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Re: WIP - Trumpeter's 1/350 HMS Exeter
This is awesome James! Thanks for posting.
Following Jeff Sharp's post about a lack of any actual model making on this board, I thought I'd share a quick build here for anyone who wishes to see it.
It comes as a one piece hull which I like, despite me wanting to set this one in some water. I like to be able to have a trough in the waterline and show some hull below.
I planned this one to be a quick and easy out-of-the-box build as in December when bought there was no aftermarket for it anyway. I found some issues I couldn't leave alone so it gained a few bits of scrap photoetch and whatnot to represent some prominent missing features.
Deck painting was first. This was four colours, all enamel, airbrushed at first then individual planks picked out in similar shades.
The first obvious flaw was the planking around B turret which was missing. I made a plastic overlay for that.
In general there were a few companionways etc missing so I added these and inclined ladders from White Ensign Models spares.
Basic painting was all airbrushed in Colourcoats enamels.
The water was made from a styrofoam house insulation board.
The styrofoam was simply carved with a wire brush attachment in a power drill, sealed with tissue and watered down PVA glue, airbrushed with a dark blue and a lighter subsurface churn shade, then given coats of artist's acrylic gel medium. White water was added using torn up cotton wool and acrylic gloss varnish.
We had a house fire shortly after I bought this model which has slowed things down. In the time between, various aftermarket products have appeared. I decided to replace the nicely moulded yet flimsy kit masts with Infini Model's much stronger brass masts, which were a joy to assemble.
A new company in China called YX Model recently released a 3D printed in-scale studded chain product. These are beautiful, but this has been my first chance to actually use one.
As of time-now, the ship has been permanently installed in the water and the waterline sealed in with more acrylic gel medium. This is white when wet like PVA but it dries clear. The ship is close to complete but lacks the quad 0.5in Vickers machine gun mounts, the rigging and a crew.
Thanks for looking
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