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    Doncaster 2024 will host a reprise of the Battle of Taranto in full 3D.

    Neil's original game is being revamped to produce an all singing all dancing version. He will masterfully manipulate the Italian Fleet, AA fire, searchlights, anti torpedo netting and anything else he can come up with.
    As his accomplice, I have started gathering together some of the stage props which I will reveal as they arrive from the suppliers.
    Just to whet your appetite you may see here the WW1 Italian Battleship Conti de Cavour undergoing her 1938 extension and rebuild prior to her appearance at the battle in 1940.


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    Watch this thread for even more revealing pictures in the future.
    All ships portrayed will be in 1:1200 scale.

    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Here are the main books with which I am supporting my on line research.


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    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Rumour has it you are doing some of your superb scenery to go with it.
    Run for your life - there are stupid people everywhere!

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    That should be a really great game.
    Karl
    It is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he thinks he knows. -- Epictetus

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guntruck View Post
    Rumour has it you are doing some of your superb scenery to go with it.
    Rumour may well "have it" Squadron Leader. As we know the walls have ears. You will just have to wait for a future briefing to find out.

    Kyte.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    So that's a 'yes' then
    Run for your life - there are stupid people everywhere!

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    I can’t wait.

    Never Knowingly Undergunned !!

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    I coul not possibly comment.
    Kyte.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Progress over the last two days.

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    Yesterday Undercoating,

    Today starting to add major details prior to placing maim guns and sea boats.

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    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Another useful book which I had forgotten about just popped up.
    Great for pictures of the lesser sized Italian ships and obtainable on amazon for a reasonable price even though used.

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    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Also a bit more progress on the Conti de Cavour.

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    Should get it finished tomorrow with luck.

    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    I am getting an itchy trigger finger... can’t wait to let my tin fish have a crack at those beauties

    Never Knowingly Undergunned !!

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    Supplies have also started rolling in today.

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    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Officer Kyte View Post
    Also a bit more progress on the Conti de Cavour.

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    Should get it finished tomorrow with luck.

    Rob.
    Target...target...target...oh darn. I won't be there
    Someone will have to put a fish into it for me, yes

    Karl
    It is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he thinks he knows. -- Epictetus

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    Well here she is Karl. I am now moving onto the Bolzano.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Yes, looking very good. What scale is she?
    Karl
    It is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he thinks he knows. -- Epictetus

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    Hi Karl.
    All the ships are 1:1200

    They look about right in photos when attacked from above.

    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Reinforcements of a different kind arrived today.
    Just waiting for the Cruiser Book to arrive and I will have the full set. Pity Osprey don't do the Italian Submarines.

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    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Amazing work. Any sailing ships?

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    Only the ones on the anchorage Gary, and they are mainly only alterations to existing models or kit built ones.

    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Just spotted your Rep for this Gary. Thank you very much.

    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Are those ships scratch built Rob ?


    I'm learning to fly, but I ain't got wings
    Coming down is the hardest thing

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    Quote Originally Posted by tikkifriend View Post
    Are those ships scratch built Rob ?

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    This one is cut and shunt. All the white bits and creamy parts plus masts are by me, the light grey are robbed from my bits box and altered to fit. The rest is as was with some parts cut away or filed to the correct shape.
    When I post the others Two are just kits made up by me and the rest are second hand re-painted and with added missing parts.
    The real fun comes when I get onto the Destroyers as I only have one genuine kit so far on the way. The ones in the photo are bought in German ones which the Italian Navy had quite a few, but that still leaves about7 short for the scenario.

    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    That looks very good Air Vice Marshall, looking forward to see how this all comes together.

    From the size of the book I get an impression of the size of the destroyers but if you get chance sometime, could you show a picture of the battleship with a WofW plane for scale.

    I've played a couple of games using Neil's rules, although I think there were 2 sets with differing ancillary files and I got a bit confused as to which went with which. Even so they gave an enjoyable game so I'm sure you'll have lots of fun with this project.
    Cheers

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    Hi John.
    All will become clear as I get bits and pieces together. At the moment I am awaiting my book on Italian Cruisers from Osprey and some buildings from Brigade.
    As for the ships I will take a shot as soon as I get some room on my table.

