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Australian FFG (Oliver Hazard Perry Class)
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Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 05:41 AM UTC
No Ned, the Vendetta I was referring to was the V and W Class Vendetta of WWII, which Showcase Models of Australia has recently issued. Looks like a splendid kit, and if it is of the same quality standards as their HMAS Collins it should be an outstanding model and a delight to build.

Can't find one yet among the usual suspect on line hobby shops here in the States yet, but I will continue until I find one.

Always liked the V and W Class. They are the RN, RAN counterparts of our four pipers of the Wickes and Clemson Classes, brought out of the stable for one last ride in WWII.

If you are interested Douglas Reeman wrote of life on a W during WWII in his novel :The Destroyers". Very good read, as are all of his Douglas Reeman and Alexander Kent novels are
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Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 09:03 PM UTC
That is some really nice work.....Cheers Mark
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Posted: Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 07:12 PM UTC
Hi Ned,

Nice progress, like idea of building the bags up with PVA.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 05:11 PM UTC
I decided to fit the original ships whaler boat instead of using the more modern RIB and the modified boat crane.

This meant having to scratch build one as the Academy kit and Pontos supplied a RIB. Again what was I thinking???

Its not as good as the one "Blespooky" did which by the way is a very nice FFG build, so much better extra detail scratch built than mine.



I did use some of the parts from the Pontos RIB and the result is close enough to the original boat. I need to tidy up the trim around the top and the outside, colour is not quite "wood" enough and a bit sloppy with the brush.



I had to make 6 small bags that hold a rope each which is used to provide some basic support as the boat is lowered. Used Si's trick of rolling wire to make them straight then added a drop of PVA to each then another after they had started to set to form a small bag shape.

They will get painted and fitted.



Australian FFG's had one additional "Whip" antenna than the US version. The Pontos kit doesn't have enough so I've used 4 of the 5 brass antennas in the kit and used the original plastic antennas for the 2 that sit above the bridge.

I also wasn't that impressed with the PE version of the antenna base assembly support (they lower the whips when operating a helo) so I used the original molded ones and one of the PE versions to make up the 4.

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Posted: Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 04:44 PM UTC
Thanks Chuck, hope I'm doing it justice, they are a nice looking ship. HMAS Vampire, last of the big gun destroyers, its a museum ship in Sydney now. Would be a nice choice.

Thanks also Jan, very similar to the original US versions until later in their life where they changed a fair bit in an effort to extend their usefulness.
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Posted: Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 04:43 PM UTC

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Thanks guys, I dont know how you make more than one model, takes too long to get into the groove. This one will be it for me!!.





Hi Ned!

Well, I do hope you'll reconsider that: For your one and only build you're doing a cracking job!

TBH, as much as I take ages to build ships, it's kinda my only outlet to let off steam after a hard day at the office, so it's kinda addictive in a way...



Thanks Rus, too kind!! Still I think this might do, too many bits (says I who added over 250 PE parts voluntarily!!)
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Posted: Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 08:36 AM UTC
Hi Ned!

I could not agree more with what was already said here, yours is a fantastic build of an OHP. Now, I'm not so familiar with the Australian ones, but pretty familiar with the U.S. ones, and from all I can see I can say you are doing a fantastic job!!

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 03:40 AM UTC
I hope you reconsider as well. I have never seen anyone make a Perry any better than yours, and most not nearly as good.

I would hope you would consider making Vampire or Vendetta from a kit made right there in OZ.
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Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 08:55 PM UTC

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Thanks guys, I dont know how you make more than one model, takes too long to get into the groove. This one will be it for me!!.





Hi Ned!

Well, I do hope you'll reconsider that: For your one and only build you're doing a cracking job!

TBH, as much as I take ages to build ships, it's kinda my only outlet to let off steam after a hard day at the office, so it's kinda addictive in a way...
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Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 04:52 PM UTC
Thanks guys, I dont know how you make more than one model, takes too long to get into the groove. This one will be it for me!!.

