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Re: HMS Coventry build
« Reply #175 on: December 20, 2014, 11:33:47 PM »

Brilliant! Good stuff fast cast. Do you get your supplies from Tiranti or Scott-Bader?
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Re: HMS Coventry build
« Reply #176 on: December 21, 2014, 12:24:52 PM »

I get my supplies from www.easycomposits.co.uk an excellent company in Staffordshire with a quick turn round on orders,  and given the cost of scale fittings the cost of moulding components is more than justified, but have to say I do it because I find it a very enjoyable addition to our hobby and with a bit of imagination it's surprizing what you can make. %%
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Re: HMS Coventry build
« Reply #177 on: December 21, 2014, 12:39:39 PM »

Joe,


I'm interested in having a go at moulding, what would you recommend I buy for starters?


Bye the bye you missed an e form the web address


www.easycomposites.co.uk


Thanks in advance


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Re: HMS Coventry build
« Reply #178 on: December 21, 2014, 01:48:36 PM »

Hi Doug, I recommend getting fast cast resin part A & B 1 kilo size and the half kilo size CS2 condensation cure silicon, this is all you need to get started, you can buy the starter kit but to be honest you are buying things you probably already have like brushes, mixing sticks, mixing pots etc. I use yogurt pots etc. Try making a simple w/t door out of styrene glued in a "box" as previous photo and carefully fill with silicon, well you get the idea,
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Re: HMS Coventry build
« Reply #179 on: December 21, 2014, 02:44:46 PM »

Many thanks for that.


Don't worry about typo I do all the tim  :-))
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Re: HMS Coventry build
« Reply #180 on: December 21, 2014, 02:56:00 PM »

Just follow the instructions and ask if you have a problem. Most issues are caused by improper mixing, getting your ratios wrong or making the pattern wrong. Joe's suggestion is perfect as a WT door should be flat with raised detail and no evil undercuts.
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Re: HMS Coventry build
« Reply #181 on: December 21, 2014, 04:09:01 PM »

Thanks, just need a roundtoit now and a little peace and quiet. Hey ho a man can dream can't he  8)
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Re: HMS Coventry build
« Reply #182 on: December 22, 2014, 04:00:12 PM »

The various hatches for the breakwaters came out OK, I never take this for granted, even if you have done everything right you can still get the odd rouge air bubble that really shows up on a tiny hatch, with them all in place I think it was worth all the effort, also made up the missile launcher and with that and the deck gun in place the foredeck is starting to look like a 42's  :-)
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Re: HMS Coventry build
« Reply #183 on: December 22, 2014, 10:34:22 PM »

Ho ho, they brought the model to life! Beautiful. After Christmas I shall get back to Internet land and see how you did over Christmas assuming you are let out to tinker for a while!
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Re: HMS Coventry build
« Reply #184 on: December 22, 2014, 11:08:53 PM »

Yes you're right I guess I'll have to leave it for a few days or else I'll be accused of being a baa hum bug, plus she who is all powerful has a birthday on boxing day Nuff said  %% %%
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Re: HMS Coventry build
« Reply #185 on: December 23, 2014, 03:22:28 PM »

Really great work Joe, she is really coming to life now.  I hope Santa has left some of that kit in my Christmas sack, as I hinted enough, so here is hoping. 
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Re: HMS Coventry build
« Reply #186 on: December 23, 2014, 03:46:45 PM »

Yes you're right I guess I'll have to leave it for a few days or else I'll be accused of being a baa hum bug, plus she who is all powerful has a birthday on boxing day Nuff said  %% %%

She is looking really great.   I guess a temporary moratorium on dockyard activities would be politic under the circumstances, plus not easy to cast resin when sleeping off mince pies  {-)
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Re: HMS Coventry build
« Reply #187 on: December 23, 2014, 05:40:04 PM »

Just one more bit before dockyard closes down for the holidays, The TV aerials or as I like to call them the Madonna Bra's, were another thing that was not included with the sirmar fittings so I improvised and used some bits cut out of a chocolate eclaire  packaging, to make a mould, they looked just the right size, by the time they are painted they should do.  %)
hope you all have a great Christmas  :-))
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Re: HMS Coventry build
« Reply #188 on: December 25, 2014, 11:50:49 AM »

Joe


Looks like I'm going to have to up my game on Exeter when I get back to it in February. Wonderful work.


