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Posted by scottrc on Monday, January 6, 2020 7:13 AM

Alas,

White and Yellow

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Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, January 6, 2020 10:47 AM

Looks good Scott.

If you're going for the Great white Fleet, the yellow could use a little brown, just my opinion though. Kinda like the Coast Guard "spar" color. I've heard the Vallejo flesh tone approximates this pretty well.

Awesome work and painting.

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, January 6, 2020 11:42 AM

Scott: That's really eye-catching!!! 

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

 

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Posted by JOE RIX on Monday, January 6, 2020 9:40 PM

That is looking really sharp Scott. Spectacular paint work. 

"Not only do I not know what's going on, I wouldn't know what to do about it if I did". George Carlin

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Posted by scottrc on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 7:26 AM

Thanks everyone.

The yellow is actually more ocre than the photo depicts, but Steve it correct, it could use another toning down to be more a spar tan. I have been reading up on the mix between yellow, orange, white and brown and was going to use a formula based on  Vallejo color codes. However,  its been tough to get the Vallejo colors I picked up to mix as of late because they end up translucent and wanting to seperate. My fear is that the paint might have been exposed to freezing in shipment. I have had that happen before when ordering paints in the winter.

I had to switch to Modelmasters to paint the model.

Cheers,

Scott

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 7:53 AM

Don't think I've had paint freeze but had old stuff separate though. In any case good luck! I really like what you've got going so far! 

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

 

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Posted by modelcrazy on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 11:42 AM

Scott, regardless of the color you end up with, it will turn out great.

This is where I am with the OHP. I received a PE bender for my birthday and WOW! I love it!! It's takes time to set it up and actually bent the PE but the results are amazing. Far better than bending with tweezers and then spending a while repairing the mess you just made. Where have you been all my life sweetheart?

Amazing, bend, bend, touch the glue and place where needed, done!

Aint they pirdy?

I will finish the Sprue can and OHP water at the same time. Saves time setting up and clean up of paining and adding the wake.

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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 11:51 AM

Steve: Wow, I think I have the same model of PE bender. Only I really haven't learned to use it yet. Or at least not that well. That mast looks incredible! 

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

 

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Posted by scottrc on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 3:48 PM

Awsome Steve on the mastworks.

I got the same PE bender in my stocking as well.  Like Gamera, I'm still trying to figure out how to use it.  It will be better than my old method of using a razor blade and a bunch of dowels.

 

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, January 9, 2020 11:38 AM

Got a set of 1/350th armour and softskins for my LCT. They're MUCH better molded than the resin vehicles included with the kit. Will continue cleaning up the resin vehicles though, there's enough to use the best and consign the worst ones to the spare parts box. Think they're all correct for the Liberation of Phillippines setting. 

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

 

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Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, January 9, 2020 11:49 AM

That'll be cool Gam

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Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, January 9, 2020 1:17 PM

Good morning and Happy New Year! I've been working away at the Midway in between all of the other stuff that goes on this time of year. It was a good Holiday, a lot of church activity, some parties, and visits from relatives. We finally came to our senses and picked up a fake tree on Craigslist. That just eliminated so much time spent messing around getting a live tree found, selected, cut, delivered and ultimately hauled out to the curb.

The model is going well. I owe you all more pictures, and I can't paint the island yet because it's raining again, but it is semi finished, the airwing is in the decal hangar, and I'm finished from the flight deck down.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, January 9, 2020 1:40 PM

That is looking fantastic GM, a bit up side down, but fantastic.

Glad you had a good holiday. My wife and I haven't had a real tree in 20 or so years. I don't have a issue with them but I just hate to see a waste of a tree even though they were grown just for that purpose. What really breaks my heart are the trees that aren't sold. Poor little unloved trees.

OK, back to the war.

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Posted by steve5 on Thursday, January 9, 2020 2:25 PM

very nice GM , been looking at getting an aircraft carrier , they make a stunning show piece . the wife did ask me what I was doing standing on my head , I just pointed at the screen .Wink

 

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Posted by TheMongoose on Thursday, January 9, 2020 6:47 PM

Good Morning that's looking sweet. Waiting for some close ups when the island is on 

 

edit: dang autocorrect took GM and made it a salutation Wow

In the pattern: A 23-Window MicroBus and an F-100 SuperSabre (foiled)!

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Posted by JOE RIX on Thursday, January 9, 2020 10:31 PM

Steve: Whoa, what? Wait a darn minute. You mean to tell me that you've been bending PE all this time without a PE bending tool? I'm all the more impressed with your former builds. I have a larger version that I use on occasion for aircraft and armor PE. But, with my foray into ships I'm going to be investing in one of these. I actually do most of my PE bending with flat pliers.

