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Thought you all might like to see how my version of the Constellation turned out after a lot of fiddling and painting. First off, the material feels strange at first and the bend was annoying. I did get it fixed up to my satisfaction though. Also, as flexible as the material is, it is possible to break it. Fortunately, my mistakes were fixable. The thing I found the most fun about this material was painting the model. Even without primer it takes the paint well and the details are fun to pick out. On that note, I finally got a good magnifying lamp that really makes painting ships a lot easier. Well worth the investment. All that said, here are some pics. Enjoy!









Colors are Cavite Blue with BatDiv 1 turret tops. It's my Pearl Harbor scheme. Eventually I'll post the entire Battleship Row. Got a little more work to do on that. Base of course is by Reacher.
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Excellent work!  Haven't seen many paint jobs with that color scheme!  Did the black acrylate take paint well?  I have the same ship in that material, but have been put off working on it due to the support materials and the turrets fused with the barbettes...
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Excellent work!  Haven't seen many paint jobs with that color scheme!  Did the black acrylate take paint well?  I have the same ship in that material, but have been put off working on it due to the support materials and the turrets fused with the barbettes...


Thanks for the kind words. I thought it took the paint really well and ended up being really fun to paint. I didn't use any primer as I was afraid I might loose detail on the model. I put painting this one off too because the material had such an unfamiliar feel but eventually I decided to just jump in. I managed to break off two of the turrets while trying to free them up. Ended up just cutting the other two off and then super gluing them back on when the painting was done. I very seldom turn the turrets anyway.

I had one odd thing happen while cleaning the model. The guns the aft turret developed "split ends" while I was soaking it in dish soap. I ended up dipping them in super glue and then holding them together with a metal tweezers till they stuck together properly. Didn't turn out to be a huge big deal.

I have this same model in WSF too and I'll work on that next. When I get it done I'll post some pics for comparison.
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Now that is something. Be still my heart! Love it!
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You've clearly done your homework on paint schemes and turret tops and whatnot for the USN in late 41 and she looks great because of it. Did you have a reason from your research for giving her two different colored wood decks or was that a stylistic choice?
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You've clearly done your homework on paint schemes and turret tops and whatnot for the USN in late 41 and she looks great because of it. Did you have a reason from your research for giving her two different colored wood decks or was that a stylistic choice?


At first it was purely a stylistic choice. I was just playing around with it and I liked the look. But then I realized that the original ship did not have aircraft capabilities. So when that was added the planking was replaced, hence the different color for that area. Anyway, that's my story and I'm sticking to it. Wink
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Thats good enough logic for me. Just making sure you hadn't found any secret documents I didn't see yet. Douglas Fir gets real blond like that when you holystone it and often that was substituted on US ships when they didn't want to pay for teak which is darker like you have the main deck.
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Syzmo wrote:
Thats good enough logic for me. Just making sure you hadn't found any secret documents I didn't see yet. Douglas Fir gets real blond like that when you holystone it and often that was substituted on US ships when they didn't want to pay for teak which is darker like you have the main deck.


That's perfect!  Very Happy
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Excellent work Fighting 6!
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Very nicely done! I Also have the model from the same material. How did solve the bending issue?
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Very nicely done! I Also have the model from the same material. How did solve the bending issue?


Well, I tried a number of things. Did the whole hot cold thing a couple of times but it didn't seem like the fix lasted. I finally resorted to using small screws in the bottom to affix the model to the base. That didn't work real great as it broke part of the stern off.

After I got that fixed it turned out the blue sticky putty did a good enough job of holding it flat to the base. I think, if I would have left the model rubber banded to the flat base longer, it would have been fine. I just wasn't patient enough. Also, the screws would have worked if there was a little bit more material on the under side of the model, and if I could have found slightly smaller screws. Oh well. It still turned out pretty well even though I had some tough moments.
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Very nicely done!

I am disappointed to hear it did not respond to the hot/cold treatment though. It still being fairly brittle is also good information to ponder on. 3D printing still has a ways to go I guess. I have a couple of minis in the black. I am still going to give the hot/cold a try.

isoruku ran into this problem with his first few large miniatures in the detail plastics. He solved it by putting a solid wall down the underside centerline. Maybe that needs to be done with this plastic?
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I also tried the hot/cold treatment, poured boiling water over my Atlanta and then fixed it with some cold elements from the freezer. It seemed to work alright though. I don't know if it lasted since I then put the ship on a base with water effects, which work like glue. But for me it did work out.
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