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desertdrover
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USA
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Posted - 05/14/2020 :  09:11:49 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by robert goslin

I found this interesting document, about paint colours and weathering of U Boats.
http://amp.rokket.biz/docs/u-boat_colours_with_photos_5.pdf




Thanks for sharing this PDF, great information contained within.
Your addition of the decking work is a good choice, looks great.
Going back to your carving of the panel lines, was that suggested by the kit instructions, or was that your idea? In any case it made a big difference to the overall look. Nice progress.
Your causing me to think of what would be an HO size for myself, and mount it under water seen in the layout fascia. I'm feeling the itch.


Louis
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Frank Palmer
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USA
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Posted - 05/14/2020 :  09:51:05 AM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote

Rob, very interesting article. [:-captain]

Frank
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Michael Hohn
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USA
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Posted - 05/14/2020 :  10:09:07 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Rob,

Nice job. I like your personal touches to the model.

Mike
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robert goslin
Fireman

Australia
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Posted - 05/15/2020 :  12:15:13 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Louis, Frank and Mike for your interest.

Louis. the instructions for this kit are really basic, so no modeling help.
A few paragraphs of history, and painting guide which I didn't use, and one exploded drawing.
I just looked at other peoples models for ideas.
For $10 I can't complain.


You won't get one in HO scale. The closest is 1:72 scale. Several companies have this size. Also available in 1:35, which would be a big model, about a metre long. Tempting.

Regards Rob

Despite the cost of living, It's still popular

Edited by - robert goslin on 05/15/2020 12:15:42 AM
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robert goslin
Fireman

Australia
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Posted - 05/15/2020 :  12:38:59 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Now onto the weathering. Light coats and blending is the secret here, to build up a final finish.

To darken the lower half I just did a black wash. A few light coats.


Then added some rust colour to the panel lines, and blended in.




Then some rust on the upper half, and will go over with the light grey again, to blend in.


As the flood holes are so small, I was having trouble painting them without getting paint outside of the hole.
So Instead, I coloured these in with a 0.5mm fine tip marker. Perfect size.
And some more orange rust here and there.


Regards Rob

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Ensign
Fireman

Canada
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Posted - 05/15/2020 :  08:56:29 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Rob, it's looking like you just pulled it from out of the salty sea.
Nice work!

Greg Shinnie
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Frank Palmer
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USA
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Posted - 05/15/2020 :  09:01:04 AM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Looking good Rob. After reading the article don't forget the "grime line". I thought that section was interesting.

Frank

Edited by - Frank Palmer on 05/15/2020 09:02:02 AM
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robert goslin
Fireman

Australia
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Posted - 05/16/2020 :  03:38:08 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks fellas.
Frank, I tried the grime line, but didn't like it, so repainted it. maybe on a bigger model it would look good. or maybe I just botched it.


Got the deck painted. Used tamiya Desert Sand.


Then a black wash. It actually looks lighter than these photo's.




This better.


Regards Rob

Despite the cost of living, It's still popular

Edited by - robert goslin on 05/16/2020 03:45:21 AM
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Tyson Rayles
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Posted - 05/16/2020 :  07:20:01 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Dutchman
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USA
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Posted - 05/16/2020 :  09:08:52 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice painting/weathering job, Rob.

Bruce
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Frank Palmer
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USA
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Posted - 05/16/2020 :  09:17:19 AM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Looking very believable. Nice weathering. [:-captain]

Does the white stripe have any significance?

Frank

Edited by - Frank Palmer on 05/16/2020 09:19:03 AM
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Carl B
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USA
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Posted - 05/16/2020 :  09:19:38 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I agree with Mike, Bruce and Frank.
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desertdrover
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USA
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Posted - 05/16/2020 :  09:40:45 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Fantastic looking weathering, rust and deck coloring is outstanding!
Going back to my scale the 1:72 would work for HO very well. Thanks!


Louis
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robert goslin
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Australia
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Posted - 05/16/2020 :  9:53:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Mike, Bruce, Frank Carl & Louis.
Nearing the end now. Just the prop, bowplanes and periscopes to go, and it'll be finished.

Frank. An interesting question regarding the white conning tower stripe.
This model is made in various scales by ICM, Trumpeter and Special Navy.
All have that stripe as white on their box art and just about all versions I've seen modeled, have it as white also. and Wikipedia drawings also have it as white.
From Wikipedia:-


Reading that article on page 1 of this thread it mentions a "yellow" conning stripe to signify a training vessel, which was removed once the training was over. No mention of a white stripe.
2 pictures I've found have a light coloured stripe but being B/W, cant tell if it's yellow or white.


Stripe on lower left sub. You can really see how small these subs were.


So I guess everyone has got it wrong. Maybe. There are very few photo's of these subs, so still up in air.
I'm happy to leave it white. Being near the end of the war, maybe they ran out of yellow paint.


Regards Rob

Despite the cost of living, It's still popular

Edited by - robert goslin on 05/16/2020 9:55:47 PM
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robert goslin
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Australia
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Posted - 05/17/2020 :  01:37:46 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've done a bit more looking, and this picture came up.
Definitely a different shade to the vertical stripe, which were white.
So probably yellow, or in need of a fresh paint job.



and one more for interest about the wooden deck. Obviously been removed here.


Regards Rob

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