Thursday, February 4, 2016

Airfix 1/72 Vosper Motor Torpedo Boat **first page** (by Gökay Yalçın)



Hello dear friends,
We continue with a military boat. Gökay Yalçın found an old Airfix box and sharing a  wonderful job with us. Today here is the construction stage...
Thank you Gökay,
Erhan...

History :
The Vosper 73 foot motor torpedo boat was a mid-twentieth century British military boat design by Vospers.


At 73 ft (22 m) long they were considered small boats compared to longer designs such as the Fairmile Type D. The design came about from a requirement that British  Motor Torpedo Boats should be better able to fight small craft, which was the job of  Motor Gun Boats.  To this end Vospers built on their existing 70 foot designs.  The Type I was introduced in 1943 and the Type II before the end of the Second World War.

The boats carried four 18-inch torpedo tubes as their major offensive armament along with Oerlikon 20 mm cannon and some defensive armament  (Vicker K machine guns)  for protection against enemy aircraft. The Type II gave up two torpedo tubes, but gained a 6-pounder gun  which displaced the twin Oerlikon to the aft deck. This made it more capable of performing the Motor Gun Boat role.

About kit :
The kit is copyrighted in 1972 and represents the so-called 73ft Type I Vosper MTB, a common type later in the war. As opposed, the kit marketed by Revell as a Vosper MTB was originally produced as merchandise for the TV show “McHale´s Navy”. It is based upon a Vosper export design, mainly for the Soviet navy, which was built in the USA, so does not represent a common RN Coastal Forces vessel.

Upon examining the kit I found some amounts of flash, some serious sink marks and loads of ejector pin marks, some bent parts yet no short shots. The kit contains a lot of parts of adequate yet limited detailing.
(kit review from Frank Spahr / http://modelingmadness.com/review/misc/ships/spahrvosp.htm)

Gökay's photos...







construction..






paint, wash and weathering stages...









click plaese for completed model..:http://miniafv.....vosper-motor-torpedo-boat.html
Erhan..
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