by Ron Dobrzelecki
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Here is a recent project. It is a Fisher Models (yes he
does subs) 1/200 USS Sturgeon.
The decals are DM models that I got from Floating
Drydock. Tom the owner has some equine items plus ship plans and photos.
The model is a simple but interesting build. There are seven parts -
conning tower, forward dive plans, rear vertical fins the hull and a
prop. The castings are clean an well made.
Construction is straightforward with no problems.
However, you do need to be careful with alignment .
I purchased a couple of brass pedestals for the base. I
had a base already for this kit. Carefully space out and mark the
positions for the pedestals then drill them out. Make sure to counter
sink the holes so that the wood screws are flush with the bottom of the
base. I also added some felt pads to the bottom so it is easier to move
and not scratch any shelf that I put it on.
Markings and Base
I used Tamiya's gray
primer in a spray can for the base coat. It went on beautifully. It
provides a nice surface to paint on and sands out well.
I used the new Model
Master hull red ( I like the shade) then glossed it (for me the tape
sticks better and also I have found that when I mask on Acrylic paint
there is less chance to pull up paint ).
I had a base already, so
I next mounted the brass pedestals and drilled holes for them. Note you
should counter sink the holes so the screws do not show.
I went to the hardware
store and purchased some self sticky fell pads for the bottom of the
base .It makes it easier to pick up an does nor scratch anything.
After painting the lower
hull I then masked off the hull for the 50/50 color scheme. I let the
black dry overnight then masked for the dark gray nose and walkway. I
then gloss coated the model in preparation for decals.
Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:
Next, I painted the gray
sonar dome and anti skid, then glossed it for decals. I also finished
the base with clear shellac. Then I used steel wool to bring down the
shine. I call it my "church pew" finish. See I always new going to
church would help me, oh yea let me move away from that window!
The next step is making
the vent hole covers (they are natural metal in color).I used a punch
set to do them
After decaling and final finish clear coat I mounted the
sub to the base that I finished, added miniatures dolphins (which also
can be purchased from Floating Drydock in the USA) and a name plate.
In summary, this was a very nice build with no pitfalls
or other problems.
I can say that Fisher Models are to be commended for
their efforts with the kits they bring out.\
New Vanguard 51
Author: Gordon Williamson
Illustrator: Ian Palmer
US Price: $14.95
UK Price: £8.99
May 25, 2002
Details: 48 pages; ISBN: 1841763632
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