 pm

All times are UTC - 6 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 10 posts ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2022 8:46 am 
Offline

Joined: Sun Jun 26, 2022 12:20 pm
Posts: 55
I've just kicked off another build: a waterline version of Airfix's Landing Platform Dock ship. Copyright 1967 is stamped under the boat deck part, so this kit was already half a dozen years old when I had the opportunity to potter around her then green-decked sister ship at Navy Days - I recall the light cruiser HMS Lion was tied up on the other side of the dock - so it was a while ago.

I've already lopped off the underside. I've also reduced the profile of the vertical fenders on the hull sides. I'm now on the hunt for some decent inflatable life raft containers: fingers crossed my local Hobbycraft shop has some tic tac shaped beads of the correct size.


Attachments:
File comment: HMS Fearless in waterline
HMS Fearless waterlined.jpg
HMS Fearless waterlined.jpg [ 244.32 KiB | Viewed 679 times ]
Report this post
Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2022 9:59 am 
Offline

Joined: Sat Jan 17, 2009 2:12 pm
Posts: 3544
could also use plastic rod cut to length.


Report this post
Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2022 1:22 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sun Jun 26, 2022 12:20 pm
Posts: 55
Yes, it's looking that way. Little plastic cylinders with every edge bevelled to get the correct life raft case shape. The Seacat missile launchers will need a bit of attention too to make them resemble the prototype.


Report this post
Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2022 3:16 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Fri Jan 14, 2005 10:08 am
Posts: 1050
Location: Cornwall
Starling Models have just issued an upgrade set for the Airfix County class in 1/600. There are probably quite a lot of parts in that which you could use

_________________
IPMS Fine Waterline Special Interest Group


Report this post
Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2022 6:27 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sat Jan 17, 2009 2:12 pm
Posts: 3544
Rob, which County class, cruiser or destroyer as Airfix did both in 1/600?


Report this post
Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2022 5:12 am 
Offline

Joined: Sun Jun 26, 2022 12:20 pm
Posts: 55
Quite right, Rob. Starling have got some good add on parts in this scale. I will need some nice items on the heli deck to hide some dimples in the the plastic. I've got an Airfix HMS Devonshire (D02) in my cupboard awaiting my attention.


Report this post
Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2022 10:09 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Fri Jan 14, 2005 10:08 am
Posts: 1050
Location: Cornwall
DavidP wrote:
Rob, which County class, cruiser or destroyer as Airfix did both in 1/600?


Hi David, the destroyer - there are some very useful-looking parts on it which would fit out other post-war RN Airfix ships. You could certainly give the Leander-class kit a tune-up from the set too

_________________
IPMS Fine Waterline Special Interest Group


Report this post
Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2022 12:19 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sat Jan 17, 2009 2:12 pm
Posts: 3544
& the Type 21 Amazon class.


Report this post
Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2022 4:30 am 
Offline

Joined: Sun Jun 26, 2022 12:20 pm
Posts: 55
Finally making some progress although I will have to revisit the rust around the bow as I have overdone it. After I'd waterlined the hull I had to fit internal struts as the plastic is very flexible prior to the deck being glued on. The anchor chain is from Tiddlylinks (30 links per inch) and is the closest I could find to the chain moulded on the fo'c'sle.


Attachments:
File comment: HMS Fearless with rust.
HMS Fearless with landing craft.jpg
HMS Fearless with landing craft.jpg [ 185.87 KiB | Viewed 364 times ]
Report this post
Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2022 2:01 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sun Jun 26, 2022 12:20 pm
Posts: 55
Nearly finished. I will do the masts and aerials (lots of them) tomorrow. As usual an old Airfix kit has taken a much longer than expected to build, though taking a bit of time to paint on the windows for the bridge/wheelhouse has made a real difference to the rather bland superstructure.


Attachments:
File comment: HMS Fearless sans masts and rigging
HMS Fearless awaiting masts.jpg
HMS Fearless awaiting masts.jpg [ 181.21 KiB | Viewed 273 times ]
Report this post
Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 10 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 6 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Royaloakmin and 33 guests


You can post new topics in this forum
You can reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group