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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, September 14, 2018 11:30 AM

Yeah, looks pretty darn close to perfect to me!!! 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by PeterPan on Friday, September 14, 2018 11:50 PM

Tanker - Builder

Peter ;

Last photo , of your model . What the h#$$ is wrong with that ? Looks good to me . Now , put the shiny water stuff on it and call it done .    T.B.

Not so fast T.B. Still got lots more to do yet.

Peter

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Posted by PeterPan on Friday, September 14, 2018 11:54 PM

Thanks fellow friends for your pats on the back. It sure settled my worries. So I had a crack at the Kraken. 

Peter

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  • From: Currently in the Dallas area
Posted by modelcrazy on Saturday, September 15, 2018 3:26 AM

Very cool Peter!

All kinds of neet stuff to look at. Like a treasure hunt.

Steve

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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Saturday, September 15, 2018 2:15 PM

Hey ! DINNER ! 

 Calamari Is served ! LOL.LOL. Nice touch !

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  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Saturday, September 15, 2018 5:30 PM

Tanker - Builder
You wanna come to New Braunfels , Tx.

If you convince him, I just need 4 hours' notice, as I'd like to shake that man's hand.  Well, and yours, too.

Then we can rock-paper-scissors as to whether to drag him to TexMex or Q Smile

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Posted by PeterPan on Sunday, September 16, 2018 6:06 AM

modelcrazy

Very cool Peter!

All kinds of neet stuff to look at. Like a treasure hunt.

 

Thanks. Yes it is a bit like that. At least it will give those not operating the bridge someting to look for.

Peter

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Posted by PeterPan on Sunday, September 16, 2018 6:08 AM

CapnMac82
Tanker - Builder
You wanna come to New Braunfels , Tx.

If you convince him, I just need 4 hours' notice, as I'd like to shake that man's hand.  Well, and yours, too.

Then we can rock-paper-scissors as to whether to drag him to TexMex or Q Smile

Thanks for great complement. I am for the TexMex or Q, and I'll buy the drinks.

Peter

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Posted by PeterPan on Sunday, September 16, 2018 6:10 AM

Sorry to show similar images. 

Spent the whole day dry-brushing the water surafce with lighter shades for the water crests. When it dried I was glad that it went darker, as previously explained. Now it's not so noticeable. Yet the whole water surface became slightly lighter shade

Still lots of little touch-ups required. Then a three day drying period is needed before applying the varnish. Each coat requires 24 hrs drying time. Looking forward to see how it will look then.

Peter

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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Sunday, September 16, 2018 12:30 PM

Oh CapnMac82 !

Wouldn't that be the cat's meow ! I'd go for that too !

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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Sunday, September 16, 2018 12:33 PM

 Hi Peter !

 If you visit the States You better make it to TEXAS ! A warm welcome awaits !

Can you obtain some brew from home and treat us ?

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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Sunday, September 16, 2018 12:35 PM

Hmmmm;

 That looks pretty good to me . Now , don't go in ! There are sharks and kraken in there !

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Posted by PeterPan on Sunday, September 16, 2018 2:47 PM

Tanker - Builder

Oh CapnMac82 !

Wouldn't that be the cat's meow ! I'd go for that too !

Big Smile Live hot dogs and Cats-up.

Peter

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Posted by PeterPan on Sunday, September 16, 2018 2:50 PM

Tanker - Builder

Hmmmm;

 That looks pretty good to me . Now , don't go in ! There are sharks and kraken in there !

No way! 

Peter

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  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Sunday, September 16, 2018 6:34 PM

PeterPan
I am for the TexMex or Q, and I'll buy the drinks.

One must needs be delicate in such matters, as this is Texas, and fisticufs have proken out about which venue is the ideal for TexMex or for BBQ.

Which gets quite complicated.  Lockhart, TX is but about 40-45 minutes up the road, and has, arguably, four of the best five barbecue joints in the entire State (and that by agreement of several periodicals, and also customers).

However, should there be an impasse, I would then offer up the Gristmill, there at New Braunfel's north side (in the former hamlet of Gruene ["Green"]).   The Gristmill has a fascinatingly varied menu of a little bit of everything.

I may be waxing a tad much, as this DFW metro area is wearing me down of late.  Which is arrgravated by being in sight of the stadia wher the Dallas Cowboys play, the Texas Rangers play, and the Six Flags amusement park.  Being in a toursit trap with chain establishments can be wearying.

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Sunday, September 16, 2018 8:43 PM

Dry-brushing the wave crests looks great!

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by PeterPan on Sunday, September 16, 2018 8:44 PM
CapMac, I have no such problems. I live alone like a hermit. No TV, no radio, no music, and no one to please but myself. I have learnt to love this lifestyle above any other. I do all my own cooking with much variety. I prefer my cooking than going out. I know what I like and have learnt how to cook it. Don't watch or follow sport. As a cyclist I stopped following the Tour de France since Armstrong begged us to believe a lie. My cycling mates are always talking about cycling, football, cricket, or tennis. I have nothing to contribute to their banter, but I swaer their all bonkers. Today I rode a fast 25 mile ride, and nobody could catch me. That in itself is better than watching sport on TV. However, if you like cooking a BBQ as much as the Aussies, then a backyard BBQ would be perfect. I'll through a bit of shark and kraken on the hot plate too.

Peter

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Posted by PeterPan on Sunday, September 16, 2018 8:47 PM

Thanks Gamera.

Today I will try to give the footings some depth. If it works out, I'll post that later today.

