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Dave Cooper 616/01/2020 20:25:13
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Hi All

A few final items needed to finish the RAF launch :

1. 2 x Kent "Clear View" discs for the front wheelhouse 'windows'. (7-10mm diam.)

2. The 'anti-attack' padding for the wheelhouse lower half.

3. Either a radar reflector, or, a scanner dish for the main mast.

All the above at 1/48 scale. If you have anything surplus to requirements or, know of a supplier I'd be much obliged...



Dave Cooper 621/01/2020 11:59:55
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I think I've worked out how to make the Clear Views and the AA Padding (at least I think that is what it is !).

But, if anyone has an idea /drawing etc of the radar side I'd be very grateful.



Dave Cooper 630/01/2020 10:37:15
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Just made the first "clear view" for the wheelhouse. Second one today and fitting tomorrow...

I've found a small picture of a radar reflector (MM RAF Range Safety Launch - Vic Smeed ?) which I'll use as a guide for making a mast-mounted one. I don't think they had rotating scanners on the HSL's in WW2 ?

Hopefully, photos to follow soon for your critique.


ashley needham30/01/2020 19:03:38
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Dave. Coming on.

Re the light bulb. Years ago I was contemplating a rescue launch and saw 5hat the bulbs were about right, but sadly that was as far as I got.

Clear view discs (obviously you have them now) I would use a punch set and something thin and clear that would stand a bit of bashing!

AA padding..I have used air hardening clay for this, artfully sculpted, and also something like hessian (sacking) can look good folded to suit, glued and roped up with cord of some sort.


Edited By ashley needham on 30/01/2020 19:04:37

Ray Wood 230/01/2020 19:26:17
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Hi all,

Here is the clear view screen on Silver Mist , a second disc of acetate with a 1/32" brass rivet in the centre with a small rubber band from the motor drive.@ 1-24th scale 😀

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Dave Cooper 631/01/2020 15:37:05
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Thanks both:

Ashley - Yes the light bulb was a fight (wrecked the first one !), had to do a bit of surgery on the gunner's right arm to get him in, then 'ship-in-a-bottle' stuff...unfortunately, got some cyano inside the glass, so when Mk 3 is made (if ever), I'll anticipate this when making the motorised version.

Thanks for the tip on the AA padding, I was going to use soft balsa and hack it about, but your idea sounds better. May use balsa first anyway just to get a feel for thicknesses etc.

Ray - Your 'clearview' looks better than mine. As above, got cyano inside one (will I ever learn !), but used epoxy on the port side. I rough-sawed a piece of 2.5 mm acrylic sheet, tidied it up on the bench grinder and then put it into the Dremel to turn down to size after drilling a 2mm hole through the centre. It's probably over-scale but seems to look ok. I used a small nail head for the centre 'pivot'.

'Sea trials' start soon. Radar reflector is setting on the bench - should be finished this week end with luck. Then we'll see if the step in the hull works. Ashley has his doubts (so do I !)...


ashley needham01/02/2020 09:39:56
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0f2db040-966e-445e-ac7b-d5bb059e79f7.jpegHacking about soft balsa is a no-no as far as I would be concerned due to the difficulty of filling the grain afterwards prior to painting. I realise a slightly rough texture is required, but...

Roll out a thin square (or woteva) of Clay and you can spend ages fiddling with it to get the right look, can texture it up when happy with a stiff brush, and hey presto!

The hessian can be laid in ‘mats’ or scrunched up a bit using thread poked through with a needle. Attached snap of landing craft.note that no attempt to Be artistic has been used in this application, I just folded it and glued it on. It gives you an idea of the sort of effect you could create?



Edited By ashley needham on 01/02/2020 09:45:55

Edited By ashley needham on 01/02/2020 09:47:11

Dave Cooper 601/02/2020 14:19:59
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The ones in my documentation are a grey rectangular sort of padding (bit like a mattress /giant pillow), with a 'hot-cross bun' pattern on the front face. Maybe they aren't A-A but some sort of flotation device ?

They look to be canvass covered and are usually arranged just under and around the wheelhouse /gunner /sickbay areas...

I'll see if I can locate a photo or two.


Dave Cooper 601/02/2020 16:25:18
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Dave Cooper 601/02/2020 16:32:16
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I think you can see them under the wheelhouse windows and just behind the forward deck lockers in the above Airfix box art...

That reminds me, I probably need to make a search light as well !



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