Coastal Convoys

Just finished reading the book “Coastal Convoys 1939-1945 – The Indestructible Highway”

Very recommended if you are into Cruel Seas. It has dozens of scenario ideas and tells a lot about the colliers and the coasters used in the coastal convoys. abundant information about the escort vessels and the tactics they used and how they changed in the course of the war.

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Very recommended . I read the kindle version. You can get the book here.

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.

The Hunt Typ II destroyer escort for Cruel Seas in 1/300

 

The Royal Navy had identified the need for two types of destroyer: larger vessels with heavy gun and torpedo armaments for fleet work and another type for escort duties. Although old fleet destroyers could be allocated to escort work, they were unsuitable for the task and new construction replaced them. Fleet destroyers were designed for speed and their machinery was inefficient at convoy speeds, reducing their range. Their shape made them poor sea boats at low speed, also exacerbated by additional equipment on the superstructure. Modifications were needed to ease these problems.

The escort vessels forsook the heavy armament and some of the speed of the fleet type to reduce unit cost and better suit mass production and the conditions. This new “fast escort vessel” was later classified as an “escort destroyer”.

Eighty-six Hunts were completed, of which 72 were commissioned into the Royal Navy and the remaining 14 were transferred to allied navies;

The Typ II

General characteristics Type II
Displacement:
  • 1,050 long tons (1,070 t) standard
  • 1,430 long tons (1,450 t) full load
Length: 85.3 m (279 ft 10 in
Beam: 9.6 m (31 ft 6 in)
Draught: 2.51 m (8 ft 3 in)
Propulsion:
  • 2 Admiralty 3-drum boilers
  • 2 shaft Turbines, 19,000 shp (14,200 kW)
Speed:
  • 27 knots(31 mph; 50 km/h)
  • 25.5 kn (29.3 mph; 47.2 km/h) full
Range: 3,600 nmi (6,700 km) at 14 kn (26 km/h)
Complement: 164
Armament:
  • 6 × QF 4 in Mark XVI guns on twin mounts Mk. XIX
  • 4 × QF 2 pdr Mk. VIII on quad mount MK.VII
  • 2 × 20 mm Oerlikons on single mounts P Mk. III
  • 110 depth charges, 2 throwers, 3 racks

Eighteen were ordered on 4 September 1940 and two more (Lauderdale and Ledbury) on the following day. Three of these were completed to the Type I specification – Blankney, Blencathra and Brocklesby. A final batch of sixteen were ordered on 20 December 1939. ( from Wikipedia)

This time I wanted to try a , may be easier, different way. I got a paper craft model of the Hunt Typ II (ORP Slazak) from JSC in 1/400

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The model also comprises an English G class Destroyer and a small coaster/fishing vessel

As the model is in 1/400 I had to increase the size of the parts by about 30%. After doing that with a photocopying machine I started building the model like explained in the assembly instructions. The only difference being to fill all the hollow spaces with extruded polystyrene to make it sturdy enough for casting.

The next step was filling and sanding to get a rough hull, the hull of the Warlord vosper is for size comparison, The Hunt is rather large in 1/300 ( about 28 cm)

Next the paper hull sides were glued in , before that I punched out all the bulleyes to get them 3d for casting.

That is how far I got up to today. What do you think?

 

 

Last little details added to the Rheinland

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I added the last little details to the steamer Rheinland. She will be prepared for casting today and I think I might manage doing the molds tomorrow then. I took pictures of her alongside the tanker from warlord for size comparison .

So as this build nears completion I am open for suggestions what should be next. I am thinking about doing a generic cargo vessel size will be in-between the tanker from warlord and a liberty ship. So length would be around 24 cm. Any more suggestions? What is missing for cruel Seas?