Merry Christmas.


Happy Birthday Mrs Joe.


Doug
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Re: HMS Coventry build
« Reply #189 on: December 25, 2014, 12:08:36 PM »

Thanks Doug, I'm sure your being too modest, it's seeing the great work that all you veteran Mayhemers do that's made me up my game and try harder.   O0

Mrs Joe said thanks for the birthday wish.
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Re: HMS Coventry build
« Reply #190 on: January 02, 2015, 04:33:43 PM »

Though single, I have learnt from friends that 'Brownie points' are hard earnt and easily spent, so I reckon you have earnt enough over the Christmas period for some modelling and resin casting.

Did you get anything nautical related for Chritsmas?
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Re: HMS Coventry build
« Reply #191 on: January 02, 2015, 07:44:49 PM »

Well I did get the brass etch davit sets, and brass etch railings plus enough epoxy 30 and 5 minute and Cyrano to keep me going for some time.
A couple  of days ago I also got the brass etch 965 double bedstead all the brass etch is from Scale Warship and is quality stuff, there was only one skynet aerial with the fittings so I'll have to make my own, the one I have is in white metal, so I try making a pair in brass.  %%
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Re: HMS Coventry build
« Reply #192 on: January 02, 2015, 09:34:28 PM »

They will be stronger especially if soldered. Better also for keeping them intact whilst sailing:O)
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Re: HMS Coventry build
« Reply #193 on: January 05, 2015, 10:08:55 PM »

This is an amazing build joe! Can't get over the quality of the detail! :-))
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Re: HMS Coventry build
« Reply #194 on: January 06, 2015, 04:44:20 PM »

Thanks Peter,
Gradually getting back into the build, can't believe Christmas has come and gone, I find after a break from the build it takes me a few hours to regain my mind set, if that makes sense, started by fitting the aft life raft canisters and mountings, and then had a go at the pair of Skynet aerials or at least my version of them, should look ok, as the saying goes paint covers a multitude of sins, this was the first time I have used solder paste, I expect you guys have been using it for years, I never realised how easy it is to use, I'll sure use it from now on. :-))
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« Reply #195 on: January 06, 2015, 05:26:31 PM »

Something I learned from one of the US websites for moulding was to get a pressure cooker , take off the relief valve on the lid , connect up a HP line to a compressor with a valve in the line to close ( and to release the pressure inside the pot )

Make sure your moulds fit into the pot , pour the cast , place into the pot , seal and put 3 bar pressure in and leave for a few hours to set this compresses any air bubbles and once the mould sets thats it sorted.

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« Reply #196 on: January 06, 2015, 07:01:11 PM »

Yes I can see how that would work but for the amount of fittings I make it just wouldn't be worth the effort, plus there's no way I'm pinching her in doors pressure cooker.  %% %% {-) {-)
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Re: HMS Coventry build
« Reply #197 on: January 07, 2015, 05:22:06 PM »

I like to do some detailing before spray priming, so I fitted the bollards and fairleads plus the anchor winch etc. I do the spraying in the garage so I'm waiting for a warmer dryer day, the deck gun and rocket launcher are just stood in place.
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« Reply #198 on: January 07, 2015, 07:56:29 PM »

Loving the detail! Did you cast the bollards and fair leads yourself or are they brought? When you spray will you coat them as well or do they get masked?


She is looking fantastic, can't wait to see the 'after paint' pics!  :-)) :-)) :-))
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Re: HMS Coventry build
« Reply #199 on: January 07, 2015, 09:25:37 PM »

Hi Peter, The white metal fittings are from Sirmar it just took months to get them, it all gets spray primed as it is, no point in masking any fittings as they need priming too, I always apply the top coat by brush and any fittings that aren't grey get painted later.  %%
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