Amid a bit more progress (see below), to get a little better idea what the final appearance will be, I sprayed some Gloss Black
from an ancient Testors rattle-can I had laying around:
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And, again with my neighbor's borrowed camera, took these (only slightly) improved pics. The thick slabs sticking out - wing-like on the portside, and a smaller one to starboard - are plugging the last chinks in the pressure hull, which will not be covered by the casing. Once cured, these will be chopped off flush with the surface. But the major new progress - refinement of the aft casing terminus, rescue buoy trunk and escape trunk (see below) - can only just be glimpsed here.
It is at this point that the really
big news broke: my scoring of a really decent
, new camera:
, in comparison to the prior pics above?!! In addition to having very good low-light sensitivity, this camera has extreme high-resolution macro
capability. How high-res? Well, let's just say able to see every
last dust mote and flaw (inset) - sufficient to make your works and modelling skills look quite inadequate!
Seriously though I love this detail and fidelity, which does indeed let me inspect the build - better, in many ways, than by (even the magnified) eye. Note the "oil-canning" on the pressure hull - caused by the hop of my knife, while scraping - which I think makes for an even better-looking hull than expected. Likewise for the sail, which looks even closer to refined/finished than I thought. Some of this may be due to the filling effect of the thick Testors paint - indeed, the deck planking was deliberately protected from this by aluminum tape (which nevertheless revealed the underlying texture clearly, after it was burnished down).
But now to highlight the most significant, latest progress:
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The stern is characterized by a line of vertical, cylindrical projections: aft end of the casing - now widened and chopped to a half-cone looking shape - followed immediately by the rescue buoy trunk/canister and, furthest aft, the emergency escape trunk, made of still narrower plastic tube. All three are significantly taller than would be accurate - having to drop all the way to the excessively-tapering tail - but in this way, their tops retain the correct positions relative to each other and to the deck. Meantime, an at least plausible impression for the rest of the tail will be produced with a little artistic license/optical illusion involving the vertical skeg - already started, just ahead of the escape trunk. I am quite optimistic about the expected final appearance of the tail, the most problematic part of this build.
And no less optimistic about the build, overall:
(Apropos of nothing, except the above fat, shiny appearance.)
Harder and harder to imagine Revell ever passing off this hull (or anything like it) as a nuke, huh?
Stay tuned for more - and decent pictures
, of everything - from now on!