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PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:55 pm 
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Thank you K494,

More photos in better light, now I am starting the highlights and touch-ups before the first coat of varnish before weathering.

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Just the base colours, nothing more at this point.

Never use any form of spray paint on thread…word to the wise.

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CB


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 11:32 am 
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So I have started the weathering, the soot and grime that comes from Oil fired ships who sailed in convoy with coal-fired freighters of the SC (Slow Convoys) that became the favoured targets of the Kriegsmarine’s U-Boat arm. I cannot leave a model with it’s pristine paint…as within minutes of painting the elements and regular use with start to corrode/chip/dirty up everything. Especially on a heavily used escort ship that sailed back and forth across the Atlantic in the middle of a world war.

First, the ship with soot and grime (rust has not been added yet), in this photo the Corvette is starting to look nearly done.

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Nothing is really glued down yet as I have to add the window glass after all sealing is done, due to time constraints I will just have a black backing on the glass so the wheelhouse and Asdic house interiors will not be visible. The grime is a mixture of black wash, water and lacquer thinner (to prevent the water tension in the wash beading). After this was applied over a glass varnish it was rubbed down with more lacquer thinner to create the streaks.

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I have started making straps for the Carley floats (need to do some for the lifeboats next), they are simply tin foil folded over to make a strap with some cut up polystyrene tubing for the ring…trouble now is painting them as the tin foil is not the best medium to paint on.

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The off-yellow floats are a little pristine still, they were actually that colour for no known reason. I have actually used a couple of GW hand grips from a tank kit to make the top bracket which was a basically the top of a large triangle, for this scale the handle is good enough.

So next up is the rust and then the rigging…just need to get the lifeboats right and add the straps...then the rust...then gluing down everything and placing the depth charges.

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CB


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2018 3:39 pm 
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Added the rust, I used some weathering powders, burnt umber oil, and lacquer thinner. I added it to the decks in the scuppers and drains, as much of the rust particulate would make its way there after getting washed down with rain and sea spray. I did a wash of black ink with lacquer thinner first, so it blended with the rust as grime and soot would have. Then I streaked some from the scuppers down the sides of the hull and from the hawse pipe. The anchor chain also received a healthy dose as in a ship the anchor cable has the links banging against each other constantly and is one of the first places rust starts to build from.

All these photos are without rigging (for mast, davits, cranes, hoists, etc), and the port holes are still covered in tape…just noticed that. ;)

I did less rust on the upper works, as this is where the ship’s company would have tried to battle the rust build up with paint…so what rust I did use I diffused with extra lacquer thinner where it could be reached easily.
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Here you can see that I added the canvas straps for the lifeboats (made from 0.010 by 0.060 polystyrene strips), something quite prominent in most photos.

So I glued down the superstructure and added the depth charges. Here you can also see the lines added to the rope reels for the Dan buoys as well as one of the Carley Floats.
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The straps for the Carley Float were made from tin foil and a slice of polystyrene tubing to make the ring.

Another picture of the forward Carley Floats, additional floats were added aft due to the increase in crew size and the fact some Corvettes were known to drop floats near sinking vessels to aid in getting survivors out of the water.
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One more photo showing the depth charges, this photo also shows some of the grime and soot that has run off the funnel casing deck.
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Still need to add rigging, including the three colours of thread based on the drawings from Warship Perspectives: Flower Class Corvettes in World War Two by John Lambert.

By 1942 most of the un-milled steel issues had resolved themselves because the grime layer had already worked through the previous navy grey schemes in 1941, so the reason for less paint chips. There would also be lots of chips and sanding at midships due to Corvettes grinding against one another in St. John's harbour where fenders did not cover.

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CB


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 5:18 pm 
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More painting photos.

So the fo'c'sle has had the gun mount (forward bandstand) secured and the 4 inch presently can rotate…going to leave that until I am certain of a direction to aim it. The anchor chain was secured and presently they do support the weight of the two plastic anchors.
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At the bow you can see some of the grey of the undercoat peaking though some damage, probably as the anchor was raised. You can also see the draft marks right at the stem.

I added clear plastic to represent the glass windows in the wheelhouse and the ASDIC Hut.
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I was going to place black polystyrene behind them because there are no internal fittings in either space, but they did not look right, as it is the inside bulkheads, decks and deck head have been painted flat black.

Another picture of the bridge, you can see the voice pipes forward of the ASDIC hut, and there is even a pipe coming from the crows nest snaking in just between the mast and forward bridge shield.
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The Mine sweeping Gear on the sweep deck aft. I just had to dirty up the yellow mine sweeping floats.
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Depth Charges have been added to the rails and I even added the locking and release bars.

Cheers,

CB


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 6:02 pm 
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Very impressive and fast work on this. You have put a lot into this. :thumbs_up_1:


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Very nice. :thumbs_up_1:


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:19 am 
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She looks Top Notch,CB. :thumbs_up_1:

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:13 pm 
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Thank you Joe Simon, Harpy and K494,

On went the rigging (in black, white or tan thread as per the rigging diagrams I located).

Here is a bow and quarter view.

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Only inaccuracy I know of was I had to and a preventer stay to the ensign staff since the flag was a little too heavy and caused some wilting (actually I have one other with two missing portholes on the starboard bow). Flag is an accurate cotton in miniature form from BECC Model Accessories (they were a great on-line store and even let me return some flags when I ordered the wrong size) and has been dipped in Orange Pekoe Tea to give it the weathered look. Now it is a Sunday Ensign so you can actually see it.

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I think my attempt at a neutral background was a bit of a bust, the plastic sheet was too wrinkled and that detracts from the image, oh well live and learn.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:29 pm 
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Some more shots:

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Beam
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Here you get to see the run of the ship and how many fittings have been added.
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Here the bridge detail is shown.
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Lastly the mine sweeping gear.
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