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Title: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: ojays on June 27, 2017, 10:27:29 PM
Got a little bored with my Gato and Enterprise build so side lined them for the moment.
Moving home didn't help, but now got a little more space to work in.
I started the build on the corvette about the same time as the Enterprise, but found that with my dodgy eyesight and fat fingers, the corvette was a better option at the moment.
The postings will be a little out of sync as I haven't built it following the instruction sequence.
As most already know the kit has many faults such as over scale hull plates, porthole eyebrows, embossed deck planking etc.

The first job I tackled was the flange that joins the hull sections together, this isn't obvious on the real ship.
Then all the moulded deck planking needed removing where it wasn't evident on the real thing. Copious use of wet/dry paper was used to remove this (plus finger prints)
The hull comes in four separate pieces that are joined both vertically and horizontally. I attached the fore and aft sections first using the moulded in recesses but drilling through the joint and inserting plastic rod in the holes.
After these joints had set I joined the two halves together using clamps, and reinforced the kit cross braces that I considered too weak for a model that is going to be in constant use.

Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: ojays on June 27, 2017, 10:42:11 PM
As well as the reinforcement to the hull braces, I made up some trusses to support internal decking to help keep out any water intrusion to the electrics & RC gizmo's.
These are made up from rocket stems I collected from around the neighbourhood on New Years day (always knew they would come in handy one day)

The decks were then scribed to replicate deck plating.
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: TailUK on June 28, 2017, 08:12:23 AM
I've got the Platinum edition which might be my next build so I'll watch this with interest.  Have you already painted the forecastle?
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: ojays on June 29, 2017, 12:01:09 AM
I've got the Platinum edition which might be my next build so I'll watch this with interest.  Have you already painted the forecastle?
Mine is also the Platinum edition but I purchased several GLS add-ons as well.
Just started weathering the bridge area this evening.
The forecastle was done earlier and sealed with Kleer ready for some more weathering.
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: TailUK on June 29, 2017, 08:33:04 AM
Nice weathering job, do you use oils or powders?
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: ojays on June 29, 2017, 09:30:22 PM
Nice weathering job, do you use oils or powders?
A combination of Vallejo acrylics (thinned) and cheap (poundland/pound stretcher) ladies make up powders and Johnsons Kleer.
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: ojays on June 29, 2017, 09:51:18 PM
Made a start with the GLS add-ons, the pom pom 2 pounder.
Not perfect but it will do for me.
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: ojays on June 29, 2017, 11:04:24 PM
Another GLS part I used was the funnel, which now comes pre-rolled.
This also includes the ladder, vent/whistle pipes and main mast, and cowl rings.
Not too sure about the mast as I have the brass one included in the kit,
I feel this will be more sturdy than the white metal one.
I also incorporated a Graupner smoke unit inside the funnel.

Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: ojays on July 01, 2017, 11:07:59 PM
As I would need access to the interior to fiddle with the electrical bits & pieces, I needed to make some hatches.
Like most naval vessels there is always plenty of rigging etc. this can cause problems with connecting/disconnecting
these items.
To make things easier, I made the main superstructure the main hatch, as the main mast would be on this hatch,the rigging will come  off with the hatch.
To secure the hatches I used my usual magnet catches.
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: ojays on July 08, 2017, 09:36:44 PM
Weathering applied to the wooden and steel decks, with Kleer between coats (good for waterproofing too)
The weathering was done with thinned Vallejo acrylics, and women's make up powders from poundland and poundstretcher.

Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: ojays on July 18, 2017, 10:59:22 PM
Took a deep breath and decided to do a water test today.
Living in an apartment with a wet room instead of a bathroom, I used the container for our Christmas tree.
No leaks, but need 608 grms of ballast to get down to the water line.

Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: ojays on July 24, 2017, 11:12:31 PM
The mine rails on the stern are attached to the hatch over the rudder linkage for access.
I have also made a start on the GLS cork floats, just the wooden slats to paint and the ropes to be attached.
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: ojays on August 06, 2017, 10:59:49 PM
Life boats and float completed.
Haven't yet decided which way around to secure them, float to the platform or rear platform.

Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: unbuiltnautilus on August 07, 2017, 11:14:54 AM
Just caught up with this build, very impressive :-))
I do like your weathering, and I am mighty impressed with the 'U' section coffer dams around your flat hatches, clever solution. I look forward to seeing the vessel on the water.
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: ojays on August 16, 2017, 12:24:17 AM
A little update.
Mast built from aluminium tube and a mixture of GLS/Premium/kit parts, as the kit one was too flexible and the GLS one was too weak.

