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  1. Thanks Hajo! It was a fun build.
  2. Here’s my scratch built 1/72 scale model of Royal Canadian Navy Type ‘G’ Motor Torpedo Boat 486, serving with the 29th MTB Flotilla during World War II. History: The Type ‘G’ MTB’s were built by the British Power Boat Co. at the BPB Hythe, Southampton boat yard. Originally, eight Type ‘G’ MTB’s were assigned to the Royal Canadian Navy 29th MTB Flotilla. Three additional boats were later added to the flotilla to replace MTB’s either damaged or sunk. The 29th Flotilla had a short & distinguished history in the English Channel, including action during the D Day invasion. The flotilla was formed in March, 1944 and disbanded shortly after five Canadian boats were sunk & 26 sailors were killed, by fire & explosion at Ostend, Belgium, on February 14, 1945. MTB 486 survived the war & is the only known RCN MTB to survive into the 21st century (as the civilian houseboat 'Sungo'). Research: Unfortunately, after researching a number of books and searching the Internet, I couldn't find enough details about any one 29th Flotilla MTB to accurately build a complete boat. So, I built this model using information & photos for a number of different 29th Flotilla boats, as well as RN Coastal Forces BPB MTB's. Collectively, I was able to compile enough detailed information to complete this model. Since the model includes features from a number of different RCN BPB MTB's, I picked the Flotilla's senior officer's boat hull number (486) for this model to represent all the boats that I used for reference. Scratch Building: I carved the model’s hull from a 4X4 inch cedar fence post. The superstructure and deck details were made using plastic sheet, balsawood, stretched plastic sprue, paper card stock, wood cotton swab sticks, & additional bits & pieces from around the house. Weapons include a 6-pounder forward gun, twin Oerlikon guns on the stern, and two 18” torpedo tubes, all assembled from Coastal Craft resin & PE model kits, plus twin .303 Vickers machine guns mounted on the torpedo tubes made using a Great Little Ships resin and PE kit. I chose an early Royal Navy Coastal Forces paint scheme for the model with a light grey and white wave hull design, and a B15 dark grey-blue deck. The complete build thread can be found at http://www.arcforums.com/forums/air/index.php?/topic/295669-172-rcn-british-power-boat-co-motor-torpedo-boat/ And finally the model put to bed in its display case, with a photo of the RCN 29th Flotilla as a backdrop ...
  3. Thanks guys! Well, I'm calling this build complete. I still have to paint a few crew members, but I've conscripted a couple of sailors from the Fairmile build for display purposes. The wood display base is 7" X 18"", finished with two coats of maple stain (it's a Canadian boat, you know ), and five coats of semi-gloss clear Varathane. The nameplate was made using PowerPoint, and printed on glossy photo paper. I'm using an old plexiglass display case/dust cover I made for a build back in the early '80's. That model has been long gone. The case is 5" X 16" X 7" high. The photo of the MTB flotilla was attached to the back of the case using a glue stick. I found out the photo was actually of the RCN 29th MTB Flotilla - a nice touch. I've appreciated everyone who has followed and/or offered comments during this build. Thank you!
  4. I'm in the final planning stages for displaying the MTB model. I'm going to use an old plexiglass 5 sided case, from another model, for a dust cover. I've made the wood base to fit both this model & the dust cover. The base is stained & clear coated, and I'm waiting for it to dry. To add a little more interest to the MTB display, I'm thinking of using a photo of the actual MTB's as a backdrop to the model. This would be similar to what I did for my F-14B display. There, I enlarged a photo I took of F-14's in an NAS Oceana hanger for the backdrop, as shown below; During my MTB research on the Internet, I found a colour photo of a BPB MTB flotilla. I've enlarged the photo to fit my plastic case. Here's a couple of photos showing what it will look like as the backdrop; ... and cropped as it would look in the display case; I like it, but I'd be interested in your thoughts. What do you think? Thanks!
  5. Thanks for following along Hajo.
  6. Rutan Voyager, A-model, 1/72

    Another unique build. It's coming along nicely.
  7. S-125 AA defence, Gran, 1/72

    Looks great! I like that you have picked models for your builds that are different than most.
  8. I took a break from sanding a wood display base for the model, and had a little fun with Photoshop. After my Fairmile D build was finished a number of years ago, I put that boat in virtual water. So, I thought I'd do the same with this build.
  9. Grayhams Corvette.

    Here's the link to the photos - http://www.aircraftresourcecenter.com/Gal15/14401-14500/gal14465-Corvette-Symmonds/00.shtm I couldn't find a build thread either.
  10. Thanks Slartibartfast & Silenoz, for your comments. Much appreciated.
  11. Hello again! I've just completed the rigging & aerials to finish off the boat. The flag lanyards were made from beige thread, the mast rigging/guy wires from grey plastic sprue, & the radio aerials from black plastic sprue. Here are a few photos showing the rigging & aerials; From the starboard side: From the bow: From the top: And from the stern: Next up, I need to make a display stand & paint some sailors to man the boat. It's hard to believe a year has passed since I started this project. It's been a lot of fun researching the history & design of these boats, and progressing on the build - taking a cedar fence post from ... ... here ... to where she is today. Thanks again for looking in. I'll be back when the display stand & crew are completed.
  12. A-7E Corsair II - Hasegawa 1/48

    Nice work on the IP. Looks great!
  13. We're entering the final leg of this build. With exception of the two masts, all the sub-assemblies and bits & pieces have been glued in place. It's really nice to see this model in it's final configuration. Here's how she looks; Next, the flag lanyards, white ensign flag, radio aerials, and mast rigging need to be made. Then the masts will be glued in place & the lanyards, aerials & rigging will be added. This will complete the boat. The final step will be to make a display stand, & paint & mount some crew members. Still a little work to do. Thanks for looking in.
  14. The scratch built details are finished. I just completed the last one - the Oerlikon's spent cartridge bag. I made the bag from cloth remnants left over from making the canvas covers on the bridge & flag locker. The cloth gives the bag some texture. Here are a couple of pic's; And, the finished Oerlikon sitting on the deck ... with an addition. Now, it's finally time to finish the overall assembly. Thanks for stopping by.
  15. Thanks Hajo! I'm just finishing the Oerlikon's spent cartridge bag. That should be last of the little details (until it's time to add the rigging). Just have to glue the remaining parts to the deck & add the rigging. Inching closer to completion.