first result from the first salt technique.
closer view, so far.
closer view, so far.
Reminds me - Plasmo modelled the Roma:
On the EBoat the Armoured Citadel is the wheel house, I believe the chart room is aft of the bridge.Yes, a light grey seems the obvious choice, light would be minimal at night as the top is open to the sky, that brass door probably leads into the enclosed chart room, that could be blacked out the moment the door is open, like a FV432.
THE props and rudders fitted, now I can work topside.
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the trial fit of the bridge to the hull shows up gaps that will need pressure to close them.
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a sprung tweezer closing the gap while it dries.
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Any chance of you digging out the EBoat and putting up some photos of her, any photos of you Dads one ?The classic German "Schnell Boat" (hence S-Boat), beautiful design, purposeful & fast, being triple screw it was! I've loved this boat since as a child, the main reason being that my Dad built a balsa 1/32nd scale model from scratch using marine plans. It used to sit on the upstair landing window sill, I walked past it everytime I went up/down the stairs, my Dad did a top job on it, beautifully detailed & would tell my brother & me all about it, what it was etc. He built it mid 70's & said one day he'd put R/C gear in it & sail it, R/C was very expensive back then & out of reach of my Dads budget in those days.
Sadly during the late 80's they had a fire upstairs & it got badly fire damaged, however he managed to save the hull & kept it. Many years later mid 90's when R/C gear became more accessible & finances improved/disposable income for hobbies, he rebuilt it & added R/C gear. He re-did it as a later 43/44 super structure with the enclosed torpedo tubes, armoured cabin & sailed it & I did too! It was fantastic, sailed really well & fast, the hull design was indeed spot-on ! Ran it regular for about 10 years down the local boat lake, it always made me smile watching it & having a go myself! Then it eventually got retired & replaced by other boats, my Dad built & sailed a lot of R/C boats!
One day I went round to see him & he announced he'd had a clear out of old boats, one of which was the S-Boat, put them in pile in the garden, lighter fuel & a match, up she went viking style!
A piece of me died that day, I chuckled with him at the time when he told me, but secretly I was quite sad about it. I think he knew, because he said it was a fitting end to her, she'd already survived one fire, been sailed many times & was worn out.
Well a few years later I picked up a 1/35th scale GRP hull & plans for one, scratch built a 1939 version, fitted R/C gear, twin screw (like my Dads) & got it all working ship shape & bristol fashion & proudly took it down the boating lake. Put it in the water & .........................nothing! dead in the water! lifted it out & put in on the table everything worked, props spun, rudders etc, put it back the water, f@ck all happening! Something was wrong, props stalling, wrong motor size? no idea, never did sus it.
Life stuff got in the way & R/C model boats got shelved & I've not sailed any for a long, long time. My S-boat is still sat in the shed gathering dust, hasn't seen the light of day since atleast 2006. One day, maybe i'll dig it out & have another go, maybe.
I will try & dig it out of the shed sometime & post some piccies, preferably whilst the misses is not around before she starts nagging! It wasn't a highly detailed model, more stand off scale, looks right on the water kind of thing & I know it has sustained a bit of minor damage/ dust & dirt in storage, so it won't be great.Any chance of you digging out the EBoat and putting up some photos of her, any photos of you Dads one ?
Question. How the hell would they have reloaded those tubes at sea in a small, heaving boat? Surely it would be quicker to dash home, have a cuppa while the shore team did it?There are two torpedos on deck, ready rounds in effect, with two already loaded in the tubes, ready to launch at short notice. So the two on deck can be seen......
Oh, I've no doubt. But it looks to me to be how they did it.I've watched weapons being brought onboard, then moved/loaded in the 'Bomb Shop' on a boat. It ain't an easy or quick evolution. Do you know how heavy a torpedo is?!
That would make a great restoration project, especially as it has such a family connection for you, get it up and we'll all pitch in with help and advice, the combined knowledge of Arsse and all that, it'd look nice in a glass case with some extra detailing. But you may have to clamp down the deck and fix that split in the hull first.I will try & dig it out of the shed sometime & post some piccies,
Big as the S boats were, the ready to load torpedo would take a while to load, surely, so shoot and scoot, lay off in slack water and reload for the second attack if needed?Question. How the hell would they have reloaded those tubes at sea in a small, heaving boat? Surely it would be quicker to dash home, have a cuppa while the shore team did it?