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It’s funny how you copy what your friends do, and the harbour dio range from Battle Fleet Models gave me the excuse I needed to follow the lead, and come up with my own version of the busy port scene.

What really helped was the range of ships that BFM have waiting to be part of that composition – everything was available to get started and all I had to do was choose how I wanted to bring these elements together.

My list includes :
BFM702 small tug& YO32
BFM703 small tug & barge.
BFM704A dock set.
BFM704B end key dock section.
BFM704C long center dock section.
BFM704D parallel dock section.
BFM707 YO’s 190’ oil storage.
BFM710 Hog Islander type A.
BFM718 YG17 yard garbage lighter.

I had some spare pieces to make 2 x cranes, and the personnel are the Gold Medal guys. The trucks are from the Skywave beach set.

After a few sketches I came up with the idea of the Hog Islander as the centre piece with everything else going on around it . The HI would be leaving port with the assistance of 2 x tugs, and the oil YO would be docking, the other side of the quay. I wanted a grey, wet scene with men in yellow oil skins going about their various tasks.

The perceived confusion of the hard standing was all about my interpretation of what I think should be included with the help of my friends builds for reference.

I have no doubt that the scene is full of inaccuracies but I enjoyed the work, and I'm pleased with the end result. At the same time as this build, I modelled HMS Kent, but as with the observation balloon on Kent, the amount of animation that can be included really helps set the scene in motion.

Other ingredients in the build : Humbrol paints, MIG pigments, and 0.1mm wire from little-cars.com, shaped sandpaper for coal mounds. WEM lyrca and stretched sprue for rigging, artist’s paper for the sea sprayed with Tamiya Luftwaffe grey, and finished in pva white glue, the foam is acrylic mixing white.

See the full history and details on Battlefleet Models Webpage, and you will also find the harbour dio build-up, week to week, from start to finish, on their site, as well as right Here on MSW!
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About peter fulgoney (peterf)


Thanks, Rui, and you're right about the tugs, I simply ran out of them. I could have used another 3 x tugs with another two at the Hog, and another one with the oiler which is coming in. Also there is a space in front of the Hog, which I didn't use, however, I continue........... Peter F
JUL 19, 2007 - 01:21 AM
Beautiful work Peter! You kits are truly inspiring.
JUL 19, 2007 - 01:27 AM
Splendid job Mr F! Cheers, Rob
JUL 19, 2007 - 03:57 AM
Hi Peter In no way my intention was to throw stones at your dio, and I am trully happy that you understood my remarks! One thing is certain, you can always add at least one at the stern - you have space for it! The more I look at the photos the more fun I have found this dio - those cranes are very delicate and add a break on the horizontal nature of the dio (even if the HI and the tugs are breaking it viewed from above!) Bravo Zulu Skipper
JUL 19, 2007 - 05:01 AM
Great dio Peter, really captures the atmosphere, particularly like all those deckloads on the Hog Mike
JUL 19, 2007 - 05:59 AM
Very nice work Peter. Lots of activity - lots of interesting things to look at Rudi
JUL 19, 2007 - 06:06 PM
Hi Peter, Really great looking scene, I like it a lot. Excellent work and a great layout, thanks for sharing. Brillient stuff. Al
JUL 22, 2007 - 05:27 AM
Thanks very much guys, and thank you to Battlefleet Models for such splendid little kits, and the Hog Islander - the combinations of fitting this dio together is endless - go and treat yourselves everyone! Peter F.
AUG 06, 2007 - 08:02 PM
Thank you Peter, for doing such a wonderful job with my kits! Also my thanks to you and my other British friends who have built my kits and helped me with research, advise, photos and plans. H.
AUG 07, 2007 - 05:17 AM
Hey H!! Great to see you back in our waters, again, mate!!
AUG 07, 2007 - 05:24 AM