    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Reinforcements arrived yesterday for the other side. Three more Stringbags from Shapeways.
    That will now complete the second wave attackers.

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    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Another Italian arrival.

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    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Molto bene! Looking like this will be quite the mission.

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    Bit of a downer today because Navco have most of the remaining ships I need but Pete there can't say when or if they will be reproduced during this year.
    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    On the upside, Yesterday I got my remaining three Stringbags mounted and pilot cards done. They are now ready for undercoating as soon as it warms up a bit.Click image for larger version. 

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    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Officer Kyte View Post
    On the upside, Yesterday I got my remaining three Stringbags mounted and pilot cards done. They are now ready for undercoating as soon as it warms up a bit.
    They are in their winter camouflage.
    So how many books are in your personal library?

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    Good one Robert.

    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    What do you mean Taranto? I don't even know where Taranto is! Nobody knows where Taranto is!

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    Jokes apart, I'd really like to join!
    By the way, I am just reading this one in these hours!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Officer Kyte View Post
    Bit of a downer today because Navco have most of the remaining ships I need but Pete there can't say when or if they will be reproduced during this year.
    Rob.
    If you mean Navwar then (a) they probably will have them as he is looking to resume casting, and (b) Davco do them as well - they used to be sold by Skytrex and are now sold by Navy Books (I had an order from them recently)

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    I spent some time in Taranto with NATO a while back. I stayed in a hotel overlooking the harbour and had a nice little PnP solo game of the raid that made up and played there. Our hosts pit on an excelent dinner for us at a gorgeous family run restaurant nearby - main course chosen by our hosts was swordfish steaks

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Manley View Post
    restaurant nearby - main course chosen by our hosts was swordfish steaks
    Sounds Awesome!
    I laugh in the face of danger - then I hide until it goes away!

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    [QUOTE=Angiolillo;595124]What do you mean Taranto? I don't even know where Taranto is! Nobody knows where Taranto is!



    Jokes apart, I'd really like to join!

    Andrea,
    It would be an honour to have you flying for the FAA Sir. Could you stand to watch the pride of the Italian Navy attacked in such an un gentlemanly way.
    No offence Dave!

    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Manley View Post
    If you mean Navwar then (a) they probably will have them as he is looking to resume casting, and (b) Davco do them as well - they used to be sold by Skytrex and are now sold by Navy Books (I had an order from them recently)
    Thanks for the SP Dave. Unfortunately all my ships are in 1: 1200 scale and I have been searching for weeks for Italian ships other than the Big Battleships in that scale.

    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    The painting moves on.

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    Undercoat achieved.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    I also picked up the last of the Ospreys to complete my set on the Italian Navy.
    They will now print some of their work to order. This one only took four weeks from ordering. the quality is almost indistinguishable from their old style ones.

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    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Officer Kyte View Post
    Thanks for the SP Dave. Unfortunately all my ships are in 1: 1200 scale and I have been searching for weeks for Italian ships other than the Big Battleships in that scale.

    Rob.
    In that case can I suggest getting in touch with Dave Willcocks in Gosport? He is a 1/1200 specialist who trades as Dreadnought Models and I'm sure he has oodles of Italian cruisers and destroyers available. He doesn't charge stupid prices like some dealers either as he understands wargamers as well as collectors. Quite a lot of my 1/1200 WW2 collection has come from him.

    dreadnought9[at]hotmail.co.uk

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    Thanks Dave I will do that.
    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Yesterdays progress.

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    A bit of cammo going on.

    Rob.
    Last edited by Flying Officer Kyte; 03-10-2024 at 03:52.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Got most of the cammo and underbody work done. Next the exciting bits. The aircraft on the left is being used for reference.

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    Rob.
    Last edited by Flying Officer Kyte; 03-10-2024 at 04:30.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    They'll look grand, Rob

    Sapiens qui vigilat "He is wise who watches"

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    Here is today's work Dave.
    All painting complete props fitted and ready for a bit of decalling.
    Just the aircrew to paint and add then.

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    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    I'm going to enjoy flying one of those!
    I laugh in the face of danger - then I hide until it goes away!

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    Depending on the number of players Tim, you should actually end up flying a pair of those.
    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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