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crazypoet

Model Expo 1/24 USN Picket Boat 1

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Reminder to self:  thick plastic does not bend and shape the same as thin wood... :D

 

I'm working on parts of the display base, in this case one of the boat stands.  

 

Re-learning how to do curved joints in what will eventually be a pair of "iron" stands is kinda fun - I'd forgotten how tricky it can be to get precise curves along edge joints under tension.  The good news is that it's all coming back to me and I might actually be able to use this one after a moderate amount of sanding and filling.  The bad news is that it shouldn't have *required* a moderate amount of sanding and filling!  :lol:

 

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The core of each stand is 1mm evergreen sheet (as these will bear a good bit of weight when finished), to which I'll add seams, plates and MasterClub resin rivets, all finished with Uschi's metal powders in a mix of iron and steel.

 

I'm also badly mistreating a lovely new map, to make it look like a lovely *old* map.  The first wash of strong coffee and food-coloring is done.  After it dries I'll borrow one of Mrs. Poet's irons to make it nice and smooth again before I mount it to the board and hit it with some tinted varnish.

 

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The stands are taking shape.  Once I wrapped my somewhat ancient brain around compound curves on butt-joints, everything came together handily.

 

Started on rivets today...

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I've not been completely idle these last few weeks...  well, *mostly* idle,  but not completely so... :)

 

i'm nearly finished with the first of two Boat stands.  A bit more work on the rust and it's there...

 

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i'm experimenting with some new techniques which is an utter blast - and I like the results so far.

 

What you see here is red oxide primer followed by graphite followed by Ueschi powders in both iron and steel followed by Vallejo rust wash.  I still need to do a bit of blending and streaking, but it's getting close to the look I want.

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I like the powders though I do wish they were a bit more opaque.  Still, the results are every bit of what I wanted to see.

 

This was my first try with them.  For the second Boat stand (after all the rivets are done - they take about a week, given my current pace) I'll go with black primer first with a red oxide primer wash over that followed by the powders.  What I'm wanting to get is just a *peek* of red rust coming through where the powders are thinnest and where they can't reach.

 

 

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A day in the life...  

Starting to cut out ironclad armor plating for the top half of the base, and laying out deck planking for the bottom...

 

An hour of cutting Styrene sheet...

 

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And starting to lay lay out the pieces...

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All this because I needed a break from applying rivets to the second Boat stand...

 

hmmmm... I'm thinking this base idea was a bit ambitious! :D  It will be really nice when it's done, though, and will help to put the Picket Boat into context...

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Typos - hates them I do...

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There's not been much happening that's photo-worthy, though I'm continuing to make progress on the base and stands.

 

in the interim, I finished up the title plate today.  I had it done at Shapeways, based on an HO-scale building sign...

 

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The finish is Tamiya fine filler/primer, graphite, Uschi iron and steel powders, rust wash and more iron and steel powders to tie it all together.

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