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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #15 WWII Ships   Fri 29 Jul 2016, 4:14 pm

Very nice molding detail there, Cole.

For me a slight setback.  After painting the gray above the waterline, the masking found some paint that it just couldn't let go of.


Just have to feather it out, reprime, and spot it in.
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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #15 WWII Ships   Mon 01 Aug 2016, 9:23 pm

Major hurdle ends up a success.  I was worried I'd screw up the Atrwox wooden deck, but it went very well.  I'd recommend that product highly to anyone considering it - it makes a great difference.

It fits perfectly over the raised hatches on the deck.


The superstructures fit tightly and perfectly into the cutout provided.




I'll have to lay some thin plastic card down where the anchor chain drags over the deck.


We'll see how it looks at the edges when it's laid into the hull section.  I mic'd the Artwox and it's only .009" thick - hopefully just as thick as the molded lines I sanded away.
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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #15 WWII Ships   Mon 01 Aug 2016, 9:37 pm

That looks stunning Mike!!
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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #15 WWII Ships   Tue 02 Aug 2016, 1:07 pm

It IS incredible. I only wonder if there are special techniques to weather it (rust, spills salt damage, etc.) that are compatible with the material. Your fitting around the many objects is flawless.
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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #15 WWII Ships   Tue 02 Aug 2016, 1:41 pm

Although they say it is coated over the coloring, it seems porous an easily absorbs stuff like MEK.

I can't take credit for the fitting - it laid down perfectly.
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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #15 WWII Ships   Tue 02 Aug 2016, 5:54 pm

Nice going guys.

Shame about the hull paint Mike..... been there done that!!!

The wooden deck looks amazing. Do you know if they do one for the Academy 1/359 HMS Warspite?

Do you have a link to their website please Mike.

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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #15 WWII Ships   Wed 03 Aug 2016, 3:44 am

The hull's been touched up - I plan to keep masking away from it, now.

Al, here's the link:

http://artwox.com/?mid=board_warship_deck

I see they have the Warspite in 1/350, 1/700 and 1/600, but not 1/359.
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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #15 WWII Ships   Wed 03 Aug 2016, 9:18 am

Looking good Mike. What a difference a wooden deck makes.

The hull and sail are now joined. Time to clean up the seams and then get her painted.

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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #15 WWII Ships   Wed 03 Aug 2016, 9:27 am

Thanks for the link Mike.

Typo..... should've been 1:350...... LOL

The English dealer doesn't do them so I now have one on order from Italy!!

Thanks for the HU    should make a big difference to the finished model.

Looking good Cole, got a sense of scale shot please?

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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #15 WWII Ships   Wed 03 Aug 2016, 11:39 pm

Got some cheap Chinese gun barrels to replace the 6 inch guns.  $5 for 16 gun barrels with free shipping.  

This allows me to grind off the pin receptacles on the bottom of the deck which are slightly off register and must be muscled in. Besides, the kit guns had a lot of seam sanding to do.



The little pieces of tubing fit perfectly over the pins and I'll drill them through for the barrels.


They've got a lot really cheap stuff on ebay from China for shipbuilding.  I also ordered some 1/700 Carley boats.  I'll have to scratchbuild the larger liferafts.  The kit version of this ship doesn't seem to represent any one time period in history.
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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #15 WWII Ships   Thu 04 Aug 2016, 7:50 am

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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #15 WWII Ships   Thu 04 Aug 2016, 6:36 pm

Looks like the gun barrel mod turned out successful.  
Now it needs some sheet metal work to hide the turrets.




This is a comparison to the kit barrel, which has an inaccurate flare at the end.


Close-up photography in this scale can be very disheartening.  What looks OK to the eye upon photo inspection can look totally ridiculous.  There were no davits provided for this lifeboat, so I put it in.  What should look like rope/ropes suspending the boat, appear as huge iron pipework.  
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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #15 WWII Ships   Thu 04 Aug 2016, 6:51 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #15 WWII Ships   Thu 04 Aug 2016, 7:20 pm

The gun barrels look good Mike.

Macro photography hides nothing. Any chance of a sense of scale shot please Mike.

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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #15 WWII Ships   Fri 05 Aug 2016, 7:15 pm

Here's your scale shots, Al.

Gun Barrels (6") painted.


Scale standard sitting by the aft superstructure.


And the Carley Floats arrived from China. I put some paint on a few to visualize.

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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #15 WWII Ships   Sun 07 Aug 2016, 2:47 am

Wow. The life rafts are impressive Mike. Keep up the good work.
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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #15 WWII Ships   Sun 07 Aug 2016, 9:05 am

Man those rafts are TINY.... and with P/e too!!!!

Have you booked a place in your local Looney Bin yet??? Me thinks you might need it!!! LOL

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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #15 WWII Ships   Sun 07 Aug 2016, 11:47 am

Deck planking really looks good !

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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #15 WWII Ships   Sun 07 Aug 2016, 1:18 pm

The bravery in using such tiny p.e. pieces, needing bending/shaping, is an inspiration to anyone considering trying larger scale work. Thanx for the tutorial on how to do one very good ship model. The small sub is, likewise, an interesting subject. The ships group build is another success, thanx everybody!
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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #15 WWII Ships   Mon 08 Aug 2016, 9:22 am

This is for you Al (to provide a sense of scale).

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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #15 WWII Ships   Mon 08 Aug 2016, 9:29 am

Brilliant detailing Mike.
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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #15 WWII Ships   Mon 08 Aug 2016, 11:06 am

Thanks Cole, that's smaller than I thought. Keep at it!!

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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #15 WWII Ships   Tue 09 Aug 2016, 7:15 pm

The hull paint was airbrushed in and the black waterline was put on using black decal material cut to 0.1" wide.  Unfortunately, when I went to seal it with flat acrylic, the old bottle of Polly S railroad paint apparently went bad and left a foggy coloring over the red and black.  I've had bottles of Vallejo clear gloss go bad and turn yellow, but never had flat go bad.  Well, I'll just have to touch that up or call it weathering.  LOL







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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #15 WWII Ships   Tue 09 Aug 2016, 7:57 pm

Can't tell from here Mike. Looks great.

Nice detailing on the lifeboats too.

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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #15 WWII Ships   Tue 09 Aug 2016, 8:00 pm

Looks great Mike, would be weathered from all that salt water!
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