Ahoy, shipmates: Ozmac gets into deeper water with his ships

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Ahoy, shipmates: Ozmac gets into deeper water with his ships

Postby Ozmac » Thu Nov 28, 2013 12:09 am

I thought venturing into building planes was a risky move, and here I am building my first model ship. It's a tiddler, at 1:700 scale (only about 4.5 inches/12cm long), and it's also my first time building a resin model, too. Gotta be careful with that Supa Glue...

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Well, the old tramp steamer pictured here being welcomed into harbour by a few tugs is the resin model. I found a German outfit who makes the basic resin kit on eBay. The little tugs are plastic, part of a wonderful 1:700 "Tugger Set" made by Hasegawa that includes 3 tugs, a number of small motor boats, a fuel oil carrier, water carrier and several other military-era specialist vessels such as an aircraft rescue ship (complete with crane). Incredibly, the little Hasegawa Tugger Set cost $6.70 plus $6 postage. The resin steamer cost about $30 plus $15 postage. I haven't finished all the Haswegawas, and by the time I have done that a set of 1:700 scale harbour side buildings should arrive in the post, to complete the diorama. And I'm rather proud of my first attempt at modelling very smooth harbour water. I won't try fancy effects like wakes until further down the track.

I've always loved the era and stories surrounding tramp steamers and all those freighters of the era 1910 to 1960. I have a Revell 1:380 kit of a freighter called 'Hawaiian Pilot' ready to amuse me sometime next year. There seems to be very few old-time freighter kits around. There are some Liberty ship kits readily available, so if you know of any other source of old-style freighters let me know please!
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Postby Ozmac » Fri Dec 06, 2013 10:12 pm

Meanwhile, here in this murky backwater of the S143 forum, I've been cruising on regardless with my first-ever 3D (ie, not Photoshopped) diorama, of my 1930s tramp steamer ship coming into port.

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Here it is, complete with a gaggle of 1:700 scale port tugs and other harbourside service craft. I also had a spare hull for the tramp steamer, a knocked around one damaged in transit (which the supplier replaced). So I made a few bits and pieces for it, painted it up and put in in the background, as another tramp steamer unloading at the dock. I also found a guy who makes 1:700 scale harbour side warehouses, so I added them as well.

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Postby guitardave_1 » Sat Dec 07, 2013 12:56 pm

Nice little job that Jamie. Do I see bow waves and wakes in the water now? Where is the backdrop - looks very Mediterranean.
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Postby Featherless_Biped » Sat Dec 07, 2013 2:00 pm

Wonderful overall effect. 8-) Great job on the water and on the transition to the backdrop. :)

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Postby Ozmac » Sat Dec 07, 2013 2:42 pm

Well-spotted, Dave, that's Nice in the background, and thanks for the kind comment, RT.

The water is courtesy of a craft glue called Mod Podge, which is slathered on by roller over blue-acrylic painted board. The Mod Podge goes on white then dries to a clear gloss. For rougher seas you can do several coats and sculpt it a little, but for my harbour (and small 1:700 ships) I left the water just lightly rippled. The bow waves are white acrylic paint stippled on top. (Good old You Tube, it's full of ship modellers sharing their secrets.)

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Postby JSB33 » Sun Dec 08, 2013 2:01 pm

Another area I really need to steer clear of. Working boats are very interesting to me.
Looks like a fun setup that really looks the part, well done.
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Postby Ozmac » Mon Dec 09, 2013 2:48 am

Jeff said
Another area I really need to steer clear of. Working boats are very interesting to me.


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Postby grinbergs » Mon Dec 09, 2013 8:14 am

It comes together really well in the diorama. I like it a lot. :)

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Postby Tom » Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:18 am

Agreed, very nicely done.

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Postby Ozmac » Thu Feb 20, 2014 9:00 pm

Jeff said
Another area I really need to steer clear of. Working boats are very interesting to me.


Well, Jeff, I've got the bug…

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It hasn't been too hard or especially expensive to find old Revell kits of working ships. I'm very slowly building the Hawaiian Pilot on the many slow days when no-one wants to employ me. The Esso Glasgow tanker is the more sought-after kit that took some snappy eBay bidding at the close to get it, but I still got it for under $30, plus postage. And I didn't go looking for spy trawlers. This one came up on eBay because I was searching for "fishing trawler" and I thought a spy trawler would be just as fishy as any other trawler.

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When I say "slowly building" I mean slow. Here's the Hawaiian Pilot with the hull and deck painted, all glued together. Lots of fiddly little steps, derricks, rigging and of course the superstructure to come yet, but it passes the time very nicely, and I've been reading up on these ships along the way, which is all part of the fun.

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Postby JSB33 » Fri Feb 21, 2014 7:04 am

It already looks good to me, I am not much of a "do a little bit each day" kind of person so I really admire someone who can continue to make progress.
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Postby Ozmac » Mon Feb 24, 2014 2:14 am

Well, until I learn how to attach rigging to plastic models, this is where I'm at with the mighty 'Hawaiian Pilot'.

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As I suspected with such an old model kit (I think it's from the 1980s) the decals were made of disintegratium. I managed to salvage enough for a "good side" but alas, the city from which it hails, San Francisco, is now a little known port called 'Francisco'.

