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Prince of Wales Tamiya 1/350 OOB - Liberty Port

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Prince of Wales Tamiya 1/350 OOB - Liberty Port
Posted by TheMongoose on Thursday, November 11, 2021 7:43 PM

Sooo, I was at the Wright Field Scale Modelers Regional a couple weeks back... I brought King George V in hopes of getting some advice from one of the judges I know. He went over it and I was excited to try out his suggestions on how to get rid of the seems from these 3 deck sections that I came home and started on Prince of Wales!

after some dry fitting I put a tab on the back of the bow and stern sections, then glued them together BEFORE placing them on the hull 

Next I tacked the Deck to the hull with CA from bow to stern.

Then off to the garage to pull out my oscillating cutter. Off with the hull, well ok just back-halfed it to do waterline.

Last stiffen the hull with 3 cross braces and run a bead ment down the inside so it's all melted together and won't separate sometime later when I least appreciate it lol

Cut out the foam and have it set up with a roll to starboard and the bow digging into an oncoming wave.

 

 

Next i got POW fitted into the sea Big Smile  No paint yet but I think these shots will give a perspective of how the ship will roll and how the waves look made with the dryer sheet(check out british ships GB for details on this). Once I have her set in place I'll start adding gel medium to the sea to add roughness and some wave caps as well I think.

In the pattern: Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! leaning out the list, we're down to a Monogram 1/72 SR-71 and that Tamiya P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo! And I just got a Trumpeter 1/32 F/A-18F!

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Posted by TheMongoose on Saturday, November 13, 2021 4:05 PM

In the pattern: Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! leaning out the list, we're down to a Monogram 1/72 SR-71 and that Tamiya P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo! And I just got a Trumpeter 1/32 F/A-18F!

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Posted by CapnMac82 on Saturday, November 13, 2021 5:03 PM

TheMongoose
just an early pic to show what a mess it looks like. Wait till I brush a little cement over it to clean up some plastic hairs, file it down smooth, and coat it with some Mr Surfacer...sounds like a lot when you write it out haha

That would have sent me to shopping for PE Smile

Bravo for getting to look that good!

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Posted by TheMongoose on Sunday, November 14, 2021 5:00 PM

Thx Cap'nMac, too funny! no extras for this one so we're gonna see what i can do with paint Big Smile

working on the deck now. My thought process  being that it'll be easier to mask the deck while i do the hull since it's all one color. This way if any paint lifts the repairs are easier. 

i also spent a bunch of time trying to improve on my last effort. on KGV the deck looked good in white grey primer, then when I did the base color and then the wash the deck gear got coated in too many coats of everything and I ended up masking the deck and priming the gear again. 
this is all painted with a brush. A real surprise technique came by chance. All the color variations you see are the effect of the paint starting to seperate in the mixing. When I did KGV i mixed vallejo model color with Tamiya X-20A. That works real well and fixed my paint lifting issues. I have found it doesn't work well with black or metal colors. Not sure what the link is but obviously some component of the black paint doesn't like it Oops 

so in this case when i added the x-20a i could see the paint start to 'unmix' essentially. That happened in the airbrush cup but it was so small that i thought it was just that I didn't mix it well enough in the cup. Turns out it's a real thing. In the pick below you'll see those dark veins, well I'd dip the brush in those at random as well and get another color variation. Then every 10minutes or so I'd mix it up again. Another benefit is that the x-20a keeps the vallejo paint from drying!! Took me 2 hours to do the deck and the paint never dried up in the cup. I think with a wash over this it'll really pop. To the naked eye the variation really looks great.

And here's a few close ups

 

In the pattern: Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! leaning out the list, we're down to a Monogram 1/72 SR-71 and that Tamiya P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo! And I just got a Trumpeter 1/32 F/A-18F!

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Posted by knox on Sunday, November 14, 2021 6:32 PM

This is looking really cool. I don’t know anything about ships so I don’t say much, but I really enjoy following ship builds. Thanks for posting.  

fox
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Posted by fox on Monday, November 15, 2021 3:48 PM

I think you've got it coming along nicely. The wash should really do the job. I'm guessing light at first then more, if needed.

Keep up the good work.

Jim Captain

Stay Safe. 

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Posted by Model Monkey on Friday, November 19, 2021 7:06 PM

Nice work!

A favorite class of battleships.  Have popocorn in hand.

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Posted by TheMongoose on Sunday, November 21, 2021 11:32 AM

Thx guys. Let's get extra butter on that popcorn! Been bouncing around a bit while i wait on different sections to dry. Put a satin coat on the deck last night so today working on the water. Here's a progression of work photos. I'll let this dry till I'm ready too place the hull. Then i can add the tissue and gel medium before doing some final dry brushing and coating with gloss Varnish.


