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geoffersh

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I have decided to take up modelling again after an absence of just over twenty years. Back then I made scratch built 1/96 scale warships for radio control, which were all sold about 8 years ago now.

They included aircraft carrier HMS Victorious, just over eight feet long which ran on a 12 volt car battery. It had  20 (Voight Corsairs) 1/100 scale aircraft parked on the flight deck, which were actually small diecast models I picked up from e-bay.

The Victorious spent the latter time of her war years on loan to the US Navy under the name of USS Robin and flew Corsair aircraft during that period. After the war she was returned to the Royal Navy and had several refits and during the early sixties she was lengthened and fitted with an angle deck. Sadly she caught fire in the latter part of that decade and was finally scrapped in 1968/69. She was one of six Illustrious class carriers, completed in 1941.

Other ships I have built in the past was a 1/96 scale model of the HMS Iron Duke, a WW1 Battleship, and a 1/48 scale Ton Class Minesweeper I also built a Robbe Kit of a Type V11C German U-Boat, which actually dived, this model was just under six feet long.

Anyway, I had lots of pleasure building them as well as sailing them, but eventually they all sold and went to good homes, where they may still be sailing still even today.

Unfortunately, due to health problems, I am unable to pursue such large scale modelling like I used to, but have decided to take up building plastic model aircraft kits. A bit of a come down from my earlier modelling years, but something that I can handle much easier. My passion is for WW2 aircraft in scales of 1/48 and 1/32 and so far I am collecting a few kits and materials etc in order to get me started. Kits to build.

Airfix    Spitfire Mk IIa 1/32
Revell   Mosquito Mk 1V 1/32
Revell   Junkers 88 1/48
Revell   Bristol Beaufighter 1/32

I am now 73 years old, so I haven't as much time left as I had twenty years ago, but what time I have got left, I hope I can enjoy modelling again, even if my models won't as big as what I am used to building.
I hail from just north of Birmingham and it was watching Bobby's build of his 1/48 scale Revell Junkers 88A, that got me interested again in modelling, now I have more spare time on my hands.

Sorry to have waffled on a bit but here I am almost ready to start building again.


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welcome Geoff 

look forward to seeing your work, and if you have any photos of your ships I'm sure we would all love to see them.

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Welcome! Any help you need, or questions answered, we will do our best to provide what we can. There have been a lot of improvements in available materials to work with as well as an extended knowledge base that we share without reservation. We can help you build anything here and will be very happy to do so.  [smile]

Let the fun begin!
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Welcome! Waffle all you want. Nice to know what modelers do and have done in the past!
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Thank you guys for the warm welcome. Unfortunately all the photos I have of my past models are buried on the hard drive of an old defunct Windows XP computer that is buried somewhere in my loft where it has been gathering dust for the past ten years or so.
Before I actually get down to modeling again, I need to give my workshop a bit of a sort out first, as it has not been used for that purpose for a while. I also need to get some decent lighting set up and install a decent  extractor fan set up for air brushing, as I will be using that method for painting my models. One thing, I am not short of modeling tools, but need to get some decent paints and other such goodies. I am thinking of using acrylics rather than solvent based paint, because of my health and I rather seem to like those Vallejo paints that Bobby seems to favor. But enamels and the like, I will be avoiding. 

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Just a few of the photos  I took about ten years ago of my scratchbuilt Aircraft Carrier HMS Victorious at a local model boating lake not too far from where I live. I sometimes wish I had never sold the Vic, as it was my best model and took me four years to complete. The hull was constructed the same way as Bobby's Victory build, using wood templates drawn from the eight sheets of plans I manage to buy from the Maritime Museum at a cost of £60 back then. It was a trick build getting the hull right and the flight deck was built with a single sheet of 3/32nd marine ply, with the center 6ft section being removable to add weight for ballast (about 4ibs of lead) plus the 12 volt car battery. It was impossible to lift it with all that on board, so the ballast and battery was loaded when in the water, before sailing it. It had three propellers, the centre one of five blades and the two outer props of 3 blades. It could reach a scale speed of almost thirty knots and could be steered with the rudder amidships and using the outer props, by forwarding and reversing.

I will try and dig some more pictures of my other ships but it's trying to find where I have put them all. Anyway enjoy what I have posted so far.
Geoff.





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Wow! Geoff that is fantastic, truly stunning
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Here is some picture of my 1/48 scale Minesweeper HMS Iveston. This was also scratch built from plans and took 2 years to build.




The last ship I was working on but not complete was the 1st WW Battleship HMS Iron Duke, again build using wooden frame templates, then double planked with strip wood. After that the whole surface was covered with car body filler then sanded and aluminium from drink cans were cut to represent plating, riveted using a scale riveting tool, portholes were positioned and drilled out and any other hull attachments, before painting the hull.

Here is the Iron Duke under construction.




Note the plating made from aluminium from drink cans.



Iron Duke's Props



Finally, Iron Duke undergoing sea trials, but still more work to do.



I hope you have all enjoyed seeing some of the modelling I did in the past. Not so grand these days I'm afraid and I am going into new territory with scale model aircraft, but now my health is not as good as it was, I don't think I could handle such big stuff these days.
Enjoy
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Wow, those really put them In scale!
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OMG! fantastic! great build and finish work. Thanks for sharing!
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Thank you guys for the warm welcome. Unfortunately all the photos I have of my past models are buried on the hard drive of an old defunct Windows XP computer that is buried somewhere in my loft where it has been gathering dust for the past ten years or so.
Before I actually get down to modeling again, I need to give my workshop a bit of a sort out first, as it has not been used for that purpose for a while. I also need to get some decent lighting set up and install a decent  extractor fan set up for air brushing, as I will be using that method for painting my models. One thing, I am not short of modeling tools, but need to get some decent paints and other such goodies. I am thinking of using acrylics rather than solvent based paint, because of my health and I rather seem to like those Vallejo paints that Bobby seems to favor. But enamels and the like, I will be avoiding. 


Good plan. I use mostly acrylics myself. Much easier to deal with and you can do most of what you want without using oils [IMHO]. There are always pigments and such to emulate stains, rust, shadows, etc. Washes and so forth also.

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That is fantastic, Geoff! Looks like you won't have to use much time getting your skills back in shape.
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Thank you Ted. I spent over thirty years building model ships, but as an ex Royal Navy engineer, in my younger days, ships were my passion and still are, but I thought I would have a change of subject and I just love the old war planes. I have also got a plastic 1/400 scale model of the Titanic which I managed to pick up at the 100th Aniversary of its sinking, which I have had for quite a few years, but never got round to starting it. So I might have a go at that sometime in the near future. You could say its part of my stash. lol.

Geoff

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WOW !
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Geoff

Hi namesake. Likewise I have just started modelling again after 25 years. My interest is military vehicles
AFVs and softskins. Although I've built five models so far after the last two and a half months, they are
all in various stages of painting.
I'm a bit taken aback by the development in modelling in the last 25 years with after marketing products
in the way of accessories etc. now available, I'm used to making my own.

Geoff
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