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PostPosted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:44 pm 
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Here is CHILLIWACK as she stands at this point.
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I started to shrink the depth charge racks on the stern. I did this by cutting through the cross pieces and then after sanding them down glued the two halves back together. Here they are without any post join work after the cut. (Reason for the reduction in width is both due to space of the sweep deck and the fact the depth charges that come with the kit are too long, so after cutting off the ends they tend to drop out of the depth charge rails)
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Next step is to get them to fit and angle inwards while still leaving room to get between them for pulling the release pins at the end. After doing some more research on CHILLIWACK, based on the drawings from Burrard Dry Dock the rails aft did have a downward angle at the end. Many RCN corvettes built back east were straight as described by Ted, but the West Coast ones had an angle, so I won't need to redo them completley.

Started adding the deck fittings, such as the wooden planking on the focsle and on the sweep deck. Here is the sweep deck, you can also see a depth charge stand against the engine room casing as well as the tops of two vents just above the edge of the lower bulwark.
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Then as a break I went back to the 4-Inch and added elevation and training wheels as well as sights.

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More to follow, since I really need to get on the forward bandstand and the shells stored there for ready use.

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Great work as usual, really loving your build!!


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Great work, Keep us updated!!

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Thank you silvershadow and Paul O'Reilly,

I have been working on smaller deck fittings, mainly in an attempt to get the deck ready for paint.

Built a beef and vegetable screen to sit besides the forward companion way, due to the location and time I used a couple of deck boxes/lockers from the kit that won't find a place on the short focsle corvette (galley chimney box and starboard side hedgehog locker cut in half if anyone is interested). You can also see another vent against the superstructure. The photo did not work out, so I will take one again in another update.

I needed to sand down the mount and have added some round tubing to start to fill in the hole for the original kit swivel.
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Now the really fiddly work, the forward bandstand has had stanchions added, ladders, ammunition davit and a raft of ready-use shells. The original drawings I have from Burrard Dry Dock have two small ammo lockers shown, but from the photographs I have found these were dropped as soon as the ready use brackets were fitted. I made those by cutting off the bottom half of the shell holders and added 0.010 by 0.020 strips of styrene to represent the top of the bracket and some 0.015 by 0.060 to make the forward support. Now they look more like the metal brackets that held the 4 inch shells.
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Some minor work on the boat deck to place the mounts for the two 14 foot lifeboats.
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And finally a look at the model so far:
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Next I need to finish the windlass and some hand rails.

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Nice job! Great scratch building.

Can't wait to see more. :thumbs_up_1:


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I have one of these kits.

Great appreciation for what you have achieved here.

Just imagine what it was like to be stuck in one of these for the crossing??

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Thanks for the comments JohnS and Strategos Augustus,

Here is a slightly better picture of the beef and vegetable screen boxes, you can also see the davit for the ammunition hoist and some of the gun detail. There is also one of the small vents that sat outside the splinter plates, West Coast built RCN corvettes had three on each side, something I don't think I have seen on East Coast builds so it would help in photo identification when there is no ship's number. The vent was made from one of the kit stanchions...for a useless part I seem to be using them everywhere.

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Railings for my extra stairs proved a bit problematic, at first I figured I would use some plastic railing from the kit and bend them...but I found this to be fairly weak and since this is a display model and may get bumped I needed something stronger...so piano wire was used to make railings. They are a little thinner than the kit ones, but so are the post-production stanchions I intend to use and since those will have canvas dodgers added to most I think the difference will not be as noticeable.

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I started to add some Maroon coloured primer to simulate 'red lead' over the grey car primer...you can see a little in this picture at the bottom.

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You can see my hand railings made from the plastic kit railings, I added them on the superstructure based on John McKay & John Harland's Anatomy of the Ship - The Flower Class Corvette AGASSIZ.

I also figured out what to use for the last two lockers on the Engine Room Casing (a narrow locker and one of the large Hedgehog or 4-Inch lockers cut in half from the focsle of the original kit). As well as adding ladders down to the breezeway (you can just see the top in the bottom corner).

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The green is some painters tape because that is what’s coming...priming the superstructure.

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Suddenly it dawned on me I was missing the Carly Float racks/deck. It sat over the top of the galley doors on the RCN corvettes. So since nothing in the kit fit, I scratch built two using etched polystyrene for the planking, L brackets for the frame and U brackets for the legs, adjusting for the slope of the bulwarks and the boat deck.

