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Building the "Perfect Storm"

steaming ahead...
Earlier this week I had Mark and George visiting. They put on their wet suits (George with pants only, Mark with full dress) and took their places in the wheelhouse...





I put on the roof, (but forgot to take a photo), so you have to see the progress in the background of this photo showing me doing some heat-bending of styrene rod...my method is, I put a needle in the holder and heat it with a lighter while holding the styrene to the tip of the needle. When it starts bending I drop the lighter and use both hands to shape the rod as desired. There may be easier ways to do it, but I love that the heat application is “spot on”.





I know that it makes things complicated, but I do like to make and paint the small parts separately. So I am finished with the major construction...Time to paint! I painted the decks and wheelhouse white/grayish white. Then comes the hull color, Masking first....





… and then the green for the hull. I am using Mitsubishi Navy Green from White Ensign Models: A most beautiful green and IMHO pretty close to what I need, even without blending. Weathering will make it darker.





While paints are drying I start with the base, just to have an idea...1/350 asks for a really big base, if you want to have an impressive wave!





About the Author

About Guido Hopp (Tailor)
FROM: NORDRHEIN-WESTFALEN, GERMANY

Too old to be young. Too young to be old. Happily married, one son. Living just North of the German Ruhr area . Trying to concentrate on ship models, but having way too many soft spots for other fields of interest. Please remember: Vee Jermans hef no sense of humor (at least Dave of WEM says so) ...


Comments

This is exactly the reason why I check these kind of places day after day after day, because sometimes I let my jaw drop a bit at the sight of something truly original and greatly done like your work Guido -and what a great step by step too!
MAR 10, 2010 - 07:48 AM
Hi Guido! Could you describe your low-light photo techniques? --Karl
MAR 10, 2010 - 10:57 AM
Thank you for your praise, gentlemen! It means a lot to get so many kind words from such an elect group of modelers. The low light technique is really quite simple. You switch of all light and illuminate your model with a hand-held torch/ flash light. Of cause you need a tripod for your camera. Your camera will decide for you when it has collected enough light to close the shutter. You can use colored transparent paper to achieve effects like sunrise/-set. The “art” is to crop the pictures to their maximum effect. Take your time. Experiment a bit. Cheers, Guido
MAR 11, 2010 - 03:23 AM
Still beautiful - I hope you bring it for the weekend - I would like to see it in real Cheers/Jan
MAR 11, 2010 - 04:08 AM
Of cause, I'll be taking her with me to Luebeck! Guido
MAR 11, 2010 - 04:33 AM
It looks great in real life too Cheers - or ...Haaarrrrg! /Jan
MAR 15, 2010 - 01:30 AM
Hallo Guido I had the privilege of seeing it born from plain Evergreen sheet and Styrofoam, with bits of PE from the spare box, and some brass masts... this is the proof that you can make a stunning diorama, a excellent ship (boat in this particular case) with a low budget, and still, be a show stopper! Thank you once again for all your effort in making this a great place to learn, enjoy and have fun with our hobby! Tschuss, Rui
MAR 16, 2010 - 07:19 AM
There's no other feeling like it, the heat of the angle poise on your neck, Beethoven on the MP3, and a wealth of models to build - G'dammit you're a model ship builder! - start theme music....... Another masterclass, Guido, well done, and bring him to Telford. Peter F
MAR 16, 2010 - 08:30 PM
Nice interpretation of the "swordfish captain speech", Peter! Cheers, Guido
MAR 16, 2010 - 08:42 PM
I already made my comments in the Group Build, but this is so good bears giving you a second BZ. I also want to (yet again) thank all the expert modelers who take the time to record and detail their WIP for the rest of us to learn from. Cheers
MAR 20, 2010 - 06:16 AM