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Re: Billings Smit weathered refit underway
« Reply #50 on: September 30, 2009, 08:06:10 PM »

 Good idea on the rivets. I juts noticed, on the prototype photo, that the vent assembly stands about 8 - 10" off the wall of the deck house. I made mine flush. I think I'm going to have to redo that part. The louver arrangement looks different too. instead of slanted louvers it appears to be alternating raised and lowered portions to cover the vents, is this how yours is made?

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Re: Billings Smit weathered refit underway
« Reply #51 on: September 30, 2009, 09:27:51 PM »

Hi there! Looking at the image the slats appear to be all facing down, also, there seems to be a center bar so as to seperate the slats into a left and right section! My vets are all facing down as in the picture. I've managed to obtain some very good reference pic's to follow, trouble is the web site has restrictions on copying so can only view the images when i'm online  >>:-( I also notice the floodlights are blue and not yellow as i've done on mine, so that's something else i'm going to have to change.
If you would like the link then let me know and i shall pm it to you!

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Re: Billings Smit weathered refit underway
« Reply #52 on: September 30, 2009, 09:45:00 PM »

Voyager:

  Thanks again for the info. Yes, if you could PM me the link that'd be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Billings Smit weathered refit underway
« Reply #53 on: September 30, 2009, 10:03:48 PM »

Ok..no problem! PM sent.

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Re: Billings Smit weathered refit underway
« Reply #54 on: September 30, 2009, 10:37:32 PM »

HI Voyager.
You are doing a top job love the detail. love the weathering on the hand rails
As to get round the download restrictions. I take it you are right clicking.
1 trun off java this work some times but less and less now a days as most web site need you to have java on.
2 make the pitcher as big as possible then screen print it and save it. This is what I do if right click dos not work

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Re: Billings Smit weathered refit underway
« Reply #55 on: September 30, 2009, 10:58:38 PM »

Many many thanks John for the top tip  :-)) It's such a pain when you get sites like this  >>:-( I'll give it a try tomorrow night.

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Re: Billings Smit weathered refit underway
« Reply #56 on: October 01, 2009, 01:59:09 PM »

Vents painted, weathered and fitted into place...and what a difference these have made to the kit standard versions  :} Fire box built, painted and fitted. Next job will be adding the textured steps and adding some more detail to the towing winch.

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Re: Billings Smit weathered refit underway
« Reply #57 on: October 01, 2009, 03:37:22 PM »

I've managed to get some super-macro close ups of the detailing i've been giving this boat, so hope you like what you see!

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Re: Billings Smit weathered refit underway
« Reply #58 on: October 01, 2009, 03:41:34 PM »

And some more....

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Re: Billings Smit weathered refit underway
« Reply #59 on: October 01, 2009, 03:50:34 PM »

One of my challenges was to build a working searchlight completely out of brass, and as i'm very much a novice with soldering this was NOT going to be easy  {:-{

Anyway, after much careful thought i took the plunge and begain planning out how i'd go about building it. I've pictured what i've done so far, and so far i'm happy with how it's coming along! Everything you see picture was built from scratch and completely out of brass (With the exceptiion of the detailing tape). It sill requires some more detailing, plus, both front/rear ends to be made up out of plastic-card as i can do alot more with plasti-card as regards detailing.

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Re: Billings Smit weathered refit underway
« Reply #60 on: October 01, 2009, 04:19:45 PM »

  I love the rust effects you've done. It really looks good.

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Re: Billings Smit weathered refit underway
« Reply #61 on: October 01, 2009, 04:26:05 PM »

Thanks very much for the praise John  :} I'm thoroughly enjoying the rebuild!!!
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Re: Billings Smit weathered refit underway
« Reply #62 on: October 01, 2009, 04:44:23 PM »

you could pass those photo off as photo of the real ship they are that good.

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Re: Billings Smit weathered refit underway
« Reply #63 on: October 01, 2009, 05:00:06 PM »

That's very nice of you to say  :embarrassed:....i'm just glad it's all going to plan so far!

