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  1. After the small IBG Hunt Class destroyer I thought it was time to move up in size again so I opened this box. The Flyhawk 1/700 Geisenau deluxe version with all the PE and brass barrels. I added the Flyhawk wooden deck to complete the upgrades. Its quite a contrast after the IBG kit with a few lonely sprues of parts in the bottom of the box. This is packed with bags of sprues, sheets of PE, boxes of metal barrels and a lot of instructions that look quite daunting. Its going to be a big model; nearly twice the length of Penelope. This will be a slow build as I think my way through it. I need to study the instructions in detail to work out where the PE replaces the plastic before doing anything else and then work out how to break it down into a series of assemblies. I may have over reached myself with this one. It might be time to hide Thanks Alan
  2. Well I have given in to temptation and brought this little bad boy, I will build her (when / after I have finished my Waterloo Dio) in her Battle of the Denmark Straits set up, that as we know during her battle with Bismark led to her catastrophic loss when her magazine blew up. The last time I built a model of Hood was the old 1/600 Airfix kit back in the 70's so I am full of excitement to build this one. These are the screen shots from the Flyhawks advert. OC.
  3. Hello Everyone This is my first pass at a build log so please forgive all the omissions and errors. I am attempting to build HMS Penelope from the Flyhawk 1/700 scale kit. I have the Deluxe kit with two sheets of PE and metal gun barrels. I also have a wooden deck as an additional item. I returned to plastic models last year having not built a kit since 1970 and I find things have changed since those days. Kits and aftermarket parts are spectacularly good and my eyes and hands have gone in the other direction. I have been building WW2 RN destroyers from Flyhawk, IBG and Trumpeter mostly with some elementary PE. This will be a step up in many ways so I hope I can bring it to a successful conclusion. HMS Penelope like so many ships had a pretty rough war. HMS Penelope was an was an Arethusa-class light cruiser commissioned 13 November 1936. She operated with the 2nd Cruiser Squadron on convoy escort duties. In April and May 1940, she took part in the Norwegian Campaign. On 11 April Penelope ran aground off Fleinvær while hunting German merchant ships entering the Vestfjord. Her boiler room was flooded and she was holed forward. The destroyer Eskimo towed her to Skjelfjord where an advanced base had been improvised. Despite air attacks, temporary repairs were made and she was towed home a month later. Penelope was holed both forward and aft by near-misses during air attacks on Malta in March 1942. While in the island, she was docked and repaired at the Malta Dry Docks. Day after day she was attacked by German aircraft and the crew worked to fix a myriad of shrapnel holes, so many that she was nicknamed HMS Pepperpot; when these had been plugged with long pieces of wood, HMS Porcupine. Further service in the Mediterranean saw her bombed and mined several times. On 18 February 1944, Penelope, was leaving Naples when she was torpedoed by the German submarine U-410. A torpedo struck her in the after engine room and was followed sixteen minutes later by another torpedo that hit in the after boiler room, causing her immediate sinking; 417 of the crew, including the captain, went down with the ship I plan to try to replicate the brown and white camouflage used in 1940 during her stay in Skjelfjord . This was an improvised scheme to try and match the colours of the snowy mountains surrounding the fjord. The colour balance was changed over time with the brown elements increasing to reflect the snow melting. That does give me some license to depart from a strict copy of the layout depicted with the kit. There is some controversy and little pictorial evidence of this paint scheme but the ships log attests to it and confirms that it was brown and whit and not just a simple overpaint of brown onto the light grey hull and superstructures. The exact colour of brown is undetermined so will be my choice. My goals for the model are to replicate the Skjelfjord paint scheme, install my first set of wooden decks, use the metal gun barrels (another first) and try to use as much PE as I think enhances the model and remains below my fear limit. A stretch goal is to try a Norwegian fjord diorama. I plan a waterline model. The Flyhawk box contains a nice print of the box top image with some brief notes about the ship on the back. Instructions for the basic kit assembly and the PE are on separate sheets and there are many sprues of beautifully moulded small parts. a metal weight is provided to and some substance to the model. Parts for a Walrus and a Seafox aircraft are provided. The Seafox is the correct choice for 1940. My helper will provide company and make sure there is a liberal supply of long cat hairs to add character to the model. This will probably be a slow build as I think through the sequence of build and paint and the appropriate points to add PE and the wooden decks. The wooden decks do come with masks which I think will give me some choices I hope this log will help me at my best efforts. I would be grateful for comments from the many experts and I hope this provides some entertainment Thanks Alan
  4. This will be the beginning of my build log for the 1:700 Flyhawk German Battleship Scharnhorst, 1940, full hull version. This version of the kit comes with two large photo etch sheets and brass gun barrels, ship masts. The parts count is quite high and the details very tiny, finely molded. I'll be ordering a much finer, cleaner cutting set of sprue cutters before I undertake building the kit as I will surely break parts just trying to cut them from the sprue without an appropriate set of cutters. Pictured are the kit contents, the exception being the wood deck which I purchased separately.
  5. I’m going to double stack builds here as I think I’ll have a bit of a wait in the upgrades from NZ. Again a kit I found cheap on E-Bay, I got quite a few extras from around the world. I wanted to do the fit out for April 1945, where the remainder of the Kriegsmarine was used to evacuate citizens from the Soviet army. The Flyhawk upgrade allows for a 1944 or final fit out. The final fit out allows me to beat it up as it would have been almost worn out. As usual the Flyhawk PE is just outstanding but I’ve gotten some 3D printed twin flack guns, and some newly released sea mines too.
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