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Hajo L.

US Riverine Command Boat in 1/72, from scratch

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My current project is not an aircraft, but a boat. Some may know this small "brown water navy"-unit, seen here in the background:

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Here once again, I love the massive amount of small arms and machineguns!

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An interesting design and a fancy camo add to the attractivity of this thing, which is the reason why I´m building it.

Unfortunately there is no kit available in 1/72, except for a paper kit, designed and sold by a guy from Sweden, Gunnar Sillén: http://www.bildrum.se/stridsbt90.htm

So, my plan is to convert this paper kit into a plastic kit! Basic idea: Just use plastic card instead of paper!

At first I built the paper version, to get an idea about the general design and possible changes and adaption I´ll need to do when using plastic instead of paper.

This is how it looks when coming out of the printer:

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After a couple of hours it looked like this:

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I have to say that I´m not very proficient in doing paper-models, and also propably got the wrong paper. It´s too thin, but since it´s only a test, it will suffice.

I hope that my plastic boat won´t look as queer as this one does!

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Overall I have to say that even this paper model is very well detailed! With some knowledge and elbow grease you could do a really nice model with interiour details!

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I cut the whole process of the test-model short, here are some impressions:

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Nice teeth! ;)

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And the final result of the paper model:

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I stopped here, since the details that would now come won´t change much on the general design. And I want to start with the "real" model.

 

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HAJO

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And this week I started the plastic model. I simply used the paper-parts as stencils. Glued them on the plastic-card with paper-glue (that allows to removethe paper from the plastic without any trouble - you even can use the stencil again) and cut out the parts:

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I´m using 0,75mm plastic card, which means that on some steps I need to calculate the thickness of the material into my process - it´s not paper-thin!

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Test-shot and current model:

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HAJO

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:worship: :worship: Ladies and Gents, Boys and Girls...THIS IS MODELING..in its' purest form!!!....'nuff said. Edited by #1 Greywolf

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Some progress. I started the cabin, because I want to finish it before I have to close the hull with the sideparts. This way I can adjust he parts for the "cellar" of the cabin more easily.

For the cabin I used styrene with 0,5mm thickness, I had to be careful to make sure that the parts were straight and didn´t bend:

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This is how it´s supposed to look when attached to the hull. I will need some minor adjustments to make it fit properly, but I won´t start doing that before the whole "drivers-compartment" is finished:

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I also made two of the three front windows, using clear styrene of a Revell-brush-set packaging. Worked quite well, I´d say!

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Now, if anyone would come up with some pictures of the interiour, I could do some "realistic" details of the cabin. If not, I´ll have to use some artistic licence...

HAJO

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As announced, the drivers compartment has been on the list during the last two days. I just added various things like boards and doorways by using plastic-sheet and paper.

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The white colour of the material makes it less than optimal for taking pictures of it... Will paint it grey soon.

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Haven´t installed the right seat yet, since I have to coordinate steering the positions of the steering wheel, driver and the seat so that they all align together perfectly.

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And with the cabin:

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HAJO

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Great progress! Love the concept & execution.

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A small update. I painted the cockpit grey:

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And then I started the pretty complicated process of glueing one of the hull-sides on. First I cut it out, then I had to do some minor corrections to make it fit to the upper deck.

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I glued only the aft section and hopefully will beb able to get the "curve right" this evening:

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I´m happy that I used the thicker plastic (0,75mm vs. 0,5mm) for the hull, even on this I can see the ribs of the boat, because they very slightly protrude.

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HAJO

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I´m quite satisfied with the first result.

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But the nose section is "off" to one side:

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Port side is about 1mm higher than the starport side!

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My solution: Cut a long line into the port side bow and widen the gap with sandpaper.

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Brute force always works:

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HAJO

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If you tell us you scratchbuilt that drivers seat....I'M OUTTA HERE :blink: B) , great progress so far......looking forward to Le Grande Finale :) .

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No, the drivers seat came from a Revell EC-145-kit. No need to scratch things that are crowding your spare box...

HAJO

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Except for the small ramp in the bow the hull is finished!

After having applied brute force the bow looked like this:

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Better - not perfect, but better (good enough for me).

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Then I added the "V"-part of the hull. Would have been easier if I´d used thinner plastic.

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But since I do a Waterline-version, I could cut away the part that spread open.

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Looking good!

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Some colour to see if I missed anything during sanding - no, smooth as silk!

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This ends the most complicated part of my build (at least I hope so), but the upcoming steps won´t be easy!

HAJO

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Love the boat, because it floats!

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Since my model aircraft never flew, I´m officially thrilled to see my model in his natural environment looking so good!

HAJO

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Some progress: Various covers have found their place on the deck:

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HAJO

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In a word... OUT-freaking-STANDING!!! You have no equal when it comes to building this S.E.A.L. craft! I'm amazed and will follow this thread with GREAT interest!

MattP

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I finally overcame my fears and started the railing!

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I was a bit reluctant because any miscalculation or measuring error will lead to some strange looking construction that screws the whole look of the boat.

HAJO

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The status of the railing from yesterday evening:

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I´m pretty satisfied, and I only broke half of the railing when my hand slipped during construction.... ARGH!!

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I hope it won´t happen much more during the build.

HAJO

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...and how it looks right now:

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Picture without flash:

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Next will be differents masts, gun mounts and antennas.

Just noticed that my 1/700 carrier looks good as background object! The boat is escorting it out of the harbor... ;)/>

HAJO

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Looking fantastic. I built a 1:72 WWII gunboat from scratch & know how difficult some of the build can be.

BTW, it's a good thing that carrier is in a display case, so the water doesn't run out. :lol:

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As you can see, I modified the silhouette of the boat by adding a radar-mast. It seems to me that this item can be mounted or left away, depending on the mission, since I have several pictures showing boats with and without the mast.

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Some smaller stuff added to the forship:

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The crew has taken its place in the cockpit, along with various equipment like monitors, maps, an Uzi (you´ll never know), stuff...:

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HAJO

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Since the Uzi wasn´t properly visible on the previous pictures...:

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I scratched the two forward weapon stations:

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I have the feeling that the plastic rods I´m using are of a different material than the other plastic - they don´t react well on plastic cement. Maybe I bought the wrong ones?

HAJO

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