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Re: HMS Coventry build
« Reply #375 on: April 06, 2015, 12:04:35 AM »

BLT-Solder-Paste

Would this item be correct Joe, so many say solder paste but are actual just flux.
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Re: HMS Coventry build
« Reply #376 on: April 06, 2015, 09:49:23 AM »

Hi Paul, yes that would be it but they also do a low temperature paste which is better for what we use it for, I get mine from ebay, I've just ordered some more two 50g pots for just over 5 post free from Hong Kong.  there are a lot of reflow fluxes around that some call soldering paste so be careful
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Re: HMS Coventry build
« Reply #377 on: April 06, 2015, 11:04:46 AM »

Thanks Joe, just done the same will let you know how I get on may come back for some tips on how you use. :-))
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Re: HMS Coventry build
« Reply #378 on: April 06, 2015, 03:34:04 PM »

A bit more detailing done to the yardarms etc. and had a go at the landing light gallery copied from a photo of HMS Liverpool, again these varied a bit but in the absence of a close in photo of Coventry's  I'm calling it close enough. %%
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Re: HMS Coventry build
« Reply #379 on: April 06, 2015, 06:01:34 PM »

Looking good Joe
Are you putting a square on the yard from the foot rope to the AJE 's?
We used to send young radio mechs out to short out the the two halves
Of the aerial to do a continuity check on the feeder and it meant hanging
from the square loop to do the lower one..

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Re: HMS Coventry build
« Reply #380 on: April 06, 2015, 06:37:52 PM »

Looking good Joe
Are you putting a square on the yard from the foot rope to the AJE 's?
We used to send young radio mechs out to short out the the two halves
Of the aerial to do a continuity check on the feeder and it meant hanging
from the square loop to do the lower one..

Ned
Don't remind me Ned. As a young JTO I was being a bit lippy to the Killick Bunting and for my punishment I was sent up the mast with
a pot of white paint - Start at the AJE and work back painting both yardarms and it looked a hell of a long way down to the bottom of the
Simonstown Drydock. Thank god I had a reasonable head for heights - no safety harness just a piece of nylon halyard tied round the waist
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Re: HMS Coventry build
« Reply #381 on: April 06, 2015, 07:15:38 PM »

You have to love heights to be a sailor! I am not a lover of heights or water.

If we were meant to climb up things we would have been given wings, if we were meant to go in the water, we would have been given gills:O)

The brasswork is really coming together Joe, it looks amazing.
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Re: HMS Coventry build
« Reply #382 on: April 06, 2015, 07:16:53 PM »

Well Ned the plan I'm using is for HMS Glasgow and dose show the item you mention, but the photo of HMS Coventry taken in 1979 that I'm basing my build on doesn't show them, so I'm assuming they were part of the post Falklands refits, but then I'm not claiming to be that accurate as the 42's had many small differences ie. some had three yardarm's on the aft mast and some had two, so it lets me get away with a few boo boos.  %% 
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Re: HMS Coventry build
« Reply #383 on: April 06, 2015, 07:35:44 PM »

I'm not a rivet counter Joe
Having been out on yardarms to AJE's from the early 60's
to the 80's they all had the square at the end.
It's your build and a brilliant one at that so you go your way
It's the best build I've seen in a long time.

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Re: HMS Coventry build
« Reply #384 on: April 07, 2015, 12:10:09 PM »

Fantastic Joe. Can't wait to see it on the water. Will you put it on pulic display anytime soon?
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Re: HMS Coventry build
« Reply #385 on: April 07, 2015, 12:21:58 PM »

Nice big picture of Coventry on her sea trials here:


http://www.hmscoventry.co.uk/album/seatrials.jpg
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Re: HMS Coventry build
« Reply #386 on: April 07, 2015, 12:38:48 PM »

Great picture Roger. You can see the quality and the build detail in Joe's Ship now.  Joe you should take a photo of your build at the same angle and we can see the real quality of the build.  Only wish I could get photos of HMS Illustrious (87) of the quality. :-))  Spot on.
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Re: HMS Coventry build
« Reply #387 on: April 07, 2015, 02:22:31 PM »

Thanks guys, as always your comments are much appreciated, the photo is one of several I have been using of Coventry and many more photos mostly of Liverpool and a few of Manchester kindly sent to me by Rob47 when I started the build, I've used the Photos as a guide rather than trying to copy them, the photo included is what I have been aiming for I'm not saying it will be identical but in essence it will be Coventry.
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Re: HMS Coventry build
« Reply #388 on: April 07, 2015, 02:43:44 PM »

Fantastic Joe. Can't wait to see it on the water. Will you put it on pulic display anytime soon?

