Monday 15 February 2021

The Magnificent Seven: Part 2

Ready to paint - assembled and sealed and awaiting their undercoat and finish. Note the newly shortened bow section of the two city class gunboats (bottom left).

 Due to the celebratory nature of this weekend - birthday, wedding anniversary and Valentine’s Day - I was not able to get very much done on the ship building front but today I was able to spend an hour or so assembling the ships you see above. These are now sealed and ready to undercoat and paint. The main task was applying gun port and hatch covers - these are 5mm squares of card - and across the seven models there were over 70 of them....

The funnels, pilot houses and paddle covers for the ironclads I will paint off the model so that the top deck is easier to paint. I have yet to tackle the flagstaffs but these are easy and quick enough to do.

The one problem I did have was with the two city class gunboat models. My standard hull template has too fibre a bow and it just looked plain around for the stumble looking ‘Pook’s Turtles’ so I carefully lopped a quarter of inch of the bow and made for a deeper curve. The result looks far better and captures the squat look of the original.

I should have these finished in two or three days all being well.


Bob The Old Painter said...

My you have been busy! Looking good though. Looking forward to seeing the paddle steamers finished off.

David Crook said...

Hello there Bob,

Many thanks old chap! I took a leaf from the ‘Bob The Old Painter’ school of getting on with stuff rather than just talking about it! Seriously though, they all went together readily enough and the painting will not take too long so I am pretty pleased with progress so far, When these are finished I will have 23 completed with around another half dozen or so to do.

Then it will be the Russo Turkish collection!

All the best,


Steve J. said...

I must say they are looking rather splendid already. I really should paint more rather than thinking about it, but a lack of a dedicated painting area is rather a big handicap. One day I tell myself, one day I'll have one...

David Crook said...

Hello there Steve J,

I always like it when the models are undercoated as it means that I am on the final strait. Having a man cave is a definite advantage!

The worse part of the assembly was definitely the gun ports - they are easy enough to do but they take time.

It is all getting there though!

All the best,