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Old 22-09-2010, 02:56
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Tim this makes what "three years before the masts" on this project?

Congratulations and Well Done from the other pond.

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Old 22-09-2010, 11:34
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I would like also to congratulate you in your involvement with this project and the way you take time from what is I am sure a busy schedule , to keep us all abreast of the project.
If it were not for people like you keeping our rich heritage alive, the world would be little poorer. So thank you on behalf of my grandchildren for allowing them the opportunity to see it as it was.
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Old 23-09-2010, 05:14
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Dear Don, actually more like five years, we struck on the idea at the 2005 christmas party!
Here are yesterdays photos, the arials going up, this just leaves the standing/running rigging left and its job done. They have also restored all of the signal/running/anchor etc. lights on the masts so its not just the masts that have been done. Unfortunately its not poss to revive the functionality of the old radar as some of the motors are DC and high voltage for which of course the is no longer a power source.
The rest of the job will be completed on friday after which the ship will throw a thank-you party for the Russian and British workers who have done such a splendid job to makes this dream a reality, this spirit could do with some replication on a wider scale elsewhere in life.
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Old 26-09-2010, 05:26
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Dear All,
On firiday night the ship threw a party for the team and to say thanks and farewell to our wonderful Russian engineers and specialists who have driven the pace of the refit over the past weeks. Russian Standard provided the vodka, the food was good old shepherds pie. By one of life's curious coincidences i would like to throw in a connection. On the night of September 24th. 1942 HMS Somali broke in two and sank in the Arctic seas after being towed 600 miles by her sister ship Ashanti, it was the night my father was MID for his part: the Belfast "Last Witness" project was created by me in 2005with his memory in mind, how fitting that fate should bring the completion of the project to the same point in time 68 years apart!

more pics of the ship to follow...
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Old 26-09-2010, 06:31
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Congratulations, Tim, on a job superbly well done. I know all of us on the forum are so proud of your efforts and the final results. Those who served on HMS Belfast past and present no doubt take great pride in seeing the results of your hard work, and of all associated with the project. From Pearl Harbor, where I saw Belfast on her last commission, Bravo Zulu!

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Old 26-09-2010, 07:28
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congrats tim!!!!!!!!great job i recognize the old"293"aerial......i "cut my teeth" on that!!!!!!on a"dido" cruuiser!! regards from oz...
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Old 26-09-2010, 08:04
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Thank-you all for your kind thoughts and wishes which i will pass on to the team in the ship; i thought you might like to see John Hamilton's representation of Belfast turning towards the radar echo of Scharnhorst at North Cape.
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Old 26-09-2010, 08:38
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Absolutely fantastic job Tim. You should be, and I am sure you are, extremely proud. A marvellous achievement.
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Old 26-09-2010, 13:40
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Fantastic job and excellent outcome Tim.

An example to all just how such an evolution should go, so a well deserved big BZ goes to you and all involved the 'refit' crew.

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Old 26-09-2010, 20:37
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Hi Tim,

If I may make so bold....wonderful job. Great.

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Old 26-09-2010, 21:09
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Great to see your sole surviving WW2 cruiser being taken care of (unlike our poor Olympic...)! I well remember flying over her on approach to London Heathrow; was a treat to briefly see this magnificant piece of Naval History!! DFO

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Old 26-09-2010, 21:45
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Above post edited as stated. Could members please not use text speak. See Forum Code of Conduct:

http://www.worldnavalships.com/forum...ead.php?t=7503

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Old 27-09-2010, 13:32
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just in this morning; first view of the ship without her scaffolding or the barges alongside, this is the first time she has been seen with free-standing masts for ages.
We plan to smelt the steel from the old masts and produce a very limited edition of 100 replica tampions the first batch of which will go to the VIPs to say thanks, the rest to ber sold to raise funds for on-going support and maintainance, though you might like a sneak preview of the mockup, the finished item will be polished/lacquered steel. I think roughly the size of a CD in an oak frame A4 size with a vellum script underneath to say what-how-when details; needless to say they will be outrageously expensive!
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Old 27-09-2010, 15:28
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What a lovely sight. Thank you Tim and BZ.
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Old 27-09-2010, 17:23
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Old 27-09-2010, 17:40
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Still a HANDSOME example of an all gun cruiser! She has always been to my eyes the best looking of the WW2 RN light cruisers; although the one thing-compared to other warships-that always struck me is the center tube of the 3 being on the different "attitude" because of the way her mounts were built.
Can't think of any USN triple mounts that did that.

NICE photo! DFO

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Old 27-09-2010, 18:46
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Excellent work Tim!

Now, what will it take to get her flashed up and steaming down the Thames?

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Old 27-09-2010, 20:42
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Now, what will it take to get her flashed up and steaming down the Thames?

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Hi,

In answer to that, without being political, more guts and brass than is being portrayed by our leadership in the recent past. of course gun support in the littorals is not really needed is it?

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Old 27-09-2010, 23:19
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Tim, you and your associates have done a fantastic job in getting her restored, but I have one huge complaint.... Her colour scheme. Who decided to turn a re-modelled and re-built warship back into her wartime livery ? I could understand it, if she hadn't been modernised, but she has !! It's like taking an 80 year old woman and dressing her up in mascara, false eyelashes, lipstick and putting her in a miniskirt and kinky boots..... (Calm down gents ) It just doesn't look right.

Am I just the only one or do others feel the same ???
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Old 28-09-2010, 05:16
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it is only paint! when she first came in 1970 something she was in natural crabfat complete with B&W number (C35), actually thinking back, without number; then they added the number, then they decided to redecorate in dazzle. Maybe next time she goes down to pompey for a spruce-up the colours will change again, i can propose it as your special request if you like? maybe we need a straw poll of our forum focus group? those for crabfat and number please express yourselves; those for camo please do the same! now thats democracy!

For general interest, when she was brand new she was in dark gray...
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Old 28-09-2010, 08:22
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Tim, if you've ever stopped off at Scratchwood services you'd know why, service is terrible

Here's a great shot of the 'Old Lady' one of my favourites in plain pussers grey.

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Old 28-09-2010, 10:01
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Dear Mousey, that is an absolutely splendid shot i have not seen before, are you ok if i include it to my souvenir programme book for the royal event on 19th october, that what you can call "opeing A arcs"!!
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Dear Mousey, that is an absolutely splendid shot i have not seen before, are you ok if i include it to my souvenir programme book for the royal event on 19th october, that what you can call "opeing A arcs"!!
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I am sure that will be ok Tim. Will send you a copy direct and try to ascertain when and where it was taken. Kind regards David.
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it is only paint! when she first came in 1970 something she was in natural crabfat complete with B&W number (C35), actually thinking back, without number; then they added the number, then they decided to redecorate in dazzle. Maybe next time she goes down to pompey for a spruce-up the colours will change again, i can propose it as your special request if you like? maybe we need a straw poll of our forum focus group? those for crabfat and number please express yourselves; those for camo please do the same! now thats democracy!

For gen interest, when she was brand new she was in dark gray...
Great photo Tim. Would love to know what the general concensus is regarding colour scheme.
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