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First Build in Progress ( Revell 1/144 U-Boat Type VIIC/41)

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  • Member since
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  • From: Fort Wayne, Indiana - USA
First Build in Progress ( Revell 1/144 U-Boat Type VIIC/41)
Posted by phillm47 on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 7:33 AM

Greetings,

After introducing myself in this THREAD, I went to my local library to pick up a couple of books. One book is on basic model building skills and the other is a little history on my chosen subject matter. I didn't realize the second book is almost 500 pages Surprise. Reading this one will be a project all it's own!

Rounding up the basic supplies to get started was the next order of business

And as of this week I have finally started my first build! Big Smile. Two things I have come to realize:

1) Even with progressive lens glasses, my eyes need a little more help and

2) I need more light on the work area!

Comments, advice and constructive criticism welcome Smile

 

 

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  • From: Parker City, IN.
Posted by Rambo on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 8:12 AM
Looks like your off to a great start. It seems like you can never get enough light at the bench at least not where you need it anyway lol.

Clint

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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 8:14 AM
I have that book on my shelf,it's a great read.I will follow your build,I do also have one in my stash,looks good so far.

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Posted by JurS on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 8:33 AM

I use one of those magnifying-glasses-with-desk-lights. That, and a battery of ceiling spots helps. Best though is plain old sunlight (if you can get it). I tend not to model in the evenings because of this.

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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 9:15 AM

I'd suggest an Optivisor. It fits over your glasses and really helps ease eye strain. I have the #4  lenses, which are 2x magnification. The focal distance is about a foot, which I like.

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  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 9:41 AM

Nice start, also have that one in the stash.  Nice clean work area, unlike some of us. I have both, an optivisor clone and a clamp on LED desklamp with magnifier.

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  • From: From the Mit, but live in Mason, O high ho
Posted by hogfanfs on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 9:47 AM

I'm looking forward to seeing the progress on this U-boat. 

Yes, flood the area with as much light as you can. And personally, I'm not a big fan of an optivisor. I prefer glasses. I wear contacts for distance, and use reading glasses. So, I bought a 5X and 6X reading glasses off Amazon for $9 each. They work well for me when working very small details. 

 Bruce

 

 

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  • From: San Antonio, Texas
Posted by Marcus McBean on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 3:25 PM

GMorrison

I'd suggest an Optivisor. It fits over your glasses and really helps ease eye strain. I have the #4  lenses, which are 2x magnification. The focal distance is about a foot, which I like.

I agree with GMorrison about the Optivisor.  I wear progessive lens also and this visor works really good with the #4 lenes.  I have the LED light attachment also.  You can't have enough light over the work bench.

Marcus

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  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 3:50 PM

Great to see you are underway and have started a WIP thread (work-in-process).

Good start!

I am also an Optivisor user and fan, and really couldn't do this hobby without it, or some alternative.

More light is better. I have my area so bright that visitors wince, but I love it.

-Greg

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  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 9:33 PM

They are spendy, but OTT lights punp incredible amounts of light for being small packages.

You definitely want to watch for sales on these rather than try and get by on the cheaper ones (don't ask me how I know).

Optivisor is an excellent recommendation.  If a person wears glasses anyway, it's tempting to use the clip-on magnifiers, which work, but tend to be monocular, and depth perception is a very good thing.

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  • From: Meridian, ID
Posted by modelcrazy on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 10:26 PM

I built this about 2 years ago. It was a Christmas present and I really enjoyed it.

Steve

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Posted by Nino on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 10:56 PM
Welcome Marty!
3 Things..
 
    Your picture quality is superb. Thanks for the high resolution. Keep using it!
 
    You have a great selection of tools and paints for this project. Good planning.
 
    You picked a great subject and a quality model. You have chosen wisely. 
 
It is a well molded/detailed kit but you may want to consider alternatives to the included railings.
 
I have some info for you on German Unterseeboots regarding color.
 
Take a look Here  and  Here .
 
