The first cast of the Hunt

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Here is the first cast of the Hunt Typ II Destroyer Escort in 1/300 for cruel seas! It came out rather lovely don’t you think?

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The main parts

Hope you like it as much as I do. By the way one of the small squares on the cutting mat equals 1 cm . The ship is round about 28 cm long!

 

Moulds for the Hunt typ II

I build the boxes for doing the moulds of the Hunt Typ II Destroyer for cruel Seas.

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I cut the base out of extruded polystyrene and glue the pieces to be moulded on them with hot glue. then I build a box out of lego around it. The bottom and the walls are fixed with brown tape ( the one you use for packing parcels for the post). Then I spray the inside with mould release agent. Before casting I place the boxes on greased paper for protection of my worksurface.

I pures in the silicone last night . So will have to do the second side of this mould:

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The others are single piece moulds.

Will cast the first ship today if all goes to plan.

The Hunt finished for casting

Here are the pictures of the finished Hunt Typ II DE for Cruel Seas. The only thing missing is the anchors and anchor chain. Then a coat of PVA and mouldmaking can start.

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It will take until next week to do the moulds and the first casts as i will be at Salute next weekend so no more modeling for a wile. I will post pictures of  Salute next week!

Further progress on the Hunt DE

Here are a few pictures of the work I did lately on the Hunt class destroyer escort. The superstructure is nearly completed now. But there are enough things to do like putting on all the detail wich is printed on the card but will be lost when casting. So all the dogs and vents have to be glued on again etc. furthermore the main armament has to be build the AA armament will be from Warlord.

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More to come….

A few more boats for Cruel seas

I painted up some more boats for cruel seas. First up a trawler:

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And two Dog Boats ( Fairmile D):

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The first one is a standard Warlord one .

The second is changed by reducing the torpedo armament and increasing the gun armament:

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Haven’t used them in a game yet . So can’t say if the increased guns are worth it. The models are all from Warlord . Some of the weapons on the second Dog boat are scratch build.

Steam Ship Bellota finally finished

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So this weekend saw the Bellota finished in both versions. I added the missing live boats and davids and the masts and rigging. Only thing to add now is some crew and paint .

Here is the ballast version of the ship:

and the loaded version:

as you can see by adding different vent layouts you can create slightly different versions of the ship.

And both together in one picture. The Warlord trawler for size comparison. Next will be different funnels, the tanker and liner versions.

More Work on the Hunt class Destroyer

I started with the deckhouses and superstructure:

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As you can see I always did a sandwich of extruded polystyrene and card to make it as sturdy as possible. The bridge superstructure and the gun platforms will be done as separate pieces to get rid of the rather large undercuts which would be impossible to cast.

More to follow shortly.