U.S.S. United States - Revell 1:96 plastic / wood bash

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Re: U.S.S. United States - Revell 1:96 plastic / wood bash

Postby StevieF » Thu May 22, 2014 9:28 am

Cracking job there Denis!!
The decks have come out really well, I have a plastic kit of a Medieval Cog waiting in the wings. After looking through your photos of the wood conversion I may well get that kit out and make a start on the deck and insert a wooden one as you have. You may well have inspired me to get on with that kit I've had it for around 3 years and intended to make a complete scratch build using the kit pieces as patterns but, after seeing what can be done I am very tempted to keep the hull as it comes in plastic and replace all the unpainted parts with wood and just varnish over them.
After all when the hull is painted no-one really knows what its made of unless someone tells them :shock:
Thanks for the inspiration, Steve..
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Re: U.S.S. United States - Revell 1:96 plastic / wood bash

Postby GaryM » Thu May 22, 2014 3:54 pm

There is nothing like a wooden deck to make things look great. Nice result.
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Re: U.S.S. United States - Revell 1:96 plastic / wood bash

Postby popeye » Fri May 23, 2014 10:03 am

go for it Steve! I think it's fun to experiment a little and see what will work. at this scale, a lot more could have been done. {I shouldn't say this, but I will}

a lot of folks add thickness to the inside of the hulls of these kits, because they feel the plastic thickness is out of scale. I did entertain the idea of doing this to the outside of the hull.....with scale wood planking, just like the decks. I didn't do it because that would mean that the hull would need to be thoroughly sanded, to remove all of the raised detail, and then scribed back in. the critique in all of this would have been, if I was going through all of this trouble......why didn't I build or create a wood kit?

I have suggested this in the past. everyone has that build they're working on.... wouldn't be cool to have a spare hull kicking around, where you could try out different thing on it, with out tempting fate with the build your working on. I have the Boulogne Etaples I'm working on.........even though they are for the the Holiday Harbor build...........I have three other hulls to work with :D

large scale battle ship kits have the wood inlay decks you can buy for them....I think they really add to the build. what is so neat about them, is that you can see the difference in texture.........this is the basis for what I've done here. in my thinking, rather than try to cement the wood to the plastic decking {limited adherence qualities and risking the visibility of those deck seams}, I made the deck platforms and finished the decks. I got the best of both worlds here.

I'd be interested in seeing what you do with this........be sure to start a build log if you do ;-) I wish I could continue with this build......but at the moment, I'm bogged down with car inspection issues.......I can't seem to get away from them :sad: thanks for the good word!
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Nordkap 476 / Cux 87 / Gundalow
Mary Ann / Susan A. / M&M fun ship
Phylly C & Denny-Zen / AmericA
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Gothenborg
Half Moon
Boulogne Etaples
trawler Syborn
U.S.S. United States
Holiday Harbor
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Re: U.S.S. United States - Revell 1:96 plastic / wood bash

Postby popeye » Fri May 23, 2014 10:09 am

thanks Gary.......i'm quite pleased with how this went! hopefully, I can get more in depth, with the wood factor! thanks for the good word......now if I can just get through these mechanical distractions ;-)
finished builds:
Nordkap 476 / Cux 87 / Gundalow
Mary Ann / Susan A. / M&M fun ship
Phylly C & Denny-Zen / AmericA
Andrea Gail

in cue:
Gothenborg
Half Moon
Boulogne Etaples
trawler Syborn
U.S.S. United States
Holiday Harbor
Titanic

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