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TimReynaga
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Posted: Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 03:51 PM UTC
The LCM was waiting for me on the porch when I got home from work today!


Tearing open the package after dinner, I was impressed with the quality of this little molding. The weld seams on the interior bulkhead shown here, for example. Nice.

Assembly is so simple I’m going to try something different this time; having cancelled travel plans with the wife this weekend because of the COVID-19 virus pandemic, I think I’ll stay in and see if I can polish this off before Monday!

The first assembly was the open interior “box”...


then the deck and hull...


...and then fitting them together.


I’m already halfway done!

Have to work tomorrow, but after that I have all weekend...

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Posted: Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 05:50 PM UTC
Tim,
Thanks for your comments. That little LCM kit does have some nice detailed molding. You're already making good progress. I'm eager to see you work your magic on it.
John
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Posted: Friday, March 13, 2020 - 10:43 AM UTC
The LCM looks like a nice little kit Tim,

Nice progress.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 04:53 AM UTC
Thanks guys!

Major assembly of the LCM was completed last night, so today I’ll install the smaller fittings and be ready to paint this evening!

The propulsion gear, vents, and other parts (like these tiny bitts) are petite and sharp. This kit is a pleasure to work with!
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Posted: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 06:06 AM UTC
Tim,
Looking good, you picked a sweet kit and are making it look good as you usually do. Pacific or Atlantic theater?
I'm jealous, planned on hunkering down this weekend due to COVID 19. The preparations at work (Healthcare) were a killer this past week and then it hit the fan Friday. Speaking of fans, my furnace went out Friday morning so I'll spend today working on that instead of a model.
Take care,
Don "Lakota"
TimReynaga
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Posted: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 09:29 AM UTC

Quoted Text

Tim,
Looking good, you picked a sweet kit and are making it look good as you usually do. Pacific or Atlantic theater?
I'm jealous, planned on hunkering down this weekend due to COVID 19. The preparations at work (Healthcare) were a killer this past week and then it hit the fan Friday. Speaking of fans, my furnace went out Friday morning so I'll spend today working on that instead of a model.
Take care,
Don "Lakota"



Hi Don,

Thanks! Raining here in sunny California today, so I have a good excuse to stay in and build (after I take the wife to the theater see "Emma", that is). Otherwise free! I plan to do this one up as a USN Navy Blue (5-N) Pacific theater boat.
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Posted: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 09:35 AM UTC
Bit more progress on the Severn.

The hull and the deck base coated.



The lower hull masked.



and sprayed.



Being a little lazy, I used an acrylic car paint in a rattle can,

The masking off.



The bow thruster fitted.



Screws fitted and detail going on the stern.



The stern detail from the other way up, and the deck fitted.



The build so far.



More soon.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 09:45 AM UTC
Lookin' good Si. I like those bow thrusters!
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Posted: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 03:56 PM UTC

Ok, fast forward – all but a few of the fittings are installed and I’ve started to paint, beginning with the .50 cal machine guns.



These are nicely done and there are even two extras, one set of guns molded with the pedestals and two guns with the two-part pedestals separately molded. Cool.


I opted for the separate pedestals which are slightly sharper.
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Posted: Sunday, March 15, 2020 - 08:34 AM UTC
Ok with all the busy people here its time for me to join the fray. Today I started with my kit; I bought a small wooden base from the carpenter and started to fit the brass sockets with the wooden base and the boat:


This is how it looks at the very beginning. The wooden base will get a mahogany stain next. The plate was bought from Sagitta Modellbau after I did obtained the kit.


Cheers and stay healthy all
TimReynaga
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Posted: Sunday, March 15, 2020 - 03:40 PM UTC
Thomas,

That torpedo boat is gonna look great on that cool base. I'll be watching this build with interest!
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Posted: Sunday, March 15, 2020 - 03:41 PM UTC

With the rest of the fittings attached, a quick coat of paint and decals slapped on, the 1/144 scale LCM(3) is complete!


Trumpeter included markings for both a dark blue Pacific LCM and a D-Day boat in grey. I airbrushed the model Navy Blue 5-N for the Pacific boat, but I overdid the light grey streaks added for weathering so much that it ended up looking grey. Rather than redo things, I just went with it and added more grey and used the D-Day markings.



The only changes I made to the kit were to add a sheet plastic door and handle (the doors weren’t flush-mounted as Trumpeter depicts) and semicircular mounts for the life rings.





And done!
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Posted: Monday, March 16, 2020 - 12:01 AM UTC
Tim.

Nice finish.

Mark
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Posted: Monday, March 16, 2020 - 08:20 AM UTC
A lot of really good builds here.
I like the Severn Class. Never seen one built. Has a much shorter and wider hull than I thought.

Tim, your pair of LCM's are really nice. Would never have guessed at the scale!


I may join in with this one. Will have a look in my stash and see what fits the bill.
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Posted: Monday, March 16, 2020 - 10:09 AM UTC

Quoted Text

Tim.

Nice finish.

Mark



Hi Tim,

What Mark said,

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Monday, March 16, 2020 - 10:14 AM UTC

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A lot of really good builds here.
I like the Severn Class. Never seen one built. Has a much shorter and wider hull than I thought.





The kit does have a bit of a bad rep, but I reckon with care she can be handled.

They are bit stubby, but that gives them the stability and sea-keeping qualities they need to be fast all weather rescue craft.

I was down in Dover, my old home town on Sunday, not the nicest day, but took a walk down to the moorings, so here is the real thing.







Cheers

Si
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Posted: Monday, March 16, 2020 - 11:03 AM UTC
Thanks Si,

I've never seen one in the flesh yet. Most Lifeboats I've seen have been RIBS and the Hovercraft at Burnham on sea.
Always thought the Severn was a longer sleeker hull, but that was probably a trick of the camera angles. Makes sense to be built the way the they are. Best of luck with the build and looking forward to seeing the finished model.