Carley Float Rack/Deck: (Upside down view…it was the best shot of the conversion)
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A picture of the racks/deck after primer has been added…and the wood patterned polystyrene has a lick of paint.
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Look from a slightly different angle:
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A further look from abeam…these were the photos that turned out.
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A slightly blurry picture of the focsle, but you get the idea of the wood planking. The windlass is still a concept and needs to be built.
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A look overall…now with the black bottom and grey primer she looks a little like the RCN corvettes before the Western Approaches colours.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:53 am 
Gorgeous! There is nothing like large-scale models of small vessels.


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Thank you sunfish,

RCN corvettes did not get the 27 foot whaler until much later (the 10 RCN Corvettes built to the British pattern and named for flowers never got whalers), so for this 1942 build I started previously by detailing the two provided in the kit in an earlier post, now I am back at them.

First thing I did was remove the 0.010 by 0.020 strip seated on the ribs and replaced it with a lowered 0.020 by 0.020 strip. Next I used some 0.020 by 0.080 styrene for the thwarts and some 0.010 by 0.060 for the knees.
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Here you can see the rudder detail:
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The rudder was actually made from bits of the original kits thwarts and stern (instead of cutting some from styrene I have tried to use as much of the kit as possible). The brackets are 0.010 by 0.020 styrene and the tiller bar was made from some styrene tubing.

Perhaps I will do some oars and oarlocks and perhaps a water keg and some provision boxes and these are done. In reality these would have had canvas covers at sea.

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CB


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More progress, now this is the problem when you start a section without referencing the photographs. I started adding the pipe rail stanchions on the engine room casing, unfortunately I used the 3' 3 rail versions rather than the 3' 2 rail and had to remove them…sadly no stanchion survived and now I am without 3’ 3 Pipe rail stanchions. I have used 4’ 3 Pipe rail stanchions for the bridge, but for the wheelhouse I am forced to use 3’ 2 rail stanchions like those on the engine room casing, galley and boat decks.

Railings added aft on the engine room casing:
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Looking at the funnel and boat decks…as well as the galley deck and the aft rails of the bridge, both the latter will be covered in canvas dodgers (the railings from the boat deck to the engine room casing deck are still not connected so I can separate the superstructure for painting):
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From forward looking aft:
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The railings were very tricky and I ended up using a pin to make sure the holes for the wire were open enough. I used super glue to secure them and general cut only straight wire to join them (I tried a little bending for the funnel deck and a few other places). The stanchions were from “Great Little Ships” and while very accurate, they were also very delicate and unforgiving if they needed too much adjustment.

It is time for the canvas dodgers to get added to the railings for the bridge, wheelhouse and galley decks. I am not using canvas, but instead tissue paper.

Here is the first attempt for the 4’ 3 Pipe railing on the bridge.
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I realize it will stop being translucent when I paint it, but it does seem a little too thin, perhaps a second layer of tissue. What do you think?

Another small addition was the galley chimney. Here is the kit version (which was designed to run aft to the funnel to clear room for the 271 Radar Lantern that was added in late 1942 and not one I am doing) with part of it cut out.

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Now attached to the superstructure, when I join the wheelhouse section to the galley section I will add a bracket to the bridge to help stabilize the chimney.

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I also drilled holes in the chimney for appearances. ;)

Cheers,

CB


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Now for an interesting story, as I have mentioned several times in the build log I have been unable to find any record or image of gun art for CHILLIWACK, every photo I have found lacks that famous RCN hallmark. The Gun Art book also is missing any mention of CHILLIWACK.

Then out of the blue I received an invite to see some new stained glass added to Vancouver Christ Church Cathedral due to my role in the navy and what was sitting in the middle of the first panel?
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Now the artist made this from a sketch and the colours are assumed based on the shading…

This is an example of a scan of a photo sent me by the North Shore Museum…notice no gun art:
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After speaking with several veterans (one navy and the other merchant marine) it seems that the gun art was lacking from CHILLIWACK and that this badge was a later addition...notice the yellow "explosion"...that really looks to be the top of the stylized Maple Leaf added to some corvette's funnels in 43 and 44 to differentiate RCN Corvettes from their RN counterparts and these were green in colour.

