1/50 scale tugboat Klimek - August 2013

Amit Bhattacharya, Los Angeles, California

“It took almost two years, but I finally finished my Klimek, my first model after 30 years,” Amit says. “It is 95 percent card stock. There are some wood parts (the funnel and the ventilators). The mast is styrene tube and rigged with thread and clear styrene. Everything is scratchbuilt except the chains and the rope fenders at bow and stern. Scale is 1/50ish — plan says 1/50 but there is a hand-written notation on the side that says 1/52.60! I downloaded the plan from www.freeshipplans.com, printed it on card, soaked it in thin super glue, then cut, sanded, glued, and painted. The water base is various shades of blue and white paint covered by a layer of clear silicone shaped into waves.”

Posted 7/17/2013 12:14:48 PM by Tim Kidwell
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  • 1/50 scale tugboat Klimek - August 2013

    With a eye view photograph near a harbor your Klimek would pass as the real tug boat. Great work!

  • 1/50 scale tugboat Klimek - August 2013

    Fantastic modeling job. Paper seems to offer subjects too obscure for the plastic modeling community, but it also offers obviously great results. I love your mixed media approach.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • 1/50 scale tugboat Klimek - August 2013

    Amit,  Holy cow. I would never have guessed that she wasn't a plastic kit. You did a fine job on the whole thing. Paint, water, and ship. Just too cool!