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Re: SS Ohio tanker build, Pedestal convoy.
« Reply #400 on: April 03, 2017, 10:37:20 PM »

I have spent Sunday afternoon slapping humbrol No111 all over the primer grey superstructure, giving almost all of the model it's final colour. The two boat decks retain the primer grey at the moment. They are going to get the timber deck treatment, so it was kind of pointless laying a coat of colour down to then glue planks to it later. There is the possibility I may try and fake the deck effect with paint instead. There is an area in front of the bridge that is virtually unreachable for planking, paint may be my fall back option. The last fake deck I painted was twelve years ago in a manned battleship and the planks were 1" wide..much easier.
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Re: SS Ohio tanker build, Pedestal convoy.
« Reply #401 on: April 03, 2017, 10:46:11 PM »

I still have details to add, including pop guns ( must put the US pattern 5" gun on that circular platform aft, someone else referred to it today as a 'flight deck'! ), boxes, crates and winches, deck plumbing, all busy busy things, which help to make a semi-scale boat look more 'scale'.
Also the electrics for the whizz bangs, plus associated electrical plumbing still need to be fitted..so it's not finished yet.
Today was a test to see if I could launch and recover the model on my own. I cannot lift it with strops when it is all bolted together, however, if I bolt the bow and centre section together, I can launch this, then attach the aft radio section once afloat.
Also, it was a brushless motor test day, so I had my mid refit Perkasa with me also. 37" model for scale alongside Ohio.
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Re: SS Ohio tanker build, Pedestal convoy.
« Reply #402 on: April 03, 2017, 11:29:48 PM »

Happy noises from me..August 1942, Valletta Harbour, Malta, and April 2017, Canoe Lake, Southsea. Looks good, just need to get the pumps working..
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Re: SS Ohio tanker build, Pedestal convoy.
« Reply #403 on: April 19, 2017, 01:03:21 AM »

A short play on the pond on Sunday, 10:45am till 4:30pm. Ran out of batteries!
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Re: SS Ohio tanker build, Pedestal convoy.
« Reply #404 on: April 19, 2017, 01:13:36 AM »

Right, to work. Deck planking. One, I'm not planking it. Too much like hard work, so I am trying another option, faking it!
The idea being to produce a deck looking effect, without adding every single plank.
First job was to slap on some acrylic Ochre as a base colour. Acrylic is pretty impervious to solvents, so should stand up to whatever else I do to it later in the process.
Next job is to lay random 3mm wide masking tape, in a planking pattern, to allow me to paint a different colour in the gaps. This all went well for about eight plank widths, after which I mostly lost the plot. Trying to remember what repeating pattern is next, while randomly leaving some planks out, proved too much for my little mind! Not helped by me having introduced four full length tape lines to keep me on the stright and narrow. None of these followed the pattern :o :o
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Re: SS Ohio tanker build, Pedestal convoy.
« Reply #405 on: April 19, 2017, 01:18:54 AM »

Next job was to apply a rough coat of a similar, but lighter deck colour. I went with Tamiya Buff. Light in colour and quick drying. This was chased in, in varying depths of colour, between the tape. Making sure, wherever possible, to build up a bit of thickness along the tape edge, which comes in handy later.
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Re: SS Ohio tanker build, Pedestal convoy.
« Reply #406 on: April 19, 2017, 01:25:07 AM »

Before removing the tape, I chased in an oil based wood stain, randomly applied. it was at this point I wished I had laid this plywood deck with the grain running fore and after, rather than athwartships,
 D Head.... %) ..
Then off with the tape, and in with some more wood stain. This time working on the individual exposed planks. Also, anything that had previously dried and looked a bit tat, could be re-worked with a brush damp with fresh wood stain.
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Re: SS Ohio tanker build, Pedestal convoy.
« Reply #407 on: April 19, 2017, 01:30:19 AM »

Happy with that. Once I have some clutter on the deck painted grey, plus cut the planking in with grey, a couple of millimetres in from the outer edge, it should all look tikkety boo ( that's technical speak for 'Not Pants' ).
Three more decks to go...great >:-o
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Re: SS Ohio tanker build, Pedestal convoy.
« Reply #408 on: May 02, 2017, 09:12:33 PM »

The fake timber deck finish is now complete. Initially it looked for all the world like a matchstick deck, which I personally, don't like the look of at all...so another great success %) %) . Still, once I cut in around deck fittings etc, all started to come together nicely.
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Re: SS Ohio tanker build, Pedestal convoy.
« Reply #409 on: May 02, 2017, 09:19:03 PM »

At Beale Park last weekend Ohio got to come out to play with fellow modellers, and a great day it was too :-))


NOT a flight deck guys <*<
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Re: SS Ohio tanker build, Pedestal convoy.
« Reply #410 on: May 02, 2017, 09:30:16 PM »

Not. A. Flight. Deck!
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Re: SS Ohio tanker build, Pedestal convoy.
« Reply #411 on: May 15, 2017, 01:05:14 AM »

She is looking wicked! The foamy wake is perfect. How did you manage that. It must have been planned and engineered. I have always had a spot in my heart for Ohio. One of my first models was a Texaco tanker. I never let go the love. Keep up the spectacular work.
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Re: SS Ohio tanker build, Pedestal convoy.
« Reply #412 on: May 15, 2017, 11:22:19 AM »

I think the foamy wake is a byproduct of the distinctly non-scale look of the stern. It is flat bottomed and just below thw waterline. This combined with the very un-hydrodynamic shape of the under hull, and its power plant, leads to the prop producing much more power than the hull can usefully use. So loads of drag up front, with loads of power aft=foamy wash, as the hull can never reach the speed the prop is trying to push it up to. Not designed, a happy coincidence!
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Re: SS Ohio tanker build, Pedestal convoy.
« Reply #413 on: May 15, 2017, 12:26:25 PM »

It is funny how, at times, unintended results occur form our decisions and add wonderful effects.
I think you should claim credit for an amazing scale effect. I have always wanted to find a way to add foam to my wakes without putting my tugboat or destroyer on plane. I have seen air pumped in the prop wash but your tanker captures the effect of the upper prop blade breaking the surface and foaming the wake. Brilliant!
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Re: SS Ohio tanker build, Pedestal convoy.
« Reply #414 on: May 15, 2017, 02:15:57 PM »

I reckon she must steer like a bran door on a windy day {-)......& the cavitation must be excited by engine overspeed >>:-(

But it does look good  :-))

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Re: SS Ohio tanker build, Pedestal convoy.
« Reply #415 on: May 15, 2017, 07:02:01 PM »

Now listen. Me, being a bit of a div today (Div=spud,plank, donut, Donald.) forgot a certain something fitted to the Tanker. Derek's comment regarding the maneuverab, manouverab, steering ability of my fine vessel ( shouldn't you be in bed..), reminded me. I fitted a sexy addition to the rudder, in the shape of a wedge to aid steering. This allows me to turn the old girl on a sixpence, but is probably the main cause of the bubbles. Photos follow...
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