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Re: Billings Smit weathered refit underway
« Reply #64 on: October 06, 2009, 02:13:49 AM »

Disaster has struck the search light i was building  >:-o I was using a carbon disc cutting disc in my Minicraft hand drill and then suddenly the disc shattered, suddenly sending the all built and painted searchlight skywards hitting my light fitting and damaging it beyond repair  >>:-( I couldn't believe my luck and after all that soldering...Grrr! Anyway, life goes on and i've now opted to buy a kit version rather than starting from scratch again. On the positive front I have finished weathering the towing winch and that's now glued in place. More weathering marks have been added to under the rear vents, winch deck area now weathered, side superstructure vents now improved and fitted replacing the kit ones. Last of all a crewman has been painted and fitted to show him working at the front.

Having a two week break now!

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Re: Billings Smit weathered refit underway
« Reply #65 on: October 06, 2009, 04:17:28 AM »

Some great weathering detailing going on.  :-))

I love the anchor area, and the rope wear on the winch drums and faileads/bollards

BTW, don't forget to weather the crew.
I did this with mine. Dirty and scuffed jeans and dirty faces.  ;)
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Re: Billings Smit weathered refit underway
« Reply #66 on: October 06, 2009, 12:13:12 PM »

Good tip Tigertiger. The next figure to add is moulded like the one fitted already, so need to make some alterations and give him a more tatty appearence.

Was contemplating giving one of them a walkie talkie and glueing it to their belt. Does anyone think it might be something they would use on a Smit?

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Re: Billings Smit weathered refit underway
« Reply #67 on: October 06, 2009, 09:21:55 PM »

Superb attention to detail  :-))
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Re: Billings Smit weathered refit underway
« Reply #68 on: October 06, 2009, 09:32:14 PM »

Much obliged to you Mark  :-)
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Re: Billings Smit weathered refit underway
« Reply #69 on: October 09, 2009, 02:38:05 PM »

Smit undergoing a water tight test in the bath, which she passed with flying colours.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lo2Asq2WO7M


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Re: Billings Smit weathered refit underway
« Reply #70 on: October 29, 2009, 12:50:38 PM »

I'm back to working on my Smit Tug after being busy with other things  :-)

I was unhappy with the rear fendering, it wasn't the right shape or texture and it just didn't look quite right. So, after much thought i pulled it all off and replaced it with sections of an old rubber car mat, slightly textured one side and just the right thickness for what i wanted  :-)) I cut these sections to shape and glued it in place, then i begain to weather the surface (still not completely happy with the results asy yet!) but none the less much better than how it was before. I have also added rivet detail on the outer hull where the rubber fendering is situated. This was done with thick superglue on a cocktail stick and then simply painted over. The outer bulwark has had some more weathering applied, not much more weathering to finish off on the hulll now apart from a bit here and there. The winch has had the final bit of weathering applied using "Gunmetal" to highlight the hard edges and i'm pleased with the end result. Today was a nice day so i took my shots outside to fully see the weathering progress in full.

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Re: Billings Smit weathered refit underway
« Reply #71 on: October 29, 2009, 07:05:32 PM »

Superb ageing processes. I am very impressed.. :-)) :-)) :-)) :-)) :-)) :-))
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Re: Billings Smit weathered refit underway
« Reply #72 on: October 29, 2009, 07:20:07 PM »

Superb ageing processes. I am very impressed.. :-)) :-)) :-)) :-)) :-)) :-))

Cheers Footski  :-) I'm trying to keep the weathering to a realistic medium, I don't want it to look heavy or to give the impression she's due a refit...or even worse due to be scrapped! Anyway so far so good  :-)

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Re: Billings Smit weathered refit underway
« Reply #73 on: October 29, 2009, 07:33:13 PM »


I like the superglue blobs. How long do they take to dry enough for painting, please. I might have a go at this and have never has thick superglue to work with.

I like your 'Bath' movie. I thought you'd dropped the camera. Very effective.  ok2

Cheers

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Re: Billings Smit weathered refit underway
« Reply #74 on: October 29, 2009, 09:15:44 PM »

I like the superglue blobs. How long do they take to dry enough for painting, please. I might have a go at this and have never has thick superglue to work with.

I like your 'Bath' movie. I thought you'd dropped the camera. Very effective.  ok2

Cheers

Ken



Cheers Ken  :-) The superglue i use is "Zap Medium" and i applied it with a cut down flat end of a cocktail  stick. I leave it overnight to dry to be safe, so by the following morning it's ready to be painted over.

Glad the camera bit fooled you lol. It's a fully waterproof model.

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