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    Posted: 09 November 2010 at 11:36am

Goodday to you all,

This is my first post here. Since the beginning of this year I have refound my childhood hobby, modelling. Instead of just buying a kit I like and building that I wanted to build a little piece of history.
On the internet I found a story about one of the final battles of the second world war. A group of German E-Boats from the 2. Schnellbootsflotille was intercepted by a three boats of the 22nd MTB flottile (MTB 493, 494 & 497). At a certain point in the battle the MTB 494 was rammed by the S-176 and sunk, killing al but three of the crew. The S-176 could not get back to port and was scuttled by the crew in the Northsea.

I bought a Revell 1:72 scale Schnellboot and have been building this for some time. I am building it according to the specifications that the S-176 had.
(picture: http://s23.photobucket.com/albums/b355/Jeronimuz/?action=view&current=SNC00105.jpg)

 Now I would like to build the MTB 494 and put them on display together. I bought the Airfix Vosper kit, thinking this would be the right one.
Luckily, before I started building someone on the Axix History Forum pointed out to me that it is not the right design. The MTB 494 was a British Powerboat Co design built in Hythe in 1943.

A link to the topic: http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?f=61&t=165783

I would like to try to convert the model to the proper specifications. I have some photo material of the actual MTB 494 but could use some help on the differences between the Vosper and the British Powerboat Co design. I hope you can point me in the right direction.


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Hi Jeroen

I am cdsc123 on the other forum, it was me who posted the warning. The two boats are totally different, I think it would be easier to start with a scratch build and not use the Airfix kit (the kit will be a good donor of armaments and fittings though). The hull could be carved from balsa and the bridge made from plasticard. Otherwise I expect a card model of the BPB MTB may be available soon from;   http://cfp.muerell.de/ 

   

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Hi Christian,

The modelbuilding world is a small one isn't it? :)

I have no experience whatsoever in scratchbuilding models. But, there is a first time for everything right?

I think the CFP model would be a great help, I can blow it up to 1/72 proportions and use the parts as a template for the plasticard.
Do you have a high-res version of the picture in your post?

I will first finish the S-176 Schnellboot before starting on this project. I wil probably have a lot of questions and will need some help and advise here. I will keep this topic updated with text and pictures.

Thanks so far!
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Hi Jeroen
The plans (in 1/24th I think) are from here;
 
CFP do not yet have this MTB available, try contacting Horst to see if he will do one; info@cfp.muerell.de
 
 
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Hi Christian (and other readers),

I sent an e-mail to Horst form CFP yesterday and got a reply allready:

Jeroen,
thank you for your interest in my models. Unfortunately I have no model of a BPB boat and I'm not planning to do one. The only torpedo boats I have are the Vosper ones, an early version and a later version. Pictures of them you can see on my website. Perhaps you can use them as a guide for your model, because they were very similar.

I wish you all the best for your modelling and a good success. If you have more questions, please ask me.

Regards
Horst


Too bad, but the Lambert plans are worth lookin into! Thanks again!
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Hi,
 I'm new here and have John Lambert's BPB plans, they are brilliant, though I'm going to have to do a lot of work to reduce them to my preferred scale of 1/72nd as there's no plans services within 100k of where I live. I used his plans to scratch-build a 1940 Vosper Mtb hull, still working on it. I used plastic card to make a sort of egg crate of profile and sections, then planked it with more plastic strip, somewhere on the computer I have pictures... I'm baulked at the moment because I need a twin Oerlikon aft mount and am not sure how it was arranged.  Meanwhile I'm building one of the Airfix rescue launches...
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Hi Fraser,

Nice to hears someone is having the same challenge! If you have any photo's that would be great. Good luck!
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Here's a link to my photobucket album of the Vosper, as far as it's come.
http://s1021.photobucket.com/albums/af335/seagull47/Vosper%2070/

You can get a pretty good idea of how I proceeded. Not horrifically difficult, but you do need to be as accurate with your cutting as possible.
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