Bow railings using GLS white metal stanchions and .45 fishermen's monofilament for the rope.
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: kpnuts on August 16, 2017, 08:15:33 PM
Superb build.
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: Howard on August 16, 2017, 09:16:51 PM
I agree amazing Great Weathering.
   
                 Regards Howard.
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: ballastanksian on August 16, 2017, 10:09:27 PM
Having found this blog at last, I am very impressed with the weathering and the amount of work done on upgrading this kit, which while still good after forty years or so, is showing it's age detail wise. Your attention to things like converting the decks to steel plate is brill  :-))
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: number-1 on August 18, 2017, 07:10:56 PM
I haven't posted on the forum for quite awhile but after seeing the superb job your doing to the corvette I have to congratulate you on what you have achieved :-))   
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: ojays on August 21, 2017, 11:14:47 PM
Some of the work over the last few days.
Some mods to the depth charges and racks, and more GLS railings with monofilament for the rope.
All need a coat of paint when I'm in the mood, just enjoying building at the moment.
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: ojays on November 10, 2017, 05:13:37 PM
Even with the weathering I thought it looked a little boring in just grey.
Historically incorrect, but thought I would liven it up a bit.
Not completed more to do yet, then weathering again.
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: Starspider on November 10, 2017, 11:30:45 PM
Great build like the others above impressed with the details and the weathering, I like the dazzle camouflage suits the model even if not totally right looks good.


Colin
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: dodes on November 12, 2017, 07:36:17 PM
Must agree beautiful build and if that is the now standard kit quality what a leap from my original Frog kit.
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: ojays on November 16, 2017, 10:50:59 PM
I have made a start on the GLS PE and white metal weapons sets.
Got to admit they stretched the limits of my eyes and fingers, so not completed yet.
4 pdr main weapon, Hedgehog anti submarine projectiles and Oerlikon medium weapons.
The only real fault I would mention, is the poor assembly instructions provided.
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: ojays on November 20, 2017, 09:28:46 PM
A few additions to the 4pdr cupola, and then etch priming all the PE I have done so far.
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: RAAArtyGunner on November 21, 2017, 12:23:09 AM

Not being able to see the pics in the thread is a spoiler. :(( :((

Early part is fine but the latest {:-{ {:-{
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: Tug Fanatic on November 21, 2017, 09:01:12 AM

They are all there for me. This is not the Photobucket problem so I don't know why you cannot see them. I have reposted the last picture - can you see that?
 
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: Rob47 on November 21, 2017, 09:35:33 AM
All clear here  :D
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: RAAArtyGunner on November 21, 2017, 09:38:43 AM
Tug,

Yes thank you and very clear.

So don't know what has gone wrong with Ojays pics?
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: Martin [Admin] on November 21, 2017, 02:18:27 PM
 
Yep I can see them OK.

.... is that Metal or plastic etch primer?
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: RAAArtyGunner on November 22, 2017, 11:10:11 AM

OK I give up can't see tugs reposted pic now {:-{ {:-{
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: Martin [Admin] on November 22, 2017, 11:41:22 AM
 
Can you see photo in this post?


(http://modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2017/11/22/Etch-Primer-2.jpg) (http://modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/image/ruGv)
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: RAAArtyGunner on November 22, 2017, 10:49:34 PM
OK, Ok,

There is a gremlin in my pc, I can see your photo Martin and can now  see Tug's???????

Question who is he and how do I get him out >>:-( >>:-(


(Later) Got me stumped. After a little while I can now see all the photos so what happened??

The gremlin must have shot through.

As all is now working, will leave it as it is, will give me a bigger headache trying to figure out what happened, I love computers.

Thank you for the assistance :-)) :-))

Later again, Yes they, the photos are all still visible, don't trust that Gremlin. <*< <*< <*< Thanks again
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: ojays on November 25, 2017, 11:53:45 PM

Yep I can see them OK.

