Return to modelling - 1:144 Revell Castle Class Corvette HMCS snowberry

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Hi all,

After reading a few posts on here and frankly marvelling at what most of you are producing I thought I'd start a thread for this kit I have purchased after not building a model since I was about 15.

I am about 1/5th of the way into the build and have posted a few photos below as I progress.
Not ever having been particularly good at modelling I am bodging it together as I go along, with the intention of building the hull and fitting most exposed fittings, spraying and then putting on the extra bits which I will spray separately.

I found the kit which is a level 5 and has about 500 pieces is from the outset fiddly. Tamiya tweezers were a must from the start and great care has to be taken when removing pieces from the sprues as in most cases the parts don't sit flat against the bench and are easy to break even when cutting off with a scalpel. I tried using the Tamiya clippers I have and the clearance between the sprue and part isn't enough in most cases to prevent damage to the part.

Generally all the parts I've done so far seem to fit well and require little prepping before fitting.

Mainly so far fiddly would sum up this kit. I'm taking my time but think it's a bit beyond me as a beginner. I am going to continue now I've started though and see how it ends up.

Any tips or trick anyone has to help me improve would be greatfully received.

Happy modelling!

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Welcome to the forum James.
I have noticed that you will have fun painting as I always paint as I build but I do have the same kit on the go .
I look forward to seeing end result.
 

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James, you might find it useful to cut off a chunk of the sprue with the part attached, and then cut the sprue off the part, rather than trying to remove a part from the sprue without damaging it.

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It does seem to be a big kit for a beginner. But, it looks like you're doing a great job, take your time. If you haven't discovered it yet, youtube is full of all sort of tutorials, I find youtube very useful.
 
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Managed to get out to the shed for 30 mins this morning and glue a few more bits around the funnel.

Thanks for the tip Pete, have already used it even though some parts are so close together on the sprues it's almost impossible and I'm still having to slowly use the scalpel

Have spent the morning on YouTube actually Colin, expert modellers making it look so easy even I could do it.....till I try that is

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Continued the build today. Parts around midships fitted today though rails etc here do not fit very well and needed a bit of messing to fit in. Also there are other fittings round here such as deck boxes which don't fit very well.

Apart from that I have started building sections and spraying them with Tamiya acrylic mixed with thinner 2:1 ration which seems to cover well and looks ok. Also sprayed a small section of the stern just to see how it comes out. IMG_5794.JPG IMG_5795.JPG IMG_5796.JPG IMG_5824.JPG IMG_5868.JPG
 
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Progress has been made this weekend, as I built the room which goes below the wheel house. This was constructed first, the inside sprayed light grey and left to dry. Once dry I masked the windows and cut out so each on is individually masked before sticking them in with PVA. As I had constructed this space already I had to cut the side windows into sections to fit.
Once done I masked the top off and sprayed battleship grey.

I also started construction of the lifeboats and life rafts today, adding the supports down aft for the life rafts to sit on.

Lastly I masked the forward end and have sprayed the wooden area of deck and now will dry brush it once dry and then apply a earthing wash to give some texture and depth.

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Continued today dry brushing the wooden focsle deck and trying to give it some texture. Just waiting for it to dry and seems to look ok. Will probably apply a wash over it to highlight the gaps between the planks.
Also finished the life rafts today and have included a before and after picture. Most colours I am doing from my experience of ships and also from my grandfathers memory of when he was on the Corvettes.

Sprayed all the remaining parts grey today as well, something that in hindsight would have been better to do at the start!

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A few more hours put in today, achieved what seems like not a lot. Progress is slow as I am trying to build all the deck mail components to a level where I can spray a fulll grey coat to avoid marking with glue.
I then plan to build the wheel house deck and forward gun assemble separately and spray them before sticking in place.

I have applied a black wash to the forward wooden deck, glued the deck house, alleyway and forward accommodation in place along with the sides.
I made a small mistake here and found once I had done it that the sides of the accommodation are the wrong way around as I didn't notice a tag on the one for affixing a ladder which I shall now probably leave out.

Stuck presently at that stage where you feel you are making no progress while resisting the urge to rush!

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Well another day and another 50 miniature parts fixed in place. These are mainly mushroom vents, vent pipes, bitts and cleats forward of the accommodation/bridge.

Though fiddly all pretty straight forward.

I think one more gluing session before I am ready to start spraying the entire vessel after which I shall seemvle bridge area etc and forward gun and affix the required bits.

Had to stop today as progress was good but not rushing has had a very positive effect on my results so far.

James

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Finally sprayed the gray top coat and removed the masking from the wooden foclse deck, bridge windows and hull.
Reasonably happy with the results , still have to affix ladder for the mast, depth charge racks on the pool, the forward windlass and ten the nav deck etc which I shall
Construct separately.

Will probably leave it here as I have to return to work next week so shall continue in a few months.

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Hi James I'm a little late with this one, but welcome to the forum. Your doing a fantastic job of this so far.
 
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Thanks for all your positive comments. I am going for a clean basic look with this one, might add a little rust streaking and also some basic highlighting.
 
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Good evening chaps!

Well with some luck I shall be returning in the next two weeks or so to continue this build.

A quick question, has anyone got any recommendations for the hand rail wires and rigging wires? The supplied black cotton looks crude and I don't think will look right. I have looked at fuse wire but am pondering what thickness to use any advice/suggestions?

James
 
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