Thanks to all for looking in. A little more progress. The biggest issue so far is the seem on the torpedo tubes, still not completely gone, so a longer time of dry fitting and sanding at the start might help. Be careful of part PE20 I bend mine over in the wrong direction and bingo the carpet monster gets another bit. Ended up making two alternatives our of some left over resin parts. (pity).
Working on the deck and fittings, it seemed easier to be able to move the deck around for painting, so nothing much is fixed yet. There are not that many parts to this kit but there is a lot of work. I re-roped the life raft for a better look. Anyway some pics of progress or lack of it.
I think this particular paint scheme was unique to MTB 74, the torpedo’s were also designed to be fired at the target, hit it and sink below to be detonated by a delayed action fuse. Originally designed for use to attack ships like the Scharnhorst by firing the torpedo’s of any protective net, when not used for that purpose it became redundant and got utilised for the St Nazaire Raid. Anyway certainly a very interesting story around the concept and the part it played in the raid itself.