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PostPosted: Mon 08 May 2006 17:51 pm 
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PostPosted: Sun 09 Dec 2007 11:12 am 
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Hi all, I hope I´ve landed in the appropriate sub-forum here; I´d like to share what I´m doing right now modeling wise.
The last completed build was the Airfix 1:600 HMS Fearless, as on 12 June, 1982 - with Sea Harrier on her flight deck. I used lots of WEM goodies (loads of brass, resin Sea Cats); there was some limited scratchbuilding involved, especially "Y-turret" and Corvus launchers. Flyco and various other parts of the vessel were modifed as per images found on the web and in the books on Fearless by McCart and Southby Tailyour. Paint is almost exclusively acrylics by JPS of Germany. Deck markings are a mix of Airfix decals and some paint. Ship code was probably overpainted at the time, yet I could not resist applying my initials to the model ... Weathering was mostly done with water colours, some drybrushing and soem work with a glass pencil. The Harrier is a 1:700 Fujimi item as WEM was out of stock. Canopy was drilled out  and replaced by a blob of white glue. Rigging is stretched black sprue, the base is a picture frame with several pounds of sculpted, painted and gloss-coated plaster in it.

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Now I just have to complete my writeup for publishing says

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Great Build........looks "just like the real thing!!"


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Great build!!  :D

This is what I'm working on at the moment, but it's nowhere near this standard!!

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These are truly amazing.
I've always fancied doing a decent ship build, but knowing how long it's taken me to understand the relatively 'easier' form  of aircraft modelling, I don't think I have enough years left to master something so difficult.
The reference alone seem hard to find. :shock:

And how on Earth do you guys make the water look so convincing?
Truly in awe! 8-)


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Thank you all for your kind comments on my model, folks!

I´ll keep you posted promises

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Well,

today included several moments of getting things done that had remained in laziness limbo for quite some while, amongst them was taking additional pics of Fearless and completing the article. I already uploaded the lot to the ship editor of ModellFan magazine, here are some of the "aerial" views I took today:

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I´d like to say a heartfelt thank you to all the fine people at WEM for their dedication to bring detail sets of the highest quality not only to modelers that build modern uber - and wonderkits, but also to us nostalgic Airfix aficionados.

Best regards to you all from

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Here's my effort oob.

Only my 5th completed build and was a bit of a challenge with all the fiddley bits, but I got there in the end.

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All three versions are excellent. Paul's 'out of the box' build looks like a small replica of the display models that used to be on show in the RN recruitment centres.

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nice one, great models s:thumb: lots of work gone into those.franks how did you do the sea effect its amazing
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Congrats to completing your build, Paul, and best of luck with the next to come! I´ve been on that plastic model addiction for nearly 40 years now, and so far there´s no sign of it wearing off ...

The water in my dio is painted plaster. You´ll find an excellent how-to on IPMS Stockholm´s pages at http://ipmsstockholm.org/magazine/2002/ ... _water.htm

HTH and have fun in modeling from

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Great models one and all!   :thumb:

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That's a nice clean build Paul.  I'd love to see one of you ship models with etched brass railings and fittings.

Ever considered trying to use etched brass?


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Thanks for the kind words guys and thankyou Patrick (Sailorman) for kindly sending me your demo build, it was very helpful.

I did this oob because I have two (I had one then someone bought me one for Christmas last 2006) and it's the first ship I've ever attempted.

I now have all the currently availbale Airfix ships in 1/600 and all the 1/72 launches and do intend to use pe on them all when i get a bit more experienced.

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FrankS wrote:
pics of Fearless

I really like the colour scheme you have chosen, especially for the deck and flight deck...the dark green as in the kit instructions does not look so good. Please can you tell me the colours/codes you used for the superstructure and decks?

Thank you.


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Thanks for your kind words!

You can find a full build review here:

http://modelingmadness.com/reviews/misc ... hrfear.htm

Authentic RN shades are available in WEM´s Colourcoats range, I used acrylics, so had to substitute, based on the Colourcoats. I mixed the hull colour based on RAL 7035, for the deck grey I used IJN Maizuru Grey.

HTH

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She needs varnish, aerials, rigging etc but I think I'm kidding myself. Until I summon the courage/patience to try PE for the first time (those seacat launchers are especially horrid), here she is. First build in 30 years, would have liked to work from some instructions but overall reasonably content with her and enjoyed it. Anyway, I've a 1/72 Gladiator, a 1/76 Sherman, a dusty old 1/32 MG Magnette and the remains of a RAF refuelling set to play with. Plus I want to see how this Photobucket lark works....

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