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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #15 WWII Ships   Wed 10 Aug 2016, 12:41 pm

Looks fine in fotos, but I know what u mean.  Clear paint does yellow or fade to translucence over time, maybe from sunlight?  If the model were mine, I'd call it salt spray!  Thanx for a very special build.  I'll always remember seeing the tiny stairs and handrail.  The p.e. "rafts" will be a super addition too.
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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #15 WWII Ships   Thu 11 Aug 2016, 7:19 pm

Another tiny update.  It seems like there's so many tiny things to do at this scale.

The control tower has been set in.  The linen colored railings are supposed to depict canvas coverings.  Down below some bare railings have been installed.  Also the two funnels have been installed.


The tripod section doesn't line up properly if set all the way in the hole - hpefully the launch that sits in front of it will cover up the problem.


A scratchbuilt Carley float was added to the searchlight tower on the rear funnel.


The chains supplied with the Artwox deck fit in the holes perfectly.  I used painted pieces of paper for the chain troughs underneath.


Thanks for your comments, guys.
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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #15 WWII Ships   Thu 11 Aug 2016, 11:14 pm

I'm getting excited over this one. Excellent detail all around. Only things missing are the crew. I vote for you to start making and painting a few hundred sailors!
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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #15 WWII Ships   Fri 12 Aug 2016, 12:27 am

Neat job on making the linen covers Mike. Carley float looks great too.

I agree with Harron, we need to see it populated with lots of crew members. Get yerself one of these P/e sets and really test your eyes!!!!! 


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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #15 WWII Ships   Fri 12 Aug 2016, 3:35 am

I wish Eduard had 1/600 painted figures, but I haven't seen any. Tom's makes a set in that scale but I'd go nuts painting them. LOL
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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #15 WWII Ships   Fri 12 Aug 2016, 6:26 am

Looking good Mike. You could weather it further still.

I have added some supports for the rudder and planes. Now for a coat of flat black and I can start aging the hull.

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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #15 WWII Ships   Sat 13 Aug 2016, 11:50 am

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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #15 WWII Ships   Sun 14 Aug 2016, 6:52 pm

Lots of excellent work going on!
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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #15 WWII Ships   Wed 17 Aug 2016, 10:09 am

The sub now has its' basic paint scheme. Time for some markings and weathering.

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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #15 WWII Ships   Thu 18 Aug 2016, 12:24 am

Looking good, Cole.

I've come to the conclusion that the White Ensign Models PE that I have for the Iron Duke is meant to depict the ship from a certain time period.  Unfortunately, the instructions do not say what that is.  The Airfix kit supplies many lifeboats and deck guns that weren't used during the war, and after the war, it lost two of it's main gun turrets. The instruction drawing does not show all the boats used and no deck guns. 

The picture below shows two of the eight davits used on the main deck.  The ones on the left are Airfix, while the right ones are the PE replacements.  If used, the boats they support will not clear any railings you install.  They also won't clear the launch that is located under the lifeboats.  Heck, they would barely be hanging in the air! So, by no means will this build be historically accurate when I'm finished.  This landlunner will just 'wing it'.
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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #15 WWII Ships   Thu 18 Aug 2016, 9:18 am

I'm with you Mike; I build scale models, not replicas. Being less than 100% accurate doesn't bother me in the least.
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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #15 WWII Ships   Fri 19 Aug 2016, 7:06 pm

One side of the main superstructure finished.  One lifeboat hollowed out and detailed;  The other ones just added some filler and made to look like tarps covering them.  No detail on original parts.  Railings are in, but the stock deck guns don't clear them - will have to make some new guns, which is alright because one of the eight disappeared magically.



The lifeboat hanging over the side took almost a whole day to get in.  Trying to glue it to the microscopic PE end was very trying.  I finally turned the ship upside down, resting it on two bottles of paint on the turret bases.  Thank goodness it didn't fall off.  That made it easier to apply CA to the PE and rest the lifeboat on it til dry.


Added rigging to the two derricks here.


Got railing on the bow, but I see I must have touched it with something afterwards.  This has happened so many times to the railings - just graze them and they'll come loose.  Back to gluing that one down.


This build is going to take forever, so I think I'll be starting another project soon to refocus my eyes.
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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #15 WWII Ships   Fri 19 Aug 2016, 7:57 pm

Great work Mike. 
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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #15 WWII Ships   Fri 19 Aug 2016, 11:51 pm

Delicate work Mike but you are cracking it!!! 

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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #15 WWII Ships   Sat 20 Aug 2016, 12:22 am

Gadzooks, all the portholes, all the rafts and small craft! If the Titanic had that many . . .! Great work so far. I saw a demo on a TV model show once here and the p.e. railings are the biggest difference in improving the look. Thanx for a triumph! No, wait! That's a car! Congrats on a success!
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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #15 WWII Ships   Sat 20 Aug 2016, 10:33 am


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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #15 WWII Ships   Mon 22 Aug 2016, 9:17 am

Great work Mike.

On the simpler side of things, all the decals are now in place. The decals proved to be very fragile. After a clear coat, I hope to mitigate that with some weathering.

I do find it odd that an IJN submarine used arabic numerals. I suppose it could be confusing reading the hull markings. For example; 1, 2, 3, or 一、二、三

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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #15 WWII Ships   Mon 22 Aug 2016, 10:04 am

Looks good with the decals on Cole. 

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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #15 WWII Ships   Mon 22 Aug 2016, 2:17 pm

Looking good Coe. A beautiful sheen on the paint finish.
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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #15 WWII Ships   Tue 23 Aug 2016, 1:53 am

Very unusual hull design. Thanx for a special model I've not seen before.
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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #15 WWII Ships   Wed 24 Aug 2016, 9:24 pm

Got the main turrets on and made some homemade blast bags with filler.  A little messy in closeup, but acceptable to the eye.



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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #15 WWII Ships   Sat 27 Aug 2016, 8:16 am

Fine work Mike.

As for mine, I decided not to leave her in pristine condition. An initial film of oxidation has been added. Originally, the subs were kept on dry land at Kiska, Alaska. I imagine the elements would have been quite harsh on all equipment.



What it looked like then.



What it looks like now.(It would appear as though I made the wrong call on the material for the screws!)

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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #15 WWII Ships   Sat 27 Aug 2016, 9:10 am

Mike, thats making a beautiful model, superb work.
Cole, the weathering is spot on and really brings the model to life. Its a cracker!!
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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #15 WWII Ships   Sat 27 Aug 2016, 1:31 pm

Weathering looks great, Cole.

Is the "now" photo of a submarine still laying out in a field in Kiska?
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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #15 WWII Ships   Sun 28 Aug 2016, 1:17 am

Thanks gents.

Mike; Yes, it was abandoned when the Japanese retreated under cover of fog. This link has some information and photos. I find it a fascinating subject that is much overlooked in WWII history.

https://aleutianislandsworkinggroup.wordpress.com/page/2/
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