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Niall

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My Revell Flower Build - HMS Heather
« on: April 10, 2010, 01:53:21 PM »

I'm building HMS Heather from the Revell Flower Class kit. I chose this ship because it's pennant number was K69 which is easy to do from the kit decals and it was built at Harland & Wolfe in Belfast, where one of my great uncles worked for many years.

The model has been converted to RC and I've used Sirmar guns, stanchions and bridge set. I have also got more stanchions, Lewis guns and depth charge set from GLS. I've scratch built a door for the radar shack, the wheelhouse, new cable drums, skylight and pompom bandstand. Painting has been done with White Ensign and Humbrol paints.

The foredeck from the breakwater is fixed to the rear deckhouse and is removable to access the hull for battery changing etc. This structure is held in place using thin magnetic rubber sheet stuck to the under sides, with steel paper stuck to the marine ply under deck and on the combing around the aperture in the rear deck. These products are sold for basic wargame models so they can be transported in metal boxes. Link to the supplier -
http://www.magneticdisplays.co.uk/default.asp

With hindsight I would have fitted the rear deckhouse sides to the deck and just made the roof lift off.

The other innovative construction method is the way I made the planked areas. After removing the moulded planking, the planked areas were simulated with 0.5mm plasticard pieces. The planking was made using my desktop publishing software. This software has a facility to draw rectangles and fill them with ".bmp" pictures. One of the fills supplied with the software is planked wood. A large rectangle was made and filled with this picture. This was reduced to scale size and copied many times to build up a planked area larger than required. This was then cropped to shape. Extra planks were made and the colour darkened to make the edging planks. When finished they were printed on white inkjet waterslide transfer film. Link to the supplier -
http://www.craftycomputerpaper.co.uk/default.asp

Photos of the build so far are in the link below -
http://aol.pixum.co.uk/viewalbum/id/4878997
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Re: My Revell Flower Build - HMS Heather
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2010, 05:24:22 PM »

Very nice Niall, its looking good.

I joined my front and rear superstructures together and it works well.

Just one question, why the servo so far from the rudder ?
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Re: My Revell Flower Build - HMS Heather
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2010, 05:29:48 PM »

The servo was too high to fit in behind the motor(When planning I forgot that the deck was not level with the hull top). This is the first R/C conversion I've done, I'll plan better in future.
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Re: My Revell Flower Build - HMS Heather
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2010, 07:12:36 PM »

Grate build very neat  %%
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Re: My Revell Flower Build - HMS Heather
« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2010, 04:54:09 PM »

Still not finished, but a few more photos -

Detailed and painted Carley floats



Bow and Bridge


Amidships

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Re: My Revell Flower Build - HMS Heather
« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2010, 05:44:38 PM »

looking good mate. I love the details on the cabin. Did you make all the doors etc yourself? Very nicely done!
Any news on your minesweeping gear?
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Re: My Revell Flower Build - HMS Heather
« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2010, 07:17:24 PM »

Yes the doors and all the wheelhouse details are scratchbuilt from plasticard.

Still waiting on the program fix before I can get the photoetch done.
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Re: My Revell Flower Build - HMS Heather
« Reply #7 on: December 22, 2010, 09:39:08 PM »

A few more pictures. I had scratch built the minesweeping davits before doing the bases in photo-etch.









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Re: My Revell Flower Build - HMS Heather
« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2010, 05:02:00 PM »

A few more photos with crew figures added. The 4" gun crew and the 2 in blue coats at the Pom-Pom are from Heker & Goros. The srest from Gunthwaite Miniatures.














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Re: My Revell Flower Build - HMS Heather
« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2011, 10:13:15 PM »

This is an observation NOT a criticism, ----I,ve spent more than 50 years on various bridges and in war time most naval vessels polished their brass work with a paint brush... Having said that, I like brass work and think it sets off the vessel nicely -----She's a super looking model and dose you credit , Would that I could do half as well....
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Re: My Revell Flower Build - HMS Heather
« Reply #10 on: September 15, 2011, 01:41:50 PM »

Finished and fitted the minesweeping gear at last!





A general photo showing the display case(from here - http://www.showcasesonline.com/)


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Re: My Revell Flower Build - HMS Heather
« Reply #11 on: March 30, 2012, 10:48:36 AM »

Wow it looks amazing. It has so many small details. I would love to build something like this on my own but I guess I am too eager for this.
I once tried to start something but I had to stop it because I was too eager. I am of the opinion that Revell Flower is such a wonderful name for a ship. Maybe I should try this one and in order to get in the right mood I will now order from   Wrong WEB SITE   then I can start this project.