Gamera: Slick set. That will definitely enhance your efforts.

GM: Marvelous progress. Hope you're able to get to the island soon.

"Not only do I not know what's going on, I wouldn't know what to do about it if I did". George Carlin

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Posted by scottrc on Friday, January 10, 2020 7:47 AM

GM- Your Midway is looking fantastic.  

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Posted by B-36Andy on Friday, January 10, 2020 10:03 AM

Nice looking Midway!

Question to the group---how would you paint a 1/700 destroyer with blue deck and grey hull sides? Any good techniques? Unassembled right now.

Andy

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  • From: Boise ID area
Posted by modelcrazy on Friday, January 10, 2020 10:39 AM

I'd leave the superstructure off, painted and assembled, paint the deck, hand paint the small fittings grey, then install the superstructure, guns etc.

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, January 10, 2020 11:23 AM

That looks great Bill, seems you're about 75% or more done there! 

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

 

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Posted by GMorrison on Friday, January 10, 2020 4:35 PM

Is the superstructure separate or part of the deck part?

Check how the deck attaches to the hull. If it sits down inside it, paint the hull and the inside of the bulwarks gray before attaching the deck.

Paint the deck blue. Mask around the base of anything thats molded on the deck, and either handpaint those gray or mask the entire deck and spray them. Masking decks sounds tedious but its not hard as it's just a big flat surface.

If the deck somehow includes part of the bulwarks, or the edge of it is exposed, you'll have to put them together and figure out a little more complicated plan for masking.

Paint as much as you can in assemblies separated by colors.

I usually make a photo copy of the part tree illustrations and mark which parts are which colors. For a trumpie model that has about a squillion parts, it really helps.

My Midway on the other hand- old school. The plan is one sheet of paper, model instructions on one side and ads for other Revell kits on the other. Single exploded view and a couple of notes.

Thank you for the kind words about her.

 

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Posted by scottrc on Monday, January 13, 2020 7:38 AM

I started putting on railings Saturday morning.

And now I'm ready to start assembling the superstructure.  Nothing in the picture is glued.  I'm just visualizing what order to put on the PE parts.  Most of these parts are Flea Scale.  I still have masking tape on the stacks.

Selfie of me assembling the binnacle and ships wheel in the wheel house.  No kidding, there are parts for this assembly in the kit.  I'd take a picture of these parts but my phone camera can't zoom in that small.  

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Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, January 13, 2020 10:26 AM

Superb work on the PE Scott! Very difficult to get those straight Yes As anybody fiddling with 1/700 PE can contest.

I like the dipoles on 1/700 radar screens the best YesConfused

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, January 13, 2020 11:43 AM

Scott: She looks fantastic!!! 

And that's another reason I prefer 1/350th!!! (Though it's still too small!) 

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

 

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Posted by BrandonK on Monday, January 13, 2020 12:06 PM

Gamera
And that's another reason I prefer 1/350th!!! (Though it's still too small!) 

Everything feels to small anymore. Between the eyes and the shakes I have to upscale all my building to get by. Then where do you but these new behemoths?

BK

On the bench: Alot !

On Deck: Alot more !

 

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Posted by BrandonK on Monday, January 13, 2020 12:07 PM

Scott, I have no idea what I'm looking at other than it's very small. Hats off to you for the skills and patience to work on those tiny things.

BK

On the bench: Alot !

On Deck: Alot more !

 

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Posted by scottrc on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 7:25 AM

modelcrazy

Superb work on the PE Scott! Very difficult to get those straight Yes As anybody fiddling with 1/700 PE can contest.

I like the dipoles on 1/700 radar screens the best YesConfused

 

1/700 Radar screens, next time, I tell myself that I am going to build a jig.  No matter how well I thought the screen was strait, it somehow dried crooked.  Not that anyone could tell without a magnifying glass, but its the principal of knowing its not right that would keep me up at night.

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Posted by scottrc on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 7:28 AM

BrandonK

Scott, I have no idea what I'm looking at other than it's very small. Hats off to you for the skills and patience to work on those tiny things.

BK

 

 

Thanks Brandon, my skills, I'm just starting out and trying new things, and my patience, I chalk it up to getting older, slowing down, and maybe not fretting so much about timeGeeked

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Posted by scottrc on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 7:31 AM

Thanks Gamera,

I would love to build in 1/350 or larger, but I am out of room to store and display my works, which is why I started to dabble 1/700.

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 11:35 AM

I know what you mean about 1/350th ships, guess it's one of the reasons I like 1/35th armour and 1/48th aircraft- they don't need that much storage space. 

Thankfully my LCT isn't that big even in 1/350th- less than a foot/30cm long. 

 

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

 

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