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Vosper Motor Torpedo Boat
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Posted: Saturday, August 06, 2011 - 03:27 AM UTC
Hi Keith,

There is a great selection of references on the IWM site, options for a few Women too!! Some grand colour shots.

















Look forward to developments.

Al

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Posted: Sunday, September 18, 2011 - 04:00 AM UTC
Hi folks,

Another 1/35 scale figure from Wee Friends, this time a RN SIgnaller.

http://eshop.friendshipmodels.org.uk/epages/BT3667.sf/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/BT3667/Products/WF35045

Al
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Posted: Sunday, September 18, 2011 - 04:35 AM UTC
A couple more potential crew, I had fotgotten about.

Al

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Posted: Sunday, September 18, 2011 - 06:29 AM UTC
Be interesting to see what this TYPE of err 72inch 6 foot boat could take in the way of weapons upgrades,
eg., a would a D-Day era Twin 20mm bofors on a bandstand be seen on the same boat as the twin .50 Vickers tub?
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Posted: Sunday, September 18, 2011 - 07:15 AM UTC
Hi Jon,

The 40mm Bofors wasn't used on these boats as far as I know.

The 20mm Orelikon forward mounted was used on some boats in 1944 with the twin version used on Type II boats as a stern mounted weapon.

I've seen pics of 1942 boats with 20mm Orelikons fore and aft.

Al Ross can propbably give you some more exact data.

Cheers

Alan

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Posted: Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 04:49 AM UTC

Quoted Text

Hi Jon,

The 40mm Bofors wasn't used on these boats as far as I know.

The 20mm Orelikon forward mounted was used on some boats in 1944 with the twin version used on Type II boats as a stern mounted weapon.

I've seen pics of 1942 boats with 20mm Orelikons fore and aft.

Al Ross can propbably give you some more exact data.

Cheers

Alan



I 'meant' 20mm Oerlicons....
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Posted: Saturday, September 24, 2011 - 05:41 AM UTC

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I 'meant' 20mm Oerlicons.... [/quote]

Hi Jon,

Two references for the Boat that might be worthy of purchase.

Allied Torpedo Boats

http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Reviews&file=index&req=showcontent&id=5658

and

Vosper MTBs in Action

http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Reviews&file=index&req=showcontent&id=5608

No sign of a release date yet.

Al
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Posted: Saturday, September 24, 2011 - 04:33 PM UTC
Hi Alan
Great job on those figures,I may well invest in the Vosper when she comes out as the old 1/72 Airfix one brings back many happy childhood memories
Thanks for sharing
Andy
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Posted: Saturday, September 24, 2011 - 06:48 PM UTC
Hi Andy,

Thanks. There should be a good range of finish options with this one, so if funds permit I may get two.

Cheers

Al
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Posted: Sunday, September 25, 2011 - 04:36 AM UTC
Looks like you'll have no prblem filling the boat with life!
Great start. I'll enjoy to follow this thread, I am sure!
Cheers,
Guido
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Posted: Sunday, September 25, 2011 - 05:38 PM UTC
Hi Guido,

Thanks. If Italeri stick to past form then they will do a crew for the boat too, which may add additional crew possibilities.

Time will tell.

Cheers

Al
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Posted: Saturday, October 22, 2011 - 01:27 AM UTC
Hi folks,

I see Hannants have the kit listed at £99.00. Not in stock yet but I think at that price sales might be limited. I'll have to shop around when the kit gets released as I really want to get 2 for an early and late syle boat



Al
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Posted: Saturday, October 22, 2011 - 01:40 AM UTC
I've got mine on 'pre-order' for a bit less than that, ETA about Nov/Dec.

Judging by the gak Italeri did for the US & Kriegsmarine crew, I'll pass on the british crew, if any.
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Posted: Sunday, October 23, 2011 - 07:50 AM UTC
Hi John,

Yes, it's my intention to probably replace the few of the Italeri MAS Boat crew I used. However, I'll reserve judgement on any British Crew until they come out.

If I remember correctly when the ELCO boat came out it was £60.00 which I though was expensive at the time. For £99.00 the Vosper would need to be just about perfect to justify the expense, especially given the current situation.

Al
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Posted: Friday, November 18, 2011 - 09:53 PM UTC
Another Wee Friends Crewman, this one was sclupted by Rendal Patton.





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Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 12:57 AM UTC
Hi folks,

Well the kit arrived today so a look at some of the trees and parts.













Oh dear empty space D











Al
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Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 01:00 AM UTC
kit parts - a little damage to one of the parts but should eb fixable.



















Al
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Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 01:08 AM UTC
As with the other boats, PE, decals, rope and screws have been provided along with a small A5 booklet and instructions.







The booklet doesn't give alternative finish options and quite a few of the reference pics relate to MTB 71 which I photographed at IWM Duxford and are on site here:

http://modelshipwrights.kitmaker.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=Sections&file=index&req=viewarticle&artid=3485

Decals



Glass



PE



Rope/Screws



Instructions









Finish Options!



Al
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Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 03:10 AM UTC
Hello Alan, thanks for posting the pictures, do I see another scratch-built interior coming on? The only thing that puzzles me is why Italeri provided flat photo-etched parts for the yardarms and aerials? There are some very delicate parts evident on the sprues, so why didn't they mold them in plastic? I'm already considering replacing their photo-etch with some scratch-built ones. It would be better still, if one of the after-market firms produced some replacements in brass. They are already out there for the radar antennae used on German night-fighters. Might be able to adapt them. Otherwise, everything else looks to be very good. I can't wait for Santa to bring mine! Al
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Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 08:24 AM UTC
Hi Al,

No, I don't think so, although all that open space is tempting, there would be less visable than on the MAS boat so whilst it might be fun it's probably not worth the effort in time. I doubt I'll get underway much before March as I have on going projects that need finished off first.

Great to finally see it released though.

Cheers

Al
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Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 05:36 PM UTC
Nice review of the long awaited Vosper Alan! Looks tempting I must say.
Julian
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Posted: Friday, December 23, 2011 - 11:40 PM UTC
Hi Julian,

Look forward to your build

Al
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Posted: Friday, December 23, 2011 - 11:46 PM UTC
I managed to resist buying the Vosper yesterday
Too many other projects waiting for attention at the moment, and that isn't counting work related either I'll probably get around to buying it next year but it will be relegated to the stash for the time being.
Cheers,
Julian
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Posted: Saturday, December 24, 2011 - 12:17 AM UTC
Hi Julian,

MTB 77 in the Med with the Breda will probably be my first option. I would like to start now but have many other things to finish off first. I also want to wait a bit to see what if any AM stuff might come along.

There was very little for the MAS boat which I thought was a bit odd.

Merry Christmas to you.

Al
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Posted: Saturday, December 24, 2011 - 12:23 AM UTC
I am still miffed that Italeri didn“t fit the bandstand with Oerlikon in front of the bridge. The boat looks naked without it................
Merry Christmas too mate Go easy on the Christmas spirit
Cheers,
Julian