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H.M.S BELFAST DIORAMA.
« on: May 12, 2013, 11:15:18 pm »

Got hold of a cheap Airfix H.M.S Belfast model kit. Going to do another sunken diorama, as you know H.M.S Belfast is a museum ship on the river Thames, but the Town Class cruisers that Belfast was one of 10. I have decided to do this one as H.M.S Southampton which was sunk off Malta in 1941. I know I seem to be doing sunken vessels all the time, but I really enjoy doing them.  :D
 
Will get some piccies up as I start it.
 
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« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2013, 11:30:40 pm »

Well its a hobby and by definition a hobby should be enjoyable, so you're doing it right :)


I do like your dioramas as do I'm sure several others.... any chance you could do a photographic step by step of how you build up the effects?
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« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2013, 11:37:33 pm »

Yep, will remember to take some piccies this time as I proceed.
 
Glad you like my dioramas, it keeps me busy and helps my disability as I can do these a bit at a time.
 
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« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2013, 09:02:44 am »

You'll need to do a lot of chopping to make Belfast look like Southampton as they are very different in appearance. It maybe easier to do a sunken Edinburgh diorama as she was Belfast's sister ship.  %%
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« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2013, 09:39:54 am »

Thanks for the heads up, Edinburgh it is.
 
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« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2013, 09:59:43 am »

.... and don't let this sunken theme spill over into your RC boats  ok2

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« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2013, 12:49:04 pm »

 
 RE: don't let this sunken theme spill over into your RC boats.  Hi dave too late Si has already "nearly" had that experience with the
        falke  rudder failure... but I am sure he will do it right the next time  {-)
 
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« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2013, 01:03:32 pm »

Thanks for the heads up, Edinburgh it is.
 
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Perhaps there's a diorama possibility in the salvage of the gold from the Edinburgh?
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« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2013, 05:33:57 pm »

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RE: don't let this sunken theme spill over into your RC boats.  Hi dave too late Si has already "nearly" had that experience with the
        falke  rudder failure... but I am sure he will do it right the next time  {-)
 
             frank

Hah, hah Frank... ;) Tis true thought the Falke could have so nearly ended as a crusty mess at the bottom of the lake.
 
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« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2013, 05:43:24 pm »

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Perhaps there's a diorama possibility in the salvage of the gold from the Edinburgh?

 
Thought about that but to be honest there would be a slice taken out of the starboard side near a torpedo hit hole. I cannot find many pictures of the wreck, well none to be honest, apart from a artists drawing in a 1981 newspaper about the gold retrieval. This shows the ship on her port side so, until I can find and real images or good info regarding the orientation of the vessel then she will be sited on the port side on the diorama.
 
 
There are two enemy torpedo hits-both amidships and roughly opposite each other with another that blew her stern away. Also there a few 6'' shell hits from a RN ship that tried to sink her after the crew was taken off, this failed and she was finally sent to the bottom by a RN torpedo. That is all I know so far.
 
 
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« Reply #10 on: May 13, 2013, 06:32:19 pm »

Si,
Have you seen the Wikipedia photo showing the damage to the stern of HMS Edinburgh
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« Reply #11 on: May 13, 2013, 06:46:05 pm »

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Have you seen the Wikipedia photo showing the damage to the stern of HMS Edinburgh
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Yeah, seen that pic Jimmy, but there are no, none that I can find, of the actually wreck as she lies today. I know the rough locations of the torpedo hits and the stern damage, should look okay if I can get them looking okay. Do not need to be 100% perfect but good enough that the damaged areas does look like in the picture. Checked the scrap bin for old plasticard and plastic to make some bulkheads/rooms that will be visible in the damaged interior. Also trying to find the colour scheme she had at the time of the sinking as although she will have concretions and rust she may have patched of anti-fouling paint and hull paint just peeping through. I know she was painted in battleship grey but also had a spell in 'dazzle' colours so just wanted to see if I could get correct.
 
