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Nantucket Lightship by Lindberg - 1:95 scale build

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  • Member since
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  • From: Atlanta Metro, Georgia
Nantucket Lightship by Lindberg - 1:95 scale build
Posted by fright on Sunday, August 19, 2018 6:12 PM

I finished up on my first wooden boat and I thought I would take a break by turning my attention to this little ship with a wonderful history. I purchased this kit from Hobbylinc and it arrived well packaged and intact. I read a review that said this was an old mold and expect some flash and injection marks. After looking over the parts, I could see that it does have some issues that will require putty and sanding. 

First off, I sprayed everything with primer gray. I then set about work by using CA glue to connect the two hull halves together. Two areas that did not align up on my model was the opening on the bow for the anchor and the opening for the propeller on the bottom aft end. I will try to do some putty work, drilling and sanding to help fix my problem. I ran a good bead of Testors model cement from a tube all along the interior seams of the hull. I am planning to install wiring for lights and I do not want the seam to open when I drill. 

As for color scheme, I'm told that this kit represents this vessel just before she was refitted from steam to diesel power in April of 1960. Since I do not own an airbrush, I will use ModelMasters Guard Red on hull, Testors Flat Black for waterline strip and Red Oxide for anti-fouling red. Testors Gray for all deck(s), Flat white for all bulkheads, and Badger Union Pacific Armor yellow for my 'spar' on masts, funnel, ventilators, etc.  

Robert O

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Posted by PFJN on Sunday, August 19, 2018 6:55 PM

Hi,

Can't wait to see more.  I enjoy seeing what people can do with some of these older models, that were around when I grew up.  Admittantly they may seem primitive compared to alot of more recent kits built with newer technology, and sometimes time and age have taken there toll on the moldings, etc.  But with care they can be a nice looking build Smile.

Pat

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Posted by CG Bob on Sunday, August 19, 2018 9:00 PM

You might want to reconsider the Badger Union Pacific Armor Yellow.  The Badger Marine Colors #16-405 Deck Tan is a closer match to Spar (or Buff); an alternate is #16-408 Navy Buff.

 

 

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Posted by fright on Monday, August 20, 2018 11:17 AM

CG Bob - I will go online and look up Badger's Marine colors. THank you for this info and for the color numbers. Wink

 

Robert O

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Posted by fright on Monday, August 20, 2018 11:45 AM

PFJN @ Pat - for some unknown reason, I've found an interest in the history of these ships. I posted that I am planning on installing lights for the beacons and another person, who goes by the name RCBoater, suggested to me an LED white light that has a 360 degree by www.superbrightLEDs.com. He also gave me the tip on a flasher unit that simulates a lighthouse beacon by http://www.bakatronics.com/shop/item.aspx?itemid=575

There are quite a few discrepancies with this model and I will try to change a few of them if I can. One is the actual ship has two rub rails in which the black waterline goes between. I noticed the model has a cutout in the starboard bow to house the spare mushroom anchor. On the real ship. it has the same placement as the main bow anchor and sits right next to it instead of higher up placement on the model kit.

I hope to give this my best shot with some of the changes that I will be making and I am looking forward to a fun build. Thanks for taking a look Wink

Robert O

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Posted by GMorrison on Monday, August 20, 2018 1:26 PM
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Posted by fright on Monday, August 20, 2018 2:03 PM

GMorrison - big THANKS for sending me this site for the paint. I placed my order for USCG Spar paint. Cheers and thanks for your help!!! Bow Down

Robert O

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Posted by fright on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 1:07 PM

Went online and ordered my White Ensign USCG Spar paint from Sprue Brothers (thanks to GMorrison for this tip); ordered two 5mm 360 degree LED's from Super Bright Leds; and ordered my flasher light controller, which simulates a lighthouse beacon, from Bakatronics (both the LED light and controller were leads from RCBoater). 