The forward railings were made from black thread and the rope stanchions from Great Little Ships. They proved a challenge to add due to the delicate nature of the white metal stanchions and I ended up using crazy glue to secure the thread and running it through.

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Same thing was done on the 4 Inch Bandstand, but this time I added some old mesh from a damaged screen to make the safety netting.

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Another update,

Mast got some more work, first I wanted to make sure the yard arm was going to be able to stand up to the stress of halyards so I added a thin brass wire beneath it.

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I also added a light fitting to beneath the crows nest and some struts as per several photographs. The Burrard Drydock drawings did not have the crows nest as that was a later fitting.

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To keep the mast steady I have added some hard points made of brass to create eyes for the stays, here are a pair just aft of the fo'c'sle.

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Next up was the SW1C Radar, the Canadian 1.5 metre wavelength set that was rotated by the operator using a bicycle chain…that was how it was converted from a forward fixed mount to rotate 360 degrees.

I used a single piece of Evergreen Polystyrene 221 3/64” Rod. First I cut off a 50 mm length for the top of the radar aerial. Then a 36 mm length that was cut into 2 x 18 mm lengths, one end received a 60 degree cut and the other a 30 degree cut. A file was used to make a notch in each angled cut and for the end of the long remaining portion.

Then I glued the 50 mm piece at right angled to the long remaining portion at about 18 mm from one end. The two 18 mm pieces were glued with the large angle against the main trunk and the smaller angle against the 50 mm portion creating a yaga style radar.

A piece of that kit provided railing was then cut up make three equal parts of 8 mm long and these were glued together to make an “H” and this is the tail end of the SW1C.

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I used the colour photo of the WEYBURN as the best reference shot I could find, it shows the radar post going down the length of the mast, so I drilled can extra hole in my mast bracket and will use some larger hollow polystyrene tubing cut up to make the brackets to hold the SW1C post against the mast.

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Well I am getting into the final details; one part that has been long delayed is the secondary armament. Corvettes tended to mount whatever was available; about the only common fitting was the World War One 4 Inch gun forward. Although documentation today states a 4 Inch deck gun, 2 X 20mm Oerlikons, Hedgehog and 2 Pound Pom-Pom these were the fittings on later corvettes with extended focsles and the supply of secondary armament had been sorted out in 1944.

Ted Paxton who sailed in HMCS SHEDIAC had identified twin .50 Calibre Machine Guns on the bridge wings and that SHEDIAC had another pair mounted in the aft bandstand (these were later replaced with the 2 Pound Pom-Pom) and when the bridge-wings were extended and given struts the Oerlikons replaced the bridge mounts.

The earliest photos of CHILLIWACK definitely have a paired mounting of some kind aft (likely twin .50 Calibre Machine Guns) but at some point these were replaced with a Pom-Pom as a photo in 1943 when the 271 Radar was added she has the 2 pounder.

So armed with this information I decided to build four twined .50 Calibre Mounts (Browning Machine Guns) and a Pom-Pom to be safe…

First up was the .50 Cals and I started with some plastic styrene tubing, then some square and rectangular strips and cut them down to scale. I also used some more 1/35 scale tank treads which I was trimming down to make the handles at the rear of the Browning.

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The Brownings in their rough form, details to be added still:

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With my first run at their mountings (I used the drawings from Shipcraft Special: Flower Class Corvettes by John Lambert and Les Brown)…it seems the mountings are a little small for bridge wings splinter shield so I will likely build some larger ones, after seeing a photo of HMCS BATTLEFORD with the high mounts I will make some more.

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With detailing added, I think I will trim down the ends of the barrels as the Canadian versions I have seen in photos tended to be the short wide nose variant.

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So I spoke with several more veterans about RCN corvettes. Don Bellamy sailed in HMCS CHICOUTIMI (besides several other ships) and remembered CHILLIWACK having a Pom-Pom in the aft bandstand in 1942. He described some of the living conditions and confirmed some of the mine sweeping fittings for me. So it looks like I will be building a 2 Pounder after all.

Bill Hutcheson sailed in the Merchant Marine and did several trips near the end of the war, but only once did a corvette come close enough to pass a message and ask about the crew (probably to see if there were any friends or relations in the Canadian merchant). Bill has also made a model of CHILLIWACK (later long fo'c'sle version) which I hear it is quite spectacular and he says that all photos he has of CHILLIWACK have the Pom-Pom aft, but admits they are from after her fo'c'sle extension.

