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About rwiederrich

  • Birthday 01/22/1962

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    Bremerton Washington
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    Astronomy, telescope building, clipper ship model building.

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  1. Ship paintings

    Jim...your work is masterful. You have control of the depth of field and a good grasp of scale and keeping the ships dimensions correct. I love your grasp of shadow and the ease of the seas roll and elusion of depth. Very nice. This is water color..so you show a very competent application of color...overlapping, and control of hue. I struggled with controlling the natural flow of the color to bleed into other colors...you masterfully controlled your medium. Do you begin with light colors and move to darker or are you introducing acrylic to highlight the darker watercolors? Very impressive work. I love your water...my favorite are the sailing ships...but any good ship representation(within historical context)is my favorite. Rob
  2. New article on making sails

    I read the article and the author did do some nice tricks with his approach. I did like his application of wire edging to support the natural bow and billow of the wind filled sails. I do agree the stitching he used was slightly out of scale...but his sails were far better then any unmodified vacuum formed sails one may use....and a mile better then the bulky outta scale cloth sails some use. Rob
  3. Ageing Decks

    Pat the technique works on any thing you want to weather. You can substitute brown Ink for the black if you like. Here are some images of the Revell Cutty Sark I converted into the Portuguese Ferriera. This is modeled when she was at her lowest, rotting in some backwater. before she was purchased and rebuilt to her original glory. I applied the alcohol technique to everything and then applied cerium oxide(which is an extremely fine(5 micron) powder to dust and add further ageing. Rob
  4. Ageing Decks

    I think we are digressing from the OP's original question. How do you age a deck to look.....weathered? Personally I use extremely diluted India ink in 90~100% Isopropyl alcohol sprayed on from a spray bottle. The ink is spread along the cracks and creases using capillary action and then the alcohol evaporates and leaves a nice *Weathered* surface. The extent of the Weathering depends on your ink dilution and your application. Rob
  5. Ageing Decks

    In my experience..it is like taking a piece of greyed pine(weathered) and then plane it down to raw wood...it becomes much lighter..hence the *whiteness* mentioned and referenced. Fresh planed wood cannot be made any whiter then it is already is...not unless you bleach it with chemicals. Even as you mentioned..tar stains and the like that came from dirty feet that have been climbing tarred ratlines and similar fixtures needed to be removed from the deck...I'm sure holystoning made the deck lighter. Buffing a high traffic area (In a tiled public building) with a buffer today is probably the modern equivalent. Rob
  6. Ageing Decks

    I feel weathering is dependent on the theme or state of the model/vessel you are modeling. Even in brand new vessels a certain amount of weathering is expected if not avoidable. Sun, salt water is caustic to wood and metal and to eliminate the effects entirely is, IMV not representing the vessel accurately.
  7. It depends on the era of ship you are building. Copper oxidizes whitish green..Muntz metal turns a metallic/brown when oxidized. Rob
  8. I originally left it shinny copper..it looked awful. Painting/sealing it with metallic paint created the desired oxidized muntz metal look. Rob
  9. I used a roller with wire mesh and a strip of sanding matrix...all compressed in the roller and out comes the finished plates. For my scale it worked.
  10. Goat Locker shipyard? I built a rolling gig that I simply rolled foil sections with imprinting material to form the individual plates in 6 inch sections. I then painted the finished copper with metallic paint to seal them and to age them to look like oxidized Muntz Metal. Rob
  11. Good job Jim. Plating is a tedious job and your work paid off...looks great. Copper tarnished with a green/white film...were Muntz metal that was used on my clipper ships turned more of a metallic brownish color. Supper job! Rob
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    Just absolutely amazing....fantastic job! Rob
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    Leif...I could not agree more. Clippers are my favorite as well..have been for nearly 45 years. Rob
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    Great job...I see you built her post Portuguese fashion.... what she appeared like after her rebuild. Nice clean work. Rob
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    Amazing.......Beautiful. Another clipper lover. Rob

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