Friday, 11 January 2019

Cruel Seas: Laser-Cut Merchant Shipping Kits

Coastal Oiler

I purchased a couple of laser cut kits off eBay for the princely sum of £8.50 for the pair.This is the tanker. It also doubles as Komet, a German armed merchant raider with a broadside of four 6" guns and three torpedoes.

 Another View

I pretty well made it as is, after plenty of sanding, except for adding a gun from Mirage on the rear Deck manned by a trio of Warlord Games sailors...and a couple of vent port thingies (no doubt those of a nautical persuasion have a special name for them) also from Mirage.

The Stern Gun

"I say, Perkins, are they the evil bosche or our brave lads of the RAF?"
"No idea, sir. Let's give 'em a couple of rounds anyway."

Coastal Tramp

I made a bit of a bog of this one by trying to sand it with a large file. Bad move. The MDF started to shred but a bit of sanding and slapped on rust covered it up.

You'd be pretty rusty if you spent a couple of decades going up and down the North Sea.

For Scale Purposes

The cargo ships alongside a Heller 1:400 M35 Minesweeper.

Ditto

And alongside a Warlord Games 1:300 S-Boat.

The Assembled Kits

They do need some sanding down to take the sharp edges and vertical lines off what should be curved surfaces. But.....£8.50 the pair! And all you are going to do is fire torpedoes at them.

Highly recommended!

12 comments:

  1. These look great John, the extra work you put in really shows

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    1. Thanks Dave, I have never tried to sand down mdf before so it was a learning experience.

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    2. Hope you had a facemask on while sanding, for safeties sake

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    3. um no, but you are right. i did do it outside though.

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  2. Excellent torpedo targets!

    They could either be highly detailed or left as purely assembled kits depending on needs, and I think your models strike a nice compromise.

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    1. I think the 80:20 rule applies to tarting up models...

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  3. Looking good John, and those vent pipes are Dorade Boxes or Vents https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorade_box

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    1. LOL, OK, thanks. I am not the seafaring type, I'm afraid.

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  4. Do you have a link to the kits John?

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    1. I bought thm from someone selling under the name banksjohnedward

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    2. Thanks John...I've tracked him down but it looks like he's temporarily closed due to technical issues.

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    3. Lasercutter broken down :-) They do that.

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