In the pattern: Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! leaning out the list, we're down to a Monogram 1/72 SR-71 and that Tamiya P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo! And I just got a Trumpeter 1/32 F/A-18F!

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Posted by TheMongoose on Sunday, November 21, 2021 11:38 AM

You guys may find this interesting...here's my artist's pallet at the end -

In the pattern: Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! leaning out the list, we're down to a Monogram 1/72 SR-71 and that Tamiya P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo! And I just got a Trumpeter 1/32 F/A-18F!

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Posted by TheMongoose on Sunday, November 21, 2021 3:16 PM

I had a copy of a hull arrangement for KGV so I used it to rough out where the plate welds were at. A few lines will need covered up i think as there are just a few errant ones in these shots. Easy to do though with this technique. Now if i can get our desktop computer fixed I can move on to the hull camo Big Smile

 

In the pattern: Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! leaning out the list, we're down to a Monogram 1/72 SR-71 and that Tamiya P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo! And I just got a Trumpeter 1/32 F/A-18F!

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Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Sunday, November 21, 2021 4:33 PM

She is looking great!  That decking and hull work looks spot on!  Your base is going to go so well with the ship and really add to its presentation.  Will be following along closely.

TJS

TJS

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Posted by TheMongoose on Thursday, December 2, 2021 8:35 PM

The hull is painted up and ready for a satin clear and then a wash! The only thing i wish is that i could get a better contrast to show the shadows I did for the plating. It's hard to see in these pics so will try for outdoor light tomorrow when it's supposed to be sunny. The positive is that I didn't want it bold. Came out suttle without getting washed out. My dark grey is a little too dark. May try to lighten it but need to see what happens under the clear 1st. My lighter colors changed alot. Enough to make me stop spraying right away and wait till it dried lol

In the pattern: Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! leaning out the list, we're down to a Monogram 1/72 SR-71 and that Tamiya P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo! And I just got a Trumpeter 1/32 F/A-18F!

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Posted by Model Monkey on Monday, December 6, 2021 10:40 AM

Lovely!  Really enjoing your build.

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Posted by TheMongoose on Monday, December 6, 2021 7:06 PM

Thanks Steve, appreciate you stopping by and checking it out!

Not much to report lately. Just alot of standard assembly stuff. I'm working on assembling the bridge decks now. Put a satin coat on the hull over the weekend so I can weather it this week. I've found the washes to be more conTrollable when i let the clear coat dry lol go figure Wink

In the pattern: Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! leaning out the list, we're down to a Monogram 1/72 SR-71 and that Tamiya P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo! And I just got a Trumpeter 1/32 F/A-18F!

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Posted by TheMongoose on Tuesday, December 28, 2021 6:11 AM

working on building up 1 section of deck at a time right now. It's a bit of a different approach for me. Not quite done with the boat deck but thought I'd post my progress so i could step back and see how things look. No close up pics... I didn't like a couple things close up so going to do a little more detail work before I get to final assembly. So here's the mock up. The boats are just set in place, same for the gun decks on either side.

I have some ideas on how to do the rigging. That's the motivation to do 1 deck at a time. I'm hoping to do all the rigging while I can twist and turn the deck so it's easier to make the connections to the deck and the masts. We'll see how that goes later this week.

In the pattern: Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! leaning out the list, we're down to a Monogram 1/72 SR-71 and that Tamiya P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo! And I just got a Trumpeter 1/32 F/A-18F!

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Posted by TheMongoose on Tuesday, December 28, 2021 7:00 PM

I cleaned up the life rafts. I think these look pretty good now. Feel free to drop in your opinion. I'm not ashamed to blow it up and redo it Headphones

In the pattern: Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! leaning out the list, we're down to a Monogram 1/72 SR-71 and that Tamiya P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo! And I just got a Trumpeter 1/32 F/A-18F!

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Posted by TheMongoose on Thursday, December 30, 2021 2:48 PM

modelcrazy

The straps have some over paint but I think they are too small to see with normal viewing distance with the eye. Looks good

 

ugg I hate the macro lense haha! I see that now. Going to try and clean them up some more. All the rafts are fairly prominent, especially these on the stern deck.

 I'm thru 4 out of 5 colors now. Just the green left on the Superstructure to do tonight. Then back to assembly.

In the pattern: Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! leaning out the list, we're down to a Monogram 1/72 SR-71 and that Tamiya P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo! And I just got a Trumpeter 1/32 F/A-18F!

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Posted by TheMongoose on Saturday, January 1, 2022 8:40 PM

Steaming into Singapore tomorrow! All the painting is done done done. Rigging and final assembly to go.

last will be to put her in the water. I'll probably spend all week putting 1 coat of gloss varnish on the water every day.

In the pattern: Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! leaning out the list, we're down to a Monogram 1/72 SR-71 and that Tamiya P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo! And I just got a Trumpeter 1/32 F/A-18F!

