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Re: Falklands HMS Sheffield
« Reply #15 on: June 25, 2018, 03:48:54 am »
It's a great paint job and the water effect is excellent. :thumbsup:

No fault on you Buzzbomb, but there is a flaw in the original model kit. The wide section of 01 deck behind the boats, which overhangs the deckhouse and goes out to the edge of the main deck, wasn't present on Sheffield. If you look at the picture of Sheffield, you can see that it was originally only the width of the deckhouse itself. The rear portion of this area was widened to accommodate the triple torpedo tubes, but Sheffield was never fitted with those (they weren't ready in time: HMS Amazon had the same problem). The whole length of the deck was only widened on one of the Argentine ships (in order to mount Exocets) and on the Batch III ships. Batch Is and IIs  had the area vacated by the boats widened when the boats were replaced with twin 30mm AAA guns after the Falklands. This error is probably due to Skywave using a mix'n'match selection of sprues to build all the different ships, batches and modifications of the Type 42 and they missed this subtlety.

Just remembered that I have a Skywave Batch II (Exeter) in the stash so I've had a look at it it. The deckhouse roof in that area has score marks on the underside so that you can chop some or all of it off to make the different platform shapes. Weirdly though, it only has a full set of marks on one side and a single "all or nothing" line on the other, despite the platforms being symmetrical in every pic I can find. The instructions on that kit ( and the Dragon Batch III - same molds) are also VERY far from clear... :banghead:
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Re: Falklands HMS Sheffield
« Reply #16 on: July 05, 2018, 05:26:10 am »
It's a great paint job and the water effect is excellent. :thumbsup:

No fault on you Buzzbomb, but there is a flaw in the original model kit. The wide section of 01 deck behind the boats, which overhangs the deckhouse and goes out to the edge of the main deck, wasn't present on Sheffield. If you look at the picture of Sheffield, you can see that it was originally only the width of the deckhouse itself. The rear portion of this area was widened to accommodate the triple torpedo tubes, but Sheffield was never fitted with those (they weren't ready in time: HMS Amazon had the same problem). The whole length of the deck was only widened on one of the Argentine ships (in order to mount Exocets) and on the Batch III ships. Batch Is and IIs  had the area vacated by the boats widened when the boats were replaced with twin 30mm AAA guns after the Falklands. This error is probably due to Skywave using a mix'n'match selection of sprues to build all the different ships, batches and modifications of the Type 42 and they missed this subtlety.


Just remembered that I have a Skywave Batch II (Exeter) in the stash so I've had a look at it it. The deckhouse roof in that area has score marks on the underside so that you can chop some or all of it off to make the different platform shapes. Weirdly though, it only has a full set of marks on one side and a single "all or nothing" line on the other, despite the platforms being symmetrical in every pic I can find. The instructions on that kit ( and the Dragon Batch III - same molds) are also VERY far from clear... :banghead:

Actually it is fault on me..I was most of the way through construction and into the painting components and noticed the same thing on the appalling instructions when comparing to the pix I had.
Did the Gaullic shrug and "hoped" nobody would notice.
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Re: Falklands HMS Sheffield
« Reply #17 on: January 10, 2019, 08:27:03 am »
Woah. Now there's a museum piece ! Great idea and great execution !
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Re: Falklands HMS Sheffield
« Reply #18 on: January 11, 2019, 03:02:25 am »
Nice work there.  :thumbsup: