IRON COFFIN - U 213..Final attempt..Honest (page 4))

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Great posts boys....Thanks.Trey, your last post really made me chuckle. Looks like we both conned your good lady for a minute or two. Good job I'm across the pond and away from the assault!

Please pass on my apologies for the unintended deception.....Mind you, it's great when one of our models gets mistaken for the real thing isn't it?.......If only for a fleeting moment.

I trust a few beers has eased the pain in your shoulder by now....Great thing alcohol!

Ron
I do this all the time with your builds Ron , I even had my mates thinking a lifeboat had run aground with the one you did not so long ago , I find it emence fun to fool them , it's a shame I couldn't produce such work I would so much fun with the local papers :smiling3:
 

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Alan, thanks ever so much for a great post...I hope you haven't got a few bruises too!

Right, after finishing the blue plastic version, I decided that was slightly cheating so I decided to try and just paint the the model as is and try and convey the depth using ordinary children's acrylics rather than my expensive Vallejo ones.

The initial build had U 213 buried in a piece of right angled Polystyrene (Hence the 'wall' in the previous shots) I have roughly removed the wall with a hacksaw blade, but left the boat in it's original pose. I also dug my fingernails in all around the base to break up the sharp edge. Then I re-primed the whole thing in grey primer before setting about it with the acrylics.

I have also painted a water colour sea background...I've tried to convey a bit of depth, getting slightly darker towards the bottom.

That's it really...I'm having great fun with this. It's all new territory. I'm learning so much as I go along experimenting and trying different ideas.....Binning a few along the way too!

Here are the pictures of the Mark 2. I think the end result makes the U Boat more spooky somehow....

What do you think? Honest opinions please.

Cheers,

Ron

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I've included my mitt again to show there is no trickery!!!

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Jeez Ron, it wouldn't look as real as that if you dumped it in the sea!

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Thanks Dave. I'm chuffed you like it....I must confess to be pretty happy with the outcome too!
 

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Wonderful Ron absolutly wonderful , how is it possible to paint something that looks underwater you've done a realy great job

Well done :smiling3:
 

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Superb modelling, really does look far better now it is sited, also the angle isn't too bad, all U-boats settled to port or starboard upon impact with the sea floor, your slightly angled bow adds a new dimension to the piece. The washes add to it and give it that 10 year look underwater instead of mine that was down 60+.

I feel rather proud that my wreck models have inspired yourself and Alan to have a go and make such superb first attempts!

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Wonderful Ron absolutly wonderful , how is it possible to paint something that looks underwater you've done a realy great jobWell done :smiling3:
Thanks Alan, I'm humbled by your comments.

You know the children's paint pallet, with the lid made up of 3 or 4 compartments? I mixed Dk. Blue in one....Dk green in another and somewhere in between in the third. Then I just loaded a good sized chisel headed brush and drew the head of it across the sharp edges of the U. Boat and let the paint run where it wanted.....Then repeat with the other colours.

I've found out one thing early on with stuff like this....Don't fiddle about, sling it on!....That's how mother nature works, and she knows best.

I'm so glad you like my second bash at this and thanks again.

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Superb modelling, really does look far better now it is sited, also the angle isn't too bad, all U-boats settled to port or starboard upon impact with the sea floor, your slightly angled bow adds a new dimension to the piece. The washes add to it and give it that 10 year look underwater instead of mine that was down 60+.I feel rather proud that my wreck models have inspired yourself and Alan to have a go and make such superb first attempts!

Si:smiling3:
Thanks Si, your post means a lot especially when I see your excellent wreck models.....

I tried to give the U Boat that 'been down there for not too long' look, so 10yrs is about right!

And yes, it is all down to you for my inspiration and making me decide to jump in feet first and 'ave a bash!' at this subject...Thank you.

I feel pretty sure Alan would echo my sentiments too....

