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Thor Frohn-Nielsen13/12/2007 03:25:00
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For my next model I'm planning to build a 1:48 scale scratch built Corvette, specifically the HMCS 'Sackville', now a museum in Nova Scotia.  A couple of questions.  Are there any specific plans people know about that are particularly good?  Secondly: I want to reproduce the plating and rivetting of the hull as closely as possible.  Any old articles or places to go for advice?  I remember reading in this magazine over the past year that someone sells scale rivets.  I can't find the reference to it.   Anybody steer me right?  Finally, I'm thinking to make the hull, complete with all details, and then a mold and then a GPR hull form the mold.  I've worked with fiberglass plenty of times before, and am thinking of going this route to create a really sturdy hull.  Will I be able to get the details of the plating and rivets if I go this route--and is this process perhaps more work than is really necessary?  Thanks for all your help.

John Hodkinson14/12/2007 08:42:00
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Hi Thor,

<:AtomicElement mce_serialized="1">         You may find John Lambert has what you are loking for with regard to drawings, he has loads of them on Flower corvettes including plating details.

<:AtomicElement mce_serialized="1">When I have reproduced rivets I have used a syringe filled with PVA glue, once used to how much pressure to use on the syringe it works well, takes time though.

<:AtomicElement mce_serialized="1">Regards

<:AtomicElement mce_serialized="1"> 

<:AtomicElement mce_serialized="1">John

Kevin Bellman14/12/2007 22:57:00
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Hi Thor

Couple of links for you

This one has some great pics of the preserved vessel

I agree with John try John Lamberet

If there is nothing listed give him a ring, really nice guy. I'm sure he be able to point you in the right direction.

Regards Kevin

Thor Frohn-Nielsen16/12/2007 17:36:00
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Thanks very much for the information.  It sounds as if the Lambert plans are indispensible. 

Cheers, Thor

John Platt24/01/2008 18:10:00
26 forum posts

Hi Thor.

I simulate rivets on my models using a model railway rivet punch which can be bought from the Midland Railway Centre, 339 Bath Road, Kettering, Northants, NN16 9LY, here in the UK. Telephone number 01536 410536. 

I have been unable to find a website for them but I am sure any good model railway engineering shop will sell you one. 

Mine is 15 years old and still works like new. 


John Platt25/01/2008 12:12:00
26 forum posts

Hi Thor. 

Go to this web address and they will sell you the rivet punch machine.

All the best.


Bob Abell08/02/2008 19:14:00
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Hello Thor

I may be a little late........but if you have a look at my Gerat Eastern`ll see how I`ve used thick card and a centrepunch to represent plating with rivets

Bob Abell

John Platt08/02/2008 19:38:00
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 Hi Thor and Bob. 

I don't know how many times this message is going to be posted as my PC is doing the strangest things.

Bob, would you mind posting your web address here, so I can go and have a look. Thanks.

Secondly, do you know the Reverend (I think) William Mole who built the wonderful model of the Great Britian? 

All the best.


Bob Abell08/02/2008 19:44:00
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2976 photos

Hello John

My website is in this website................just look for latest images and you`ll find me OK.

Sorry, I don`t know the Reverend Mole...........but I would like to see the model.........Is it on the web?


John Platt08/02/2008 20:04:00
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Hi Bob.

I am very impressed by the pictures, the rivets look very convincing.

I have tried to find the Rev. Moles web address but cant find it.

I know that MB's ran about 6 articles about this model which was around the time they did my Sub. which was towards the end of 1980.

Sorry I cant be anymore helpful.

I will have a go at putting some of my models pictures in the gallery.



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