Fishery Protection Vessel Hirta was built in Gdansk, Poland. The ship was named and launched on 17 August 2007. Hirta was handed over to the owner in May 2008.
Hirta operates around Scotland and on the fisheries of north-east Atlantic. Her task is to make sure that the fishery laws (British, European Union and international ones) are obeyed in order to preserve maritime resources and ecological balance.
Galatea was built in Gdansk, Poland and launched on 26. July 2006.
The tender was designed to fulfil all tasks connected with service, overhaul and buoy replacement all over the year. Moreover Galatea can do many tasks on high sea - such as towing, hydrographical search, wreck marking, staff and equipment transport. She can also be used as a base for other operating units and helicopters.
THV Galatea was named by Her Majesty The Queen Elisabeth II. The ceremony took place on 17 October 2007 on the River Thames. THV Galatea was berthed side-to-side with HMS Belfast.
THV Galatea was named on untypical way - not straight after launching, but after commissioning and coming from Poland to London.
Galatea zostala zbudowana w Stoczni Po
nocnej w Gdansku i zwodowana 26 lipca 2006 r.
Statek zostal zaprojektowany tak, aby sprostac wszelkim zadaniom zwiazanym z obs
uga, remontami i wymiana boi przez ca
y rok. Oprocz tego Galatea moze wykonywac rozne zadania na pe
nym morzu - holowania, badania hydrograficzne, znakowanie wrakow, transport personelu i sprzetu. Moze tez s
uzyc jako baza do prac wykonywanych przez inne jednostki oraz helikoptery.
THV Galatea zostala ochrzczona przez sama krolowa brytyjska Elzbiete II. Uroczystosc odbyla sie na Tamizie w Londynie 17 pazdziernika 2007 r. THV Galatea zacumowa
a burta w burte z HMS Belfast.
a dosc nietypowa, poniewaz Galatea nie zostala ochrzczona od razu po wodowaniu, tylko po ukonczeniu budowy i dop
ynieciu z Gdanska do Londynu.
Hi everyone - just wanted to let you all know that as per my forum posts, I'm off to Nuremberg tomorrow for the Toy Fair!
January 28: Final steps
Now everything is almost finished: The ship is complete, the figures are painted, and currently I'm mounting all the stuff on the base plate. So next time you can expect to see the finished diorama.
A note on paint: I am using everything that is at hand - enamels, acrylics from model companies (Revell Aqua, Andrea Color), hobby acrylics and artists' paint as well. However, with the exception of a few shiny surfaces (e.g. certain types of leather), I prefer a totally matt texture, as glossy or even satin finish will look unrealistic on most surfaces. So the "best" paints are not necessarily the best suited for my purposes, as in particular some expensive, high-grade artists' acrylic colours have a satin finish that I don't like.
January 15: Bathing Fun
It's been a long wait since this project was updated last time, but I have been busy in the meantime. Right now, the figures are on the agenda. I will use a mixture of white metal and some plastic figures, coming from various companies.
The first steps are to remove flash and casting marks. And then they get a nice, warm bath in detergent. This is crucial for getting a good adhesion of the paint and glue, even though I don't wargame with my figures, so they will experience no large amount of handling after being painted.
On 18 August 1942 the plan of rebuilding Seydlitz to an aircraft carrier Weser was presented to Hitler. It is worth mentioning that the ship wasn't renamed and the name "Weser" appeared only in the documentation of the carrier. Until December 1942 some constructions were taken down and the rebuilding was stopped once more. In the beginning of April 1944 the ship was towed to Königsberg (Kaliningrad) to serve as an accommodation hulk. She was sunk before the fall of Königsberg. The Russians raised the wreck and in 1947 she was scrapped.