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  1. One of the 'Hipper' class got sunk by a single torpedo in one of the Scandinavian waterways. Several German warships lost their stern section in action; that looks like one of weaker points they had. The Hipper and Bismark were confused by their resemblance during the Hood encounter. Of course the Admiral Hipper wreck still exists (largely intact), even though the Yanks threw an Atom Bomb at it!
  2. Like your ratlines issue, the slight miss-alignment of the yard will not be so obvious as things progress. It's a bit like staring at your nose or ear in the mirror, the more you look, the bigger it seems! Your build continues to impress.
  3. The standard of photography on this site is normally exceptional. I suppose numpty's like me have come to take it for granted. A dedicated camera doesn't have to be expensive; I've been using a Fujifilm Z2 compact for years which I bought second hand and it was ten years old when I got it. Every time I download to my laptop I'm astonished how good it is. Stay safe.
  4. Hi, I was hunting around and found your build, which looks like a grand job, I hope you don't mind me saying how disappointed I am with the fuzzy photography. I've trawled through 3 or 4 pages and given up. Such a shame.
  5. 30 years ago one came past me while heading south on the A1; I followed it for about 10 miles until he took his exit. It was sitting at 80 comfortably, sounding like a quiet version of a Fergie tractor.
  6. Oooo! Just found this log. Love what you're doing. Always fancied a go at this kit since my younger brother knocked one together in the '70's. A car similar to this turns up at local shows, it's quite a beast and is as big as a bus!
  7. Keith, the applied reflective material on your life rings stand proud. On the real ones they are inset.
  8. Not all Ducati are red. Still, I instinctively feel the designer had red in mind. Not all MV Agusta are red, but if they aren't; somehow they don't look the part.
  9. Thanks KP, had it hand built to my spec in 1984. Still looks just like that. I'm now an old man!
  10. Just had a look at the AOS Victory drawings. Cathairpins: 4 on fore and main lower shrouds NONE further up and None at all on the mizzen. You are doing a fine job, matey.
  11. How much did you pay? My first FOUR real bikes cost me less than £300. AND I could ride them away.
  12. I wholeheartedly agree with you about the Longridge book. I have the original two volumes which have loose drawing sheets tucked into pockets at the back. The later single combined book contains the same drawings, but within the restricted page size. When Longridge did his research, the ship was still afloat. I did get to see his model at the science museum, which took some finding. Though it's an exquisite model, I felt it was very underwhelming compared to his sadly neglected 'Victory', just round the corner. Don't know where either is now. Some were returned to their owners and many went to Chatham Dockyard. I can find ONLY ONE poor photo of the CS model on the 'net. Can't wait to see your slides; were they taken pre-restoration? I was lucky to see her in the dry dock, many years before the fire. Thankfully, before the fire the iron frames had already been stripped of the 'woodwork' and other consumables, which were preserved and restored. So much of what you do see now is the real deal.
  13. A curious thought. The deck rails on the ship; are they what were fitted when she was built? The original owner was very proud of this new flagship, which he insisted included nothing but the best available materials and finishes. My question:- were these rails polished brass? I understand the original bow and stern decorations were lost; indeed the stern had a rather saucy tableau which society at that time regarded as a bit beyond the pale. Any comments, please.
  14. Through a lifetime of admiring fine and interesting things of all description, many of which seemed so common and ordinary to most folk, there comes a time when quite a few of us think 'I wish I'd squirreled a few of those away back then'. Cudos to those with foresight, who filled a barn with Merlin engines when you could find them at disposal auctions for very little money. It's the same with thousands of items that would have been thrown on a bonfire, there are those who appreciated these things and preserved them and put them away. In a way they did us all a favour. The advent of digital photography and forums such as this gives us all the opportunity to admire the things we value. As a youth, the only access I had to images of interest were in old books (you couldn't afford) containing illustrations which by modern standards were laughable. Of course, if you eventually were lucky enough to get to see these things in the big museums, the reality became mind bending. Many of the superlative models on this forum will never be seen in the flesh by the vast majority of us mere mortals, weather they are in a bank vault or the builders lounge. By far, the majority of us are lucky to have the affordable modern resources to experience the finer things in life vicariously.
  15. Gobsmacked by everything shown here, Joseph; including the care taken with the photographs. Thank you for sharing your passion. Do you have other examples of your superlative work?
  16. Yes, but nearly all the finer threaded components will be steel.
  17. 'I use pictures that I collected over many years looking on the internet,(when you still could find pictures from better and higher quality as it is now)' Yes, I've noticed this change. Does anyone know why? Google is becoming harder to find stuff, yet I've found no better site to go to as an alternative.
  18. Well worth the visit, thank you. It would be great if the excellent photo's were captioned. This is a site I've not come across before, if this 'page' is what can be expected, I'll be back.
  19. Just realised this build is also on another site. The same images on THIS site are double the resolution. It's pure coincidence that I'm reading 'Castles of Steel' and am working through the chapters involving this ship. This build is bringing those pages to life. The book is pretty much a complete narrative of RN operations during WW1 and so well written, it flows like a novel: check it out. Boris, this build is excellent and I look forward to each instalment. Thanks for sharing. Could you elaborate on your reference sources? I'd love to find books in English about this period from the German perspective.
  20. For over 40 years I've been using lighter fuel to clean objects such as these. Dampen a lint free rag and just work into the nooks and crannies. Finish with a soft duster.
  21. After all that ratline work I wouldn't get too focussed on them. They could benefit from a colour wash to tone them down a tad. Once all the running/standing rigging and yards are installed the ratlines will get lost in the clutter anyway. You're doing a fine job.
  22. Just enjoyed a skip through this excellent build. It is the first and only ships boat build which has a plausible method of rigging the masts. Impressed.
  23. Another practical reason for colour coding the boats may have been to ensure all the associated various parts for each boat were kept together. Thwarts, masts and oars would have been unshipped from stored boats on deck, especially when nested. Often I wonder where the heaps of temporary kit must have been stored when needed close by. Not all of it could have been put down into the hold. There must have been a lot of organised clutter that never gets depicted on models.

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