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WALSHAMP

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Hello everyone and welcome to my first build thread.

As a young boy my Aunty Margaret (not really my Aunty) signed me up to a subscription to the RNLI's youth club Storm Force.  And thanks to the fact that she had a regular donation going to the RNLI already, it never dawned on her that she had maintained this membership well into my late teens.  I believe I may have been Storm Force's oldest and longest serving member [eek].

When I got back into the hobby a few months ago, and was browsing the various models available, this one jumped out at me right away.
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having read all the reviews I was fully expecting this kit not to be the most well fitting one but the detail was mostly there and so far it's not been too bad though I can see several parts that are going to need some serious filling.

so to start with I decided to fix the hull sides to the main deck starting with the curve next to the steps and working my way out from there gluing it in stages with some extra thin cement.

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the back area seems to fit reasonably well with only a couple of little gaps easily filled with some Vallejo plastic putty.

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The front is where we have a bit of an issue as there was a gap around 1mm in width where the two sides of the bow meet.  for this I used a couple of bits of plasticard and then trimmed it all up when dry.

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I wanted to add some of the internal structure at this stage so that I could prime it all up before it gets too overcrowded.

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also I have not fixed the bottom of the hull on yet as the bow thruster looks easier to paint up separately and can't be fitted after the hull is closed up.

Next stage is going to be gluing the outer shell of the wheelhouse together which I know can be fitted over the top of the interior in one piece.  I may even leave this loose to get in to see the interior detail.

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This looks fun. I'm not much for ship modeling, but you've got my interest. [smile]
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Good to have you along for the build Mike,  hope I can keep your interest.

On to part 2:

filler, filler and more filler.

So many gaps in the joint lines with this kit to fix up.

The real boats are of fiberglass construction so there is very little in the way of panel line detail.

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There are also a lot of sink marks in the thicker sections of plastic caused when the plastic shrinks in the mould.  to avoid this, injection mouldings are usually designed with even material thicknesses and have pocketed out thick sections to reduce shrinkage marks.  I's obviously not always possible with models but the simple solution here would have been to make the affected parts in 2 halves.

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As well as filling up the sink marks, I also wanted to tidy up the interior surfaces in the roof of the wheel house with some thin plasticard.  I'm planning on replacing the windows with more clear ones and leaving the rear door open so the interior will be more visible.  after test fitting the wheelhouse to the hull I don't think it's a good enough fit to leave loose unfortunately.

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I then started to get a bit more fancy with the launch (inshore boat).  the out of box propeller on the outboard motor is dreadful and is basically a featureless disc of plastic.  I cut this off and glued on a little cylinder of sprue and then attached some thin bits of plasticard to represent the propeller blades.
I made them over long initially to make it easier to glue them into placed then trimmed them off when they had cured.

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finally I decided that the floor plate for the upper helm would look much better and more realistic if you could see the roof of the wheelhouse through it.

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so after a good amount of sanding on the back face, I had a nice realistic piece of tread plate.

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Next up primer and paint for the main hull and wheelhouse.

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Yes! That's really looking good. Excellent attention to detail here. Keep it up!
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Well aren't I having a peachy time.

This is now the second time I am writing this post in full due to "technical difficulties".

unfortunately the build hasn't exactly been plain sailing either.

The first attempt at the hull with the distinctive red and blue separated by the white stripe left me with a lot of bleed through of the darker colours due to my poor attention to the masking.  Here I learned the importance of getting a well pressed down edge and not spraying too wet.

After sanding back gently to remove the worst of it, I re-sprayed with much more pleasing results.  I then managed to spill airbrush cleaner all over the place and had to sand it all back again and lay the paint down for the third time. (nothing worse than being a clumsy perfectionist [mad])

To protect it from further accidents I gave it a coat of Klear and masked it all up with some kitchen foil and Tamiya tape.  Unfortunately I forgot to grab some photos before hiding it all away so you'll have to wait till later to see it.

I then got to the wheelhouse.  Unsure if any pre-shading would show through the number of coats of orange paint I would be laying down, I decided to get the colour as I wanted it then lay down the pre-shading ready to go over with the last few coats of orange.  It's all looking a bit rough at the moment but hopefully it'll all look good in the end. 

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The interior is coming along nicely.  The main problem with the front area is its mostly all black.  I used some gloss over the flat black to represent the small LCD screens dotted here and there.  the other parts were picked out with paints mixed to roughly match a reference photo I was working from.  At this scale and with the visibility we'll have of the interior everything is more of a representation of the real thing rather than really crisp detail but I think it has the right effect.

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The rear part has some boxes above the hatch down to the survivors cabin.  At the moment I'm not sure on what to do with these as I don't have a good reference photo of this half of the wheelhouse.  I think a trip to Tynemouth Lifeboat might be in order.

Stay tuned

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Photos not working with the new method I've tried using Microsoft one drive.
Will edit shortly with photos from Flikr

Paul

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Never built a plastic boat model myself, only wooden.
This looks really nice kit with some great detail.

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I can see you're one to watch great work so far, keep it up.
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I decided to get the colour as I wanted it then lay down the pre-shading ready to go over with the last few coats of orange.  It's all looking a bit rough at the moment but hopefully it'll all look good in the end. 


well that didn't work [frown]

the black just wouldn't go away and after about 5 more coats of orange, I decided the panel details were starting to look far too vague.

back to bare plastic with it - luckily due to the way Vallejo primer peels rather than sticks to the plastic, this was done relatively easily with a tooth pick to scratch the paint away without damaging the plastic.

I think this time around I'll just rely on using a subtle wash to bring out the details.

I'll put some photos up when its all re-sprayed.

as you can probably tell by this thread, painting is not my strongest suit... but learning all the time [rolleyes]

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finally got most of the big areas painted now.


just need to work on the detail stuff now.


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the bow thruster came out pretty well. had to repaint it after respraying the hull which was a little tricky to get in to than it was the first time around but all's well that ends well I suppose.[smile]


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thanks for following [thumb]

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Looking good.
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got a batch of little parts ready for some black primer.

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I find with these small parts a little superglue to stick a cocktail stick onto where the parts mate to the main model is the easiest way to hold them for painting, both with an airbrush and for hand painting.

the railings here were extremely flashy and the mooring cleats and seats had very annoying sprue gates that were really hard to remove without damaging the part.

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very interesting. great details!
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Looking good, keep at it.
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that is really some great detail---here it comes! ESPECIALLY for 1/72, but then again, I don't know the 1:1 dimensions of the boat?
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