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...rassing operations commencing!

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"MSW Crew-mate Peter Fulgoney (peterf) unveils his latest build, a most imaginative and creative dio featuring the HMS Biter, and the “O” class destroyer HMS Obdurate."

the story...
“did you hear that- did you hear that – rassing operations commencing”

Rassing, or refuelling at sea helped the endurance of the smaller faster ships in the convoy escort, and I have portrayed that moment with a possible scenario between HMS BITER, and the “O” class destroyer HMS Obdurate. The two vessels served together so there is a chance this operation took place.

The two kits are worlds apart in-as-much as Obdurate is based on the Tamiya plastic “O”class type, and Biter is the L’Arsenal resin kit. Again, each kit has a problematic side, although when you open the Tamiya box, there are two kits, and the Biter kit looks like a quality build with superb looking resin, and pe fret together with top quality instructions.

The problem with the ”O” class is that it needs a complete overhaul, and this is now possible with the LION ROAR pe conversion fret which I used and is explained in a different posting. (edit note-review of this pe set is pending publication here at MSW) Also, the length of forecastle is incorrect, except for the HMS Onslow build, and needs major surgery.

The Biter kit fits and builds well, although a second sheet of instructions would have completed the package, and this would have located life rafts, and other detail on the stab side. Also the camo scheme has to be referenced to photographs of the ship as the drawings are incorrect. I have not been able to source all the information I need for the bridge, and aerials and so this will have to be added at a later stage.

It’s a struggle for both builds, so there’s nothing unusual there, but the end result is satisfactory. All my usual methods are used in the build, and for reference, the oil pipeline is lead flex.

Peter F 16/09/08
further info...
HMS Biter

HMS Onslow

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About the Author

About peter fulgoney (peterf)


Hi Peter! You're Biter/Obdurate dio looks fantastic!!! With all the problems that you mention, you have masterly outcome them and made another beautiful and very full of action dio! I like it - and again you took a major advantage on me, since my own Biter and Onslow are still... in their Boxes I guess I will have to bother you on the Biter (soon) Congratulations!! Cheers, Rui
SEP 16, 2008 - 05:22 AM
Wonderful job Peter! Kenny
SEP 16, 2008 - 06:17 AM
hello Peter, great dio,the ships look fine to me.1 question,what is your secret for the water effects.it looks like water and it looks like some of the waters i have seen in the mid-Atlantic Ocean. cheers, Bruce
SEP 16, 2008 - 07:49 AM
Fantastic bit of modelling Peter! Both ships look great, together in this setting with your life like water effects it's one of the best models I've seen in a while. Thanks for sharing it with us, Frank
SEP 16, 2008 - 08:37 AM
Great looking dio pair there Peter. That water looks ready to dive right into, something that I am working on for my own ship models at the moment. Excellent work all around dispite the trials and tribulations mentioned.
SEP 16, 2008 - 12:41 PM
great build! nice composition, both ships... and amazing water! cheers
SEP 17, 2008 - 03:27 PM
Cheers, guys, thank you for your very kind comments. The method of creating the water is here on this site on my Averoff blog in the full build competition. But be careful! what looks good in photogaphy looks very different in real life. I was a bit apprehensive about this one as the effect in reality is like the unit tops in a tart's bathroom, very dark and glossy like some expensive marble - I continue..... Peter F ps : I'm gessing about the bathroom finishes, Mrs Peter F - honest
SEP 17, 2008 - 08:23 PM
And as a side note, mates, I have Peter's base making method set up and staged into a full feature article that will be running soon here at MSW... Cheers, ~Gunny
SEP 17, 2008 - 09:48 PM
When i think i always dismiss more recent ships because they're uniformly grey, well i stand corrected! What a beautiful build and blend of colour, Peter that's another great victories of yours -that first pic which shows all the intricate details below the bridge is fantastic, what a splendid sense of picture taking!
SEP 23, 2008 - 08:51 PM
Thank you very much JBA - praise indeed coming from the master himself! Peter F
SEP 24, 2008 - 08:11 PM