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Posted by TheMongoose on Sunday, January 2, 2022 11:04 AM

Here's the stern deck rigged up. One of the guys at the local club give me advice on how to do the rigging. The most important thing he said was fresh superglue. Then I'm applying the glue with a needle so that it's very localized. Surprisingly the needle doesn't stick to the part or the EZ line which is great. Working hard not to bend the plastic masts..

In the pattern: Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! leaning out the list, we're down to a Monogram 1/72 SR-71 and that Tamiya P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo! And I just got a Trumpeter 1/32 F/A-18F!

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Posted by TheMongoose on Sunday, January 2, 2022 2:51 PM

Bit of play by play today. Ended up with some family stuff today so this will probably soill over to tomorrow. So far i have each superstructure rigged. Later tonight I should be able to connect the tw.

In the pattern: Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! leaning out the list, we're down to a Monogram 1/72 SR-71 and that Tamiya P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo! And I just got a Trumpeter 1/32 F/A-18F!

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Posted by TheMongoose on Monday, January 3, 2022 11:20 AM

I have all the rigging complete. One of the guys in our local club gave me some good instructions to help improve what I was doing with rigging. I had a lot of glue bombs on King George V And trouble just getting the rigging line to stick to the masts. turns out new superglue is really important. And then I was using a needle to apply the superglue so that it wasn't just the exact location that the line connected to the mast. Thrilled there are no glue bombs on this one. I have all the paint on the easy line and I am ready to add insulators and then do some flat tire work.

Finished up a bunch of the little guns and targeting radar's. I've got a flory wash on the superstructure now so that I can get everything to match in tone. Painting and detailing the aircraft is next. I'll do that while I'm working on the water base

In the pattern: Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! leaning out the list, we're down to a Monogram 1/72 SR-71 and that Tamiya P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo! And I just got a Trumpeter 1/32 F/A-18F!

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Posted by TheMongoose on Monday, January 3, 2022 3:12 PM

In the pattern: Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! leaning out the list, we're down to a Monogram 1/72 SR-71 and that Tamiya P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo! And I just got a Trumpeter 1/32 F/A-18F!

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Posted by TheMongoose on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 9:59 PM

Tonight i worked on the water. I laid out all the tissue with a bottle of realistic water that i bought some time ago. Filled in all the gaps along the hull. Then started adding some white caps to the waves and some texture in between waves. Once this dries I'll add a little more color, whites and teal greens and some sea green near the hull to add some depth. I tried out my sons wide angle lens for the iphone but need some practice aigning it. Pics seem to be a tad blurry.

This one's a good comparison to the prior one with no tissue and water effects...

 

And a side note, the water effect isn't dry yet. I do like taking the pocs when it's wet tho because it gives a good idea of what it will look like after painting the white caps and adding some cotton.

In the pattern: Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! leaning out the list, we're down to a Monogram 1/72 SR-71 and that Tamiya P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo! And I just got a Trumpeter 1/32 F/A-18F!

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Posted by CapnMac82 on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 1:48 PM

Small detail--the main battery director ought to be pointed where the main battery is pointing.

Royal Navy practice about the secondary battery pointed in a main batery engagement varied per ship.  Typically, they's track to the main director, unless the secondary directors had some other target to monitor.

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Posted by TheMongoose on Thursday, January 6, 2022 1:45 AM

CapnMac82

Small detail--the main battery director ought to be pointed where the main battery is pointing.

Royal Navy practice about the secondary battery pointed in a main batery engagement varied per ship.  Typically, they's track to the main director, unless the secondary directors had some other target to monitor.

 

thanks Cap'n!
Tamiya apparently doesn't have this part to scale haha as it wouldn't rotate any further...it hits the top of the bridge structure(not sure what area that is in front of it). I pulled it off and made a new mounting rod for it. The next pics will have it positioned to match the main battery. 

In the pattern: Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! leaning out the list, we're down to a Monogram 1/72 SR-71 and that Tamiya P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo! And I just got a Trumpeter 1/32 F/A-18F!

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Posted by TheMongoose on Friday, February 4, 2022 10:43 AM

I finished up Tamiya’s 1/350 Prince of Wales today. Built right out of the box because I wanted to practice matching up deck pieces and eliminating the seams they poorly engineered into these kits :-(

I mixed up Vallejo paints to do the camo and cleared everything with MCW 65% flat. Since they included the Japanese bombers I did those up in camo as well to make up this little vingette. The base in pink foam from Home Depot covered with dryer sheets. They make waves super easy to form. The rest is standard water base techniques with acrylic craft paints, cotton and gel medium.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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In the pattern: Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! leaning out the list, we're down to a Monogram 1/72 SR-71 and that Tamiya P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo! And I just got a Trumpeter 1/32 F/A-18F!

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