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Online strobez

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Re: Tintin Project - the boats
« Reply #30 on: March 04, 2019, 05:51:02 pm »
After building the Karaboudjan Lifeboat, I just couldn't resist returning to that little Zvezda kit for another go around.  I didn't saw it in half this time, but I still made a few modifications to turn a Medieval Lifeboat into the more modern-ish motorboat that Tintin takes out to the Black Island.  It wasn't difficult and the build was done before I had a chance to even post the first pics up here.  The trickiest part was scratchbuilding a 1/72 scale outboard motor, but I have to say I impressed even myself - it even looks decent in the close up pics... and NOTHING I build looks good close up. ;)

I know I build this one before, but hey, the box is new!

The sprues look the same though.

Easy to put together. Iím not sawing it in half this time, but itíll still need some modifications.

Thatís better. I sliced off all the oar locks and the ridge along the stern.

Now for a bit of putty to smooth out the sanded bits.

As much as I like the kit parts, time for some scratchbuilding.

Benches added, ready for some paint.

The interior has been painted, now to scratch up a motor for the motorboat.

Starting to come together, but it needs a bit more work.

Paint on the hull and the outboard motor is more or less complete (just needs the handle).

Main painting is done, now to start on the base. First, fill in most of the "mould" with clay...

Almost forgot to use Vaseline as a release agent, but just remembered in time. Whew! Now we wait for the silicone to dry.

Added a few boating accessories... never go out on the water without paddles, a bailing bucket and a bit of rope to tie off. ;)

A decal on the prow and a decal on the base... and we're all done!

And, as always, a few glamour pics... kicking it off with the oversized bottle of Tamiya paint~  :wacko:

I think these boats are starting to get to me... I made a half-hearted attempt at a 1/100 scale Heller boxing of "Le Soleil Royal" yesterday.  I have a sense that it could be turned into a fairly close approximation of "The Unicorn" which would be the capping project to my Tintin builds... and probably end up killing me with all the rigging.  I say half-hearted because by all accounts it takes a serious builder 3-5 years to complete properly.  If I can get it cheap enough... then I won't feel bad if I complete it in half that time. :)


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Re: Tintin Project - the boats
« Reply #31 on: March 05, 2019, 01:48:37 am »
Nice.  Got me thinking what I could do with a couple of these...


Another ill conceived, lazily thought out, crudely executed and badly painted piece of half arsed what-if modelling muppetry from zenrat industries.

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Re: Tintin Project - the boats
« Reply #32 on: March 05, 2019, 05:26:43 am »
Lovely build, strobez! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Tintin Project - the boats
« Reply #33 on: March 05, 2019, 05:51:18 am »
That's a lovely piece of work. Strangely relaxing to look at  :thumbsup:
Decals my @r$e!

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Re: Tintin Project - the boats
« Reply #34 on: March 15, 2019, 02:51:16 am »
Nicely done, and I like the way the water comes up.
I must admit, I thought you'd leave the water in the hollow part of the base, but it looks better on the flat top.  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: