Casey Rupley My first ship and I had the bright idea to take on the most ambitious PE project I've ever done. Here is how far I've come in two weeks time. Hull is assembled, main structure is assembled, filled holes for kit railings, removed molded details from structure and bow that are to be replaced with PE, primed the hull, put the top PE deck on the main structure and filled/cleaned the edges, and have started to cut out and organize all the PE for the main structure. Kit and PE instructions are both horrible. This is going to be quite the puzzle.
Looking for some help from an experienced ship builder on how/when to assemble and paint all the structures and PE sub-assemblies. Not sure if it's best to assemble the whole thing and then paint, do it by section, or what. I'm a plane builder, so this is a bit overwhelming.
28. September, 21:26
Steven Van Dyck I'd assemble as much as possible the more fragile PE-parts, but railings can be kept apart to be painted on both sides and then added to the finished deck.
30. September, 10:59
Casey Rupley Thank you for the advice, Steven. I will definitely save the outside deck rail for last now. Do you ever have problems getting proper paint coverage in all the nooks and crannies if you build and assemble everything first? Wondering if I should plan on painting the sub-assemblies before I put the whole thing together.
Ive never used rub-on decals before either. Any advice there? Im planning on painting on the flight deck markings, but dont know how well the dry decals will work for the ship name and number. Apply on top of a gloss coat?
30. September, 22:51
Steven Van Dyck Casey, if you would afterward find corners that are left unpainted and can't be reached with airbrush, just use a fine brush and finish the job, or mask off the undesired surface. For dry-decals you don't need gloss, they were in my Pontos wood deck kit for the Independence class so I guess they work best on a raw surface. [img1] [img2]
Take good care to cover the entire decal surface with the pencil, or it will rip. Here a link to my Princeton build where I used that Pontos set. CVL-23 USS Princeton | Project by StevenVD (1:350)
Casey Rupley Thank you, Slavo and Spanjaard! It's actually more weathered than the photos reveal. I haven't quite figured out how to get the lighting to show that detail correctly. I feel like this model and my F-14 are pretty dirty, but they don't look that way in my pictures.
21. September, 18:03
Michael Phillips Very nice Phantom Casey! I really love those markings, excellent choice. Sometimes pics either show a model to be much less or even much more weathered than in person. But either way, you have a very realistic finish on this one!
22. September, 17:17
Casey Rupley Many thanks, Michael. I have to admit that I was half-tempted to do this one up in VF-84 markings given my desire to do them all (and they flew the J model), but I was anxious to do some color for a change. I was tired of grey.
I'll have to keep playing with my lighting to see if I can find the magic combination. I'm also taking pictures on my phone. Think I might need to adjust the white balance. Or, just not care too much and get over it. I'd rather build than get carried away with photography.
22. September, 17:39
Neuling Top presentation of a very clean and careful build!
23. September, 07:58
Bryn Crandell Excellent Phantom! Love the marking choice as well. If you are happy with how it looks, then I say it's all good.
23. September, 12:05
Casey Rupley Thank you, Bryn and Neuling! And thats a great piece of wisdom, Bryn. I only need to impress myself, which is admittedly difficult for a perfectionist.
Casey Rupley Thank you all for the comments! This was my first real model and weathering job. I hadnt picked up the model in about a year before I took these pictures yesterday. I noticed a lot of problems, but I guess it still holds up in pictures. Ive learned a lot since I built this 3 years ago.
Michael Phillips That is amazing work if that is your first real model, and even if it wasn't it would still be (and is) amazing work. And of course love the markings choice!
22. September, 17:21
Casey Rupley Thanks, Michael! Yes, it's really my first "real" model. I had only done 4 models before it in all my adult years, which were only for fun and without knowing what I was really doing. YouTube really kick started my passion for modeling, and the video by Scale-a-ton was a great step-by-step I was able to follow so I could apply some practical skills.
Casey Rupley Thank you, Demigod! I've only been on Scalemates for a week now. I didn't know what to expect and I'm overwhelmed and humbled by the comments thus far. So many good modelers in this forum.
22. September, 17:49
Slavo Hazucha Very nice job on the Tomcat indeed - one can see where the inspiration is coming from - I to watch scale-a-ton & a few other channels regularly to grab ideas for details...
There is a Tomcat Group Build running until the end of the year, your´s would definitely be a nice contribution there! I´m on scalemates for something over a year and can tell you it is a really good place to learn/share/show/discuss. You get lots of support when you ask questions, all really cool here Hope you find your place here, your stuff is definitely something to look forward to!
Michael Phillips Excellent Superbug! I am actually doing almost these exact same markings on my next project. So how did you like this kit? I will be using the very same boxing...
22. September, 17:19
Casey Rupley Thanks, Michael! I would have enjoyed the kit much more if I didn't add so much resin to it. It was all a horrible fit and I haven't done wheel wells since. Upgrades aside, I don't recall the kit itself being bad - I think the fit was pretty good all around except for the intakes. I ended up ordering seamless intakes after struggling to find any way to get the kit parts to look good without losing the detail on the front part. Traded one problem for another though, because the new intakes required a lot of work to blend on the outside. Nonetheless, this is still one of my favorite builds.
Casey Rupley Yep! Pretty much been taking pictures non-stop for the last 4 days.
20. September, 22:29
Casey Rupley Only one left to shoot is the B-1B, and I don't yet know how to get good pictures for an album since it won't fit in the booth. I think it's time to being a modeler and stop being a photographer, for now.
Michael Phillips That is a beautiful paint job! Also makes me realize the F-117A is much larger than it looks.
17. September, 00:49
Casey Rupley Thank you both! In comparison to my other 1:48 jets, this one definitely seems a bit over-scaled. I have never seen one in person, so I'm not really sure how they compare.
17. September, 02:21
Spanjaard it look really nice, but I have a question, you printed the starts and then cover with foil and then tape on top to then cut the tape..., why not print the starts in the masking tape directly? there are A4 sheets of it.
the way you did it looks great, but directly on a sheet of masking paper would have been much easier.
18. September, 21:15
Casey Rupley You are absolutely correct. I didnt even think about that. I was only working with what I had on hand. I will definitely put some of that on my shopping list. Thanks for the tip!
18. September, 21:22
Nathan Dempsey Nice build Casey. Beautiful work masking the flag on the bottom.