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Nationals Themed Group Build 1: The Great War

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Chris, you've done it again! I'm always amazed and thrilled to see your ships come together. Way to go.

 

 

 

Now here is some of my progress on the other two models I'm doing for this Group Build.

 

This is my Mack truck that I've been trying to get done. I tried to put the roof on the cab, but found that it was too wide. No matter what I did I couldn't get that thing to fit:

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So, I did some quick measurements and then started to scribe a line through the one side:

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Here it is cut down to size:

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After a bit of sanding and then fitting, I got this roof put in and then added some Mr. Surfacer 500 to the seams to blend everything in. It still needs to be sanded in this next pic, but I've already done that. This next pic also shows all the other detail parts that I had forgotten to add to this before I painted it:

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Here it is all test fit together so you can get an idea how it is gonna look:

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After that, the German V-105 torpedo boat got its first coats of paint. I painted the lower hull first, then masked it off to paint the upper hull and upper works:

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I also did some more detail painting but haven't got any pics yet. It's nowhere near as good as Chris' ship, but I like this little thing!

That completes my report on my latest progress on all my most recent work. Thanks for stopping in and comments are always welcome.

 

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Mark, love seeing the old Mack truck. Seeing such a rickety looking troop transport and realizing that it's the ancestor of modern, unkillable trucks? Fascinating. Don't knock your German DD. You haven't even gotten paint on her.

 

Regarding the Tiger, I'm about done with her. I need to adjust some PE along the tripod (see top picture) but that's about it. Here are the photos I was taking when I noticed the issue. She still looks better than I thought she would.
To do: Add bow wave and seal wood. YES. Oh, and again, gotta straighten up the damn tripod PE...
I noticed the crooked PE here.
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There are also one or two little bits of brass showing through which are also easy fixes. I'll coat the water in resin, fit some sea spray, then finally seal the wood. Other than that, ship's done!
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Does anyone else see the drunken sailor?
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All these WWI builds are looking great, good work guys! As for me I haven't dropped off the face of the of the earth and haven't abandoned my wingnut wings fokker D7. I recently stopped internet service on my home PC among other services to save expenses. My only online connection now is via my vintage droid cell phone lol. I completed my D7's fuselage and lower wing and in the process of working on the upper wing and fiddly bits. Once I figure out how to effectively post pix, I will asap.

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Thanks Chris! I actually do have paint on the little torpedo boat. I did do some more detail painting later which needs to be shown.

 

Congrats on finishing up your HMS Tiger; she is another tremendous job well done!

 

Good luck Brian, I'm looking forward to seeing pics soon.

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You may consider her launched.


Used in this build:

- Combrig Tiger

- Artist Hobby PE set

- Scratch built platforms where necessary

- Custom decals for the demarcation line, designs care of the great Jim Baumann

- Water made from plaster, shaped with a damn straw, and painted via the Jim method. Chris Flodberg helped more than I can possibly express getting the waves and foam just right. I used a few layers of gloss varnish to shine it up since I'm terrified of resin. She's downright Powerpoint ready.


Comments, welcome. Criticism is always good.


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My only critique would be you finished yours before I could finish mine! Looks great Chris!

 

GIL :smiley16:

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Thanks, Gil. I don't think I've ever said this but I'm REALLY proud of how she turned out.

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Wow, Chris, another incredible Maritime masterpiece! This looks so realistic that I was wondering where you got that giant penny to show next to this! If I could offer one suggestion; she's supposed to be sailing in heavy seas right? I would suggest dry-brushing a few white caps on some of the more prominent waves to make the seas look a bit more rough. That's all I could think of; your HMS Tiger is perfection itself. You have every reason to be proud!

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Actually, I should formally close out the 6in howitzer build with some "glamor" shots. As I noted above, I have the new Resicast version of this and will put more time into that one later ....

 

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I did a little washing in the corners and places, but not much else ...

 

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I did not bother scratching the various tools as I had intended, but I could go back at any time ...

 

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And here is one with both the 18-pdr field gun and the 6in howitzer ....

 

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I'm still looking for some 1/35 arty figures; I have the Resicast set for the WW2 25-pdr and perhaps can modify them ....

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Very nice John! what did you use for the metallic wheel rims?

 

GIL :smiley16:

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Thanks, Gil.

It is a mix (pinch of this, dab of that) of Vallejo Model Air Aluminum and Train Color Steel, where the Aluminum is really used as a "thinner". It's a bit bright and on the 6in I ran Vallejo Dark Grey Wash over it to remove the shine. I'm just learning to work with Vallejo so I'm experimenting and trying to remember to write stuff down for next time.