Working on cutting and sanding off any flash from the structure parts to be assembled. Thanks for all of the help and a good day's work. Smile

 

Robert O

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Posted by fright on Friday, August 24, 2018 7:19 AM

I sat down and was able to work on adding the missing rub rail to the ship's hull. I used two Evergreen round styrene strips and taped them down on the ends to hold in place. I used a sanding block to flatten down one side of each strip and a sanding file to round off the ends. They were then cut to the right length. I used a ruler to mark off distance from top rail and ran a tape line along the markings for placement of strip. Strip was attached to hull using CA glue. Sanded off any excess glue and then hit with gray primer.

Robert O

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Posted by GMorrison on Friday, August 24, 2018 9:01 AM

A real ship modeler!

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Posted by fright on Friday, August 24, 2018 1:14 PM
GMorrison - LOL Practice leads to more questions and answers... and progressively better builds! Thanks to so many people like yourself who are willing to share their experience and knowledge to help others down the river instead of up the river! Cheers and a good weekend!

Robert O

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  • From: Derry, New Hampshire, USA
Posted by rcboater on Saturday, August 25, 2018 10:08 PM
Here’s a link to my smugmug gallery showing the work I did to convert the model to radio control. The model features working navigation lights as well as the flashing beacon- I can switch from one to the other via RC. Note that as a working model, often sailed at night, I left off some of the more fragile details.... https://billmichaels.smugmug.com/Bills-Stuff/Modelling/n-fK4qbP/ProjectsBuilds/RC-Boats/Nantucket

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Posted by fright on Sunday, August 26, 2018 10:11 AM

In between having a new roof put on my house, I was able to assemble the superstructures to be placed on the decking. I filed and sanded away a bit of flash on all of the pieces, especially cleaning out many of the portholes, and dry fitted pieces for placement. I used liquid cement to bond all of the walls together and finished with some white glue to help fill in any seams that showed gaps. I then sanded smooth and sprayed with white primer. Everything seems to fit properly on the deck (not glued down - they need to be detailed).

I'm going to look at photos to see what color the portholes were. Then I will try to figure out the best way to color them. I was thinking about using permanent marker instead of paint. Has anyone tried this method for portholes? 

I also removed any flash from the ship's three small boats and sprayed with white primer. I believe the colors used for this time period were white hull, with black railing. The original colors were red and black.

Robert O

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Posted by GMorrison on Sunday, August 26, 2018 12:00 PM

Using permanent markers is risky. Many clear coats, including Future, can make them bleed. I assume you will be weathering the ship, and usually that works best putting washes on over a clear barrier coat.

Also most markers are really dark blue or purple. I like paint pens. Most art stores sell them, they come in silver, white and black. Three or four tip sizes. Extremely useful things for jobs like your portholes. 1/700 aircraft canopies.

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Posted by Luvspinball on Sunday, August 26, 2018 8:32 PM

I second the paint pens.  Handy little tools for detail work.

Bob Frysztak

Luvspinball

Current build:  Revell 1/96 USS Constitution

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  • From: Atlanta Metro, Georgia
Posted by fright on Sunday, August 26, 2018 8:34 PM

GMorrison - thanks for your advice on permanent markers and I'll stay away from using them. You're right in the fact they they do have a bluish tint to them. I looked at a few pictures that were taken from the interior of the wheelhouse. The actual porthole windows were receased into the walls and from the exterior, they appear as only round openings.

 I do plan on spraying everything with a dull coat after all is attached to the ship. I am thinking of adding some weathering sparingly with this build. I need to start doing some homework with electrical wiring and on running multiple lights for the ship. My goal is to create the effect that some lights are on behind some of the portholes. On this kit, I will be building a stand that will hide the battery connection and possibly incoprorate an on/off switch. Tea.... tah's it,110,220, whatever it takes! LOL   ~~poof~~~

Robert O

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  • From: Atlanta Metro, Georgia
Posted by fright on Monday, August 27, 2018 8:43 AM
Bob - thanks for your feedback on the pens. Your work that you are doing on your Connie is really inspiring and your talents shine on this one. I'm envious of your knowledge on wiring and electronics!!!