Peter Lynch sailed in HMCS MATANE (if anyone has any pictures of this Frigate he would be keen to see them) and sailed in concert with a few corvettes, he passed on some anecdotes of the second iteration of EG 9.

Cully Lancaster sailed in HMCS MOOSE JAW and he said that she carried two pairs of Lewis Guns in her aft bandstand. Cully was from Moose Jaw and ended up sailing in the corvette named for his home town when the assigned officer failed to make his connection and the corvette sailed with Cully taking his place…one of those “two year” temporary assignments.

Cheers,

CB


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The windlass has been a long standing project that needed to get done. The kit comes with a very simple “simulacrum” that really is sad looking.

Here are the parts:
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Drawings from Anatomy of the Ship: Agassiz

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First attempt to use the kit parts…

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That was a failure.:(

I then tried getting a windlass from Sirmar Model Fittings, here it is in comparison; unfortunately it is a different pattern than those used on the West Coast built RCN Corvettes, it appears to be a UK merchant ship design.

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Attempt number two…

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The more complete version, this one I am happy with.
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I made the drums out of styrene card cut into discs and glued together, gearing was with aluminum foil, stamped with the rim of a medicine bottle and glued on with superglue. Drums were made from furniture plugs sanded down with a Dremel, then some styrene added around the edge (0.015 by 0.060) and some cross pieces (0.020 by 0.020). Brake handles were made from the railing styrene supplied in the kit.

I used the base and two of the sets of rollers from the kit, and some of the railings for rod, two stanchions cut down as supports and three of the windlass parts together to make some of the motors, rest was all styrene rod and discs...and a little imagination. :)

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As mentioned above, after speaking with some folks who remembered sailing with CHILLIWACK and the best photo of the period I am building that the weapon for the aft bandstand is the 2 Pounder Pom-Pom.

So the kit variant is again almost just a “simulated” item to represent the 2 Pounder (the name Pom-Pom comes from the sound the weapon made, it was an anti-aircraft weapon designed to use up the vast stocks of 2 pound ammunition left over from the First World War) and it could only pass for the weapon from a great distance.

So I began by cutting out a shield from 0.010 thickness styrene, embossing some rivets with my stitch marking roller.

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Then I added some more styrene to make the supporting frame using the drawings from Anatomy of the Ship: Agassiz and Shipcraft Special: Flower Class Corvettes

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I did use the base (although I had to sand down the bottom support to fit my rebuilt aft bandstand) and I cut off most of the raised portions on the top to move the shield forward to account for the foot stands. This picture also has the side supports cut from another sheet of left over styrene.

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Here is a slightly earlier picture of the aft bandstand with the hole that this weapon will pivot in.

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The barrel was built from styrene tubing and the muzzle cut from the kit weapon (with the end drilled out to give the impression of a hollow barrel), picture of this was too small and fuzzy to share. The breach was made from sprue as was the magazine hopper. For the magazine I used some thin styrene rod and cut into small dowels and laid them side by side, then some angle bracket was laid over the ends to make it look like an ammunition feed (you can see that the best in the top down picture).

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Also added a pair of my home made wheels for training and elevation, plus some discs and other extra styrene rod and some kit railing material for the aiming bars…afraid my targeting rings are rather solid, but I just don’t have the fine etched brass bits to use.

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Top down look so you can see the foot rests. These I made from plain styrene card (0.020 thickness) and them some fine screen mesh was glued on top of it to create the tread effect. You can also see the ammunition hopper on the right and a look at the top of the aiming bars. My swinging hinge is also a little warped, but other than that not to bad.

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Now that the major additions and changes have been made I still have some minor changes and upgrades. Those little things that were overlooked in the model kit and in my planning…

Starting the last of the mine sweeping gear, here are the rope reels (I used the kit parts for the focsle reels and boat deck reels), I added handles made from kit railing sprue.

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Next up for the Engine Room Casing is the Dan buoy storage which will be outside the pipe rails.

On the aft end of the Engine Room Casing I added the gong and on the aft bandstand the stern running light, which was originally mounted on the end of the deck, according to the Burrard Dry Dock drawings, however in photos it was quickly moved up to the bandstand for better visibility. Also added a ladder and a circuit box against the casing.

