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Posted by: Smudger
« on: 03 August 2018, 15:50:59 »

Great build - just like to say how good your posts are with the photo's.
These are very helpful to myself and probably others who not as experienced as yourself.
An Inspiration  - especially deck fitting, hatch location and deck clutter (always a problem for me).
I am trying to keep my build HMS Pakenham (which not a kit, just plan, which is not good) for my boat far as correct as possible.  I Have come to the conclusion that you can sometimes do your on thing in certain cases. There is very little info online about her and no photo's
Thanks again
Posted by: Aidan
« on: 11 April 2018, 19:40:15 »

Hi Joe , please could you tell me what paint/colours you used for the wooden decking and the blue anti slip? on the deck
Many thanks
Posted by: Delboy1958
« on: 23 August 2017, 10:27:32 »

Hi Joe
Really nice build like the look of this model.
Posted by: rondean
« on: 16 February 2014, 17:38:19 »

Hi all
 one of my favorite boats for looks, cute with lots of interesting parts, some pictures of one of the models in our showroom
hope you enjoy
 Deans Marine
Posted by: mikearace
« on: 16 February 2014, 15:26:28 »

Interesting to hear about your time on Wave.  My father, who sadly crossed the bar 10 years ago, was on Mariner in 1952-54 on the Fishery Protection Squadron running out of Chatham so although I haven't build an Algerine they are of particular interest to me and every year the ruined chapel at Old Portsmouth I lay a floral tribute for him on behalf of our family.   Mariner soldiered on until       
Posted by: Sago
« on: 16 February 2014, 13:29:49 »

Hi - Mike & Joe. Many thanks for your interesting replies which have given me the confidence that I might be able to complete a "BRAMBLE" model to represent HMS Wave - M385. My time aboard was somewhat short as she ran aground in St. Ives bay on the 30th September 1952, having taken shelter from imminent gale force winds forecast at this time. She was eventually re-floated and resumed service with the Fishery Protection Squadron until she was placed in reserve in July 1958 and was sadly sent to the breakers yard in 1962. After her refit following her salvage recovery from St. Ives her armament was revised, however I shall fit her out with her original WWII armaments as I remember her.

There is a book which details HMS Wave's grounding with lots of interesting information about HMS Wave and other Algerine Fleet Minesweepers. If any one is interested I would be happy to loan the book for a look see on the understanding that I would want it's return.

Regards - Sago     
Posted by: mikearace
« on: 15 February 2014, 21:11:22 »


I have not artisan skills or training as such my training and skills lie in paper pushing!  However with some patience and a little common sense and using the advice and tips picked up from others I have managed to build a few passable builds from Deans.  Im sure if I can do a basic passable build without being a skilled craftsman, Im sure you will have no problem turning out something excellent.  Remember though that these kits benefit from significant input from the builder as opposed to just putting them together - sometimes people do buy them open the box and are disappointed as its not quite the 'airfix' kit they were expecting.  This site has loads of builds with great tips and everyone on here does learn from each others builds.     
Posted by: radio joe
« on: 15 February 2014, 19:47:27 »

Hi Sago,  Paul has about covered the tools etc. But there is another requirement, bucket loads of patience, you are, like myself, a carpenter and joiner and used to crafting things with your hands, my friend, you should have no trouble adapting those skills to model ship building, if you need help any time we are pleased to answer your questions. Joe.
Posted by: Sago
« on: 15 February 2014, 18:13:01 »

Hi Paul - Thanks for your reply and suggestions, they make good sense. I had considered a craft knife set together with Dremal type drill. Will search for local model boat builders club this also makes good sense. Thanks again will keep in touch.
Posted by: paul swainson
« on: 15 February 2014, 17:15:22 »

Hi Sago,
Welcome to the forum and I am sure you will be reading all the sections that deal with the equipment you may need to build.  The first think you will need is a set of cutting knifes, along with a Dremal drill with attachments.  Very basic stuff to have, then you can add to it with other items that you find as you go along.  I am sure you will have rulers steel 6 inch and 12 inch.   Glues and sand paper, along with a selections of paint brushes.  The other item you will require Will be bonding clamps which can be obtained from the ? shops and large bonding clamps.   A small selection of drills from about 0.3mm to 1.6mm and a hand drill bit.  You can also get a power control drill for larger size drill bits say up to 5mm.   If you intend to build a static model with no radio controls installed, it would be a good idea to still install the propshaft and rudder, along with cut outs sections to install the motors and control units and battery at a later date with out having to strip the model down too far.   I hope this gives you an idea, but the best bet would be to find a local model club and join and seek practical advise from them as a back up.  Paul
Posted by: Sago
« on: 15 February 2014, 16:57:34 »

Hi I am considering building a model of an Algerine Fleet minesweeper and would appreciate any advice to a "nozzer builder" having never attempted model building before. I am a former naval rating who served on HMS Wave when she unfortunately foundered in St Ives Bay in 29th September 1952. As a complete novice I am not sure that I will be able to complete such a project bearing in mind that I am now 80 years old. Will I have enough time left. I am a retired carpenter/joiner but suspect my chippies tool will be to cumbersome so model making tools/kit will be required. Any suggestions? I am not considering a radio controlled motorised model, although this might be possible as a later project should my skills prove up to scratch, although I realise this must be taken at a fairly early stage due to fitting means of propulsion. Look forward to receiving replies.

Posted by: radio joe
« on: 01 December 2013, 16:14:30 »

Yes I can recommend it Mike, exhibiting is another facet of the hobby with good camaraderie and you probably noticed the many radars turning so I have now set myself the task of making HMS Zulu's "bedstead" turn, nice and slowly I believe it's about 12 revolutions per minute, any way I'll have a go.
Posted by: mikearace
« on: 01 December 2013, 15:45:45 »

Well I wont be able to visit in March but I do get down to Pompey 3 or 4 times a year so I might well be around there in June.  I keep on saying to myself I might join the SWA myself sometime but never get round to it.  Maybe will do so next year when I retire and have more time.
Posted by: radio joe
« on: 01 December 2013, 15:41:21 »

Thanks Mike, sorry I missed you, yes I could only attend Friday as we were asked to put on a display at fairly short notice, and I had a prior commitment this week end, but I did very much enjoy Friday and will to go to the dockyard to night to pick up my ships, there are some seriously talented modellers in the SWA and I have picked up a lot of building tips since joining, there are two more events at the same place in March and June maybe I'll meet you then, regards  Joe
Posted by: mikearace
« on: 01 December 2013, 15:14:56 »

Was at the Portsmouth Dockyard Victorian festival this Saturday, have been going every year since it started with my family as its a cheap way of accessing all the museum exhibits and ships and the shopping and a couple of nights away in the Home Club keeps the wife happy.  Came across the SWA display and even from a few yards distance I recognised HMS Bramble and said to the missus that's Joe's HMS Bramble.  And when I got up to the table it sure enough was.  And when I walked round there was HMS SoleBay.  Only thing missing was Joe.  Sorry I didn't get to meet you Joe - would have been nice but I was told you were not there Saturday but back Sunday.  Maybe next year Joe.  Have to say they were both even better in the flesh that the photo's on here.  They really looked the business Joe.