 
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« Reply #12 on: May 13, 2013, 06:49:26 pm »

Si,  I'll keep searching as well.
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« Reply #13 on: May 13, 2013, 06:51:08 pm »

Thanks Jimmy, appreciate your help.
 
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« Reply #14 on: May 16, 2013, 05:56:49 pm »

As promised I have started taking some piccies of how I build up the sunken effects.
AIRFIX-H.M.S BELFAST KIT 1/600 SCALE-DIORAMA IS OF H.M.S EDINBURGH SISTER SHIP OF BELFAST.
 
First piccies are of the model. Dry fit, I see why I got it cheap, very bad fit, had to hot weld the seams. Anyway, once that was sorted I set too working on the damage- torpedo damage around mid-ship area this caused a 45 degree list but no more-have created internal structures to represent floor and damage. Stern damage caused by torpedo that ripped the stern apart and destroyed her steering, deck appears in photograph ripped upwards-rudder was damaged and she just turned in circles-added internal structures in stern area.
 
MORE TO COME...
 
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« Reply #15 on: May 18, 2013, 04:44:10 pm »

PART 2.
 
Having constructed the model to how I wanted it to look, leaving some detail off and other parts are going to be laying next to the ship as debris, the ship has had a coat of brown spray paint, this is to get into the hard to get to places with flock/sand mix, that way it looks dark and rusty instead of grey. Once dry you start to apply flock/sand mix.
 
Pictures show PVA-non-diluted, a sand mix-note that only the finer grains are used, paint brush and dark brown scenery flock. First off the PVA is applied in sections and then fine sand sprinkled on-ideal for large deck areas etc. Shake off excess and just keep applying the glue and sand until the whole model is coated. Don't worry if there are some patches, you can either re-sand or they will covered when the painting detail is added.
 
I have found one problem and that is the scale of 1/600 is rather small for this technique, despite using fine sand and flock mix. I may need to find something else, or try and re-create the effects using just paint and build the layers. Never mind we shall continue and see what she turns out like.

 
MORE TO COME...
 
 
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« Reply #16 on: May 19, 2013, 06:21:07 am »

 
 Hi Si
 
 Read up what reports there were for the damage to Edinburgh. There appears to have been a video about at some time as model was made of the wreck for a pre-dive survey.
 
The U-456  fired a torpedo into the starboard side of the cruiser which began to list heavily.  Soon after a second torpedo, struck the ship's stern wrecking her steering equipment and effectively crippling her.   She was attacked off Bear Island by German destroyers and while the small ships with the Edinburgh drove off the attackers, she was torpedoed yet again, amidships exactly opposite the first torpedo hit from U-456. All that was preventing her from breaking in two was the deck plating and keel, which was likely to fail at any time, the crew abandoned the ship. Fifty-six ratings and two officers had been killed in the attacks.
 
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The first hit amidships on the starboard side by the forward boiler room, below the stokers mess, killing all in the area with a hole said to be 50ft long many men fell through the deck into the oil tank while the second hit right aft.

The stern was blown off and the steering gear wrecked. Y turret was severely damaged. The quarter deck was wrapped round both after 6in turrets and 63ft of the stern was hanging down. The rudder and two shafts were lost. It was said that only B turret could be worked, which suggests whipping damage by A, but other statements suggest that A turret was still usable.
 
On 2 May the two F class destroyers were on the beam and the three minesweepers behind.
The German destroyers had fired 15 torpedoes and scored one hit on the port side amidships, close to the bomb room at about which almost cut her in two and caused her to list 17" to port.

There was some further whipping, the turret officer was thrown out of B turret. Both British destroyers were temporarily disabled. About 800 men out of a crew of 850 were then taken off Edinburgh
 
Harrier fired 20 rounds Semi Armour Piercing shells to hasten her sinking and dropped two patterns of depth charges, but to no avail. Edinburgh was then torpedoed by Foresight. She sank stern first in about 800ft at 72" 05N, 35" 02E. (PEARCE says 71" 51N, 35" 10E and that the fore part broke away, clearly it didn't but was this the superstructure coming off? He continues by saying that stem rose in the air.)
In preparation for the salvage of the gold in 1981 a video was taken of the wreck which revealed a number of surprising features. In particular, virtually the whole of the superstructure, masts and funnels had gone, separated neatly, as with a knife.
 