Added the bollards starting at the focsle. I assembled the 3 piece PE then set them in position. It would have been easier I think to just dril the hole and assemble them in position. Id also fitted the Mk13 launcher (added a rail to the kit piece) and added the fwd Vertrep markings and launcher warning decals. Went on OK but lots a silvering which I'm not sure how to reduce just yet, maybe some careful touch ups. Oh yeah added anchor chain (kit chain was sus looking so I found a scale alternative) Should be stud-link technically but where do you stop!!







Added the fire hoses as well. Painted the bollards and looks OK.


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Posted: Sunday, December 09, 2018 - 11:48 PM UTC
Always good to see a RAN ship get built up Ned

Nice work blending the hull to the superstructure
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Posted: Sunday, December 09, 2018 - 08:47 PM UTC
Nice work Ned,

The superstructure looks the business in place, neat job painting the deck too.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Sunday, December 09, 2018 - 06:28 PM UTC
Thanks Si, getting close to running out of old pics of progress over the last few years and I'll have to hit the bench again to get it all together.

Anti-foul treatment on Oz ships is all black.



Added the boat deck.




Australian FFG's had additional ventilator stacks fitted on the focsle. Scratch built some simple ones out of rod.




Bridge and ladder fitted along with some AAC deck accessories



Started adding some 02 deck parts, stack, 76mm main gun, CIWS rounds locker, ventilation fans, aft RAS points and comms.

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Posted: Monday, December 03, 2018 - 08:47 PM UTC
Hi Ned,

Good choice on the mast, in this scale the kit mast masts if they are finely moulded enough do look better.

Nice to see the big bits coming together.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Monday, December 03, 2018 - 06:41 PM UTC
Thanks guys!

Got the deck prepped with a coat of the deck grey.



Maybe foolishly I painted the superstructure vertical surface prior to attaching to the deck as I wasn't confident of getting a good clean line if I painted it later.



Superstructure attached.



Some clean up and filling and sanding needed.




Touch up final coat.
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Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 12:31 AM UTC
Really enjoying your work on this one. Have the same Kit with Different P/E so watching this one with interest.....Cheers mark
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Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 09:37 PM UTC
That mast looks really good Ned
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Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 04:05 PM UTC
Main mast, didn't use the flat Pontos PE struts, decided the kit parts were more realistic.



After paint, left the top section off to avoid breakage until final assembly.



Flag deck lockers, Satcom dishes and artificial horizon for the flightdeck.





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Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 03:34 PM UTC

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Hi Ned,

Just picked up on this build.

Great work so far, the upgrade looks well up to Pontos' usually complete standard.

will be following along for the ride.

Cheers



Si



Thanks Si, yes Pontos does a nice job.
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Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 03:33 PM UTC
Thanks Dave, yep it really adds depth (and man hours!!)
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Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 03:32 PM UTC

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Motoring along nicely Ned!

Nice detail on the "dish"



Thanks Russell, false work-rate though, a lot of this is old work freshly posted.
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Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 07:44 PM UTC
Hi Ned,

Just picked up on this build.

Great work so far, the upgrade looks well up to Pontos' usually complete standard.

will be following along for the ride.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 03:40 AM UTC
Ned,

Just catching up on this post. Amazing work with the PE and details. The Pontos set definitely sets this apart!

Dave
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Posted: Monday, November 19, 2018 - 09:22 PM UTC
Motoring along nicely Ned!

Nice detail on the "dish"
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Posted: Monday, November 19, 2018 - 10:41 AM UTC
You get a nice PE flight deck and hanger with tie down points and RAST detail.



Sprayed the Port side only as I planned to have the hanger door rolled up. Needed to file some of the brass away so I could get a decent fit when the superstructure goes on.


Forward superstructure and spray shields, there's PE replacements for the support columns but I stayed with the molded kit after a clean up as it was close to the original post.


All together with a strut to help with the alignment



I'm not too sure the PE top deck adds much value and it did prove to be a lot of work to clean up the fit around the edge where it meets the plastic. Everything lines up perfectly, its just a lot of risky work to get such a large surface area glued down and sitting flat.

I did have to remove a small PE section aft of the bridge that I didn't line up but I don't think its an issue.



Needed to modify the kit STIR director. Took the dish off and made a new cabinet enclosure.






The PE parts were OK.