.... is that Metal or plastic etch primer?
It is suitable for both plastic and photo etch, and only available in grey as far as I know.
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: ojays on November 26, 2017, 12:00:06 AM
Finally got the hedgehog assembled and painted, but need to repaint the yellow bands.
Pudgy fingers and iffy eyes means I'll leave it for another day.
trial fit of the 4 pdr tub, good job it's not glued down as just noticed it is back to front,
Told you my eyes are iffy. ;-)


Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: ojays on November 26, 2017, 07:28:21 PM
Making a start on the hull weathering layers, still a way to go yet.
Someone told me that the captain would never allow his vessel to get in this condition.
I disagree, hence last photo.

Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: Martin [Admin] on November 26, 2017, 08:15:18 PM

Nice job!   :o
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: raflaunches on November 26, 2017, 08:31:59 PM
Iíve seen plenty of naysayers about heavy weathering on warships but like I say: they could hardly repaint the ship every time it came into harbour. There was a young lad who displayed a fantastic weathered HMS Dido who resprayed the model pristine due to peer pressure! I thought it looked very realistic as does yours, well done. :-))
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: dodes on November 27, 2017, 11:56:58 AM
Nice to see a model looking like the real vessels at war. Only time a vessel is pristine is when it comes out of refit or stays alongside all the time. Remember these small escorts spent more time at sea in salt water than in harbour. I saw the state of the vessels coming back from the Falkland do and they were only active for a short period. Well done I love the look of your model, it is realistic only wish I could emulate your work, I think it is harder to weather than be pristine.
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: ojays on December 01, 2017, 11:21:56 PM
Thanks for the positive comments guys, greatly appreciated.
Nothing of note for the last couple of days, just experimenting with beads and twine, to try and make some floater nets.

Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: ojays on January 02, 2018, 03:10:28 PM
Got a little bit of work done over the holiday period.
Rigging started, falls to the whaleboat davits and depth charge hoist cables.
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: ojays on April 26, 2018, 10:14:03 PM
Hoping to get back onto this soon, illness, bereavements, lack of mojo for a while.
I keep looking at it on the shelf, but as yet the urge just doesn't seem to get there.
Really not a lot left to do so think I need to pull my finger out.
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: unbuiltnautilus on April 27, 2018, 09:04:08 AM
For a bit of a change of pace, why not knock up a nice wooden stand for the model. It might just fire up your enthusiasm to complete the model, looking all sexy on the shelf :-))
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: GAZOU on April 27, 2018, 09:18:15 AM
Work of impressive ageing. Everything is just.
I am admiring
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: TailUK on April 27, 2018, 09:37:37 AM
Nothing wrong with that weathering job as far as I can see!  You'll have find some really tired looking sailors because it looks as if they had a h*ll of a trip!
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: ojays on September 03, 2018, 11:41:13 PM
Well at last hoping to get her on the water.
I have a temporary membership with Bridlington model Boat Club, so now have a pond to use at last.
Held back on fully finishing her until I'm sure she will handle alright.
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: ojays on January 13, 2019, 04:24:28 PM
Finally got my interest back on this protracted build.
Just trying to work out how to connect the wiring to the smoke unit in the
funnel, and still allow the superstructure to be removable without trailing wires.
I think I have it sorted, just need to give it a try.
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: Martin [Admin] on January 13, 2019, 05:29:24 PM
 
What smoke unit have you opted for ojay?
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: ojays on January 13, 2019, 05:51:46 PM
Graupner, built into the funnel
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: ojays on January 18, 2019, 09:51:46 PM
Well, smoke unit up and running using channel 5 switch on the tranny.

I don't as yet know how much or how fast it uses fluid, so also going to try
some of my wife's vape fluid. I haven't decided on a flavour yet.  ok2
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: ojays on March 10, 2019, 10:38:32 PM
Finally made it to the lake, unfortunately forgot the smoke fluid.
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: ojays on March 17, 2019, 09:46:47 PM
Finally got her to the lake, but forgot to bring the smokey fluid stuff.
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: Dreadnought on March 18, 2019, 05:51:49 AM
Very nice  :-))
I like the weathering  :-)
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: ojays on March 19, 2019, 12:43:58 AM
OOOPPS!
Sorry posted twice by mistake and don't know how to delete one of them.
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: derekwarner on March 19, 2019, 03:01:31 AM
Well...yes & no....clearly there is no file names that show as repeated ......with all of that rust  :o  on the war paint......every one looks similar


So maybe just similar model positioning and similar camera angles on similar water? :-))

Derek
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Corvette R/C Conversion.
Post by: ojays on March 19, 2019, 01:23:45 PM
User error, thought I was posting on another group.
Tired and no glasses on.  %) %) %)