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Re: Creole Queen . Sternwheeler
« Reply #125 on: November 22, 2016, 09:40:00 pm »

Thanks matey, it does look more complete these days.  The painting is very relaxing.  It was the shoes today.  Tomorrow the skin.  What's the best colour to use for this.  I am using acrylic paints from an artists box.

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« Reply #126 on: November 22, 2016, 10:14:05 pm »

Hm, well any flesh colour will give you a good basis and that will be perfectly acceptable for euopean skins especially us pasty lot in winter!

I mix a little flat earth (chestnut) or a leathery colour into the flesh to make it a bit darker and you can add more if you want a sort of tan effect. You can add a little olive to it for some meditteranean skin tones as well!

For African/some Indian skins start with chestnut and add a wash of Burnt Umber neat, or with a bit of black to darken it. Vary the mixes to create different tones. I took inspiration from Joan Armatrading who has a lovely skin colour which is a base of Chestnut brown with darker areas. You can create Deep Saharan skin tones starting with Purple (yup!) and applying a wash of Burnt Umber/black mix.

See if you can get a copy of the Military Modelling Euro Millitaire special or keep an eye on model figure painting articles online as they have loads of ideas. It is down to how far you want to take things. have fun as it feels like too much of a job then it won't be.
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Re: Creole Queen . Sternwheeler
« Reply #127 on: December 03, 2016, 08:56:38 pm »

The little folk are now finished and have gone aboard.

I have made the tops for the pillars and have now fixed them into place  (135 triangles cut).   The receiver is on board and the paddle wheels trundle round with a satisfying swish. The rudders turn in sync and the lights are wired to the saloons.

The bow plank has been connected up to the mast. which has a white light fitted.

I am working on the steam generator at the moment and busy fitting it all in nice and tidy.  There is plenty of room for batteries and sound equipment.  The Steam organ pipes are fitted to the rear top deck.

I have taken some more pictures and they follow in order.

 
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« Reply #128 on: December 03, 2016, 08:59:30 pm »


More views on the walk around.

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« Reply #129 on: December 03, 2016, 09:00:35 pm »


Yet more around the side.

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« Reply #130 on: December 03, 2016, 09:01:55 pm »

Finally for today.


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« Reply #131 on: December 03, 2016, 09:11:14 pm »


There will be handrails for the steps when I can get back to the model shop for materials.    {-)

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« Reply #132 on: December 04, 2016, 12:36:28 pm »


Today I connected up the Smoke generator. Here's a few pictures of it in action.  It's connected to the paddle's speed control and seems to have plenty of power.  I might reduce the speed's input control as it will then produce a slower cloudy effect.

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« Reply #133 on: December 04, 2016, 12:38:58 pm »

A picture of the set up below decks.   :}

If I blip the throttle it will make dense smoke rings.     :}



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« Reply #134 on: December 04, 2016, 02:30:54 pm »

You know what Ken this is a lovely build and the smoke generator will make it look very majestic when she sails - lovely job  :-))

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« Reply #135 on: December 04, 2016, 05:27:06 pm »

Is that one of Mark's foggy ones


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« Reply #136 on: December 04, 2016, 10:50:49 pm »

That is a beautiful  model Ken, the figures really do make her look very realisitic. I want to see the smoke rings!
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« Reply #137 on: December 05, 2016, 10:21:52 am »


Thanks guys.  Much appreciated.

Yes Dave, it is MMB's fog generator with an added voltage increaser PCB.   It raises the input volts to 24 volts and pushes out a bit too much smoke, so today I am reducing the voltage on the fan to slow it down.  When I accelerate the  'plume'  goes up to the ceiling as a thin line.  On tick over its feint but when the throttle is increased by a quarter and then reduced to stop I get the smoke rings Mr B.  Looks good in the workshop but will probably not be seen much out on the lake.   Hence all the discussions on  'darkening,  the  plumes, recently published.  I shall not be adding anything as I don't want the boat covered in a sticky mess.

I have been collecting 'Louisiana music'  for the sound generator, so that should be fun when we get around to making the film.   :}

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« Reply #138 on: December 05, 2016, 05:02:26 pm »

10/10 Ken  :-))
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« Reply #139 on: December 05, 2016, 08:29:52 pm »


Thank you Big man.   :-))

I can't wait to get to the lake.  I've no idea how it will perform but we have to take a movie to finish off the YouTube film.

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« Reply #140 on: December 11, 2016, 11:22:43 am »


A few more items to complete  the look.  I expect there will be more as go along, but the major work is done and she' s ready for the water.

I have added a small bulwark around the bow and made a simple rope winch.

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« Reply #141 on: December 11, 2016, 10:26:42 pm »

I look forward to seeing her on the water:O)

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« Reply #142 on: December 18, 2016, 10:49:36 am »

I am ready for her first trip afloat. I was hoping for a brighter day as today is misty.  I am considering going for a bit of  a  'mood'  filming type of shots.  It could look like  'coming out through the mist' sort of thing.   %)

I have completed the interior lighting by running lengths of plastic containing 30  led's around the ceilings.

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« Reply #143 on: December 18, 2016, 10:52:06 am »


You will have noticed the lights don't show up much in daylight.


I'm working on the upper deck to complete the illusion.   It's a bit cold in the workshop these days, so not going as fast as I usually do.    {-)

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« Reply #144 on: December 18, 2016, 01:47:31 pm »

Looks nice Ken. Now it depends on which era you were wanting it to fall into, the modern with your lighting would be perfect (imitation flouorescents) Bit if you were going for a period 19th centuary I think a yellow or amber strip of leds would have depicted oil lamps or early light bulbs better. She still looks good though, the lights set off the curtains in the windows.

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« Reply #145 on: December 18, 2016, 03:15:21 pm »

She had her maiden voyage in 1983
so her lighting would probably reflect
the eighties with fluorescent fittings.
She was marketed as nostalgia with
modern facilities, so probably a bit
of a mix.


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« Reply #146 on: December 19, 2016, 10:26:25 am »

She is a copy of today's ship so it's best to stick with white lights.  The top deck is now illuminated. Pics to follow.

Whilst leaning over the deck for hours on end, I had decapitated one of the deck hands.  He's now on sick leave.   :o

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« Reply #147 on: December 23, 2016, 10:39:16 am »


Well,  we got there in end.

Here she is on her trolley ready for a trip to the lake

 
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« Reply #148 on: December 23, 2016, 10:46:36 am »


My visit to the lake.

Extremely low sun and bright as well.   She sails very slow with almost zero tuning ability but looks great on the water.  Attracted a few viewers with children in tow.  Could have sold her twice.   {-)

It was a very satisfying day and I came away with many upgrades in mind.

I will continue the 'tarting up'  after Christmas like a secret bow thruster maybe.  %%
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Re: Creole Queen . Sternwheeler
« Reply #149 on: December 23, 2016, 01:56:40 pm »

Hi ken ,  well done :-)) , you have made a fantastic job building your stern wheeler. Doesnt she respond at all on the steering .  :-))


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