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Offline paul swainson

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Re: HMS Illustrious.
« Reply #390 on: 03 January 2017, 20:11:04 »
Well Happy New Year to one and all.  All the best for 2017.

Well had a few goes at making the 8ft x 5ft carley raft and finally finished with the two that I have made.  Looked at making the raft from plastic tubing.  Even with heat could not get the size correct.  To match the scale of 1/96.  That made the raft 1 inch long. So took a bit of 6 mm ply.  Marked the outline of the raft on to it.  Marking the holes to be drilled for the rope work later. Cut out the shape and then filed down to the thickness I wanted and then with sand paper and my drimel rounded the edges until I had the shape that I wanted.  Using a 0.45mm drill bit, I drilled out the marked holes for the wire to make the rope work stand out in my mould.  The wire came from some very fine wiring, 0.25mm strands.  Using tweezers I laced this wire first one way wrapping around the inside of the raft left to right.  Then laced the wire right to left using the same holes to create the crossing effect on the inside of the raft.  I then using some spot solder, solder the ends of the two laced wires to the holes in the raft.  The hardest part was to lace the top circle rope and then the cross ropes that do the complete diameter of the raft. 

Think they came out OK.  Now to make the wood floor with match sticks cut down to match the size and bond into the base of the raft.  Will do that next week.  Once done will make a mould and run off some singles and some doubles for the deck island. 

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Re: HMS Illustrious.
« Reply #391 on: 20 March 2017, 15:57:09 »
The turret on the right has been pained Medium grey 507B. The other turret is the base primer that I use.  Do not think there is much in it.
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Re: HMS Illustrious.
« Reply #392 on: 22 March 2017, 10:55:38 »
Hi Paul
       Great work on the turrets . Pleased to see you have the paint colour sorted out , I found primer and medium grey to be very close too !!!
        I will be starting the build of the twin 4.5s for my Curacao shortly but have bought the John Haynes gun kits as a base to start on . Used them on my Wild Goose and they build up very nicely and with a little extra detail look great .

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Re: HMS Illustrious.
« Reply #393 on: 24 March 2017, 16:28:40 »
So have a few days visiting vehicle body shops and paint suppliers,  I think I may have found the the match required, but would like a few others to give me their conclusion.  There are three turrets, one in the correct colour one with the match I have found and one with just varnish over the primer.  Can any one tell me which is the original and which is the match found.