Had a quick look in my stash and found Tamiya's 1/700 Japanese Auxiliary Vessels set containing a sub-chaser, minesweeper and minelayer. All are well under a 1000tons and look to be quick and simple builds. Will get some pics up tomorrow when I have better light.
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Posted: Monday, March 16, 2020 - 12:39 PM UTC
Hi Tim,
Your LCMs do look great. As always I admire your ability do work in such a small scale and make it look so good.
Si,
The Severn is looking very good. You seem have dealt with the initial issues pretty well. Keen to see how the rest of it goes.
Thomas, your torpedo boat looks the size of my minesweeper. I like the plaque for your base. Envious about that! Looking forward to your progress on this.

For my minesweeper, progress is slow but I have created a base. I also paint the hull and bootstrap etc then promptly dropped it. No body damage but had to remask and repaint. All the main elements are complete and just need priming for the resin and etch. Then assembly and painting. Hopefully photos soon as I have been a bit errant in recording progress.

cheers
Michael
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Posted: Monday, March 16, 2020 - 12:51 PM UTC

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Hi Tim,
Your LCMs do look great. As always I admire your ability do work in such a small scale and make it look so good.

cheers
Michael



Mark, Stephen, Si, and Michael - thank you!

Todd, do we have a Below 1000 Tons gallery yet for the finished builds?
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Posted: Monday, March 16, 2020 - 05:09 PM UTC
Well done Tim. Your LCM came out great.

I'm enjoying the other builds too. I've been working on the mast and spar for my lifeboat. It's got a couple oddities I'm still working out plus I'm trying to add some additional details and prepping the pieces for rigging before I assemble them. I'll try to get some pics up tomorrow.

John
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Posted: Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 07:35 AM UTC
Everyone's models are coming along quite nicely which has motivated me to push on. So, here are two photos of the 'Corsair' at about 95% complete mark. The pulley blocks look a little big, but in all of the photos and drawings I've seen they are quite large. I used some 3mm blocks I had on hand, although not exactly correct, they re close in size. The rigging is a combination from 6 or so other models on the internet, and period drawings and paintings.

I still have a few things to do in order to say 'Done', but I'm going to give it a rest and come back to it with fresh eyes.

The blue panel in the French tri-colour was a tad darker at the beginning of the 19th century than now - almost an indigo blue (at least that what the interweb told me)



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Posted: Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 09:14 AM UTC
Richard, that's really nice. Will have to have a proper look back through the thread at how it went together.

Here's my build, Tamiyas Japanese Navy Auxiliary Vessels. Containing a Type-13 Submarine Chaser, Type-19 Minesweeper and a Hirashima Class Minelayer.







May as well build all three! They look to be very quick, simple and fun builds.

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Posted: Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 01:10 AM UTC
I'm calling this 'Done'

Here are more photos of the the finished 'Corsair', and a bit of historical context...

Model in display case-




Heller 1/150 ‘Corsair’

The Heller ‘Corsair’ is a model of a type of vessel in use in the Mediterranean Sea called a ‘tartane’, or ‘tartana’. A tartane typically had one mast with a large Lateen sail mounted on a long yard at an angle to the main mast. Tartanes were small coastal commercial vessels of about 70 tons used for carrying cargo.

From Heller’s instruction sheet - tartanes, when used by privateers ...“were small, quick, discreet and easy to manoeuvre...they stood a better chance of going un-noticed when commandeering other vessels, carrying out reconnaissance missions, or delivering messages. ....the hull had no real finesse, revealing its origin as a cargo vessel, but its stern overhanging deck, and its prow, with well crafted naval ram, refined its outline.... this type of vessel all but disappeared toward the middle of the 19th century.”

Characteristics (from Heller instruction sheet)-

Hull length - 24.40 m
Overall length - 33.00 m
Width at the main beam - 6.70 m
Draft at the bow - 2.76 m
Draft at the stern - 3.30 m
Average tonnage - 50 to 70 tonnes

‘Corsairs’ were privateers authorized to raid other countries ships at war with France - the profits were shared between the French government and the ship’s captain. Because they were authorized by the government, they were considered as legitimate combatants. They were issued a ‘lettre de marque’ or ‘lettre de course’. They were expected to conduct themselves according to contemporary admiralty law, and if captured were expected to be treated as prisoners of war, not as pirates.


There are several theories of the origin of the term ‘corsair’ - one being that from the term ‘lettre de corse’ , corsair came to be used as the name for privateers. There are other theories too - one that it was derived from the Arabic word ‘qarsan’ for ‘pirate’


Privateering was very profitable, as well as disrupting and weakening France’s enemies. Between the years 1793 to 1800, Lloyd’s of London collected data on shipping losses and it demonstrated British shipping losses to privateers were far greater than losses to the sea - net losses were 3,639 to 2,967.


This model of the tartane ‘Corsair’ is of one of around 1800. In addition to the Lateen sail of the main mast, the ‘polacca’ (a fore sail tacked to the bowsprit), a square topsail was added above the main sail. There are less than handful of tartanes in the world today, one being ‘La Flaneuse’ based in the port of Prado in Marseille, France.

***Seem to be having a bit of trouble with the server, so i'll edit this post with more photos as soon as I can****
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Posted: Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 02:13 AM UTC
La Flaneuse...



Contemporary drawing of a tartane...





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Posted: Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 11:18 AM UTC
Fantastic build Richard!
And thanks for the history of the type. Most of my knowledge of the Med shipping in the 1800's comes the Patrick O'Brien series where they ran across more than a fair share of corsairs and pirates.

cheers
Michael