This is the MOST Appreciated of All!
Posted by Matty on January 1, 2010, 9:15:06, in reply to "Kevin McClure's S-26, in Progress"
I am intently scrutinizing and comparing this model to my own build of S-37, in (so far as I can tell) exactly the same fit! And, by-and-large, I'm gratified that it is clarifying/confirming the vast majority of my interpretations of historical pics. |
There are, howver, a couple significant aspects in which my model disagrees (or will disagree) with this one - some of which I undoubtedly got wrong, and others which I'm pretty sure I got more accurately than this model did. The first and most prominent of which is the foredeck asymmetry - the bulge to starboard, outboard and just aft of the crew access hatch - which I already mentioned in my reply to Donny. Again, I am sure my interpretation of this feature is far closer to the truth, especially as revealed by these pics.
On the other hand, another pretty prominent feature - the shape of the hull "peduncle", just before the "whale tail" - on this kit continues to taper, no doubt correctly, while on my build it was forced to widen back out, to meet the (probably too-wide) tail surfaces. I could probably correct my build accordingly, without too much trouble.
The final thing I notice is the very coarse deck-planking depicted by this kit - continuing exactly the same from the gun platform forward, and also aft - yet the relevant historical pics indicate the YMW planking is far too coarse - for even the coarsest of gun-platform planking which, when present on early- and pre-war boats, did not extend beyond the platform to the (finer-planked or bare-metal) surrounding deck areas, fore- and aft. (I may even make a plank-count from some of the clearer pics, to present some actual numbers to work with.)
Kevin, I really appreciate this look at this model - in addition to your excellent workmanship on it, sir - as it greatly helps me visualize results for my own build decisions, and steer them accordingly. Again (and for the same reasons) I will be very interested to see your modified, final paint job on her, as well!
Thank You and keep 'em comin', buddy!