Feb 8, 2015

Cruisers


I went to the painting & home decor shop and bought some 1000 grit sandpaper. Proper tools and methods ease working on these ships a lot. I'm getting the knack of it now, so here are a pair of cruisers, Veudeni on the left and Jackewlinese on the right - as I'm not planning to add flags the distinct hull colour was an obvious choice, bright grey/white vs. black. The paint jobs are, as opposed to the first pre-dreadnought, just two or three similar layers over a white basecoat. For the white ships I'm still considering adding a thin wash.


I sort of tried to hinder the modern look by using classic paint schemes, and I have to admit this looks much better than sea gray.



Here's an assembled hull for the 2nd Veudeni ship, the trick for a smooth surface is sanding a lot and adding PVA between each sanding, after two or three times it's going to be really nice. I sanded & PVAd the two pieces separately twice and then a third time when they were glued together. Sounds like a tedious process but besides this, adding superstructures and painting the thing takes very little time. The PVA also acts as a varnish and protects the wood. I didn't even add a finish to the cruisers. This battleship will have a very French and thus a more antique look compared to the ones before it.

14 comments:

  1. This series is getting really interesting and informative. I didn't treat my own little warships this way, but they are probably too small to gain much from it. Your own warships are looking really something.

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    1. I was contemplating using a smaller scale (for smaller tables), but concluded that would mean dropping most of the detail. This size is quite optimal as I have the right parts amongst my bits inventory and I have much ease working on the balsa.

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  2. you are really good at building ships, they are wonderful!

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  3. Super nice Man Cave Shipyard Building of ships. The brown deck color looks great.

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    1. Thank you, the Man Cave Shipyard is in dire need of a vacuum cleaner as there's saw dust everywhere!

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  4. Impressive work, Andras. You are a master builder.

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  5. Great results and a very interesting project. These models look very similar to my 1/1100 Spanish ships from Houston Ships.

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    1. Thank you, your models looks interesting as well. It will be more evident once I build more battleships that these are quite large at a rough scale of 1/600.

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