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 Subject: Escort Trawler

Smallworld opened this issue on Mar 16, 2010 · 66 posts

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  Smallworld    ( ) ( posted at 9:14PM Tue, 16 March 2010 


Hi all,
I'm still struggling with the destroyer a bit so decided to have a go at something a bit smaller to get my eye in with a ship. At the start of WW2 the royal navy were desperatly stuck for escort vessels and built a class of armed trawlers based on deep sea fishing hulls. They were even smaller than the Flower class corvettes at only 160ft long. In the early years they actually did atlantic convoys, although they were replaced at this. I started this off tonight and have about five hours done so far.

Brian

Fortitudine Vincimus - "by endurance we conquer."


  Smallworld    ( ) ( posted at 9:15PM Tue, 16 March 2010  · @3617176


Rear view. My refs are pretty basic so its not the last word in accuracy!

Brian

Fortitudine Vincimus - "by endurance we conquer."


  EHNisja    ( ) ( posted at 9:39PM Tue, 16 March 2010 · edited on 9:42PM Tue, 16 March 2010 · @3617187

Attached Link: http://www.lanevictory.org/laneVspecs.php

Great start on this one Brian.   I'm sure that they were a welcome sight to the men on the Victory ships. Well over 500 were made.

I must not fear.
Fear is the mind killer.

Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past, I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
When the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain. 

 Frank Herbert, author of Dune


  Smallworld    ( ) ( posted at 9:49PM Tue, 16 March 2010  · @3617194

Thanks a million for the link, I didn't  know that there were any of these transports still in existance, never mind still going to sea. What a brilliant piece of living history to have preserved. The predessor of this class, the Liberty ships were turned out in huge numbers. I seem to remember that one was built in a record time of one week!
This is what I'm more or less aiming at:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isles_class_trawler 

Brian

Fortitudine Vincimus - "by endurance we conquer."


  tom271    ( ) ( posted at 10:28PM Tue, 16 March 2010  · @3617224

beautiful shaped hull....



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  EHNisja    ( ) ( posted at 11:12PM Tue, 16 March 2010  · @3617245

The Liberty class had a very bad design flaw, in rough sea they would break in half! Something like 2,450 of the were made. Without them though, the British would have starved to death.

I must not fear.
Fear is the mind killer.

Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past, I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
When the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain. 

 Frank Herbert, author of Dune


  UVDan    ( ) ( posted at 1:24AM Wed, 17 March 2010  · @3617297

Wooohooo!  You are a modeling Jedi Master.  We need some of these for ships passing off the coast of Somalia.

Free men do not ask permission to bear arms!!


  follettr    ( ) ( posted at 3:06AM Wed, 17 March 2010  · @3617328

The hull looks very smooth... Loft command?

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  GregerE    ( ) ( posted at 4:03AM Wed, 17 March 2010  · @3617337

 Beautiful model. Smooth :)

Greger

  Smallworld    ( ) ( posted at 8:23AM Wed, 17 March 2010  · @3617409


Thanks guys! Yes indeed, the hull is a loft. I built the middle cross section curve first, then copied this and altered it to get close to the shape I wanted. This included rotating through 90 in plan view to get the ends done at the same time. To round out the stern I had to put in an extra curve. Then I "loose" lofted over the curves, with "record history" on. This allows you to alter the shape of the surface later by altering the section curves, rather than using the control points on the surface. Doing this it was easy to massage the hull into shape without introducing bulges. I had to do a tiny bit of point pulling at the back to make sure there was no crease, but thats about it. Here is a shot of the curves.

Brian

Fortitudine Vincimus - "by endurance we conquer."


  Smallworld    ( ) ( posted at 8:24AM Wed, 17 March 2010  · @3617410


Here is a screen shot of the loft.

Brian

Fortitudine Vincimus - "by endurance we conquer."


  DENCOUCH    ( ) ( posted at 8:44AM Wed, 17 March 2010  · @3617430

Nice looking freighter smallworld, she is turning out to be a very clean model.

BTW   Happy St. Patricks day to you.


  Smallworld    ( ) ( posted at 8:47AM Wed, 17 March 2010  · @3617433


Using the same basic technique I built the ships boat this morning. Same deal exactly with the curves and the history. I put a bit of time into the details as this will be a focal point later.