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One down....got the Albatross done!

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More pics and comments on this POS up in the Aircraft Topics.

 

Now on to finishing up that Nieuport....

 

GIL :smiley16:

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Well done, Gil, it has been interesting watching your build ...
Now, go to the chalk board and write Albatros 100 times :smiley4:

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Well, I'm finished with the WWI Group Build! "Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty, I'm free at last!" :smiley32:

 

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It fought right til the end...in fact...I took THREE pics of it to share with you, and only this one uploaded to PB! Even in final assembly phase, the wheel covers needed their rims shaved in order to fit into the tires; the wheel holes were too small for the axles necessitating reaming them out, and the engine cylinders all had to be sanded down AND the inside of the cowl hogged out (more) with a motor tool in order to fit the cowl in place! I got the struts and wing on in spite of one strut snapping in half while trying to fit it in place, but it's slightly out of alignment in ALL axises! Decals chipped (more) during handling, and in fact are SO chipped on the bottom I skipped photographing it at all! I'm debating whether to take this one to my meeting this week.....NO! I'm gonna take it and rip Roden a new one in front of everybody! :smiley20:

 

And to think, I sold my perfectly good K&B (Aurora) Nieuport 28 when I got this "newer, better" Roden kit! :smiley7:

 

But, it's done, and now I can move on to finishing up that sweet Tamiya Spitfire for the British Invasion group build. Then, I'm gonna build a couple JUST for me! :P

 

As always, questions, comments, jeers, and pot shots (in this case) are welcome!

 

GIL :smiley16:

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From what I can see, the engine looks good inside the cowling.

Must be a lot worse close-up than in pix, 'cause it looks good from here !

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Still working on the project - about 60% done.

 

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Historically, Rhode Island was one of the Virginia class of pre-dreadnaughts which made the 1907 cruise with the Great White Fleet and was obsolete by the time she returned home in 1909. She lived on as a second class battleship and served as a convoy escort in WWI.

 

On the other hand, Chris mentioned the ships that were sold to Greece - they were Idaho and Mississippi (probly because nobody could spell it). And indeed, it would be fun to fun to make a model of a Greek WWI subject in an event like this.

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Coming along nicely Rick! I take it the cage masts are photo tched?

 

GIL :smiley16:

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Indeed they are photo-etched. The real one has an odd shape - not just a cone, but a tapered-kinda thing. (I didn't take enough geometry in college to properly define the hyperboloid thingie.)

 

I guess I was lucky to start with the forward one. The curve seems constant for the lower part, and then the platform happens at the junction of lower and upper. On the after mast, the platform is in the middle of the lower part, so there will be a visible junction for the top to bottom halves.

 

And for both of them, the photo-etch wraps around and has to be glued to join. That vertical joining line seems kind of like the seam on the back of ladies' nylons. It's perfectly obvious it has to be theer, but it's perfectly obvious that it spoils the effect.

 

Still and all, a fun learning experience.

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As always, questions, comments, jeers, and pot shots (in this case) are welcome!

 

GIL :smiley16:

 

Looks great Gil. Question, whose markings are those? What is that marking on top of the wings? A poster of some sort?

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All,

 

This group build will close at the end of the month to give you all a bit more time to finish. At that time, I will create a poll for Best Of. Poll will run for a month to allow everyone a chance to vote.

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Clare: That was Eddie Rickenbacker's Nieuport 28. The camo is standard French finish for both the Spad and late Nieuports. Rickenbacker had 2 war bond posters plastered onto his wings, which is the art work you asked about. The bad thing about the kit was that they supplied those posters on paper instead of as a part of the decals, so they are completely out of scale! I "Futured" them in place!

 

GIL :smiley16:

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Thanks. Neat job.

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Wow, I better finish my V105 torpedo boat. I'm so close!

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Oh, I don't know what's the scale thickness of some poster board tacked onto a wing with some kind of yucky white glue ? :D in 1918 ....

 

 

Clare: That was Eddie Rickenbacker's Nieuport 28. The camo is standard French finish for both the Spad and late Nieuports. Rickenbacker had 2 war bond posters plastered onto his wings, which is the art work you asked about. The bad thing about the kit was that they supplied those posters on paper instead of as a part of the decals, so they are completely out of scale! I "Futured" them in place!

 

GIL :smiley16:

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