Here's ANOTHER ONE, Johnny!
Posted by Matty on February 19, 2010, 23:48:05, in reply to "Familiar face, new Scale: The Return of JOHNNY BANGE"
Here's another subchaser website (which I had for some reason already bookmarked): "SplinterFleet.org". I think they must be in some sort of competition with the other site, which Kevin just mentioned - "SubChaser.org" - as the latter seems to be closely allied with Glencoe, while the former makes zero mention whatever of the Glencoe kit (nor the Ringo release of this classic mold, which came before). (Didn't Lindberg also do a SubChaser - or was that yet another repop of this same mold?) Whatever the story, it looks like they've got some great references there for you, as well. |
As for suggestions - for both your builds - the first thing that strikes me is how crucial, especially in your larger scale, now, it becomes to give any and all natural-wood areas some depth - wood grain, or at least some indication(s) of planking - for example, just look how gorgeous is this model I saw at SubChaser.org, built by David Jack:
Click on Image to Enlarge Beautiful for many reasons, but primarily (IMHO) because of the deck - which may well be individually planked, but you could also do very well with faux-painting - just as I recently demonstrated, in particular, for my Hiryu's flight deck (among others). It may or may not be too late for you to do this for your corvette - probably not, considering it would be a whole lot less demanding than it was, in 1/500-600 scale - but certainly not too late for your sub chaser, if desired. If you're game, you know I'd be more than happy to help/advise, Johnny - just say the word!
I was also struck by the molded-in code letters on your Glencoe (ex-Ringo, ex-Lindberg?) surfaces - both superstructure and hull - and SubChaser.org also noted it, for this mold - they have definitely got to go! (Using a new-sharp chisel, would be my recommendation). And along with them, many a seam-line and ejector mark which is also visible in your pics. Larger scale may be easier to see - I'm sure it is - but that doesn't make for any less work, in fact, quite possibly the opposite!
Now, as the the advice you actually asked for - I noticed on this page at SubChaser.org, a camo pattern that I think looks just awesome:
Click on Image to Enlarge This is a "zebra-stripe" type of bona-fide, anti-submarine disruptive camouflage.
And I saw another one I really liked - though it is on a larger-type SC (actually a PGM) - at PT DockYard:
Click on Image to Enlarge This looks like a Vietnam-Era boat - clearly in a "Jungle Measure" type camo - and it is seriously packing some guns: a pair of twin-'50s amidships, what looks like a (leftover WWII-vintage) 37mm aft, and up forward, something larger still - possibly a 3-inch, or some sort of howitzer, or maybe a mortar of some type.
Although a bigger boat than your 101' SC, still I'll bet that during WWII many an earlier boat wore this type of camo, the above splinter type and everything in between! To really see the entire range of options, I would recommend going to Navsource.org, and plowing through all their pics. Or as many of them as you can stand - seriously, you can discover some just great references that way!
Looking forward to seeing your progress on both of these John - welcome back, buddy - and keep 'em comin'!