Robert O

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Posted by fright on Monday, August 27, 2018 2:38 PM

Went to HobbyLobby ( my nearest hobby supply shop) and I picked up a bottle of Testors enamel gray paint that I needed but struck out on a can of DullCoat and a black Painter pen. I'll light some incense and send my prayer to the universe that they arrive in next week's shipment. Crying I did finish my final top deck so all of my superstructures are together. I need to do the portholes and any trim paint before I glue them in place.

Once again, thanks to Bill and Bob for suggesting the paint pens!

Robert O

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Posted by fright on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 10:11 PM

I had some time to work on the three small boats that will go on the deck. I have decided to go with white hulls, black keels and rails and wood colored seats. I notice thhe seats are too glossy so I will spray them with DullCoat and add a rope coil to the interiors.

Robert O

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Posted by fright on Thursday, August 30, 2018 9:20 AM

I had a little setback this morning. I discovered that I only have one of the round mushroom anchors! I'm not certain whether it was missing from the 'trees' or if my litlle helper, Monster, might have gotten a hold of it. My wife said she will make me a new one from Sculpey this weekend. Phew!!!

She does miniatures and creates dolls based on 'creepy' literature. Here is one of her creations based on the movie, Hocus Pocus.

Robert O

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Posted by Nino on Thursday, August 30, 2018 11:25 AM

Robert,

  Get your Wife signed up here.

There's an entire forum section for Figures and Misc.

And speaking of "Fright",  I think she can steal your Thunder.

    Jim.

 

 

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Posted by fright on Thursday, August 30, 2018 1:33 PM

Jim - I had no idea about this section for figures and misc. I'll let her know about this one. Many thanks for the tip!!! Speaking about stealing my thunder, here's a picture of us with our little 'baby' when we go out on special occasions.  BELATRX our 1966 Oldsmobile 98 Hearse.

Robert O

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Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, August 30, 2018 1:52 PM

Billy Butcherson!

Creative!

Can I commission an “Allison” figure?

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Posted by fright on Thursday, August 30, 2018 3:24 PM
GMorrison - he was my favorite character in this movie. I loved his ratty coat! LOL

Robert O

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Posted by rcboater on Friday, August 31, 2018 1:37 PM

I updated my Nantucket photo gallery-- I put the photos in a more logical order, plus I added titles and captions to all the photos to better document the build.

https://billmichaels.smugmug.com/Bills-Stuff/Modelling/n-fK4qbP/ProjectsBuilds/RC-Boats/Nantucket

  

-Bill

Webmaster, IPMS Patriot Chapter  www.ipmspatriot.org

Billerica, MA

 

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Posted by fright on Saturday, September 01, 2018 10:21 AM

BILL - What a wonderful job you did on your Nantucket, plus the fact that she is RC and looks amazing in the water!  Your posts of this are some of the best I've looked at on this kit. I also want to thank you for all of your tips and leads into helping me along with my progress. Many thanks kind Sir!!! 

Robert O

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    September, 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Saturday, September 01, 2018 12:11 PM

Yes Bill, great gallery.

And it is really nice to see a ship (model) in her natural element.

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Posted by fright on Saturday, September 01, 2018 5:11 PM

Here are two photos showing thhe main forward cabin. Only today did I notice that I have an open hatch which shows an empty room. Not good. My lights will arrive Tuesday and I would like to show a littl more interest inside when it is illuminated. So here's my game plan:

1) Create a small wall just inside the ope hatch which would block looking all the way across the cabin. It would still allow light to shine through. My wife made a suggestion about taking a real photo of the inside of the cabin and shrinking it down to glue onto the fake wall.

2) I'm thinking about cutting a small opening just indis and to the right of open hatch and then installing a HO size ladder that would give the appearence of it going down to the lower deck. 

I also need to tone down the green - too bright. It needs to be a very pale mint color green.

Robert O

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Posted by GMorrison on Saturday, September 01, 2018 6:13 PM

Commonly there would be a heavy canvas curtain that would be either pulled back, or hanging closed. You could play with that idea too.

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