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  • Birthday 05/21/1989

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    Washington, USA
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    Boats! Also: Family, books, theology, sketching and drawing, history

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  1. Coming along great Patrick! I love the personal 'artistic license' you've taken with her. Jaw dropping as always.
  2. Take a pic in the dark! Of course, the picture won't properly capture the effect; but, looking at it in the dark would be how I'd decide on what degree of lighting I want, if it were my diorama. Are they individually controlled? If so, it could be a neat idea to have a bunch of little lights, but be able to turn on just one at a time to highlight a section, like an actual sub. That could get complicated, though...
  3. If you watch James Cameron's documentary about surveying the Bismark wreck (it's called "James Cameron's Expedition Bismarck"), on one dive they nearly damaged one of the subs by landing on a section of the lower hull that blew off when the ship hit bottom, having likely been weakened by torpedo hits from the Dorsetshire. Now, I expect they were a bit further away than the scope of your diorama, but it wouldn't be unreasonable to have some panels like that lying around. And I don't think anyone would fault other small bits and pieces scattered about. Of course, in the end, you're the one who is going to be looking at it the most; so make it how you like it! I think it looks excellent so far! I've been meaning to ask - what is your reference (if any) for the shell hits and other damage?
  4. Thanks! That makes sense. Looks like it will be a cool effect!
  5. Just curious- is the second planking intended to simulate the plating, or is that and additional step (or, not a step?) looking really good!!
  6. Count me in, too! Last year or the year before, I read through "A Man and His Ship", the biography of William Francis Gibbs, and in the book the Leviathan refit featured as a significant formative experience for him and for Gibbs and Cox. Excited to see what you come up with for your unique challenges of a wartime/peacetime combo model!
  7. I think it’s admirable you tried it out in the first place! No shame in seeing for yourself and deciding what you like. As others have said, it’s your creation, and it is quite the feat as it is! Keep up the great work.
  8. Hi Patrick, Great progress! She’s starting to come together inside! Also, I showed some of the pictures on your log to the colleague of mine familiar with Khalilah, and he was impressed that you pulled off the hull form, especially at such a small scale!
  9. So, at 1:200, that means the Hood was 4 meters longer than Bismarck? I didn’t realize the Hood was that big! But, I suppose that’s why she was ‘enemy no 1’ for the Kriegsmarine- large size, but fast and agile because of the slender hull and lighter displacement. Of course, the lighter displacement was because of less armor, so that ended up being somewhat problematic....
  10. Been quite busy in the ‘real world’ so to speak - between a busy season with my work and the start of a house ‘facelift’ (nothing major- some drywall removal to expose raw wood plank sheathing we just found out we had and a fair bit of painting, for the most part), I haven’t had much time for the boat, and when I have, there wasn’t any time left to post! So here’s a small update on what I’ve done since last: INTERIOR LAYOUT/FURNISHINGS WORK - CABIN SOLE PART 1 AND NAV STATION PART 1 First, I took a break from ‘building’ and started some ‘finishing’. An idea I’ve had for a while was to use wood coffee stirs with square ends as wood planking. It might not be museum quality material, but it’s wood, it’s in roughly right-scale dimensions (to scale it would be something like 2 or 3 inch planks 5-1/2 ft long), and it’s cheap (I a pack of two 1,000 count boxes, so 2,000 total, for $13 on Amazon). I started at the forward end, since that’s where I have completed the furnishings that define the walking flats, and did most of the forward half of the interior: First Run of Interior Flooring After some down time, I got the ‘building’ itch again and started on the nav station. This has its own interesting set of challenges- each ‘sub assembly’ of furniture has- but I’m slowly piecing it together. The first picture is what is permanently installed thus far, and the second has the chart table piece dry fitted in. The angled bracket things will form the sides of a console holding an electronic chart plotter and engine instruments, at a minimum. Though it might not be tall enough for the chart plotter, at least not a decent size one. Might have to think on that a bit... Nav Station Status That’s it for now. Next will be more development of the nav station. At some point. Thanks for looking in!
  11. I'm in, too. Always been a Bismarck fan, and there are lots of Bismarck and Hood models, but not so many of this one. Looking forward to following along!
  12. It's a good point. I said the Fitz would be my boat, and that's probably true. But my eventual goal is a completely designed RC boat, like a workboat of some type. Not a replica of an existing boat, though emulating the style of many, but from hull form through to interior design starting with a blank sheet of paper. That would be a fun father-son(s) project, since by the time I get there they'll be old enough to appreciate it. We'll see - lots of time to figure that out. Space is the real issue - we're going to run out of room for all these boats real quick!
  13. Clever Idea, Ron. Looks good!
  14. Sheer, yes - the ‘bend upward’ of the deck towards the bow when looking at the side. It’s a tricky line to get correct, even when designing, since it curves in two directions- in towards the centerline, and up (or, in some cases, down). Get it just a little off and there’s a can’t-quite-place-it ‘wrongness’ about how the boat looks.
  15. Wow, sounds like me! We love making sourdough bread, and there IS always outside work to be done! As for the model, I think all the praise is well deserved, and it’s such a meaningful way to honor the memory of your father. Well done

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