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HMS Sheffield - First build from plans
« on: January 08, 2013, 09:34:43 PM »

  Hi all and happy new year.
   Just thought ild share a few pics of my latest project. Ive not been modelling very long and after a call from stan with some advice i decided to give this model a go. Its the first time ive built anything from a plan and i have to say im actually enjoying it more than i thought i would   :-)
  Also as you'll see in the last picture ive given this soldering lark a go. Not as easy as i thought it would be but ill keep practicing
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Re: HMS Sheffield - First build from plans
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2013, 09:41:32 PM »

best of luck with this hope you enjoy its as much as I do. I will be following this very closely
I'll be building HMS Sheffield too as part of my next project somerville's Force H may 1941
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Re: HMS Sheffield - First build from plans
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2013, 08:38:05 PM »

That sounds very interesting glen. I look forward to seeing some pics. What sort of scale will you be working to?
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Re: HMS Sheffield - First build from plans
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2013, 09:45:00 AM »

Hi Timmer
 
How are you getting on? looking forward to seeing more pics.
 
I'll be working in 1/128 scale as fitting etc are easy to sorce. I will be doing a thread starting very soon
 
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Re: HMS Sheffield - First build from plans
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2013, 10:28:52 AM »

Your'e working from the free plan that came with Model Boat?  I've thought about that build myself but as HMS Birmingham so I could camouflage her.  I will watch with interest.. 
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Re: HMS Sheffield - First build from plans
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2013, 01:26:12 PM »

you can do sheffield comaflauged as she was in 1941
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Re: HMS Sheffield - First build from plans
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2013, 02:05:12 PM »

hi all.
   Not had a chance to do much since my last post but i have managed to get a few coats of high build primer onto the hull as you can see in the pic. Just waiting for it to dry and then its onto fine filling and rubbing smooth.
   I also had the idea of researching and building her as HMS Southampton (being my home town and all) but i think ill just stick to the plan i have. Im also toying with the idea of rigging in a car washer pump to fire water from one of the turrets (something for the kids {-) ) perhaps walking before i can run may be a better idea though :-))

   looking forward to seeing these other builds and yes im using the free plans from the magazine although i already wish i had photo copied them before hacking them up. i may be in need of some celotape before i can start the superstructure  {-)
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Re: HMS Sheffield - First build from plans
« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2013, 02:23:05 PM »

looking good mate. Interesting idea about the water jet would be a laugh. If you need another plan proberly best to buy another copy of the magazine its still avialable at
http://www.myhobbystore.co.uk/browser/17/special-editions
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« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2013, 03:32:48 PM »

Thanks for the link glen, I've just ordered another copy. I'll chalk this one down as a lesson learned.   :-))
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Re: HMS Sheffield - First build from plans
« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2013, 04:33:26 PM »

In these days of Elves, Safe Tea and Litigation
Beware of squirting nasty pond water on young people.
Can you be sure there are no Germs or other illegals in
the water???

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Re: HMS Sheffield - First build from plans
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2013, 06:21:55 PM »

Oh if any children were to be shot at I would make sure they my own only.  {-)
   No in all seriousness i was thinking more along the lines of a few floating targets rather than standing spectators and again it's just an idea. Maybe for another model
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Re: HMS Sheffield - First build from plans
« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2013, 07:02:58 PM »

I think people take things far to seriously these dayes sadly no ones has a sense of fun anymore
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Re: HMS Sheffield - First build from plans
« Reply #12 on: January 10, 2013, 08:38:20 PM »

Very true unfortunately glen
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Re: HMS Sheffield - First build from plans
« Reply #13 on: January 10, 2013, 09:45:19 PM »

Looking good :-)) Couple of questions, how long is the model from the plans and allso i am more skilled in using plastics so could i use sheets of styrene instead and perhaps use a piece of U shaped plastic guttering for the hull? Has anyone used plastic guttering for a model boat say U shaped for a hull or O shaped for a sub hull? Regards, Dave.
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Re: HMS Sheffield - First build from plans
« Reply #14 on: January 10, 2013, 10:26:51 PM »

Very few ship hulls are actually U shaped, you would lose a lot of displacement that way and thereby compromise stability.
 
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Re: HMS Sheffield - First build from plans
« Reply #15 on: January 12, 2013, 06:36:07 PM »

hello all.

   Ive been pretty busy these last few days with sanding, filling and spraying then sanding, filling and spraying. Its starting to come together now thought and i think one more go with the wet and dry paper should give me the finish i want. I'm a spray painter by trade so really need to make a good job of the finish to avoid embarrassment {-)

   As you'll see by the pics I've also been busy today with making a 'smoke generator'. i love seeing models with smoke bellowing from the stacks and i think with the right level of 'smoke' coming from Sheffield's stacks she should look pretty sweet. I am unfortunately working to a budget set by the wife so i decided to have a look on the web at how others had been built and copy that rather than just buy one. Ive had it working on the work bench and it gives a little smoke but not really enough to warrant installing it so I'm going to make a few mods and get hold of some smoke fluid rather than using baby oil like i am now.  It wont be going anywhere near my model until I'm 100% sure its safe and I'm not going to have a spontaneously combusting ship in the middle of the pond
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Re: HMS Sheffield - First build from plans
« Reply #16 on: January 12, 2013, 07:51:00 PM »

 
Very effective hull camouflage scheme.  O0 O0 %) %)
 
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« Reply #17 on: January 16, 2013, 12:29:05 PM »

Ok been pretty busy with armour plating and more surface finishing. I've taken pictures and I'll do my best to get them on here soon but right now I have a question on motor size. I have a speed 400 and a speed 600 that I could fit right away but the article that runs with the plans suggest a 545 size. Would the 400 really be too small? Any advice would be very welcome :-))
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« Reply #18 on: January 16, 2013, 02:04:24 PM »

I'd try the 400 first the 600 might be a fast its a warship not a speed boat after all ;)
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Re: HMS Sheffield - First build from plans
« Reply #19 on: January 16, 2013, 06:19:00 PM »

Thankyou glen. 400 going in soon then.  :-))
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« Reply #20 on: January 17, 2013, 08:20:14 PM »

if its was my model mate i'd consider 2 385's  each with ecs and a mixer unit
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Re: HMS Sheffield - First build from plans
« Reply #21 on: January 17, 2013, 09:09:27 PM »

ah.....a good idea there but ive already fitted the prop shaft and 400 motor. Jumping ahead as usual!!!
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Re: HMS Sheffield - First build from plans
« Reply #22 on: January 17, 2013, 09:13:02 PM »

looking good mate. can always change later. Give it a test run before you get to far ahead
 
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Re: HMS Sheffield - First build from plans
« Reply #23 on: January 17, 2013, 09:19:41 PM »

thanks glen, will do. Ive got everything electrical ready to be fitted but im not sure weather my 7.2v batt will have enough about it to run the motor and the smoke box. would it be worth looking at a 12v alternative??? I guess ill just have to get everything connected up and have a look.
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Re: HMS Sheffield - First build from plans
« Reply #24 on: January 19, 2013, 06:36:23 PM »

Just a quick update...... The smoke box wouldn't entertain 7.2 volts but the whole setup works fine with 12v. Now just need to find a 12v batt that isn't the size of a house brick!! Also a longer test to make sure the smoke box doesn't explode :-))
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