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Building the "Perfect Storm"

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I plan to apply another coat of dull clear coat, which should blend the dirt effect of the wash with the background, shouldn’t it?

As oil washes need notoriously long time to dry, I was getting ready to continue with the base, but I wasn’t in a mood for all the dirt with the styro-foam, so I started with the fishing gear.

First I took estimation and relative photo-measurement to create paper templates. By cutting out these and holding them to the model I was able to establish proper dimensions.

After confirming the dry-fit, I add some bits and pieces from the spares box to. I start with the longer part of the gear, which will be suspended over the weather deck. This part is now ready for painting.

Continuing the fishing gear...To get all lengths of the attachments right, it is necessary to install the front gear in place. To do so I fiddle the part into place and use Humbrol’s Maskol again to temporarily fix it. I reckon every kind of liquid masking agent will do the trick, so try whatever is in your stock.

Then I attach the forward supports, using styrene glue to permanently attach it to the gear. Having selected fitting styrene rods as spacers, I go on to permanently fix the horizontal bars; first at the front, then at the sides. With everything in good position I use Maskol to attach the front supports to the roof of the wheelhouse to ensure everything stays in relative position while drying. Of course the spacers may be removed now...I attach platform at the top and the access ladder, while the part is still in place.

About the Author

About Guido Hopp (Tailor)

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) ...


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