Cheers,

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Thanks Alan, I'm humbled by your comments.You know the children's paint pallet, with the lid made up of 3 or 4 compartments? I mixed Dk. Blue in one....Dk green in another and somewhere in between in the third. Then I just loaded a good sized chisel headed brush and drew the head of it across the sharp edges of the U. Boat and let the paint run where it wanted.....Then repeat with the other colours.

I've found out one thing early on with stuff like this....Don't fiddle about, sling it on!....That's how mother nature works, and she knows best.

I'm so glad you like my second bash at this and thanks again.

Ron
No problem mate the praise is deserved , you've given me an idea about mine now seeing as it needs a bit of dulling down

So thanks for the insight :smiling3:
 

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Thanks Si, your post means a lot especially when I see your excellent wreck models.....I tried to give the U Boat that 'been down there for not too long' look, so 10yrs is about right!

And yes, it is all down to you for my inspiration and making me decide to jump in feet first and 'ave a bash!' at this subject...Thank you.

I feel pretty sure Alan would echo my sentiments too....

Cheers,

Ron
I certainly will Ron , :smiling3:
 
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Absolutely wonderfull. Interesting point though according to the IPMS this would be a model on a base but to me it is more of a diorama as it definately seems to convey a story.

At the end of the day I don't think it matters either way, it is a great model that sets a mood and tells a story and has been executed superbly. I really like both the versions of this model, although perhaps this one is more realistic. The bright blue one might only really work if you were to consider it a tropical or Mediterranean setting.
 
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U-213

Laid down on 1 October 1940 by Friedrich Krupp Germaniawerft in Kiel as 'werk' 645, the boat was launched on 24 July 1941 and commissioned on 30 August with Oberleutnant zur See Amelung von Varendorff in command.[1] She trained with the 5th U-boat Flotilla until 31 December 1941; on 1 January 1942 she was assigned to the 1st U-boat Flotilla.[1] On 1 May 1942 she was assigned to the 9th U-boat Flotilla and spent the rest of her career with that unit.[1]

Operational history

U-213 carried out three war patrols during her career, ranging into the North Atlantic. One of them included the landing of an Abwehr agent, Alfred Langbein, on the Canadian coast near St. Martins, New Brunswick on 14 May 1942.[1] The mission was termed Operation Grete; Langbein was instructed to report on the sailing of convoys.[1] He failed to accomplish this, and surrendered to the authorities in September 1944 after running out of money. He was released after the end of the war.[1] U-213 was a member of three "wolfpacks" during the war, as part of 'Schlei' from 1 February until 12 February 1942, 'Westwall' from the 2nd until 12 March, and 'Pfadfinder' from the 2nd until 27 May.[1] During this period she suffered two attacks, one on 7 February 1942 from the escorts of convoy ON-63, which she was attempting to attack, which left the U-boat slightly damaged after attacks by depth charges; another was when the boat was surprised on the surface by a destroyer in bad weather in the Gulf of Maine, and was again slightly damaged by depth charges on 15 May.[1]

U-213's luck finally ran out on 31 July 1942, while in the North Atlantic, east of the Azores, in a depth charge attack by the British sloops HMS Erne, Rochester and Sandwich.[1] Her entire crew of 50 were lost with her.

*Excerpted from Wikipedia

 

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Well Ron that is a stunning and very realistic build
 

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Two for the price of one ,now thats farm foods value!! It looks fantastic matey ,the silt effect and colouring are just perfect. Any chance of a pic with a dark background and quite low light levels , preferably the angle from astern , I think it would look very haunting . I cant give you a great build doodab as ive already given you one so heres a virtual 5 stars instead!! ***** cheers tony
 

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superb like it has been said with the blue photo's looks like it at the bottom top stuff
 

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Ron it just keeps getting better love what you've done with it now,and thanks the shoulder is much better now;)the pints did the trick!
 

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lovely work there ron, how did you get the finish on the boat if i might ask.

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Realy nice this Ron, great visual effects. You should have tried for a job at Pinewood.
 

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I honestly didn't think you could better Mk1, how wrong could I be. Superb!

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