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The depth charges sitting on the deck needed major work, so I simply cut off the sides to make them the right dimensions, and then added a 10 x 10 mm square cut from 0.010 thickness polystyrene for the holder portion of the carrier. Some styrene tubing made the stalks for the carriers and viola…instant depth charges.

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Here are the supports added under the extended bridge wings, CHILLIWACK was one of the first Corvettes to get extended Bridge Wings…but sadly the 20mm Oerlikons intended to be placed there were slow to arrive so she kept her .50 Cal twin mounts…however it did save on the supports (once the Oerlikons were mounted they added bracing to prevent the bridge wings sagging)…although there is a picture of ALBERNI with sagging experienced with just the twin .50 Cal mounts.

Based on the photos of CHILLIWACK and some other short fo'c'sle Corvettes as these were additions beyond the initial drawings I have of CHILLIWACK.

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Speaking of mounts, here are my second, larger versions:

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I also found the photograph I am using shows that CHILLIWACK added some splinter mats to the canvas dodgers on the 4 foot pipe rails on the bridge so I made six more out of epoxy putty (I am especially proud of the one sagging at the top corner as a line has come loose). I also added another locker and finally the MF/DF navigation coil made from kit railing rod and some extra sprue.

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Dan Buoys and a few bits and bobs and I will be done construction.

Cheers,

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Another update,

So here are the Dan Buoys, the last main item that needed to be completed before painting:

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They are a little further aft than the drawings, but some of the photographs of the Engine Room Casing have them moved back (I suspect a correction made during construction, it was noted in research that many modifications took place during the building because the drawings from the UK had never been finalized prior to their sending to Canada...hence the mainmast still being listed and added to RCN Corvettes when first built).

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Now I have started painting…having never used an air-brush before this has been a bit of an experience…and a messy one. The white is now on…the trouble with an airbrush is that I have to do it outside (not having any sort of space to use it with proper ventilation)…which in Vancouver weather has been quite challenging.

Spoke with some veterans again on some of the colours. Carley Floats were a grey colour and the floats for the mine sweeping gear were painted an off-yellow rather than white.

Next update I should have the base coats down, just waiting for a dry day to do the Green and Blue.

Cheers,

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Here are some WIP shots of the model as it gets its basecoat. For paints I have been using White Ensign Model enamels (all based on the real paint chips of the period), Games Workshop Acrylics and Vallejo Acrylics.

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For colours I made several checks, speaking with Ted Paxton and Cully Lancaster about colours of the corvettes they sailed in, as well as the handful of black and white photographs available. I also tried to use the colour photographs of ARROWHEAD and WEYBURN, but this last source caused some problems, because when I painted the hull it just did not look right…

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(Photo source DND Archives Project Pride Ken Macpherson Collection)

CHILLIWACK looks to have been in the Western Approaches Dazzle Paint Scheme in 1942, a change from the standard grey that corvettes where painted when first built. There was a fair bit of leeway given to captains, for example Ted Paxton says that SHEDIAC’s captain had grey mixed with everything to give the ship a simple grey toned dazzle paint.

But from descriptions provided with the black and white photos I know CHILLIWACK was a little more like this:
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I traded some emails with Bob Pearson, who did the coloured paint scheme images for the Shipcraft Special: Flower Class Corvettes

At first glance it looks like the corvette has only two colours:

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(Photo source DND Archives Project Pride Ken Macpherson Collection)

The large dark triangles are WA Green, and the hull would be the off white of the RN/RCN.

WA Blue is so light that it is almost impossible to notice unless you look for it (so I thought I might have a bad batch and opened another tin and used a different agent to thin it for painting...and it was just as faint...or perhaps a little bolder). However the paint chips Jon Warneke and Jeff Herne showed that the WA Blue is really light and that the blue from the colour photo of WEYBURN was probably B6 or 507A. I read somewhere that CO's could replace any missing colour with 507C and Ted Paxton says his CO insisted that it get mixed with each of the colours so that SHEDIAC was a series of greys.

With that in mind you can see a slight change in colour on the 4 Inch and on the bridge wings with a diagonal, especially in this photo:

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(Photo source DND Archives Project Pride Ken Macpherson Collection)

There is even a little contrast on the dodger on the bridge deck. It also looks like the funnel and ventilators might be WA Blue (as the large hatch cover between the ventilators is probably white) with WA Green for the top funnel band.

Cheers,

CB


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You're doing a fantastic job on her,CB. :thumbs_up_1:

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