Nick Moore

Signature: A bad day building models is better than the best day working!

Bio: I've worked at sea my whole working life, which has put a bit of a crimp on being able to build models. When I get the chance I like to build ships, particularly Royal Navy ships, and have a bit of a collection of Fleet Air Arm aircraft starting. I also have always liked the Hawker Hurricane and Typhoon, the Spitfire and am beginning to collect Bf109s as well. Looking forward to retirement in a few years so I can build the things I have now got in my stash! I love watching films, documentaries, telvision programmes etc, particularly historical stuff and animals, and I read a lot. I love cats and have also recently taken an interest in bird watching.

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Nick Moore

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Hi gents. Many thanks for the replies. I've had a gander through the Modelwarships.com site and have found some small blocks. At a very rough guess I think that 2 or possibly 3mm blocks may be close enough. I think that the SWL of these booms may have been quite high - I've worked on ships which have had the same type of wooden boom, around the same size, and I think they could take around a ton. Unfortunately I am a radio man and didn't work on deck so I never had to know the SWL of the lifting gear. So anyway, I'm going to order some, they're pretty inexpensive, and will let you know how I get on. Thanks for the tip for the small blocks Ratch, I will try this out for the small blocks dotted around the place. Onwards and upwards!

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Nick Moore

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Hi Paws4thot. Thanks for the assist. That's around the size of the biggest blocks I've seen, but the more I look at the photos in the book the more unsure I get. They appear to be on the running rigging for the lifting booms - may be rams head blocks which would make more sense. 

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Nick Moore

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Hi John. Thanks for the info, I will give that a look. As you say, the smaller blocks etc will be tiny in 350, but looking at the photos some of what looks to be snatch blocks up the masts look to be enormous, certainly bigger than any I have seen up a mast and I have been a sailor for almost 40 years! I would be very nervous on deck undeneath them anyway......

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Nick Moore

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Hi all. Does anyone know if 1/350 blocks etc for rigging ships are available anywhere? I am building a model of HMS Agamemnon in her 1908 configuration and she has a lot of rigging! From the photos I have in the R A Burt book there seemd to be numerous small blocks, along with a number of large snatch blocks at the fore and main masts. When I have a moment I will try to scale them from the photos. Grateful for any info.

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Nick Moore

30 posts

Just been reading the thread and l have to say that I cannot see this as a problem. Five minutes with the polishing compound, fine pads and Clear - hey presto, clear part.

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Nick Moore

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I would love to see Airfix releasing more ships in 1/350, but in particular how about some Fleet Auxiliaries? I work on these ships and am also ex-RN so I know how valuable they are to any operation, not only for the Royal Navy but also, in certain cases, for support of the Army and occasionally RAF. They are highly important Fleet units and deserved to be offered as modelling subjects.

Also, one area which is very sadly lacking are the pre-Dreadnought ships. The ships were highly important in the eventual development of the modern warship, particulary the battleships of course, as well as being very good to look at. I'm sure that someone out there makes kits of some of these fantastic ships but I don't know where they may be. I would love to see some of them being kitted in 1/350.

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Nick Moore

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 Hi Russel.

Yeah, got a 45 in the stash myself, just waiting to see what I want to do with it. I'm really keen on the HMS Dragon delivery paint job, but am also drawn to doing an operational one rigged for at sea replenishment. I work in the RFA and work with them quite often, so next time I am going to take my camera up with me and get some phots. Don't know when that'll be, though, unfortunately. The 45 will pair nicely with the Illustrious eventually, as well as a 23 when I get around to buying one!

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Nick Moore

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 1/350 British flat tops would be absolutely brilliant. I was lucky enough to receive the new 1/350 Ark Royal as a Christmas present and it's really whetted my appetite. A Furious in both versions would be fantastic, along with some of the later carriers (pre-through deck cruiser carriers, that is). Also, to populate the flight decks, how about some British flight deck equipment (cranes, aircraft tractors etc) which I can't find anywhere, and packs of early WW2 aircraft. I have been looking for 1/350 aircraft for the Ark and am finding it hard to find anything apart from some Fulmers (some of which thankfully have folded wings) and some Swordfish (but none with folded wings). Cannot find Skuas or Rocs anywhere and have pretty much given up on them now.

I would also love to see WW1 and WW2 RN destroyers and also what I consider a couple of very under represented areas i.e. pre-Dreadnought Royal Navy ships and WW1 battleships. I would love a model of Jellicoe's Iron Duke in 1/350. While I'm on a bit of a wish list thing, how about some Royal Fleet Auxiliaries as well? After all, the warships wouldn't get far without the support the RFA provides them.

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Nick Moore

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 Small world Carlzere! Yeah, she's still in service as Tipoo Sultan. I didn't see her again in RN service after I left on return from the Falklands in 1982, but I know that Hugo's modification with the guns aft stayed in place on all 21s. My last frigate was Amazon and we had 20mms either side of the hanger as well as the ones up by the bridge. The hulls had all be reinforced as well because Avenger split port, stbd and midships due to the awful weather and enourmous seas around the Falkland Islands. We came very, very close to breaking in two and sinking! We were literally held together by railway type steel beams welded acrosss the splits and by some welded metal patches!

As for the Phantom killing one of her crew, that is true. My old RS in my training days at HMS Mercury had been a Leading Radio Operator on that trip when it happened. I believe that was the trip where a Russian destroyer cut across the bows of the Ark and ended up getting rammed. Another one my dad told me of (he was RN as well and was working at Rosyth on HMS Zulu at the time), which he got from a FAA CPO mate of his, was of a Phantom based at, I think, Leuchars. It was getting ready for a sortie when it shot off a Sidewinder by itself. The missile shot away over the airfield and disappeared into the distance, ending up hitting the end of one of the railway platforms at Leuchars station, some 2 or 3 miles away! Luckily enough the platform was empty and nobody was hurt, but everyone concerned was asked to keep it under their hats! Good story I always thought, even if it didn't actually happen!

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Nick Moore

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 I'd like to see Airfix coming out with more in the 1/350 range as well.  A QE carrier would be fantastic - I have been past Rosyth a few times and have seen Queen Elizabeth there and she's one good looking ship (as well as being freaking enourmous!) - and it would go great with the 45s and the 23s produced by other companies. However, what I'd really like to see are, primarily, pre-Dreadnought British ships. I'd also like more First World War British ships - I'd love a 1/350 HMS Iron Duke as she was as Jutland - along with the smaller ships, torpedo boats, torpedo boat destroyers etc. While I'm blue skying I would also love to see WW2 British destroyers and also some Royal Fleet Auxiliaries.

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