Bismarcks cable reels?

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The Takom turret kit has you fit three cable reels which are covered i assume with canvas which is white or beige / buff colour??

Would the canvas be one piece, have one join / seam or what? The kit reels are of course in 2 pieces.

This picture is from the anatomy of the Bismarck??
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Shows bugger all lol

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Cable reel covers are usually made of canvas, stitched together - two end pieces with hemispherical tops and a middle oblong strip actually over the cables - usually with eyelets on the bottom edges, so they can be lashed down.
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Cable reel covers are usually made of canvas, stitched together - two end pieces with hemispherical tops and a middle oblong strip actually over the cables - usually with eyelets on the bottom edges, so they can be lashed down.
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It may be well to remember the service maxim 'If it moves salute it, if it doesn't paint it ... ! On-board most 'Navy' stuff like this is either scrubbed, painted or disguised beyond an inch of it's life!
 

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Cable reels, as the name suggests are storage for cables! These cables will generally only be used when alongside, or at anchor. At sea, they are stowed away ( usually liberally greased ), and covered to protect them. On the older merchant ships that I served on, each cargo hatch had four winches & derricks, and there were 5 hatches. On leaving port and beginning a long sea passage, the winches & derricks were unrigged & the cables stowed, in you guessed it, reels! This was all on deck - they took up a lot of space, and each reel had its own 'tea cosy' to shelter it from the elements!
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Dave , you are spot on! But I'm sure, as you well know, the Andrew would want every 'Tea Cosy' to be 'Tiddly' . On a modelling perspective these open reels are probably best represented as a very dark. satin, grey-brown colour with a dark metallic overtone, (That's a load of bow locks I hear you say)
 
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