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Re: My Revell Flower Build - HMS Heather
« Reply #12 on: June 18, 2012, 08:06:07 PM »

Since finishing the model I have found a photo of HMS Heather on the Flower Class Corvette Forum - http://theflowerclasscorvetteforums.yuku.com/

The attached photo shows a number of things which have to be changed


As I have another kit and a friend is building another, both of which need some of the same new parts,  I chose to design several photoetch frets of parts.

Fret 1 & 2 - The new 4" gun tub, Oerlikon Tubs, Fo's'c'le cable drums and splinter shields -



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Re: My Revell Flower Build - HMS Heather
« Reply #13 on: June 19, 2012, 02:43:50 PM »

4" gun tub assembled, except for gun and ammo -


The second photoetch fret with wheel house details, dinghy davit winches, dinghy oars, Carley float paddles, rear splinter shields and cowl vent details -


Splinter shields, wheel mount, telegraph and Downton pump assembled -


The wheel mount, telegraph and Downton pump are resin casting from my own masters.
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Re: My Revell Flower Build - HMS Heather
« Reply #14 on: September 03, 2012, 03:46:30 PM »

Some more parts done -

First the cable drums on the focscle and the boat davits -


Photo etch for the dan buoy hoist -


The assembled hoist -


Dan buoys made by Shapeways 3D printing service from my CAD design -

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Re: My Revell Flower Build - HMS Heather
« Reply #15 on: December 05, 2012, 10:50:38 AM »

Replacement link for the original photos -
http://www.pixum.co.uk/my-photos/#album/4878997
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Re: My Revell Flower Build - HMS Heather
« Reply #16 on: December 05, 2012, 07:14:46 PM »

 
Niall,
 
Great work  :-)) . One of my favorite subjects. Built one of the Matchbox kits when they first came out. Would like to do one of the lightship conversions some day.
 
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Re: My Revell Flower Build - HMS Heather
« Reply #17 on: September 19, 2013, 09:56:12 PM »

I've been trying to find a way to make better ready use 4" shells for the gun bandstand. Finally I discovered that the "frosted detail acrylic" from www.Shapeways.com could handle 0.5mm thick walls, so I designed a shell and holder in FreeCAD and uploaded it to Shapeways and I got the result today, as shown in the photo below -
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Re: My Revell Flower Build - HMS Heather
« Reply #18 on: September 20, 2013, 01:38:12 AM »

It's great seeing this build as it is probably enticing me to get one of these in a very bad way. I say "probably" because I think I can fight the urge...  :o

Has anyone purchased the Platinum Edition and did they like it (does it contain about everything one needs in the form of PE)?
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Re: My Revell Flower Build - HMS Heather
« Reply #19 on: September 20, 2013, 03:48:13 PM »

The additions improve the kit but does not address the issues with the weapons and engine room skylight.
There is a build article here -
http://www.shipmodels.info/mws_forum/viewtopic.php?f=59&t=152037
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Re: My Revell Flower Build - HMS Heather
« Reply #20 on: October 19, 2013, 07:40:58 PM »

I've often wondered which particular ship of the class would be the best to model with the Revell kit and would represent the least amount of structural changes to the kit (taking into account that some had short and long fo'c's'les and so forth). Something I need to give attention to when researching.


Anyway, fine work Niall.
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Re: My Revell Flower Build - HMS Heather
« Reply #21 on: May 17, 2014, 04:50:32 PM »

Finally finished the repaint, moved the HFDF loop and added 2 more Carley floats(taken from a second kit).

I have also replaced the depth charge racks and anchor winch and added minesweeping cable guide rollers, Carley Float supports and dan buoys with 3D prints of my own designs. The dan buoy supports and hoist were made from my PE designs.

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Re: My Revell Flower Build - HMS Heather
« Reply #22 on: May 17, 2014, 11:01:54 PM »

Now that is looking good  :-))
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Re: My Revell Flower Build - HMS Heather
« Reply #23 on: May 18, 2014, 03:51:18 AM »

 Very nice  :}


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Re: My Revell Flower Build - HMS Heather
« Reply #24 on: January 01, 2016, 01:42:38 PM »

I've added the 3D prints I used on this build to my Shapeways shop -

https://www.shapeways.com/shops/nmp
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