As for how to attach rigging, I still don't have a clue. I'm watching YouTube vids galore and Googling the topic as well, and one of these days all those winches and cranes will have little black threads in the right places. I'm setting myself a 2016 target on that one, though.

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Postby David MG » Mon Feb 24, 2014 4:39 am

Looks good, Sailor !
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Postby JSB33 » Mon Feb 24, 2014 6:09 am

Adding the Bridge makes a ton of difference.
How big is this?
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Postby Ozmac » Mon Feb 24, 2014 6:20 am

It's about 37cm (15 inches) long, Jeff.

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Interestingly enough, an old friend of mine, to whom I sent this photo this afternoon, said it reminded him of the 'Sonoma', which visited Sydney regularly in the 1960s. And the Hawaiian Pilot was renamed the Sonoma, so he has a good memory for ships.

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Postby JSB33 » Mon Feb 24, 2014 6:22 am

Rather small then,
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Postby Ozmac » Sat May 10, 2014 2:27 am

And so I finally figured out a way to (sort of) do the rigging on the Hawaiian Pilot. Well, it's token rigging, a few wires here and there in strategic places. For real authenticity it'd be another hundred or so to go. And my token rigging was hard enough to get right. And then I thought to myself: "It needs a diorama. My Tramp Steamer has a diorama, the Hawaiian Pilot needs a dio, too." And so I've built myself my second 3D (ie, non-photoshopped) diorama, of the Hawaiian Pilot sitting at the wharf, waiting to take on a few small loads from some small island port.

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Thank goodness for craft shops and balsa wood, that's all I can say.

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I'm a bit limited by bookshelf width (21cm) so I thought smooth seas, lying dockside would be easier to do in a narrow space

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Go on, ask me how I did the water… OK, then, if you insist. Spotted a YouTube vid on how one master waterside diorama maker does his water, and I'm pleased with this first attempt. Four colours underneath: black, dark blue, dark green and white, all stippled on to create a blotchy effect. Then 10 coats (yep, count 'em, 10) of a nifty craft glue called Mod Podge, which you also stipple on with a fat, blobby brush. It goes on white, dries clear. One coat of Mod Podge each morning, for 10 days. Then a few coats of clear, gloss sealer to finish. In the right light, at the right angle, it looks like water!

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Finally, I am very proud of my two crates of coconuts. In this case the coconuts are actually white mustard seeds. I also created some 'bales' of something, bound by 'wire' (hot knife edge burnt into the balsa), plus a few piles of lumber. I am also bidding on a few 1:300 Russian Zil trucks, and hopefully if I win them, one or two of them will make it onto the wharf, if they don't look too out of scale. The ship is 1:380, so I'll have to wait and see.

And so, this first stab at diorama building has given me confidence to have a go at a diorama with cars. I'm thinking a street scene somewhere…. haven't got a scenario clear in my head yet, but if it isn't French I'll be surprised!

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Postby David MG » Sat May 10, 2014 2:42 am

Well done Jamie.
The water does indeed look realistic.
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Postby grinbergs » Sat May 10, 2014 4:57 am

Looks excellent! I admire your skills and the results must feel quite rewarding. :)

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Postby JSB33 » Sat May 10, 2014 5:55 am

Everything comes across very well. Not just in execution but in style. Water is very convincing.

O/T I had a customer yesterday that builds R/C sail boats. There were about 36" long. He said it takes him about 35 hours to make one and he sells them for $600
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Postby dcast » Sat May 10, 2014 6:05 am

Awesome work :)
How thick the "water" is in reality? It of course looks like tens of meters deep ocean water 8-)

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Postby Tom » Sat May 10, 2014 7:29 am

I love it! Water surface is really convincing, love the weathered rooves on the buildings, the cargo... excellent job! I bet it feels good to look at it knowing that you made it yourself!

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Postby Featherless_Biped » Sat May 10, 2014 10:22 am

Kudos for your water. :!: I like those rusty roofs. Good creativity for the cargo. Looking forward to seeing the trucks on the dock.

I have one model ship kit (my first) that I haven't built yet. It's a Billings Boats model of a two-mast Danish ship. I suppose it will mean learning some new modeling skills that weren't needed for my white metal and plastic kits.

In Denmark, and in coastal areas of several other European countries, model sailing ships are hung from the ceilings of churches. (I don't know how they keep them from getting terribly dusty.) Some of these models are quite remarkable.
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Categ ... in_Denmark
I hope to display mine on the fireplace mantel.

However, it's spring time here, of course. That means lots of yard and garden work – less time for model building. :(

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Postby Ozmac » Tue May 20, 2014 9:42 pm

I'm getting my sea legs as a model builder now, and so before I build my Panhard Dynavia 1:43 scale car, one more working ship before I go. This is a work in progress, hence the shed setting, as I have a simple diorama in mind for this Russian Spy Fishing Trawler Volga (a kit by Revell)

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Here's the kit built close to completion (some touching up of paint here and there needed).

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I did like the inclusion of two little Russian spies (er, I mean fishermen) in the kit.

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However, as I don't like the "full hull" look of the model, or the crappy plastic stands it is temporarily sitting on, I have decided to create some more water effects. This time I am going to attempt my first "wakes" and "choppy seas", sitting the ship into the water via a cutout at the waterline. Should take weeks, at the earliest.


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