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1/600
Posted by ChrisSC on Saturday, July 25, 2020 6:30 PM
Well since my 1/350 Lusitania project has been indefinitely suspended as the parts I'm waiting for never arrived I figured I would try out a few 1/600 ships and see what that's all about.
 
My initial reaction is that I'm not a fan. I can't paint any detail on a scale this small, and most everything is already molded to the model. I really had a hard time painting the windows, they came out quite bad but they're just too small for me. I have 3 in this scale, Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary, and Mauritania. I think I'll do the two Queens just to fill up some time.
 
I have a 1/450 QE2 which unfortunately also has a lot of stuff already molded to the decks but at least it's not as tiny as these. I also have a 1/400 Queen Mary 2 which looks like a nice build with a lot of parts. I enjoy 1/350 scale and would not like to go much smaller than that on a ship.
 
On this Queen Elizabeth I tried painting the windows three different times with three different techniques and none of them worked. I finally said that's it, it will just have to be good enough. Lots of paint on those windows lol.
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Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, July 26, 2020 8:38 AM

Looking great so far.  For fine painting on 1:600 and 1:700 kits I often use the tip of a round toothpick as a brush.  I shake a bottle of paint, take the cap off and lay it upside down on the benchtop. Then I dip the pick vertically into the paint film in the cap.  Puts on just the right amount of paint.  I usually just daub the paint on the model making a point- a line is just the repetition of closely space points. It is possible to just draw lines, but it took me a lot of practice to do that.

I love those old 1:600 scale sailing warships- wish someone still produced them.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by warshipguy on Sunday, July 26, 2020 9:52 AM

Your paint job is impeccable so far!  I recommend using a fine tip marker for the windows, or cut them off entirely and replace them with photoetch railing, filling the windows in with a clear glue.  I have successfully used this technique with both 1/600 and 1/700 ships.

Bill

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Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, July 26, 2020 10:34 AM

You may not be a fan, but man that is some beautiful work that you’re doing!

 

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Posted by PFJN on Sunday, July 26, 2020 8:28 PM

Hi,

Your build looks great so far. 

Pat

PS.  As for 1/600 scale, it was my favorite scale for ships growing up, because things weren't as small as on 1/700 or 1/720 scale and there were a number of ships of ships in that scale, which was nice.  Plus the fact that 1/600 worked out to 50 scale ft per inch and the fact that there was about 25mm per inch, helped make scratch building a bit easier.  Now a days though I find that I like different scales for different subjects, especially as my eyes get weaker Stick out tongue

1st Group BuildSP

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Posted by ChrisSC on Sunday, July 26, 2020 11:05 PM

Thanks guys. It took me a couple of hours just to mask and paint the chain runs! This forecastle may take a week lol. I'm having to slice 1 mm masking tape in halves or thirds to fit in these tight spots. I need younger eyes.

 

I tried to get real chain but the smallest I could order still looked too big.

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Posted by ChrisSC on Sunday, July 26, 2020 11:28 PM

I also had to epoxy a steel rod the the bottom of the forecastle to straighten it out. It was warped like a banana.

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Monday, July 27, 2020 7:48 AM

AY?

    You talkin ta me? Whattsa matta you? das a fine job yer doin so far. Qwitcher,Well you know what I mean. Looks great to me . 

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Posted by ChrisSC on Monday, July 27, 2020 9:41 AM

Tanker-Builder

AY?

    You talkin ta me? Whattsa matta you? das a fine job yer doin so far. Qwitcher,Well you know what I mean. Looks great to me . 

 

Thanks. It's just a bit tedious at this scale. I added some white to it.

 

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Posted by warshipguy on Monday, July 27, 2020 9:43 AM

Those bridge windows look great!  How did you paint them?

Bill

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Posted by ChrisSC on Monday, July 27, 2020 1:12 PM

warshipguy

Those bridge windows look great!  How did you paint them?

Bill

 

Thanks. I took some 1mm masking tape and sliced it lengthwise into thirds and then just boxed off squares with that. I masked everything else off that was white and sprayed it with black paint.

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Posted by ChrisSC on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 12:59 PM
Thanks. I did some more masking and painting on this little guy. I ran out of my Tamiya black paint for the poop deck and had to use some Krylon. It doesn't look nearly as good as the Tamiya. I will have to wait for my Tamiya to arrive before spraying anymore black.

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Posted by gene1 on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 4:50 PM

Chris, You are doing a beautiful job on these ship. If you are looking for a great model n 1/600, look at Academys Nuke Carrier. Enterprise #65. It is a beautiful ship & I know it is not a Cruise Liner but it builds easy.here is a quick look at it & keep in mind I will be 90 in a few months.     Gene

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Posted by ChrisSC on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 5:15 PM

gene1

Chris, You are doing a beautiful job on these ship. If you are looking for a great model n 1/600, look at Academys Nuke Carrier. Enterprise #65. It is a beautiful ship & I know it is not a Cruise Liner but it builds easy.here is a quick look at it & keep in mind I will be 90 in a few months.     Gene

 

Thanks. Very nice looking build Gene. You have a few years on me but you're an ispiration with your work. I need to stop complaining about working with smaller scales as I'm 57 lol!!

