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1/700 IJN I-58 (1945 fit)

Give it a try - as you have seen, it's NOT THAT DIFFICULT!
Rui Matos (aka skipper)
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About the Author

About Rui Matos (skipper)

Hi all Crew Members!
Rui Matos, 39 years old (in 2006), married, former Portuguese Navy Fire Control Radar Operator , and "owned" by two cats - James, Stripes (Riscas in portuguese, now deceased) and Moon (Lua)!
I've been modeling since I was 6, but only have turned to Submarines in 1991 o...


Thanks Skip, Great feature, I will use your advice soon as I have a diorama in the planning. South Atlantic 93 years ago One question for you though, in the dio I will be doing I will have two ships both pushing their engines to the limit, and the larger over taking the smaller. How would you show this speed and get across the dense clouds of coal smoke produced by these ships? Hope you can offer some advice. Ciao Luciano
MAY 25, 2007 - 04:22 PM
Skipper, Great article. After I get the hang of modeling I may try a Dio with water and it will be your article I'll use as a reference.
MAY 25, 2007 - 06:40 PM
Ciao Luciano Glad I could help About your question: - to show the difference in the speed, with the bigger subject overtaking the smallest, make the waves produced be the big ship, higher - and you can make the small ship a little bit tilted (perhaps not very real, but you could add a little dramatism). For the smoke... I have seen good results with painted cotton balls, but also have seen terrible results - it's a technique very hard to master, so I always left it off. Also, if you are making one of this smoke clouds, think also in having a display case to prevent the dust to gather there Cheers, Skipper
MAY 26, 2007 - 07:41 PM
Thanks Skipper, I will have a bit of practice with some cotton wool and the airbrush and see what happens. As for the sizes of ships the larger is the Battlecruiser HMS Invincible doing 25kt while the smaller is the Armoured Cruiser HMS Kent doing 20kt. Both where going flat out to catch the German Asia squadron. Ciao Luciano
MAY 26, 2007 - 10:23 PM
Hi Luciano Another way of making speed noticed, is the amount of white you put into it. Check some references, just to check the amount needed Looking forward to see your future project Cheers, Skipper
MAY 27, 2007 - 04:17 PM
Thanks Skipper. When I start I'll let you all know. Ciao Luciano
MAY 27, 2007 - 05:28 PM
Litorio Another thing on the cotton wool: Try to tint it first (in a small water container), black or dark grey, let it dry and then use it "thorn" (I am not remembering the apropriate word in english!!!!!) and sparingly... in order to have a feeling of smoke and not a cloud Just a thought Skipper
MAY 27, 2007 - 08:24 PM
Hi Skipper been having a look around the net a came upon this pic which best shows what I need to try a show. Although this is HMS Canada but also of WWI vintage. Ciao Luciano
MAY 28, 2007 - 04:52 PM
Littorio, I don't know if it's just my comp but the pic didn't work.
MAY 28, 2007 - 08:39 PM
http://www.worldwar1.co.uk/battleship/canada.jpg Here's a working link Luciano, I think that this is "easily" achieved - the worst part will be the rigging Cheers, Skipper
MAY 28, 2007 - 10:06 PM