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  1. I haven't been great at keeping this build log updated! I have been plodding along with my build and a very enjoyable build it is! The youtube build guide is a great help. Ribbons and keel are fitted. I have painted the hull with black and white stripes. Transom has been fitted, this was my first attempt at bending wire rod to a pattern, I'm happy with the results so far. Rudder has been fitted, found this quite fiddly with my trotters for hands! Gun port doors are fitted in the closed position. Chain plates made and fitted. Belaying pins fitted.
  2. Wow! Thank you so much for taking the time to write that response very, very interesting. I will show my mum this she will be very interested. Again I am so chuffed to have this memorabilia.
  3. Thanks everyone! Really fantastic response and some great ideas! I am really chuffed to have all these items. I have a wireless log book that I need to have a really close look at, there seems to be some ships mentioned on it but it is hard to read the writing!
  4. Hi John, you may already know but Occre have a tutorial for the build of HMS Terror, I'm building Occres HMS Beagle and the tutorial for the Beagle is very helpful for a beginner like myself! This is the youtube link, hope it works https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUh9-WDYnhY&list=PLrPwa5r7zKUzCBCWrtnYjaSn4I5Ex-qBp
  5. Thank you for all the replies, been very helpful! We believe his ship was HMT Mousa, ive googled it have a bit of information but not a lot to be honest. Found one archive photo of it. He also has a medal for Arctic Campaign, nothing seems to hint he went to the far East and I can't remember him ever talking about being out that way.
  6. Thanks, that is interesting and I never noticed that! I wonder if he acquired it at some point during or after the war then. From what I know he spent much of the war in the Mediterranean. I have lots of photos he took that were taken on and around various Greek Islands, Malta and Tripoli.
  7. Many, many thanks for the help so far! The blood chit is in great condition has a few holes in and creases from being folded. As far as I'm aware he was a wireless operator on a fishing trawler converted to a minesweeper. I'm hoping I can make some kind of display along side my HMS Beagle when I finish it. I think a museum is a great idea and thank you for the link to the Genoa maritime museum. Below is a frame we've had made of his medals, picture, hat ribbon etc.
  8. Thanks Bruce, I am trying to looking after them best I can all though it is in a bit of a poor state! Yes it does seem it could just be the italian city of Geneva It refers to rather than a ships name. Dean
  9. Hi all, My Grandad served in the Royal Navy aboard a minesweeper during the 2nd World War, i used to love, as a child, listening to his tales of life at sea. Sadly he passed away 14 years ago, recently my Mum gave me a pack containing loads of old photos he took during the war. It also contained two things that I find particularly interesting and would love to know more about if anyone has any ideas about them I would be most grateful! I will attach some photos. The first is what I believe is something called a blood chit, it is a piece of silk with the union Jack on and
  10. Hi all, I've been slowly making progress on the Beagle. Made a few mistakes along the way, I didn't really want to post the pictures up of the 1st layer of planking! Little bit embarrassed to be honest. 2nd plank I didn't quite line up correctly so instead of fitting the 3rd plank in the correct place I lined it up with the 2nd one, so come the 6th plank I had a huge error. I left it overnight to decide what to do. Redo the planks or use filler. I went for the filler option as I thought I would cause a lot of damage trying to remove them. 2nd layer went well overall I'
  11. Henry the Bassett Hound spends most of his time asleep on the sofa occasionally opening one eye to see what I'm doing!
  12. I am making some progress with the Beagle, I have made a couple of errors but nothing I wasn't able to correct! Deck planked and fitted. Bulwark fitting, In the process of bending them to shape I snapped one of them! Probably due to being a bit impatient and a bit heavy handed, lesson learned there!! I did manage to repair it and think it is certainly passable now. The other side I took more care and it bent lovely with out snapping. Getting closer to planking the hull 🙈
  13. This is my first wooden ship build, as mentioned in my introduction I used to build and fly radio controlled planes, I much preferred building them to flying! I decided to build HMS Beagle by Occre, the subject ships history is really interesting plus I think it is a beauty! Occre have step by step YouTube videos of the build which I'm sure will be invaluable. I have definitely jumped in with both feet but feel I'm up to the challenge! Instructions appear to be very detailed and walk you through step by step. I have made a small start on the false ke
  14. Well I may be running before I can walk but I have ordered an Occre HMS Beagle, this was after a lot of thought and research plus I narrowed down what I actually liked the look of. The review on here, by James H, I read was great. Occre literally have a step by step guide of the build on Youtube. I really like to be challenged and I work shifts so have plenty of time to build her, so no rush. If it really does get too hard I will put her to one side! Hopefully I can build something that I will be happy to put on display.
  15. Hi Mike, I'm ex RAF, but had the pleasure of a couple of cruises on HMS Invincible with the Harriers about 16 years ago.
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