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HMS Kent 1942 by RGL - Trumpeter - 1/350 - Finished - heavy cruiser


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There is a dedicated PE set for some of the other County class ships but not Kent so some jury rigging will be needed plus extras etc 

 

my plan is to weather her heavily as she was doing the Murmansk escorts at this time. 
 

Jamie from Sovereign Hobbies has pretty much the most accurate paint scheme which I will use. 

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So the PE is from everywhere, plus spares, and I’m using the Micromaster.co.nz 3D upgrades. (I’m still awaiting the last three guns for Strasbourg which will be a couple of days to paint up so I can park her). 
 

the only thing not readily available are splinter mattresses which I’ll scratch build I think. 
 

luckily Joy Yard realises that by the 1940’s the Wooden focsle was replayed by meta and provide that with the deck set. 

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Yes I have heard that he misses some things even though all of the plans I have gotten from him seem meticulously detailed. But I am no authority on most of them as the only ship of the group I am referring to that I have personally researched in great detail is the Houston and there is very little available on her in the 1941/2 configuration/color. I would love to get a 1/350 HMAS Perth as a companion build, but that is even harder than getting the Houston, it would have to be scratch built!

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The Hull is quite nice but will need some work to make her look real. The camouflage pattern will be pretty dominant and therein lies the challenge of oil canning at different colours. The deck was also painted over so that’s going to need work as well. Most kits these days are starting to replace a lot of the finer details with their own PE, but this is no where as complex as the Fletcher or Spruance was to build. 

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Have a look at HMS Belfast pictures, she's about the same period. Those ships do not have any clearly visble oilcanning, only the quick build from thin material US ships had that effect in WWII

 

Have you thought about Mr Surfacer 500 in rattle can? saves spraying a lot of layers ...

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She has some pretty good lines, so I’ve now cut in the plates. I’m going to oil can her below the waterline ( because I can really), the RN had a serious shortage of enamel for their paints and o it the boot strap was good quality as that was the highest exposure area at the waterline. I have to finish my last guns for the Strasbourg this week. 

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