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Choowy
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Posted: Monday, November 05, 2018 - 12:21 PM UTC
Hi all, started this build a few years ago and have been working on it on and off. Purchased the Pontos PE kit for it and will post the progress so far.

I've tended to go for the earlier era appearance, about the time HMAS Darwin came to Australia (1985) fresh out of Todd Shipyards in the US.

Its got the extended flight deck, but some of the other colour schemes will vary (all black anti foul instead of black, red) black whips, SPS-49 and pre ships boat conversion. So its technically not time period accurate but the appearance that I preferred.


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Posted: Monday, November 05, 2018 - 12:37 PM UTC
The Academy kit is pretty nice, I haven't built any model for 25+ years.

Hull in 2 pieces. Added the PE as I went so you need to plan ahead a little and see what they provided and where they want you to put it.



Kit has the option for both short and long hull versions. Stern extension fits well.



Kit didn't have the stabiliser fins so I had to make my own and they are not technically in the correct location, a little aft than in real life but it was easier to trim the provided skegs back and place them close to the end.






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Posted: Monday, November 05, 2018 - 02:20 PM UTC
Ned,

Nice start. Is that a one piece hull?

Mark
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Posted: Tuesday, November 06, 2018 - 12:17 AM UTC
Following with interest Ned.

As a fellow Aussie it's good to see an RAN vessel being built
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Posted: Tuesday, November 06, 2018 - 12:22 PM UTC
Thanks Mark, 2 piece hull with scribe lines for a waterline model.

Cheers Russell, something a bit different.

Had to fill the rudder hole as its offsett in OHP FFG's to starboard a little.

Attached the flightdeck, it then has a PE flightdeck which fits on top later.

Drilled and tapped an aluminium piece to allow it to be fixed to a base later.

Added main deck, fit was really good.

Added some of the discharge holes and used a heated nail to form a slight raised round to represent the welds.

The Pontos resin pieces are excellent. Kit CIWIS and resin for comparison.

Nice to switch to something smaller for a quick result.


Point of interest, to get the right colour I just bought a sample pot of interior acrylic paint and thinned it down so I could spray it. That's really the only way you can buy this colour off the shelf. For anybody wanting the old R.A.N colour for "ships side grey" its N42 (storm grey)and for the deck its N63 Pewter. They have just started to adopt a more US style haze grey on the ships. Sprays and brushes on really well.
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Posted: Tuesday, November 06, 2018 - 02:47 PM UTC
I knew it was a two piece hull. You did such a nice job removing the seam.

Mark
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Posted: Wednesday, November 07, 2018 - 11:36 AM UTC

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I knew it was a two piece hull. You did such a nice job removing the seam.

Mark



Thanks Mike.

Some more of the smaller components.

Mk13 launcher. Some nice Pontos additions, the inner and outer magazine ring access hatches. Notched out the lower end of the launcher arm that sits over the load position.



76mm gun turret gets a new Pontos barrel. .5mm hole required.



Drilled out the main engine exhaust holes on the stack. Added the vents and some PE


Anchor chain cover grate.


SPS-49 search radar. That was pretty full on to roll and put together.



CAS dome with PE extras. Added an extra detail on the front also. Didn't use the PE base platform as the side tubular supports were flat and they didn't look quite right, the kit piece wasn't too bad. Railings to be added later.



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Posted: Wednesday, November 07, 2018 - 11:38 AM UTC
Ned,

That radar looks awesome, nice work. Hope you have no troubles installing it.

Mark
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Posted: Thursday, November 08, 2018 - 12:03 AM UTC
Ned,

Looking good! Great work with that PE!
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Posted: Thursday, November 08, 2018 - 04:04 AM UTC
Gorgeous work. I have a Kirov coming and this thread is an inspiration!
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Posted: Thursday, November 08, 2018 - 04:56 AM UTC
Ned: I am curious as to how you are going to deal with the holes in the deck and superstructure that are meant for the kit supplied plastic railings. There must be a hundred or so.
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Posted: Thursday, November 08, 2018 - 02:06 PM UTC

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Ned,

That radar looks awesome, nice work. Hope you have no troubles installing it.

Mark


Thanks Mark, it went on OK, needed some quick set epoxy to hold it at the right position.
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Posted: Thursday, November 08, 2018 - 02:32 PM UTC
Thanks Thomas, Charlie!

Chuck there wasn't a huge number of holes to fill, all the superstructure holes were on the vertical surface near the top, the others were spread apart a bit and filled easily.


Despite using flat PE cross bracing I ended up using the 49 mast and it looks OK, better than the kit supplied one.
There is also a Pontos lower mounting supplied. They include a PE waveguide run that is pretty close to the original and a nice detail.

Painted the main funnel and radar parts.


Bridge keeps the top and loses some of the window section and also the raised sections (AAC platforms).


New PE section and some of the sides are kept to interface with the PE.


Completed base section.


Painted and railings, PE deck piece and CAS dome, SLQ-32 antennas.


I don't know how you guys build lots of these ships, never again!! This has been on the go for 3 years. What was I thinking buying a PE kit, adds 250+ extra pieces!! Still I'm too far in to turn back.
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Posted: Thursday, November 08, 2018 - 06:44 PM UTC
This looking fantastic Ned. Great work on the PE especially the radar as getting the curve right with brass is always tricky.

cheers
Michael
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Posted: Friday, November 09, 2018 - 12:20 AM UTC
Ned,

your build is looking fantastic so far, excellent work on all the details and really crisp!! Great work!

I was about to say this is a great start at a fast pace, but if I understand right, you've been working on here for quite a while - three years if I get it right?? Still great work!

And I'm in for all your further post's , looking forward to your progress on this fine build!

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Friday, November 09, 2018 - 03:04 AM UTC
Dat PE doe!!

Excellent work so far! I want to work with PE, but I don't know if I could ever achieve this level!