Brian

Fortitudine Vincimus - "by endurance we conquer."


  tom271    ( ) ( posted at 8:56AM Wed, 17 March 2010  · @3617442

lovely lifeboat....  



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  GregerE    ( ) ( posted at 9:30AM Wed, 17 March 2010  · @3617456

 Marvelous shapes. Boat hulls are one of the most beautiful shapes around.
Thnx for the tip on record history. I'll start using it. :)

Greger

  Smallworld    ( ) ( posted at 9:36AM Wed, 17 March 2010  · @3617462

Record History makes a huge difference for editing lofts, glad I could help. Thanks Tom and Dencouch, glad you like it.

Brian

Fortitudine Vincimus - "by endurance we conquer."


  Smallworld    ( ) ( posted at 11:25AM Wed, 17 March 2010  · @3617508


Here is the boat finished, davits and all. These are really clever things, I never appreciated how they worked before.

Brian

Fortitudine Vincimus - "by endurance we conquer."


  Smallworld    ( ) ( posted at 11:26AM Wed, 17 March 2010  · @3617512


And installed. I had to rebuild the boat deck to get the falls near enough the deck edge to work.

Brian

Fortitudine Vincimus - "by endurance we conquer."


  tom271    ( ) ( posted at 2:22PM Wed, 17 March 2010  · @3617596

You make it look so yummy.... and easy...



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  Smallworld    ( ) ( posted at 3:12PM Wed, 17 March 2010  · @3617621

Thanks Tom! I'm really enjoying the ride on this so far, its nice to get lost in a model again. I always find that things are easier when you are having fun.

Brian

Fortitudine Vincimus - "by endurance we conquer."


  tom271    ( ) ( posted at 3:39PM Wed, 17 March 2010  · @3617629

Absolutely......  



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  Smallworld    ( ) ( posted at 5:02PM Sun, 21 March 2010  · @3619610


Been working away on the details. A fair bit of this is guess work, but I'm happy with progress. This is the deck gun, a 3in or 12 pounder.

Brian

Fortitudine Vincimus - "by endurance we conquer."


  Smallworld    ( ) ( posted at 5:04PM Sun, 21 March 2010  · @3619611


The quarter deck area with winch, depth charge rails, cranes and two mine sweeping paravanes.

Brian

Fortitudine Vincimus - "by endurance we conquer."


  Smallworld    ( ) ( posted at 5:07PM Sun, 21 March 2010  · @3619616


I also finished off the hull, which was pretty tough. I had to build the rib that supports the prop shaft as a seperate part, and then blend it into the hull. I ended up doing this with a two rail sweep as the auto blend wasn't giving me the fair shape I needed. Then I did the prop and rudder to finish off.

Brian

Fortitudine Vincimus - "by endurance we conquer."


  GregerE    ( ) ( posted at 9:56PM Sun, 21 March 2010  · @3619716

Superb modeling. It's so good to see your modeling skills again.

Greger

  UVDan    ( ) ( posted at 1:56AM Mon, 22 March 2010  · @3619782

I love it!

Free men do not ask permission to bear arms!!


  tom271    ( ) ( posted at 2:22AM Mon, 22 March 2010  · @3619787

Sweet...  



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  Smallworld    ( ) ( posted at 4:00AM Mon, 22 March 2010  · @3619805

Thanks fellas! I'm really enjoying being back modelling, I've been too long away from it. Hopefully get some more done tonight.

Brian

Fortitudine Vincimus - "by endurance we conquer."


  Smallworld    ( ) ( posted at 5:13PM Mon, 22 March 2010  · @3620109


Tonights instalment, the anti aircraft guns. This took all evening, which is a lot longer than expected so nothing else done yet.

Brian

Fortitudine Vincimus - "by endurance we conquer."


  tom271    ( ) ( posted at 5:40PM Mon, 22 March 2010  · @3620122

did you have images to help out model this gun?..   good job on this...



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  Smallworld    ( ) ( posted at 5:07AM Tue, 23 March 2010 · edited on 5:10AM Tue, 23 March 2010 · @3620291

Hi Tom, I used this site pics as a reference. Its a very good site about PT boats, lots of little nuggets here.

http://www.pt103.com/PT_Boat_Components_Oerlikon_20mm.html

Brian

Fortitudine Vincimus - "by endurance we conquer."


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