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John W E

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HMS EXETER BUILD 1939
« on: November 11, 2011, 08:33:39 PM »

Hi there, just started on me new built.   It has taken me a while to get round to building this one - due to lack of correct plans.   But, I have now received my plans from Maritime Museum verified as the correct hull lines, but not superstructure.

As you can see the model JUST first onto me work bench after having done modifications to the surrounding areas of the bench - couple of pics to show progress.

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Re: HMS EXETER BUILD 1939
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2011, 10:02:49 PM »

Looking good John - what scale are you working to and what will be the LOA ?

Regards,

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Re: HMS EXETER BUILD 1939
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2011, 09:02:57 AM »

Hi Ray
The model is 1/96 scale giving it a LOA of just under 72 inch long

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Re: HMS EXETER BUILD 1939
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2011, 09:51:47 AM »

I will be watching with great interest, always fancied a WWII cruiser, Exeter or a Town Class being top of my list. Good luck with the build.
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Re: HMS EXETER BUILD 1939
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2011, 10:23:57 AM »

hi
very nice il be watching this with great interest
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Re: HMS EXETER BUILD 1939
« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2011, 10:48:19 AM »

A fascinating project, what wood are you using for the planking and did you cut the planks yourself, or were they pre-cut in width and thickness?
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Re: HMS EXETER BUILD 1939
« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2011, 10:59:36 AM »

Hi all

Thanks for the compliments.  The materials I am using for the build so far are:

For the ribs and keel - Birch 5-ply

planking material - used a variety of materials - the main one being 7mm x 1.8 mm lime-strip which I purchased from Mantura Models

the material for the bow knuckle radius was 1/16 square spruce so I could get the exact radius

The next stage in the build will be to give the hull a resin and tissue coat (send the good woman shopping  %% %%  )  Then I will smooth the hull and plate it with lithoplate or plasticard.   I havent given it 100% thought yet what I will use for the plating though as I want more experiments,gluing the lithoplate to the hull

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Re: HMS EXETER BUILD 1939
« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2011, 11:12:02 AM »

Cracking job so far, if it turns out as interesting as your ASR diary, we'll be in for a treat watching it progress. Many thanks for sharing your knowledge. All the best Dan.
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Re: HMS EXETER BUILD 1939
« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2011, 11:56:38 AM »

Plating the hull, have a look at my ( stalled ) build on SS Ohio. I used Filler between layered masking tape to simulate plating, might be worth considering.
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Re: HMS EXETER BUILD 1939
« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2011, 11:59:15 AM »

Use thin Cyano feeding around the plates of litho after initially putting in place with a contact adhesive . If you want to see all my construction methods which could help then see my site Portfolio section
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Re: HMS EXETER BUILD 1939
« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2011, 01:08:12 PM »

Hullo Bluebird.........just a  question.......

The actual building board ....appears to be MDF with horizontal hull frame supports.......

This also appears to have other frame support securing drillings at different centers  :o

I had not considered this . :embarrassed: ...but appears to be a universal building board..... :-)) .....Derek
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Re: HMS EXETER BUILD 1939
« Reply #11 on: November 13, 2011, 04:11:48 PM »

As an aside, I was privelaged to read the official damage reports of Exeter after the Graf Spee action whilst I worked in Mod(N) at Bath, I was amazed at the detail of every hit they experienced, which meant that someone ( probably a junior officer) was plotting and logging everything throughout the action, what cool nerve this must have taken.
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Re: HMS EXETER BUILD 1939
« Reply #12 on: November 18, 2011, 10:38:25 AM »

Hi there, just started on me new built.   It has taken me a while to get round to building this one - due to lack of correct plans.   But, I have now received my plans from Maritime Museum verified as the correct hull lines, but not superstructure.
aye
john

Well, been waiting quite a while to finally see this build get underway :o. Since we first started talking about Exeter, how many models have you built John %)

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Re: HMS EXETER BUILD 1939
« Reply #13 on: November 18, 2011, 10:43:04 AM »

Well, been waiting quite a while to finally see this build get underway :o. Since we first started talking about Exeter, how many models have you built John %)

