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I glued a strip of 1mm plastic card across the gap in the deck to support the bins. Note also where I have started removing a postion of the toe rail from the edge of the deck:
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The superstructure has finally been glued in place and the bottom of it has a 1mm strip of .1mm plastic card added to match up with the original moulded detail.  Filler has been applied where the toe rails were removed and the gun bins were glued in place:
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The modified ventilators have been glued in position. A 1mm strip of .1mm plastic card has been glued around the open bridge. The bins are in the process of being fitted with .1mm plastic card strips too. Once they have dried, I will apply filler to the bin/superstructure joins:
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The plastic card strips around the bins have been done.  The filler on the deck has been sanded smooth and filler has been applied where the superstructure meets the wheelhouse:
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A view of the stern. Note the repositioned stanchions on the stern quarters (these are the kit parts 81,82 94 and 95 with a bit of modification). The tall guard rail behind the gun position has been fitted in place as well but in the stanchion holes on the edge of the platform. The two down rails will fit into the forward stanchion holes and not the ones further forward as shown in the instructions:
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Here is another "progress" photo showing most of the components in place and shows even more clearly the number of modifications from the standard RAF Rescue Launch:
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Once I have finished sanding the remaining patches of filler and fitted the modified cleats, I will finally be able to give it a proper paint job.  With luck I should meet my deadline which is the end of this weekend.

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Prop shafts were painted H56 Aluminium and props fitted:
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The cleats were cut down to the new shape as shown on the left. Final trimming was done off the sprue:
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Cleats have now been fitted as were the two supports for the rear guardrail. All filling and sanding is complete and a coat of H64 Matt Light Grey applied:
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Another view. The paint is still a bit wet and will need at least one more coat:
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What are cleats for on a ship? Sorry for being of topic.

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What are cleats for on a ship? Sorry for being of topic.


They are for tieing off of ropes.

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Thanks, Ratch.

Some more progress this evening. I gave the whole launch a further coat of H64 Matt Light Grey. Then I painted the 20mm Oerlikon with H53 Gunmetal and fitted the assembly to the pedestal at the stern. The shoulder braces at the rear of the gun still need painting a tan colour to represent leather:
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I wasn't going to have figures on this launch but as I had an open bridge, I needed a figure to bung up the hole!  So, I decided I would use the other figures too. Here they are in the early stages of painting. As they are RN personnel, the officer will have an all dark navy uniform and the ratings will have white jumpers and dark navy trousers:
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I also painted the mast and lifebelts in H34 Matt White acrylic paint and painted the red portions of the lifebelts in H19 Gloss Bright Red. Note that the RN lifebelts are painted in a different style to the RAF ones:
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Now the crew have almost been finished. The helmets were painted H78 Matt Cockpit Green and the Officer got a H15 Gloss Midnight Blue one. I have also given the officer some stripes on his cuffs and one of the crew has been given a beard:
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The 20mm Oerlikon is now completed. As you can see, I painted the shoulder braces H62 Matt Leather which provides a nice contrast. The very last thing to do was to fit the sight using Clearfix:
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"Blackbeard" manning the gun:
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The officer has been placed inside the open bridge. Note the windbreak in front of the opening. This was made from the two sides of kit part 72 with a scrap piece of clear plastic along the centre. Once it has dried, I will paint framing on it. Note where I painted the starboard navigation light H2 Gloss Emerald Green. I painted a larger area green than needed so that I can then tidy up using H64 Light Grey afterwards. This makes it easier to get a rectangular shape than trying to paint a green rectangle in the first place:
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Another view showing the other two crew members.  I put one inside one of the bins but he may well have to be removed as he may get in the way of the guns. Shame really as I had to cut his legs and arms off to get him in:
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Although it looks close to finishing I still have to:

Fit the guardrails
Fit the lifebelts
Fit the depth charges and cradles
Fit the mast
Fit the anchor
Fit the guns to the two bins
Paint detail on the Carley Float
Paint window framing on windbreak and wheelhouse
Tidy up the navigation lights
Paint the boathooks on the deck
Fit a coil of rope on the foc'sle
Rig the mast including a white ensign
Rig the stanchions at the stern
Tidy up the hull demarcation line

I think that is about it!

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Wow! Looks great. :D


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You're making excellent progress Dave - putting me to shame as usual!

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The technicalities of ship building eh? Some nice modifications too!

It all looks very good, the painting looks spot on!

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Thank you all. The list of things to do has shrunk a bit now.  I painted the CQR anchor H56 Aluminium and fitted in a different position to that shown in the instructions:
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I also fitted two pairs of guns to the bins. These were the kit guns, fitted to their respective pedestals (parts 119 and 123) which were shortened, and then glued into notches cut into the inner ring of the bins. Pedestals were painted H64 Light Grey and the guns were painted H53 Gunmetal.  I also tidied up the navigation lights, painted the frame of the windshield, fitted the mast and lifebelts and painted the deck-mounted boathooks. I still need to tidy up around these.
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The depth charges have been received their first coat of paint too and I will be making their cradles next.

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Truly awesome so far Dave

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Thanks.  This morning I spent about an hour making cradles for the depth charges.

The side parts were made from 1mm plastic card:
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These were then glued to 1mm wide strips of 1mm plastic card, 9mm long:
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Cradles have been completed and glued to the depth charges:
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Here they have been dry-fitted in place so that I can scrape away the paint on the deck.  Note that in order for the forward two depth charges to sit on the deck, the rails have to be removed from the deck.
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The depth charges have been given a second coat of H64 and the cradles their first of two coats.  Once that has been done, I can make some ropes or straps to secure the depth charges to the cradles and then fit them to the deck:
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The painting of the depth charges and cradles is now complete. I tied some rigging thread onto the cradles:
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I rigged the mast and used the white ensign from the Airfix Vosper MTB kit.  I painted the rope on the Carley float and added a coil of "rope" to the foc'sle:
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I also added rigging at the stern and fitted the depth charges to the deck:
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Here is MGB 43 alongside S11, the Airfix S-Boot:
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To all intents and purposes, the build is complete. I just need to add a number 43 each side of the bow and these will be applied once I have made them!  I'll take some better pictures once daylight arrives...

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Here are the pictures I promised:

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A very satisfying build even though some of the pictures of the construction may have seemed like a horror story!  The Airfix RAF Rescue Launch is certainly a good build and I will just have to buy a couple more. Although when I get round to building them is another story.....

Dave


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Looks awsome great convesion. great paint job to.

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Very impressive Dave!


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Very nice work Dave, having tried this conversion and given up you have given me the inspiration an d also some good tips to have another shot.
Lovely effort.
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I hope this isn't a new record for a resurrected thread :) I stumbled over this the other night while searching for the unfindable Jetstream link ;) Wow, I'm so impressed by this, Peter Scott, "Battle of the Narrow Seas" & all that, indelible boyhood reading. Just ordered two from the LHS, one for the Rescue Launch & one for this. Downloaded the airfix Mag article too. Thanks Dave. :thumb:
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