Update 1/22/10: ISLAND and FANTAIL
|"Here's a shot or two of my progress with Wasp - in particular the island:
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...The island is (aftermarket resin from) the [redacted-name competitor who's been a rat-bast*d to Matt Stein Models]...I have assembled it, painted it the base color, applied decals, and have begun installing some of the railings and details. I used Future floor polish to gloss up the areas where the decals have been applied - I will use a flat coat over the top to dull them up. I also drilled a hole in the top of the island where the mast will sit and inserted a brass rod that protrudes about 1/8". I have drilled a corresponding hole in the bottom of the mast and will slide the mast onto the brass rod as a last detail. I tried painting the glazed bridge and pri-fly areas with an old trick I use for aircraft radar scopes. I paint the area silver, then overcoat with Tamiya clear green. I think the effect is too bright, and I'm going to try it again with Tamiya clear blue mixed with a little of the green, and then weather it with some washes to tone it down. All in all, the island is starting to look like something...
"...and the fantail...Here's a shot of some work I'm doing to the fantail area:
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"I have built up the kit decks, put photoetch railings on the lower level, and enclosed the upper level using strip styrene for the walls and small strips applied to the surface to represent the reinforcing that you see in photos. I still need to apply horizontal strips to get the correct look. As you can see, I have left the 40mm tub bases in tact for now - I'm still going back and forth on what year this build will be. If I go early enough, say 1957 - the tubs stay and I'll want to get a pair of (Matty's Models
) lovely quad 40's
and some prototype tubs too! If I go later, say post 1958, I have to carve them off and fill in the damage. This kit and the accessories allow an 'easy' range between 1957 and 1962. I'm at a point where I really need to cut bait or fish on this matter! At this point I'm leaning toward 1957 - it was after all my year of birth!!!"