We've had Aircraft and Armour Group builds before on Kiwimodeller, but never a dedicated ship building group build. Time to get your ship together!
The GB will be launched on 1st November 2016, and run until 1st November 2017.
It is open to any scale, and material
The model must be built in its entirety within the specified build dates and the build should be accompanied by a thread in the group build forum documenting regular progress. Post shots of your sprues at the beginning of your thread.
By the end of the GB (and no later than 24 hours after the completion date) participants should post five pictures of the completed build in the GB completed builds thread. There is no entry fee for the GB, but a donation for the upkeep of Kiwimodeller is welcome The winner of the group build will be decided by popular vote.
Voting will run for the week following the 1st of November, ending Midday the 8th of November. A deadlock will be decided by a separate run-off vote.
All you naval modellers be gentle i've never made a boat/ship before so will more than likely make some mistakes on this,
Got a few hours in on this today, Going by the box top there is a few simplified areas on the kit that i decided i'd have a go at correcting. First the framing/railing around the gun turrets. Got one done. Also cut all the foot? railings off and am attempting to make new ones
Have struggled to find time for models the last few weeks and the mojo is on a down turn as well, Have managed to get the railings around the deck finished there not perfect but good enough for my first attempt at this style of model. I wasn't happy with the outcome of the guards around the gun turrets so have re-done them will let them dry a day or so then give them a clean up and get some primer on it.
Yep they are brass. No optic tricks Terry, first ones i made out of .8mm but they looked like they were made out of drain pipe so re made them with .5mm which seems the same as the kit molded railings. Managed to get some more done today, Need to sand up a bit of putty around the foreword cabin then glue the rear cabin down and i should be able to spray some primer on it.
Still struggling to get any decent time at the bench but did manage to get some primer on the other day and have just put some red on the bottom. The instructions call for Humbrol 70 Matt brick red and i've used tamiya hull red as that's all i have but it seems too dark to me. Anyone know if this is right?
Cheers Andrew, I decided to just run with it even though it still seems too dark to me as once i thought about it i'm not really that worried about it being 100% accurate just a reasonable representation. And at some stage will make a seascape that it'll sit in which will put the red out of sight below the water. Have now got the black on it then chipped the red and black a bit where i think it would get some wear cleared it then masked it and layed down some yellow on the top
Been busy with life stuff and thought that the end date for the GB was the friday before AiC but someone was nice enough to extend it to that date so i have spent saturday,sunday and tonight on this and now only have one more bit of rigging to do tomorrow night but here are a few pics from the last few days.
Finally got all my stuff sorted for AiC so thought i better finish this thread. Ended up painting the turret framing by hand as it was to hard to try mask them up, used a fine thread for the ropes laying around the deck and a mix of modeling rigging for the very thin wires and knitting elastic and cotton for the main rigging. Also made the little hopes on the rigging from the same brass rod the railings were made from. Painting is mostly tamiya and humbrol and the weather was done with AK products and oil paints for the salt streaking etc. So for a first boat build i'm happy with it, might do another one day if i can find the right subject. Few things i'd do different like the flat coat hasn't really gone as flat as i'd like and i couldn't get the two gunners to fit very well which i may take another look at later on.