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Dave Cooper 609/09/2019 19:37:46
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Hi All

Needed to complete my deck work and rigging :-

1. Gun turret for twin Bofors (I believe Frazer-Nash may have supplied the full-size originals ?).

2. Radar scanner or reflector (mast mounted). Scanner would operate via a mobile phone 'trembler' motor + gears.

I have some 1/48 German airmen figures from Revell and this scale looks about right.

Also, an old 12v car stop /tail bulb looks right, but, trying to get the gun barrels in without shattering the glass is proving problematical. Could drill out the base and fill the bulb with something clear to support the glass before drilling /filing...

Any ideas welcome


Dave Cooper 611/09/2019 09:53:40
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I think I've worked out a way of doing it using another stop /tail bulb.

Need to paint up a 'gunner' to go inside first (ship-in-a-bottle tricks?).

I'll post up some pic's in due course as things proceed - assuming a degree of success !


Chris Fellows12/09/2019 17:21:43
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Was it a light bulb moment!


Dave Cooper 612/09/2019 22:19:55
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It was indeed Chris. After painting the hull white waterline today, I plucked up courage to tackle another bulb. (First one went 'ping'.

Finished painting the gunner (he needed to look more 'RAF' and less German). Much work on the bench grinder got me through the brass base, but, alas his arms are too splayed at the elbows - may need a bit of surgery there to fit him inside.

Found some documentation on the original Type 2 turrets (Armstrong-Whitworth), so, am now convinced the overall shape is right. Decided not to drill /file through for the gun barrels but cyano (industrial strength) them on from outside. The gunner will then have to 'carry' the rest of the guns with him when he finally goes inside the turret.

At 1/48th scale the turret might rotate but will not be powered....(not until I get up to speed with Arduino anyway !)

Pic's soon,


Dave Cooper 613/09/2019 10:25:31
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existing turret.jpg Ugh...turret as it is now. Has resisted all attempts to clean up and polish to date ! Gun barrels are re-useable I think.

gunner & new turret.jpg Gunner and his new home to be. Bulb vacuum has been released but light filaments are still intact !

Dave Cooper 613/09/2019 10:29:34
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Sorry, image re-sizing went a bit 'wonky' this time. Will try again when work is further advanced...


Dave Cooper 624/11/2019 16:58:09
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At last the gunner (1/43) is installed in his turret. The first turret suffered severe 'shell damage' when trying the "ship-in-a-bottle" trick ! This is the second bulb in the trial...

The gun barrels are now epoxied into place (didn't trust superglue for some reason). The turret will rotate manually at present. Later, may become 'powered' when I complete my Arduino (microcontroller) course.

The superstructure is masked ready for a coat of primer grey. There is a little re-wiring to do on the LiPo / motor / controller side as I discovered a safety item was missing when testing.

Will post some pic's as soon as the paint is on...


Dave Cooper 622/12/2019 16:26:00
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New turret and gunner :

launch rear top sides 3.jpg

Dave Cooper 622/12/2019 16:27:53
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Latest side view (painting in progress) :

launch side view 3.jpg

Dave Cooper 622/12/2019 16:30:09
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Front starboard side :

launch front three quarter 3.jpg

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