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a440
Engine Wiper

USA
208 Posts

Posted - 09/20/2019 :  1:31:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Any tips and ideas how to scratchbuild HO scale ships like supertankers, container ships, car carrier (think those used by Eukor) as well as ocean liners?

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Rail and Tie
Section Hand

Canada
53 Posts

Posted - 09/20/2019 :  8:48:24 PM  Show Profile  Visit Rail and Tie's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The techniques Nolan uses in his n scale kits would probably give you some ideas. He has some great stuff, but it is in N Scale.
https://nscaleships.com/

You could also look at some of the paper modelers stuff out there and then use the templates to make the basic boat parts from Styrene etc. Just some first thoughts!

"Leonard, check it out. I've bought an N Gauge locomotive. Half the size of HO. Look...it fits in my mouth!"
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teaspoon
Fireman

USA
1078 Posts

Posted - 09/22/2019 :  9:21:14 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This link is for a model ship building forum, they have some great tips and techniques there:https://modelshipworld.com/

Edited by - teaspoon on 09/22/2019 9:25:03 PM
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robert goslin
Fireman

Australia
2001 Posts

Posted - 10/01/2019 :  12:16:32 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here's a link to Alice Paper Models.
They do a large variety of ships in various scales. (plus other things)
http://www.modelalice.com/product-category/ship-models/civil-ship/

Might be an option instead of completely scratch-building.


Regards Rob

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Frank Palmer
Fireman

USA
5413 Posts

Posted - 10/01/2019 :  10:17:17 AM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by robert goslin

Here's a link to Alice Paper Models.
They do a large variety of ships in various scales. (plus other things)
http://www.modelalice.com/product-category/ship-models/civil-ship/




Wow, those are beautiful pieces and all made from paper! Great site for scratch building ideas. Thanks Rob.

Frank
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elliott-maine
Section Hand

USA
74 Posts

Posted - 10/09/2019 :  6:01:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Many people are using foam insulation for the hulls.
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k9wrangler
Engineer

USA
10429 Posts

Posted - 10/09/2019 :  9:06:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by elliott-maine

Many people are using foam insulation for the hulls.


Ought to float well....amazed the imaginative uses modelers get from things you’d not think of.

Karl Scribner
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darrylhuffman
Crew Chief

USA
730 Posts

Posted - 10/10/2019 :  08:10:12 AM  Show Profile  Visit darrylhuffman's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Make a rough model out of sytrofoam or cardboard and let it set on your layout for a while.

Ships are awfully big.

Sterling Models used to make an American Freighter kit.

Ship building is a time consuming hobby.

Most people can build an entire layout while others are building one large ship.

Darryl Huffman
darrylhuffman@yahoo.com

You can follow my blog here:

http://ghosttownmodels.blogspot.com/
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hon3_rr
Fireman

USA
7180 Posts

Posted - 10/10/2019 :  11:39:36 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Interesting paper model site. They even have one I think MikeC would have really liked. #AG107...

http://www.modelalice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/P1000881-600x572.jpg

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