An American Spy Ship?

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Watching your carpentry with interest.......It never occurred to me to make my own bases. I always used cheap or discarded picture frames. Thanks for the "Demo". Rick H.
 

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Hi Richard
Your mini modelling masterpiece will look great on its seascape.
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Thanks Jim, I hope I can pull it off. I seldom do seascapes.

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Watching your carpentry with interest.......It never occurred to me to make my own bases. I always used cheap or discarded picture frames. Thanks for the "Demo". Rick H.
You should try it some time, gives you the control of the size needed. Here's the Oxford placed just for size and composition. I may want to raise the level higher with two pieces of foam for the sea.

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Hi,
I have done a bit more to the base. Firstly I added height by gluing two pieces of compressed foam board and shoring the sides with black mounting board strips about 1mm or 2mm higher than the two boards. This will be filled in with wall plaster and a wave pattern sculpted on while it's still wet.

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But before that I wrapped the masking shape of the ships hull with clingwrap and placed it in position before plastering.

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I used the tiny spoon shaped back end of my paint stirrer to create the swells and waves. I removed the mask when the plaster dried and tried the ship on it. Fit was perfect. While the plaster does its final cure I will add more waves created by the ship as well as the stern section. I will seal it with a coat of varnish and paint it.

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Just waiting for my chores to finish before the next phase.

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Oh yes!! All heading in the right direction Richard. Bring on the paint and your magic hairy stick
 

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Oh yes!! All heading in the right direction Richard. Bring on the paint and your magic hairy stick
Yes Steve, a few hundred nautical miles to go and at a speed of 10 knots pretty hard going :smiling6: I'm a bit wary about doing the seascape right. She isn't a quick boat so the wakes won't be high or obvious.

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HI Richard regards your tools i see you have got the main tool the the hammer lol
an the seascape is lookin good brilliant work boyo
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Now since my ship is being placed on a base with a seascape to be sculpted, should I now move this to the diorama section?:thinking:

Please let me know before I break another rule as I have spent too much time on it already.

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Looking excellent Richard. I've enjoyed following all the progress.

How about finishing the seascape on this thread. Then posting just one picture of the end result on here as a sort of 'Taster'.

......then give us the Full Monty over in Dioramas 'Completed'? I would hope that might be an amicable solution. :thumb2:

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Hi Richard
Interesting way to make the sea. I look forward to seeing what comes next.
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Looking excellent Richard. I've enjoyed following all the progress.

How about finishing the seascape on this thread. Then posting just one picture of the end result on here as a sort of 'Taster'.

......then give us the Full Monty over in Dioramas 'Completed'? I would hope that might be an amicable solution. :thumb2:

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Are you sure about that Ron. I'm guessing you have the rule book with you so I'll go with it. ;) But it's on you if I get sent to stand in the corner. :tears-of-joy:

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Interesting way to make the sea. I look forward to seeing what comes next.
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Jim, I normally use foil but am trying this as I have done it before for my Airfix German S Boat. Don't hold your breath...it might get deleted. :smiling6:

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Are you sure about that Ron. I'm guessing you have the rule book with you so I'll go with it. ;) But it's on you if I get sent to stand in the corner. :tears-of-joy:

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I handed in my copy of the rule book a few weeks back. That to one side, my suggestion seems a fair, and logical way to go about finishing off your( or anyone else's) build.

....but I would ease off about deletions and being sent to a corner though. ;)
 

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I handed in my copy of the rule book a few weeks back. That to one side, my suggestion seems a fair, and logical way to go about finishing off your( or anyone else's) build.

....but I would ease off about deletions and being sent to a corner though. ;)
I get what you mean Ron, thanks,

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Great job on the water Richard...really sets the whole thing off. Can't wait to see the finished product. Rick H. :thumb2:
Thanks Rick, just spent some time clearing cat poop to cool off. Just had a thought fresh kitty litter can be used to as a form of plaster. Just sprinkle some water on it and it will harden.

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All right, here's an update on the base. Basically painted a coat of Future to seal the plaster from absorbing too much paint...

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I normally don't mask the sides as can just paint over with gloss black. Anyway I had extra tape and time on my hands. You will notice I have not built up the wakes at the bow and froth build up at the stern before painting as I couldn't distinguish from the similar tone of the plaster used so I decided to paint first.
I used Tamiya JN Green and Gunze Blue applying the JN Green first and then randomly spraying the blue in splotches. The remainder blue mix was added Tamiya White and dry brushed over the tips of the waves. I then coated with varnish to seal in the paint. I will use pure white to pick out a few caps of the waves after sculpting the wakes.

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This is quite controlled scale and calm seas and unlike what I did for my 1/72 scaled S Boat...I had to use a soldering iron tool to carve the wave swells on the polystyrene foam and then coat with plaster. not as dramatic as I wanted but now knowing that cotton wool can be used for the bow waves I might just re-visit this build and construct it.

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Hi, this is the part that will be challenging...adding the code letters to the Oxford's bow.

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It isn't very big but one of these will fit the scale and I will need to cut them to make a masking stencil. If the cut out is successful it will be used for both the black and white colors. The black drop shadow will be sprayed on first then the white over it shifted slightly to the left and above. If you think this is small...at the stern it's repeated smaller. This I may paint with a brush.

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I just found out that Greg was also serving aboard two Frigates. The USS Knox and USS Clifton Sprague being the XO on the Sprague.

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