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Posted by warshipguy on Thursday, July 30, 2020 9:44 AM

The Airfix 1/600 USS Forrestal is a nice kit as well.  It goes nicely with the Enterprise.

Bill

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Posted by gene1 on Thursday, July 30, 2020 9:52 AM

Good to know Bill, but you remember I have a big Victory to finish.I remember seeing the Forrestal in Jacksonville. I bet you saw it a lot. That little 1/600 Enterprise was a very clean kit that went together great.

       Are there any cruise ships in 1/600?

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Posted by ChrisSC on Friday, July 31, 2020 12:56 PM

Mounted the hull and did some more painting on my 1/600 Queen Elizabeth.

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Posted by warshipguy on Friday, July 31, 2020 1:41 PM

Gene,

The feature build here, and the Mauratania were manufactured by Airfix, but I am not sure of any others.

Bill

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Posted by ChrisSC on Friday, July 31, 2020 2:16 PM

gene1

Good to know Bill, but you remember I have a big Victory to finish.I remember seeing the Forrestal in Jacksonville. I bet you saw it a lot. That little 1/600 Enterprise was a very clean kit that went together great.

       Are there any cruise ships in 1/600?

 

 

Gene, I didn’t know if you were asking specifically about cruise ships as opposed to ocean liners. I have no idea relative to cruise ships as they aren’t of interest to me. I know as previously mentioned this ship and Mauretania were produced by Airfix in 1/600. Airfix also produced a 1/600 QE2, QM2 and a 1/600 France which I understand is very rare. Revell produced a Queen Mary in 1/570 which for all purposes is the same scale.
That’s about all I know as far as ocean liners built in this scale as it’s the first time I have built a 1/600. There may be others.
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Posted by stikpusher on Friday, July 31, 2020 2:51 PM

Airfix “standardized” their ship kits in 1/600. As far as liners go, they also molded the Canberra of Falklands War fame. 

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

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Posted by steve5 on Friday, July 31, 2020 4:31 PM

very nice chris

 

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Posted by ChrisSC on Friday, July 31, 2020 4:57 PM

steve5

very nice chris

 

Thanks Steve!

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Posted by gene1 on Friday, July 31, 2020 8:58 PM

Hi Steve, I wanted to tell Chris that Ocean Liners are what I meant. I just couldn't think of what they were called. Old age does that.

 What are you building Steve?

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Posted by steve5 on Saturday, August 1, 2020 12:15 AM

hi gene , trumpeter's 1/200 arizona , it's a slow build , as I,ve got no paint and can't get any for 3 week's till I go through  brisbane on holiday's .

 

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Posted by ChrisSC on Sunday, August 2, 2020 6:33 AM

Lots and lots and lots of masking!

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Posted by warshipguy on Sunday, August 2, 2020 11:02 AM

Let's see . . .  ocean liners in or about 1/600 . . .

Airfix         1.  QE II

                 2. Queen Mary

                 3. Mauretania

                 4. Canberra

Revell        1.  Titanic

That's not a bad collection!

Bill

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Posted by ChrisSC on Sunday, August 2, 2020 12:20 PM

warshipguy

Let's see . . .  ocean liners in or about 1/600 . . .

Airfix         1.  QE II

                 2. Queen Mary

                 3. Mauretania

                 4. Canberra

Revell        1.  Lusitania

That's not a bad collection!

Bill

 

Bill I wish they made them all in 1/350. That would make me happy!

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Posted by Nino on Sunday, August 2, 2020 2:22 PM

warshipguy

Let's see . . .  ocean liners in or about 1/600 . . .

Airfix         1.  QE II

                 2. Queen Mary

                 3. Mauretania

                 4. Canberra

Revell        1.  Lusitania

That's not a bad collection!

Bill

 

 

Add the Airfix SS France on and you have the biggest selection of Liners and all in same scale.  

Academy made a very nice 1/600 Titanic too. 

 

 

ChrisSC,

That window painting is Purrrrfect.

Thank you for presenting your work on the Queen Elizabeth .

 

      Nino

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Posted by warshipguy on Sunday, August 2, 2020 4:56 PM

MY BAD!!!!  I listed that Revell had released the Lusitania.  I meant Titanic.  My wife gave me decaf this morning!

Bill

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Posted by ChrisSC on Sunday, August 2, 2020 6:27 PM

Nino

 

 
warshipguy

Let's see . . .  ocean liners in or about 1/600 . . .

Airfix         1.  QE II

                 2. Queen Mary

                 3. Mauretania

                 4. Canberra

Revell        1.  Lusitania

That's not a bad collection!

Bill

 

 

 

 

Add the Airfix SS France on and you have the biggest selection of Liners and all in same scale.  

Academy made a very nice 1/600 Titanic too. 

 

 

ChrisSC,

That window painting is Purrrrfect.

Thank you for presenting your work on the Queen Elizabeth .

 

      Nino

 

Thanks Nino, I hear that the 1/600 France is hard to find. Bill, I have built the 1/350 Titanic and have the 1/200 Trumpeter version yet to build. I am Titaniced out lol!

I did a little more detailing on my 1/600 Queen Elizabeth. I used some left over 1/350 photo etch for the vents and made some decals for side windows. If there's no rain tomorrow I'll spray flat clear over everything to seal it up.
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