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  • Member since
    August, 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
USS. Lionfish
Posted by crown r n7 on Sunday, July 21, 2019 11:38 AM

It is time to brush up on some sea going vessels, starting with an old revell sub in 1/220 scale I have shelved for many moons. I will practice on this one before my two ship GB's. I know I'm going to be very rusty on this one.

Nick.

  • Member since
    September, 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Monday, July 22, 2019 1:11 AM

Hi Nick,

You might want to edit the post title from "loin" to "lion", just saying.

It's a nice kit. She was a Balao class, those are rare in the plastic model world as compared to Gato boats. Not a lot of external differences that matter. Pampanito in San Francisco is a Balao, if you get out our way. In fact there's some debate about the fairwater of the kit being a Gato, etc.

Every USN Fleet Boat in WW2 was a little bit different from the next, and they got modified.

Probably the most famous Balao was Tang, a Mare Island boat that was second on the list of tonnage she sank. She sank herself with a circular-run torpedo. But quite a few of the crew survived that.

Like many models, this one is probably a result of the boat being in a museum.

There are all kinds of aftermarket parts available. But the kit builds up well as is.

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    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Monday, July 22, 2019 1:22 AM
I've done the tour of the sub in San Francisco and MAN!!! tight quarters.   Full respect to those who volunteered to be aboard those subs.  The map of the sunken boats is humbling.  Incredibly brave individuals.  I knew a sub guy (more recent) and he was definitely a different breed.  Anyhow - look forward to the build.

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    August, 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Monday, July 22, 2019 10:25 AM

GM many thanks for the correction. my ADD kicks in every now and then no disrespect to sub and crew. I did see the Pampanito in San Fran. most impressive  coldest Aug. day I felt it was a very enjoyable few day's there. This old kit is fun it is what it is gearing up for two more vessels.I do have the 1/144 Trumpeter USS Gato sub lot more accurate model.

John thank you it’s moving along pics soon.

Nick.

  • Member since
    August, 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Monday, July 22, 2019 4:17 PM

most of my childhood was in Conn. a short 45 min drive and your in New London. Outside the sub base there is a conning tower of a gato class sub all in black that at the time you could climb on it... 1965 or so. This is the conning tower not very fancy.

Nick.

  • Member since
    August, 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 1:05 PM

  Did some preshadeing with flat black. Then gave light coats of sea gray ,dark gray and panzer gray need to fix some over spray

 

Nick.

  • Member since
    July, 2014
  • From: Philadelphia Pa
Posted by Nino on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 1:24 PM

Nice pre-shading. It going to look real good.

Sorry I was a bit late to your thread. I wanted to send you a few ideas from my own efforts on the Lionfish kit.

  PM on the way.

   Nino

  • Member since
    August, 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 2:54 PM

Thank you Nino .

Nick.

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    August, 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 5:19 PM

fixed up the camo. now some clear gloss and weathering.

Nick.

  • Member since
    August, 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 9:59 AM

placed very detailed deck guns and conning tower stuff, but haveing alot of fun with this kit. This may go to the deep side of the pool.

Nick.

  • Member since
    August, 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Saturday, July 27, 2019 5:50 AM

sparyed tamiya gloss clear overall , then blacken the vents flat black enamel. I used masters touch oil paint for rust spots some more wathering to do.

Nick.

  • Member since
    August, 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Sunday, July 28, 2019 6:43 AM

the decals are on and some more rust.. almost ready for clear flat.

Nick.

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    August, 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Monday, July 29, 2019 6:16 PM

The latest pisc after flat clear was applied.

Nick.

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    August, 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Friday, August 02, 2019 5:14 PM

wrapping up the stand, almost done.

Nick.

  • Member since
    July, 2014
  • From: Philadelphia Pa
Posted by Nino on Friday, August 02, 2019 9:54 PM

Nick,

     That is one of the best Outta-da-Box builds of the Revell "Lionfish" ever. Your painting skill really did it Justice.  I also really like the stand. Nice work with the gold and and contrasting black wash.

    Nino.

 

 

  • Member since
    September, 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Friday, August 02, 2019 10:37 PM

Yep the dolphins take it out of my league.

Lots to say regarding your next boat but we’ll done!

  • Member since
    February, 2016
  • From: Western No. Carolina
Posted by gene1 on Friday, August 02, 2019 10:41 PM

Nino is really right Nick, that is a beautiful model of the Lionfish. I really like your base & how did you paint the white USS Lionfish so clean,& what paint did you use on the base? 

  • Member since
    August, 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Saturday, August 03, 2019 9:13 AM

Nino,GM, keavdog, many thanks for your comments. This kit was a lot of fun and brought back many memories..

gene1 thank you the dolphins are painted with tamiya gold,the wash is masters touch oil paint then tamiya clear gloss. The name plate I tried the sim. aged wood.

this is the finished sub. thank you for watching.

now that I have my sea legs, the pt-109 is next ...

Nick.

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