Mdu

Hi mate hows you ?
 models built hummm  lets see aboot 500  O0 O0 {-) {-) {-) {-) {-) {-)

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Re: HMS EXETER BUILD 1939
« Reply #14 on: November 19, 2011, 09:55:42 AM »

Hi,

beautiful work on the hull!  :-))

Bye,

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Re: HMS EXETER BUILD 1939
« Reply #15 on: November 25, 2011, 06:36:35 PM »

hi all, thank you for the comments  :-))

Been doing a bit more work on the hull; when I finished planking I filled all minor gaps and blemishes in the planking with P38 Easy Sand car body filler and I rubbed the hull down.  Then I proceeded to give the hull a coating of Polyester Resin and a layer of tissue matting, which has had 2 extra coatings of resin on the top of it.   This was allowed to harden for 2-3 days - and now - I am just about finished sanding down the hull and been demoted to the garage with me heater on - so work is a bit slower, but the dust is NIL in the house  %% %% .

The next stage is to begin to plate the hull and here are a couple of shots - one of them is alongside HMS Ajax just to compare sizes.    Both of these models are 1:96 scale.

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Re: HMS EXETER BUILD 1939
« Reply #16 on: November 25, 2011, 10:27:16 PM »

Nice one matey. 

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Re: HMS EXETER BUILD 1939
« Reply #17 on: December 06, 2011, 06:48:32 PM »

hi all

been doing a bit of progress on me hull - in the warm!  taking me time,  my son Andrew sprayed the hull for me with a grey filler plasticoat primer - and rubbed it down with wet n dry which revealed a few 'low' spots and 'pin-pricks' in the resin hulll which were backfilled with chip n dent repair stuff from Plastic Padding.  Basically a very fine car body filler.

When all the areas were smoothed and faired up the next stage was to mark the hull up for the plate runs on the hull.          I experimented with litho plate and although it was the correct thickness for the scale plating of the hull, it was difficult to distinguish between the inner/outer plate runs, even when I doubled up thickness on the outer runs of plating....so I have opted for using plasticard instead - 0.2 mm and 0.5 mm - for the plate thicknesses (although this is slightly over-scale - its giving the correct appearance) couple of pics....to show progress so far.   Bonding the plasticard to the hull with grip- medium super glue

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Re: HMS EXETER BUILD 1939
« Reply #18 on: December 06, 2011, 08:10:51 PM »


Watching this one with interest John.  The effect will be stunning, as I've done my Titanic this way and know it takes time. Every move will be pleasing and make you continue to the end.

It's then a pity to paint it.  :}     Watch the fumes !

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Re: HMS EXETER BUILD 1939
« Reply #19 on: January 02, 2012, 09:25:47 PM »

couple of pics....to show progress of plating so far  :-))

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« Reply #20 on: January 02, 2012, 09:30:58 PM »

Hmmmm-------not bad.

Happy new year mate, have tried phoning and Skype. {:-{
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Re: HMS EXETER BUILD 1939
« Reply #21 on: February 02, 2012, 07:44:11 PM »

Hi update on the build time

Installed the running gear, prop shafts and 'A' frames and now installing the motors .


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Re: HMS EXETER BUILD 1939
« Reply #22 on: February 07, 2012, 07:18:19 PM »

hi there

Another update on my build.

Finished installing the motors and I had to do a slight modification - as the outer motors wouldnt fit exactly where I had planned them to fit.   So, I will have to make 2 extension collars to fit over the outboard prop shaft - between the tube and coupling.  Also, I have made and fitted the rudder and rudder servo - now busy putting the first lick of paint on the bottom.

This has given me a 2nd thought - was it worth plating the hull? cos up to now - its difficult to see where the plating is when I have put the paint on.

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Re: HMS EXETER BUILD 1939
« Reply #23 on: February 07, 2012, 09:17:00 PM »

Hi John
Thats a really nice looking model you have their  :-))
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Re: HMS EXETER BUILD 1939
« Reply #24 on: February 08, 2012, 09:14:37 PM »

I want more experiments,gluing the lithoplate to the hull

Hi John

Looking good - what will she weigh - just roughly?
I know you decided against litho plate, but had you gone with the idea, what glue/surface preparation would you have needed?

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