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Offline kpnuts

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Flower class corvette
« on: December 15, 2014, 05:06:28 AM »
Hi all well now I've finished Warspite I am putting some serious thought into the corvette. I know the purists will hate this but there are hundreds of corvette model builds out there, and, if you've got to know me at all you will know I don't do usual, so, I was thinking what I could do different, I could turn it into a luxury cruiser, but I want to keep the guns and stuff, so I thought maybe turn it into some sort of futuristic fighting ship, but no I actually like the look of it as it is, and that would change it a lot, so what I thought was. War gaming is quite popular what if you could play captain of your very own corvette. Obviously she would have to have up to date radar and stuff, for legal reasons I assume. So guys what would I have to alter legally (visibly I mean)if she was to exist now and be leased out to War game parties.

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Re: Flower class corvette
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2014, 05:28:02 AM »
Well if may not have to be of this world.
Put it in a, for want of a better phrase "Waterworld" environment.
Do what you like where you like in a Post Apocalyptic setting. You could even have some wind or solar power fittings.

Offline finsrin

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Re: Flower class corvette
« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2014, 10:10:01 AM »
Don't know answer to your question.
Do find this extra interesting as I have two in stash got on the cheap at swap meets.
My inclination is to modernize to at least 1960s up to now configuration for patrolling the archipelago.
Please post pics when building starts.

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Re: Flower class corvette
« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2014, 11:23:52 PM »
Let me see if I understand your intent here...

You're thinking of some form of 1:1 war game for the ultra rich?

If so, I would add cameras to all gun positions, a few critically-placed smoke pots to represent hits/damage. Provide a modern navigation radar, comm system, cap the stack to simulate its been re-fitted as a diesel, replace the whalers with RHIBS or modern lifeboats  and add some containerized lifeboats (perhaps fitted to the K-guns?).

hmmm...

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Re: Flower class corvette
« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2014, 01:59:56 AM »
That's exactly what I'm thinking and all your suggestions are great could you just expand a bit on them ( I know practically nothing about war ships or gaming) probably sounds like a stupid idea to pick something you know nothing about, I like a challenge and am up for a bit, or a lot of scratch building.

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Re: Flower class corvette
« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2014, 08:19:39 AM »
OK, assuming that you want your ships to engage in ship-v-ship or ship-v-aircraft combat.

You need to be able to simulate the gun aiming at something, a  form of laser tag so to speak. That means that every gun you want to use in the battle has a camera mounted above the barrel so that the aimpoint can be viewed and hits calculated.

A couple of positions around the ship would need smoke grenades... if the ship gets "hit" the grenade starts smoking to add realism.

On the mast add a modern navigation radar (you can get pics from google) and a couple of whip antennas to simulate having a modern communication rig.

Replace the two square lifeboats on each side with a Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat on davits (RHIB). Again, google will get you good reference pictures.

On the hull sides, maybe the back as well, I would replace some of the depth charges with encapsulated liferafts in barrels. See the pic here for what one looks like: http://www.life-raft.com/9586/47399/Life-Rafts----Commercial/Crewsaver-US-Coast-Guard-Approved-SOLAS-Liferaft.html

If you google diesel tug you can see what the top of the smokestack looks like. I'm going to assume that the ships would have been converted at some point from steam to diesel for convenience sake. The big empty smokestack isn't needed, so it would probably be just empty space with the diesel exhausts inside.


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Re: Flower class corvette
« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2014, 02:53:09 PM »
Thanks really helpful.

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Re: Flower class corvette
« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2014, 03:41:14 AM »
Hi all ive made a start.



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Re: Flower class corvette
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2015, 02:03:40 AM »
The Flowers used a lengthened version of the design of the whale-catcher Southern Pride,
so I suppose you could turn a Flower back into a whale-catcher, or an anti-'whale-catcher'.
 ;)  :icon_fsm:

Some diagrams that may be of interest (note that the GA is of an early short forecastle Flower, the Matchbox/Revell kit is of the later version with extended forecastle):


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And we, till now unmatched in ill,
Must leave successors more corrupted still."
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Re: Flower class corvette
« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2015, 04:19:12 AM »
Thanks for the info, it may well prove useful
Installed the prop shaft





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Re: Flower class corvette
« Reply #10 on: January 05, 2015, 01:40:03 AM »
Hi all got the radio gear in the Corvette today.





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Re: Flower class corvette
« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2015, 08:14:42 AM »
Nice pics.  Interesting to see RC parts come together.
Way back when,,, put electric motor in Revell Arizona. 
Boxed around prop shaft exit and packed it with Vasoline gel.  Sealed OK.

Offline Silver Fox

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Re: Flower class corvette
« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2015, 09:50:42 AM »
Mechanical speed control... that's old school! :)

Watching this closely, my own Flower will be going on the building slips at some point.

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Re: Flower class corvette
« Reply #13 on: January 14, 2015, 01:57:05 AM »
Hi all done a bit to the corvette. the strengthening tie bars are a joke they bend all over the place had to add some plasticard to them to stiffen them also number 9 rib is about 1.5 mill too long when in place and you add the top deck it creates a gap all down the side so had to had a bit off that, fits ok now.








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Re: Flower class corvette
« Reply #14 on: January 19, 2015, 03:51:23 AM »
well did some filling and glued some deck parts on corvette and added the wooden decking to the rear.