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HMS Milne 1942-43

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Our mate Peter Fulgoney (PFulgoney) shares a fine gallery of photos of his build of WEM's HMS Milne!

HMS Milne 1942-43

My first WEM build, and it’s HMS Milne. This is quite a recent kit, and comes with the familiar WEM style packaging and contents. The kit itself is made up of resin, and photoetch parts, some of these being interchangeable, and a nicely presented set of instructions with accompanying descriptions.

I decided to go for the full camo version, one of two options, and ordered the WEM paints noted in the instructions. Note that the three colour version is the same on both sides. I saw this in my RN camo reference book by Alan Raven.

Because the hull started to “hog” quite quickly, I decided to paint the sides quicker than I would usually want so I could stick it down to the base and thus stabilise the shape. I used pva to adhere the ship to glass having cut out and sprayed artist’s paper as a sea base. Once the ship was in place, and to date, there has been now further movement.

Colouring is quite lurid with this scheme but I was able to subdue this with MIG pigment powders to blend in the otherwise striking scheme. I used the usual rust colours together with “city dirt”, and “copper rust” which always seems to work well.

All the parts fit well together but for the main lattice mast base which needed packing out to make the ensemble look more like the picture. The only other fault was the lantern radar on the early version of the Milne which wasn’t included in the kit. Rob Kernaghan kindly let me have one of his spares.

Finally, I have some parts left over which I can’t find places for on the build but I’m sure I can resolve this with the help of my knowledgeable friends.

The end result is one of my better attempts at ship modelling and I’m pleased to have this kit as part of my fleet, and it will be part of the Telford Atlantic dio this November. I think that the WEM formula is one of completeness, and good research ending with a pleasurable conclusion for the serious modeller.
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About peter fulgoney (peterf)


Peter, I really like the pictures, looks like she is out for a nice Sunday cruise. Thansk for sharing! Jim
OCT 22, 2007 - 03:54 AM
Yes a calmy summer day in the North Atlantic I like the complex camo and although I think the weathering got just a little over, still makes an interesting built! Congratulations Peter - looking forward to see the Convoy - it really is starting to be very populated Skipper
OCT 22, 2007 - 04:30 AM
Nice one Mr F! Mike
OCT 22, 2007 - 07:26 AM
What no balloon? Another nice one P. I really like the way the water has that "sheen" too it H.
OCT 22, 2007 - 09:25 AM
Nice one Mr F, Cheers, Rob
OCT 24, 2007 - 03:24 AM
*very* nice camo -very good model (as usual) but more pictures -especially from above- would have been even better
OCT 24, 2007 - 04:56 AM
Cheers my dears! always a pleasure to share my builds. Firstly the weathering, I have taken this a step further than usual to give the feeling of non stop crossings of the Atlantic with no time to refurbish the colour scheme. My C2 is similar but the Cherokee tug is less abused. I had to be a little careful with the overheads, and angles because there is a "hole in the sea" where the tug fits in! The tug is now in place as of yeasterday, and complete together with a PBY overhead. This will now be part of the Atlantic dio at Telford - coming soon! Peter F
OCT 24, 2007 - 09:19 PM