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HMS Warspite by Old Collingwood - FINISHED - Academy - 1/350 scale - PLASTIC


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Right then folks ......Change of plan   i have changed my mind about building  HMS Illustrious and have now orderd HMS Warspite in 1/350 scale, she arrives by next weekend.

 

Anyway after seeing her wreck via a wet path (whats left of her - just bits of her bottom area and keel under water)  i am pondering over building her as a full display stand model but weathered,  a  part wreck as she was when she was  wrecked against the rocks near Prussia Cove,  to display her even more dissmantled as she was when she was towed into Penzance bay and taken down section by section(this woulkd meen just displaying a hulk with very little details.

 

It would be a shame me thinks not to show her in her glory.

 

OC

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i have the academy warspite with white ensign upgrade kit- but will wait till i have finished Victory methinks! Whatever version you model it will certainly be a unique portrayal of her if modelled when run aground/ being scrapped.

Keith

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Thanks for the replies folks :)  I am still not sure how to build her,  i am not old enough to have seen her in her glory years coming in and out of Plymouth, and as i explained i have walked across the beach at Penzance to St Michaels Mount on the stone path, from where you can just make out the corel remains of her.

If i display her as she was at Prussia Cove i assume i would have to a diaramma,   as she was just a slightly dismantled state minus gun barrals etc,  but to construct her as she was at a later stage in Penzance Bay would be just a feature less hull.

 

Desisitions desisitions :o

 

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what is the problem with doing a dio I think she would look great like that there are lots of models of her fully functional I like your idea, I built her in full action, I would like to see her more truthfully displayed, 

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I collected my new kit and after opening the sturdy box, i was amazed at the fine moldings inside - the hull sides look superb and i will want to preserve as much of that fine detail as possible,  i am not sure what stages of build i will seperate and do, but i will construct the hull and paint it before adding the deck etc,  any ideas for painting the black  hull line folks?

 

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Before i start my build just a bit of background information on my desisition to build the Old Lady,   my late farther was in the Fleet Air Arm and was an airframe fitter, he worked on many types but his main knowledge was on Sea Fires and  a few sea planes, this nearly led to a placement on HMS Warspite but unforetunatly he was to late gaining his grades and by then i believe the airwing on warspite had de commisioned so he stayed land locked and went to Oz instead prep-ing Sea Fires to come back to the Uk.

 

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I will repeat the same on the other hul side  then install the hull supports before joining both hull sections together, i will then work on the constructed hull and clean up the seam at the bottom where the two halves join,  i am also considering opening up the anchor chain openings as i am sure these should be tube like and not just slits like they are at the moment.

 

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A bit more work was completed today outside in the sunshine :) i drilled out the other section of port holes and scribed a bit more of the edge details, but i also decided to open up the doorway to the stern veranda, this will have a door fabricated as well and display it in the open position,  here is a picture..

 

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After studying some pictures of her in her late 43/44 look i noticed that she has had her black boot line extended further up towards the deck, and nearly touching the bottom of the stern veranda,  this has made me decide to cover up the stern bottom row of portholes as they would be so close to the water.

I can only assume in her later years around DDay she must have been more heavy possibly from the additional smaller gun emplacements, and the extended boot line was to illustrate how she sat lower in the water,  i might be wrong with my conclusion but it does look this way though :o

 

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A bit more work was done today by sanding the filled in lower stern port holes and the frame of the veranda water tight door, as it was standing prowed of the hull,  i also scribed a line along the section of hull from the first 6inch gun is and forwards, i was able to use a template scribbing tool that i held in place with a few crock-clips then gently ran a scalpal blade along its edge.

I then turned my attention to the openeings for the anchor chains in the hull and where they are just slits within circular rims, i opened these up but tried to get a tube affect pointing up and rearwards by using a round needle file,  i will see how this mates up with the deck openings nad adjust or add some filler or tube if i need to,  i finished off both sides by using a soapy sponge and washing the plastic down to remove - greese/dust etc.

 

That was todays bits done...

 

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I started work shaping the rear armour difference from the position of the veranda forwards towards the main armour belt, i started by measuring and scribing a line, i then used a scalpel knife and starting at the line i gently scarped away from the line until i had reduced the thickness slightly, i took a picture before i had cleaned up the dust.

 

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I achieved a good amount today out in the sun :) i started work on the other hull side with the rear uppermost armor platting, marking it as before then scribing a line before scarping away to get a different hull thickness as in the above picture,  but after studying some pictures i decided that the different hull depths with what i had done for the armor plate was to much, so i sanded the difference back to make it more subtle but still visible.

Both hull sides are now ready to be introduced to each other and bonded for life,  i may put some extra stiffening inside the hull to help with its structural integrity.

 

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Have you decided yet which camo effect you will be using earlier or late.

 

Having built this ship, its nice to see others, mine was water lined.

 

So a full hull will be interesting.

 

Nice start.

 

Frank. :piratebo5:

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Have you decided yet which camo effect you will be using earlier or late.

 

Having built this ship, its nice to see others, mine was water lined.

 

So a full hull will be interesting.

 

Nice start.

 

Frank. :piratebo5:

Hi there,

 

Yep  i am either doing her as she was just before she had her 6inch guns removed, or just after her last refit when she did and possibly as she displayed to take part in D Day. either way she will be in her latter days.

 

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I decided to take a look at her decks today as some of my paints have arrived :dancetl6:  i cut them from there shackles and started to tidy them up.  first off was to get a better join of the front and center sections by sanding the join plate, after this my attention turned to the shields infront of the 4inch guns on the deck, these needed there scale thickness slimming down as i understand the armour plate here would have been about 6inches,  that equates to about .4mm at 1/350 scale  so i set about with my file and sanding stick.

The decks will get a lot more detail work from me in course and allowing for the detail kit or not?,  but i finnished off today by giving them a wash down to get rid of any gremlins etc.

 

 

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Greetings

This build I am sure will be of a lot of interest to my friend Glenn ( sargofagus ) who as you know along with friends are restoring a very large model of your ship at the Huegh battery in Hartlepool. I have pointed your build out to him, he's a cracking chap, and will be really be happy to hear from you. Enjoy your build, DAVID

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Greetings

This build I am sure will be of a lot of interest to my friend Glenn ( sargofagus ) who as you know along with friends are restoring a very large model of your ship at the Huegh battery in Hartlepool. I have pointed your build out to him, he's a cracking chap, and will be really be happy to hear from you. Enjoy your build, DAVID

Hello there,    yep i know of Glenn, i read his posts with a great level of interest, i have sent him a pm but not heard back from him yet,  i love the work he is doing its an amazing achievement :dancetl6: 

 

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Nice work, are you using any other products, wood deck, PE springs to mind or just OOB.

 

Frank. :piratebo5:

Hi Frank,    yep  i am waiting on some extra detail stuff to arrive, i am keeping the palstic deck as i feel the detail with planks is ok. and with some washes and bleaching affect it should look quite good.

 

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Here are a few pics showing the plain deck details i have been enhancing by thining the bulkheads/ armour shields around the 4inch guns, and picking out the detail around different objects, i have done the same around the howser/chain plates and around the rope posts,  the pictures show a bit of roughness as i hadn't cleaned the dust off yet and they show i need a bit Stronger magnification to see the finer details, rather than just my glasses, i will have to get my magnifier/stand out.... :o;)

 

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