She will be at Action Stations in the Portsmouth Dockyard in July 11/12 at a Surface Warships Association exhibition.  :-))
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Re: HMS Coventry build
« Reply #389 on: April 07, 2015, 07:21:13 PM »

Where will that be Joe?
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Re: HMS Coventry build
« Reply #390 on: April 07, 2015, 07:49:04 PM »

Action Stations, is part of the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Hampshire, the SWA exhibit model warships there about 4 times a year and is usually quite a busy weekend. ;)
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Re: HMS Coventry build
« Reply #391 on: April 07, 2015, 08:15:08 PM »

Thanks Joe!
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Re: HMS Coventry build
« Reply #392 on: April 08, 2015, 10:59:02 AM »

Did her final trim tests today with her boats resting on top of the davits to get sailing weight, just a slight list to port soon corrected with a few .22 pellets on starbd deck amidships, now glued in the hull below water line, also gave the motors a test, she only just fits the domestic dock and it needs to be two thirds full to get a couple of inches clearance, at a third throttle there is plenty of "boiling water" astern, if I had given any more throttle I think her bow would have shot up the slopped end so I think she should run quite nicely. ;)
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Re: HMS Coventry build
« Reply #393 on: April 08, 2015, 11:16:40 AM »

Well done Joe :-)).........have viewed every image, watched and read every word in the 380++ postings about this your HMS Coventry build.......congratulations......Derek
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Re: HMS Coventry build
« Reply #394 on: April 08, 2015, 12:50:17 PM »

Thanks very much Derek, so pleased you found it interesting enough to follow, and from the other side of the world that the internet has made so small.  %% %%
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Re: HMS Coventry build
« Reply #395 on: April 08, 2015, 12:51:58 PM »

Gorgeous Joe! You should have plenty of time to get her through her trials before your show in July. It has been a pleasure to read your posts and see Coventry go from a hull to the completed article. Is she good and stable?
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Re: HMS Coventry build
« Reply #396 on: April 08, 2015, 02:41:54 PM »

Thank you Ian,  Just like the full size batch 1 and 2  42's stability is not going to be a strong point, and I think she'll only be sailed in calm conditions with her large flat sided superstructure wind will always be a problem, It's difficult to assess in the domestic dock but I did a inclination test by pulling the top of mast to the side till the gunwalls were almost in the water and she wanted to straiten up when I let go, though did roll a bit, but then you do get water reaction in a small area off the sides of the bath, so I guess only sea trials will tell,  We used to do similar inclination tests when I worked in the boat building industry, though it was done by loading a given number of 25 kilo weights on the side decks. :-))
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Re: HMS Coventry build
« Reply #397 on: April 08, 2015, 04:35:20 PM »

Joe,
If you have kept the top weight down then it should be OK ,my 42 has sailed in the sea off my works jetty on the solent,in moderate sea condition and she Handel the sea well. I've also sailed on the mast pond at Action stations in moderate conditions.


With my 42,s I've got the battery and motors are as low in the hull as they can be , superstructure as light as possible with out losing strength.


Hope to see some pic's when she get her feed wet for the first time.
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Re: HMS Coventry build
« Reply #398 on: April 08, 2015, 06:10:03 PM »

Hi Dave,  I'm glad I hollowed out the raydomes and decided to make my own funnel which is a fraction of the weight of a cast one, plus the motors are close to the hull and the batteries sit on the bottom and with the two lumps of lead slung under the keel I'm quietly confident that she'll sail well.  %%
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Re: HMS Coventry build
« Reply #399 on: April 08, 2015, 07:50:50 PM »

Excellent build Joe. .... Great attention to detail. :-))

She sits well in the water and as an ex Chief Stoker, I'm pleased to note that her trim on the waterline is spot-on.

T888's advice is particularly sound at 1:96 scale.

Shall probably look in to your stand at the dockyard in July ..... it's only a free bus ride into Queen Street from Waterlooville. O0

You should be justifiably proud of your latest achievement.

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