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Voyager

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Slipway working Navigation Buoy build, paint and weather.
« on: October 06, 2007, 10:38:25 PM »

The Buoy was cut out as per the instruction from the vac-form sheet, the two pieces were measured and checked for a good fit. I decided from the start that i wanted a flashing warning light fitted to the top of the buoy, first hough i had to work out the best way to have the buoy come apart so as to fit a battery. I cut out the circular area on the upper dome, making sure that i kept the cut as cleanly as possible to help hide the removable battery hatch. I added strips of styrene on the inner side to give the hatch something to rest on and to hopefully put back some of the strength from the now weakend part. Once i had this done and i was happy with the fit, I then glued the upper and lower body sections of the Buoy together with styrene glue. The next stage was to add the detail parts that are printed on the styrene sheet, each part was cut and sanded to shape and glued in position on the Buoy. I decided to add resin rivets around the two circular sections (I think these might have something to do with ballasting on the real thing?). I then went back to add some styrene strips to the removable hatch, I didn't want to use screws to keep it attached, so in the in i went for brass pins as this should keep everything in scale!
Once everything was dry I then sprayed the whole thing with Halfords Red Oxide Primer. I gave this a while to dry before i masked off the bottom and airbrushed the upper section with Phoenix Pre-War Green Gloss, A final coat of satin will be applied when all the painting is finished. Next on the list was to weather the under side of the Buoy to simulate barnacles and other ocean matter. I mixed up some MIG earth powders with MIG resin, Then with an old brush and i applied it in a random pattern (keeping it close to the reference picture i obtained from the net). Further weathering will be add to the textured surface by dry brushing several colours later on in the build. Everything now needs 24hrs to fully cure, so i went on and started to build the complex section which will be added later.
More to follow.....
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CODY614

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Re: Slipway working Navigation Buoy build, paint and weather.
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2007, 04:08:22 AM »

Nice! O0
It's the little things that count. Nice attention to detail Voyager!



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Stavros

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Re: Slipway working Navigation Buoy build, paint and weather.
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2007, 08:57:43 PM »

Hi Voyager I see you have added resin rivetts,ok where did you gte them from cheers
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Voyager

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Re: Slipway working Navigation Buoy build, paint and weather.
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2007, 12:37:41 AM »

Hi Stavros, I purchased them from Hannants Model Shop. The rivets are made by a company called Calibre, available in different sizes at around 7.00
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Stavros

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Re: Slipway working Navigation Buoy build, paint and weather.
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2007, 06:14:14 PM »

Thanks for that sorted

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Re: Slipway working Navigation Buoy build, paint and weather.
« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2007, 08:59:19 PM »

Some more being done tonight! The first picture is of an assortment of Humbrol, MIG colours worked in with a brush and cotton bud, the second picture shows the effect of brushing the powders downwards towards the waterline.

Gotta go and put some more hours in...

More to follow soon!
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Re: Slipway working Navigation Buoy build, paint and weather.
« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2007, 02:15:38 AM »

Just finished the bottom half tonight. I've started building the top section, It's gonna take a while...
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Re: Slipway working Navigation Buoy build, paint and weather.
« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2007, 05:09:51 PM »

Just for fun i think i'll make up a couple of seagulls out of milliput and have them sitting on the buoy {-) Would prefer to buy a couple in 1:32 scale, but if not then i'll just make some up!
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Re: Slipway working Navigation Buoy build, paint and weather.
« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2007, 05:55:29 PM »

There are usually some on eBay - not sure of the scale, or Macs Mouldings do them, again not sure of the scale.

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Re: Slipway working Navigation Buoy build, paint and weather.
« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2007, 10:15:48 PM »

Thanks for the info, just contacted macsmouldings to see if he sells them.

Regards: Voyager
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Re: Slipway working Navigation Buoy build, paint and weather.
« Reply #10 on: October 10, 2007, 12:05:53 AM »

Voyager....
If you are going to weather the "Top Portion" of the 'Buoy'...Any way to get you to show the process?
"I've done Armor and Planes...But you seem to have an 'Eye' for 'Metal And Salt Water'!"


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Re: Slipway working Navigation Buoy build, paint and weather.
« Reply #11 on: October 10, 2007, 12:15:23 AM »

George Turner does seagulls, not sure what scale.

Looks great by the way.

This is what the forum is about.

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Re: Slipway working Navigation Buoy build, paint and weather.
« Reply #12 on: October 10, 2007, 12:48:47 AM »

Thanks for that Nige, It's nice to have a couple of options to work with O0

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Re: Slipway working Navigation Buoy build, paint and weather.
« Reply #13 on: October 11, 2007, 10:58:05 PM »

Decided I'm going to repaint the upper portion again....just not happy with it :embarrassed: Just doesn't look quite right, need a different approach O0
I shall do some pondering as to where i went wrong (it might be the green i used, or it could be the fact that it's satin???), Most likely I'll do some work over the weekend to put things right.

If at first you don't succeed....try try again :P
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Re: Slipway working Navigation Buoy build, paint and weather.
« Reply #14 on: October 12, 2007, 06:51:26 AM »

There isn't enough seagull sh1t on it.
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