I hope the info is a help to you.
 
 
    Nino.
 
   P.S.  The Revell box depicts the Sub with yellow stripes on the deck and Conning tower . This would indicate a training vessel.
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  • From: Fort Wayne, Indiana - USA
Posted by phillm47 on Thursday, September 27, 2018 8:18 AM

I thank you ALL for your comments and encoruagement! It is appreciated. Yes, a magnifing/lighting visor appears to be a good solution, plus additonal lighting as I figure out how to incorporate it...Hmm

 

Nino, thanks for the compliments and the links - great info! Honestly, ordering paint for this project was a real PITA. It started with Revell of Germanys paint specifications, then it goes to a cross reference from Revell's paint numbers to Testors/Modelmasters with incomplete part numbers and unavailabel colors. I created a spreadsheet to figure out how to approach ordering paint and what was the best shot at one of the four U-Boats this kit makes. I read somewhere on these fourms about not getting to worked up about 'exact' color match as shades change for anything dependaing on light and angle. The spreadsheet and my noice color matching skills led me to go for U-998. Revell instructions indicate yellow strips for U-998. So....since U-998 did one war partol, was the yellow strips removed for the patrol? 

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Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, September 27, 2018 8:43 AM

I suggest you not work from the paint spec.s in the kit. Rather, find out what the actual color (s) were.

I'm not a U boat guy, but considering a lot of these have been modeled by great modelers, the research has been done.

 

Good luck!

 

  • Member since
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  • From: Fort Wayne, Indiana - USA
Posted by phillm47 on Friday, September 28, 2018 11:11 AM

phillm47
So....since U-998 did one war partol, was the yellow strips removed for the patrol? 

Guess I just need to COMPLETELY read the resources Nino provided!

  • Member since
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  • From: Fort Wayne, Indiana - USA
Posted by phillm47 on Friday, September 28, 2018 11:12 AM

GMorrison

I suggest you not work from the paint spec.s in the kit. Rather, find out what the actual color (s) were.

 

Yep!

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  • From: Western No. Carolina
Posted by gene1 on Sunday, October 07, 2018 10:59 AM

Nino, I think you have super pictures of everything & those are great to look at.

 GMorrison's advice on Optivisors is the best. I have used them for over 50 years & every doctor I know that needs them uses Optivisor. They have a good price on Model Expo.

    I built over 15 of the 1/144 subs qbout 4 years ago, even the big 3' one. After I put my final gray coats on the sub & deck I would gloss cote the whole sub & when dry I would use Tempera water based paint & fillall the limber holes in the hull & decks. When it was dry, I would use a damp Q tip or small soft rag & wipe off all the overage of Tempara. You might have to go over places. Then I would weather, a lot of times I would use a rust mix of Tempera. when all was done I would Dullcote everything I use Tempera for a lot of things & once it is sealed it does stay on. The nice thing about it is over a gloss finish it does clean right off. 

  I also used a wood deck or 2 on several subs. 

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  • From: Western No. Carolina
Posted by gene1 on Sunday, October 07, 2018 11:05 AM

 One thing I forgot to say was , for my use, I always put a wood piece in the hull bottom to screw into for the base you use. I use a 1x2" x 6 to 8" for sailing ships & as big a piece of wood dowel for subs as will fit. It also gives extra weight.

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  • From: Fort Wayne, Indiana - USA
Posted by phillm47 on Monday, October 08, 2018 8:57 AM

good idea!

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  • From: Tempe AZ
Posted by docidle on Tuesday, October 09, 2018 12:38 AM

Phil,

Welcome aboard. I think you pick wisely on this model. I built the 1/72 version and it was well engineered and I think this is just the scaled down version. 

For resources, I would look online not only for your scale but also the 1/72. You’ll find a great many sites on this subject https://www.uboat.net is just one of them.

On colors,you can find info on various sites, but I ended up using my own mixture of colors. The Yellow stripe designated that the boot was in training by the way.

Steve

       

 

 

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