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Charguizard
Post subject: Lapwing-class Minesweepers and derivatesPosted: October 19th, 2017, 1:43 am
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I know a while ago I said I was doing O'Higgins, but this wonderful world of Shipbucket offers too many distractions.

The Lapwing-class minesweepers, sometimes called the Bird class, were a World War One era design that became useful in many other roles, including seaplane tender, survey ship, tug, salvage ship and submarine rescue ship.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lapwing-class_minesweeper

Today I have two of these, and I'm looking forward to making a few more.
If you feel inclined to depict one of these wonderful little ships yourself, you're of course welcome too.

This is AVOCET in her final form in 1944.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Avocet_(AVP-4)
She wears my interpretation of Measure 14. I've found no evidence that she actually used this scheme, but with the help of others more knowledgeable than me determined that this was at least an educated guess.
The NavSource picture caption reads "Avocet in Elliott Bay, Seattle, Washington, on 1 March 1944. Her single 3"/50 gun is mounted in the original large tub that previously held two of these weapons".

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The next one is PIONEER, ex OSPREY, ex Minesweeper No. 29, in 1922, as transformed into a survey ship for the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USC%26GS_Pioneer_(1918)
She wears Buff on White, again as interpreted by me. She had a long career around Alaskan waters together with DISCOVERER and GUIDE and survived to serve through World War Two and wasn't sold for scrapping until 1952.

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As usual, your feedback and any help in improving these is greatly appreciated.


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Post subject: Re: Lapwing-class Minesweepers and derivatesPosted: October 19th, 2017, 8:18 am
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Very nice work.
I'm no USN expert so won't comment on the details but the drawing themselves look very good.

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Post subject: Re: Lapwing-class Minesweepers and derivatesPosted: October 19th, 2017, 10:21 am
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Really nice looking drawings!

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Post subject: Re: Lapwing-class Minesweepers and derivatesPosted: October 19th, 2017, 2:56 pm
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Great job. All the photos I have seen of this class show
overall medium or light gray, so your color scheme is
probably correct.


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Post subject: Re: Lapwing-class Minesweepers and derivatesPosted: October 19th, 2017, 5:57 pm
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Hi Charguizard!

I also cannot comment on accuracy, but they certainly look excellent. Congrats!

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Post subject: Re: Lapwing-class Minesweepers and derivatesPosted: October 19th, 2017, 6:38 pm
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These are excellent drawings, and very well done. Do continue this series, please :)

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Post subject: Re: Lapwing-class Minesweepers and derivatesPosted: October 20th, 2017, 7:18 pm
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Great work! Keep it up!

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Post subject: Re: Lapwing-class Minesweepers and derivatesPosted: October 22nd, 2017, 3:03 am
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Thank you very much for your encouragement, I could hardly ask for kinder treatment.
I'll be sure to keep posting these as I finish them.

This is USC&GS DISCOVERER, ex AUK, ex Minesweeper No.38 as seen around 1931 in the pacific ocean.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USC%26GS_ ... rer_(1918)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Auk_(AM-38)
The caption for the source image in in NavSource reads:
"c. 1931
In the Pacific
Captain Harry Garber, C&GS
Photo theb0103 from NOAA's Fleet Then and Now - Sailing for Science Collection"

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This vessel would also have a long and interesting career.
She was recommissioned into the USN before World War II began as USS DISCOVERER (ARS-3) for salvage duties, and then sold to Venezuela in 1947 and renamed FELIPE LARRAZABAL (R-11), and decommissioned for the last time in 1962, and eventually abandoned.

EDIT: Updated picture added.


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Post subject: Re: Lapwing-class Minesweepers and derivatesPosted: October 22nd, 2017, 9:07 am
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Great work! :D


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Post subject: Re: Lapwing-class Minesweepers and derivatesPosted: October 22nd, 2017, 10:38 am
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Nice! :D

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