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  1. Hello, again! I've finished painting the storage & ready-use lockers using the boat's camo scheme. Also, I had mentioned earlier that I received some information from a naval museum. The good news is that I received the information I needed about the boat's bridge. There are not a lot of photos of this part of the boat, so the naval museum's help was much appreciated. The bad news is, I ended up throwing out my original first attempt at making the bridge. I tried to use just photographs as a guide, but as it turned out, I made some dimensional & detail errors relative to the actual boat design. I've completely remade the bridge assembly, using the new information I received, from plastic sheet & stretched sprue (door hinges & handles). I'm really happy how it turned out (before paint), as it's now dimensionally correct. The overall size is approximately 1-1/4" square. I've also scratch built the boat's wheel from paper card & stretched plastic sprue. That's it for now. Next up, I'll be painting the bridge parts before assembly, & start work on the smaller details around the boat. Thanks for looking.
  2. I've reserved my seat for the finale.
  3. Wow, thanks Steve. Those tiny parts weren't made for big fingers. It took a lot of trial & error to get them assembled & painted. The detail provided in the Coastal Craft kit (e.g. the gun sight) is amazing for this scale. Here's a photo of the actual gun.
  4. Thanks Silenoz. Your comments are much appreciated.
  5. Thanks again Steve, for looking in. I've taken a break from the little deck boxes & have been working on assembling the Coastal Craft twin 20mm Oerlikon guns. Again, like the torpedo tubes, the detail is amazing for the small size. The quality of the resin parts wasn't quite as good as the torpedo tubes, but with a little work the guns came out pretty good. Here's a pic of the finished guns; Even though the gun & PE parts provided a lot of detail, I decided to add a few scratch built add-ons. This included repairing the resin gun sight damaged in the box, and making a replacement bracket that decided to go AWOL. I made replacement shoulder rests, as I felt the kit PE part was too big. I also made a box to attach to the gun pedestal using an original photo as a guide. I'm guessing the box holds an intercom speaker for the gun crew. The Coastal Craft kit includes railing stanchions & splinter pads and the gun bandstand. I needed to repair a couple of stanchion mounting holes in the bandstand that appeared to be incorrectly cast in the resin part. The kit instructions requests the modeller supply plastic rod for the bandstand railing. I used stretched sprue instead. I used wine bottle foil to simulate the cloth straps used to hang the actual splinter pads from the railing. Next the gun & bandstand assembly was test fit on the boat. I'm really happy with how the Oerlikon gun mount looks. Even my little RCN sailor looks like he's anxious to have a good look at the guns. Well, it's back to finishing the little deck ammunition & storage boxes. Thanks for looking.
  6. Hi again, everyone. I've been working away at building the various lockers located on the MTB's deck. Looking at WWII photos of the boats, I found the boats built early in the war had more deck lockers than the later (1944) version I'm building. Again, I couldn't find a lot of information, so I built the lockers using a little modeller's license, dimensioning the parts from the WWII photos. Here are the lockers as-built, before paint; ... and a few photos showing these lockers placed on the deck. Next up, I'll get these little things painted before continuing the rest of the build. Thanks for looking.
  7. Thanks again, Steve. IMHO, the sleek BPB MGB/MTB was one of the best looking designs. The actual boats did have steering issues & didn't like rough seas, but they did look fast even standing still. There's still a lot of work to do, but seeing how the boat is coming is coming together is keeping me motivated. The naval museum has mailed me their information about these boats, so I don't want to get too far ahead in the event I'll need to make changes once I receive their package.
  8. Hi again everyone. Progress has been slow over the past week as we've had unbelievable great weather - sunshine & Spring-like warm temperatures. I have been able to spend a little time at the modelling bench to complete the torpedo tubes. I continue to be impressed with the Coastal Craft parts. The tubes are tricolour - white underneath, grey midsection & B-15 on top. The PE handles are really small, but add nice detail. Here's a pic of the finished torpedo tube assembly, including the PE .303 Vickers gun platforms; The torpedo tubes are solid resin with about a .1" recess at the tube opening. I made .1" long torpedoes from 1/4" plastic rod, and painted them gloss black before glueing them in the tube openings. Here's a pic of the right (starboard for you sailors ) side profile of the boat showing the progress to date. Looks like we're heading back to winter weather, so hopefully I can spend some quality in-door time with this build. Thanks for looking.
  9. Yes! Here's a pic.
  10. Very nice! Looks very realistic.
  11. Thank you for you kind comments.
  12. Good to hear, Steve. I've always liked the Airfix kits. I still can't find detailed information for a few things I want to add to my boat. So, I contacted one of our naval museums here in Canada and, luckily, they found some of the information I need in their archives. They're sending me copies of their documents and I can't wait to start incorporating what they found in this build.
  13. I've been prepping the Coastal Craft torpedo tubes for paint. Overall, I'm happy with the quality of these parts. The PE parts are very small, but well detailed. I found one small blow hole in the resin of one of the tubes, but it was easily fixed with some putty. The tubes & PE fit nicely with my scratch built tube rails. Here's a couple of photos taken during the test fit. She's looking like a torpedo boat. Next, I'll be adding paint to the tubes & scratch build the torpedos.
  14. The vents, hatch covers & breakwater have been glued to the deck. I'm currently working on assembling the Coastal Craft torpedo tubes. Hopefully, I'll have another update soon showing the completed tubes.
  15. Be careful with the gluing. The new antenna looks great. I ended up doing something similar on my 1/48 VF-74 build. The kit antenna was too short, so I made one out of a PE sprue too.