Peter

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  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Sunday, September 16, 2018 9:31 PM

My Gosh you are talented.

I'm pretty much speechless, which is rare......

-Greg

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Posted by PeterPan on Monday, September 17, 2018 4:07 AM

Greg

My Gosh you are talented.

I'm pretty much speechless, which is rare......

Thank you very much Greg.

Peter

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    January, 2018
Posted by PeterPan on Monday, September 17, 2018 4:09 AM

Not much to see here. Just a few touch-ups is all I had time for today. I was too tired after riding a 25 mile race. All the way I did not see one rider in front of me.

Played around with the bridge footings at water level. Tried to give a better impression than just cement and coloured water.

Then decided to add other sea creatures besides the kraken.

May get the kids to count how many jellyfish there are.

Peter

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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Monday, September 17, 2018 9:28 AM

Geez Louize !

 Peter , You are going to make me go Bonkers . Not that I am the far from it anyway ! Build ships for over sixty years and you begin to see strange things . I used to have a lifestyle similar to you , after the first Missus passed .

 Turned out to be the best fish chef in the Bethel Island  California ,area . But here in the Great State of texas . I leave Q and Tex-mex to the pros . Because of dietary restrictions there are certain Q places I have to avoid .

I am the same way about sports too . When I was younger I would root for my favorite team . But , I never got caught up in it enough to make my house look like a team Gift Shop ! I know those who do though . Crazy I say !

 Are you going to leave anyplace safe for this old man to twiddle his toes in the water ? I have to say , The shallow water effect is just primo , mate !

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Posted by PeterPan on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 3:47 AM

Thanks T.B. for funny response. It sure does not look safe to use your toes for bait. Even the fish are swimming away for their lives.

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Was not too happy with the footings, so I visited our Missingham bridge to make observations. These footings had some barnacles on it. Also studied the reflections of the pier on the water.

Decided to follow this example. I avoided using a flood brown colour on the footings, for it would have a strong colour contrast with the bluish waters. So I used various shades of grey to neutralize colour comparisons. Exagerated the barnacles to make it look like barnacles at such a small scale.

Cleaned up the wharf. Added another submerged tentacle to the kraken (near side). With the gangway in place, the kraken will be partly hidden (a sneaky fellow). Painted the fish and jellyfish swimming away from the kraken.

Peter

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  • From: Currently in the Dallas area
Posted by modelcrazy on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 9:18 AM

Looks really great Peter Yes The acrylic varnish (several coats) will take care of the reflections. The footings look sweet with the barnacles. You may want to add that treatment to the wood pilings as well.

Steve

ON THE BENCH

1/48 Tamiya Mk.1 Swordfish
1/350 Tamiya Prince of Wales
1/200 AMT Saturn V

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    November, 2005
  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 9:10 PM

The colors and finsih are really coming together.  It really is starting to look wet.

The filling all the spaces with tidbits is a classic Disney practice.  Not only does it fill the visual field in ways we humans scant notice, but, it also helps provide a sense of wonder, of finding something no one else has--key items for a museum.

 

BTW, in Texas, our barbecue tradition comes from German immigrants who settled here largely in 1840-1850.  They moved to our Hill Country and settledinto the cattle & meat business.  In those days before refrigeration, smoke curing was a handy substitute.  Oak was plentiful, so, that's what the pits were stoked with.  By the early 1900s almost all the meat markets in Central Texas had an attached smoker.  Often, this was a way to slow cook low-value cuts, like brisket.  About the time of WWI, the shops started carrying side dishes for those not buying entire primals, or to-order cuts.  To this day, the "classic" form is to get meat on butcher paper with some bread and your choice of side dishes (beans, potato salad, cole slaw, etc.)  It was only after WWII that sit-down restaurants started featuring plated versions of the meals grabed as take-aways.

Texas being the wee sort of place that it is (800x800mi, call it 1000kmx1000km), differnt woods became regional preferences.  So, there can be disputes among Texans about the wood used. 

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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Thursday, September 20, 2018 8:12 AM

CapnMac82 ! 

 Hey ! quit yammerin about TEXAS chow ! We all know it's the best ! Besides you're making Me Hongry ! I kinda favor Mesquite and Oak wood for my  " Q " Still haven't learned how to make it myself though .  T.B.       There's a place close by that still serves it that way ! Besides I love Texas food of all types ! One look at me would confirm that !

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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Thursday, September 20, 2018 8:18 AM

Oh ! Peter ! 

 You are kickin it man ! That thing is killer . How will you ever let it go ? It looks like you put your heart and soul in there . I have a problem I have to share with you . When I do builds for the Rail Museum I almost hate to part with them , but no room here at home . 

 You are an artist sir . It is not easy to translate what the eye sees into believable miniature size .You have that gift in Spades . Good On You , Mate   T.B.

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, September 20, 2018 8:23 PM

Oh wow love the marine life!!!

 

All the talk about Kraken and food makes me hungry for ojino bokkum (fried squid in Korean hot sauce) though...

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by PeterPan on Friday, September 21, 2018 1:50 AM

modelcrazy
...You may want to add that treatment to the wood pilings as well.

Decided against that idea. These piers, I believe, are from Turpentine timber, which no barnacle would want to live on.

Peter

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Posted by PeterPan on Friday, September 21, 2018 1:54 AM

CapnMac82

The colors and finsih are really coming together.  It really is starting to look wet. . . 

Thanks Mac. You realize that since you've mentioned food, I've put on weight. If I sat on my bike now, the tires would blow. Eats

Peter

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