The ship lies on her port side in 220 metres. A model made by the salvage team is
held by Jon WENZEL, Curator of HMS Belfast, and this shows the after funnel and mast detached but alongside.)
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HMS Harrier then fired twenty 4" shells at her, but she refused to sink. An attempt to have her sunk by depth charges also failed.

Finally, HMS Foresight fired her last torpedo at her, which made her sink.
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« Reply #17 on: May 19, 2013, 10:19:37 am »

Thanks Frank, need to rework the model then, take off more of the stern, remove the rudder and two props, got the orientation right as I omitted the torpedo hit on the port side-she is lying on it, so no need. Bit of a guess really but I suppose it will be the two props nearer the rudder that have gone.
 
Great info Frank, much appreciate you searching for me.
 
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« Reply #18 on: May 19, 2013, 10:44:46 am »

Hi Eddie,  here is a product that might be of use in your efforts to depict the underwater textures.  A trifle expensive compared to glue and sand but might be useful addition to your armoury.  I use it for "gravel" base for car and bike models.  It comes in a couple more shades than this, worth a look. I got it in B&Q.
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« Reply #19 on: May 19, 2013, 12:19:50 pm »

Nice one, thanks for that. I have a can of something similar in the shed from when I made warhammer dioramas, it didn't work very well so left it. Yours is a different brand-will get some and try it.
 
Thanks again.
 
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« Reply #20 on: May 19, 2013, 12:49:12 pm »

PART 3.
 
After getting the info from Frank, I have extended the stern damage up to the turret, removed the rudder and two prop shafts and opened up the stern plating using a lighter to gently heat the plastic and then some long nose pliers to open up and twist. Also I have opened up the torpedo damage hole as this was too small. I have decided to leave the superstructure as. The fore-funnel is tilted and the aft-funnel is removed to added in the debris field. The sand/mix has been finished and it has had a fix-coat of Brazil brown to seal the sand mix and give a base coat.
 
 
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« Reply #21 on: May 19, 2013, 01:18:43 pm »

An interesting model but am I wrong is suggesting it is rather strange to make a model
of a war grave where 58 men died. Or am I just being oldfashioned
 
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« Reply #22 on: May 19, 2013, 01:29:32 pm »

Hi Geoff, nothing wrong with your suggestion. I have a sunken U-boat, beached Gato sub, sunken Curtiss Helldiver dive bomber visited by the MIR 2 DSV and now this model.
 
My reasons behind it are thus: Firstly, not many people do sunken wrecks. Secondly, these wrecks are slowly decaying and in 100 years time or so there will be the odd scrap and a stain on the ocean floor so for me it is a way of remembering the people that did live, fight and die in these boats and ships. Thirdly, I am fat, disabled and cannot go diving so would never see what these wrecks have become and to see the life that now swims/grows from them. Nothing old fashioned about you Geoff, I honour the men of all nationalities and regard my models as miniature war graves dedicated to the fallen.
 
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« Reply #23 on: May 19, 2013, 03:04:56 pm »

PART 4
 
The model has now had some sponged paint effects, in browns, coral, beige and green.
 
I have dug out the can of stone effect spray like what Arrow5  suggested and gave it a try on the board. This time it seems to have settled okay so once the model is finished regarding washes/sponging the same sponging will be used on the board.
 
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« Reply #24 on: May 19, 2013, 03:22:19 pm »

 
 Hi geoff.
            if I can find the article I think the Govt sold the rights to two WWI warships and some scap dealers used explosives to get the props off them.  And as per usual when $$ is involved the double standard is applied.   
 
 
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