1/350 Airfix Type 45 HMS Dragon or is it Dauntless...?

Thanks guys, for all the kind comments and support :slightly_smiling_face:
Not sure what the designer of the kit was thinking: when you want to build a box around a box the tolerances need to be absolutely spot on! And that’s very difficult to achieve in plastic especially in the low cost hobby industry :thinking:

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You are braver than I that’s for sure.

Keeping an eye on your progress. Good knowledge for when I eventually grab and build one of these.

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Russell, following along, I’ve not seen a build of a Type 45 and as the is one sitting in the stash what better way of seeing how it all goes together than watching a master at work :slightly_smiling_face:

Over here in the UK we had a TV series following HMS Duncan on several deployment including into the Black Sea were she was buzzed by Russian aircraft and repeated warned them about the power of her sensors/radar causing them damage!

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Thanks Rory :slightly_smiling_face:

Don’t let it fool you though: with some careful planning and cutting, it’s a surprisingly straight forward fix :slightly_smiling_face:

Hi Littorio :blush: great to see you over here at the new site and to have you following along!

Thankyou for your kind words: I’m not sure I’m a master, but I’ll try to do my best :slightly_smiling_face: the kit is classic Airfix, great raw material, but little quirks to keep the build interesting…

Thankyou for the link to the BBC documentary… I’ll have to see if it will let me watch it here :slightly_smiling_face:

Hello and Happy New Year folks! :blush:

Back on with the Type 45 now the Gloster Gladiator build has wrapped for the Bi-planes campaign

Final stage of modifying the construction is to cut open the Vertical Launch System box and construct it off deck

Onto final preps now ready to paint the deck to construct the Hangar… :crazy_face:

Thanks for looking…


Progress! Welcome back to the wet side of things :slight_smile:

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Ditto! Welcome back.

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Hi mate,

great to see you back working on your Type 45! Looks good - looking forward for more!


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Hi all :slightly_smiling_face:

Just a quick update to say that first paint is ready to go on the deck and hangar walls.

Carrying over my practice from aircraft modelling I’ve masked the mating areas so as there’s no glue to remove or thickness of paint affecting assembly

This is a bit of unusual assembly/paint sequence as I would normally have the hull and deck assembled prior to paint, but since the hangar deck needs to be done first… :thinking:


Ok, so, time for a little bit of fun in the form of a general knowledge investigative quiz. :cowboy_hat_face::face_with_monocle:

I’ve decided on which ship of the class I’m going to build, but who can guess which one it will be and why I chose it? :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

Hint: All the ships I’ve built in the last few years and in my stash are linked in some way; the ship I’ve chosen to build is linked to my all time favourite ship… Let’s see who can follow the trail and figure out the connection… :see_no_evil:

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Have to think about that one - my first idea didn’t bring up any good results… :thinking:

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I think you are going for HMS Duncan, named after the Viscount Adam Duncan.

I believe the link is that King George IV and Prinz Eugen are names linked to royalty and aristocracy so in that vein.

King - Prinz - Viscount

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Hi Russell,

Will be following this build with interest as I have this kit in my stash, along with a Trumpeter Type 23 frigate, :slightly_smiling_face:, but have never built a ship in any scale, :roll_eyes:.

I can see Devonport from where I live, which is home to the Type 23, but we often have HMS Dragon staying over.

Cheers, :beer:,


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@McRunty Sorry Rory, good try, but not correct… But you’re on the right track looking for a link to HMS KGV :wink:

@G-man69 Welcome aboard G, good to have you along for the ride :slightly_smiling_face:

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Anti slip deck grey down :slightly_smiling_face:


Ok, still not on the right track…I was thinking of a ship with wingy things on top that’s not released (yet?)… Link to KGV… good challenge. Have to think about this one.


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Really nice build Russell.
Often wondered how this went together. Will be watching.

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@JJ1973 ahh, I know the ship to which you refer, Jan :wink: but KGV is the link: is it time for another hint?

@phantom_phanatic Thankyou Stephen :slightly_smiling_face: yes it’s an unusual construction method but I can see the logic in it as the design of the ship is rather unusual when compared to older vessels :cowboy_hat_face:

Well, I haven’t had to mask up a deck in a very long time: the change from older ships with teaked decks to modern ships with non slip deck paint changes things somewhat :crazy_face:

And the masking removed after painting

Next I’ll apply a clear gloss to not only allow me to apply the decal to the deck before closing the hangar up, but to afford the deck a bit more protection as I build up the hull :blush:

time for a hint to continue the fun. :face_with_hand_over_mouth: So the ship I’ll build is related to HMS KGV, the link is not a time, event or person. It is instead a place! :shushing_face: The place is significant to both ships, but for different reasons… :thinking: