Thursday, April 19, 2012

Fade To Black

So the next step in the inexorable plod toward completion consists of working the panel lines with black artists' chalk. I drew a line across each panel line then went back and rubbed it in with a rag (a discarded t-shirt). The chalk made the panel lines pop along with the recesses of the topside grating. It also helped mellow the roof brown paint. The top half has been worked, the bottom half is next.

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Paint Test Take II

After getting some advice from Greg McKellar, I took another run at a base coat for Nautilus. Greg's suggestion was to use a light coat of Roof Brown applied sparingly over the gray primer. This produced a very neat look, much better than the dark gray/brown on the wheelhouse and dorsal fin.

Of course there's much more work to do than this. But I really like the start. And if your monitor setting makes it look a little green, don't worry. It's brownish in real life.

When my wife first saw it she was amazed at the difference. "It's been gray for so long it almost doesn't look right." I know what she means. Once it sets up a bit I'll flip her over and do the underside.

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About Me

The first movie I saw in a theater was Disney's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" (1971 re-release). The first grown-up book I read was "War Fish" by George Grider. Built hundreds of plastic kits growing up. Saw an article on The SubCommittee in the mid 90's and joined. Began first foray into radio controlled subs in 1998.

Current Projects

1/32 scale Disney Nautilus (Custom Replicas kit).
1/96 scale USS Helena (SSN-725) (ThorDesign kit).
1/72 scale USS Permit-class (HMK kit)

Completed Boats

1/96 scale Permit-class modeled as USS Thresher (SSN-593).
1/96 scale Los Angeles-class modeled as USS Jefferson City (SSN-759).

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