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  1. Thanks! I’ll try to take some soon. I have to do some photography for a magazine article I need to submit so I’ll add the little ships to the pile.
  2. So I’m modifying the instructions just a bit for a cleaner line between the camouflage and the anti-fouling paint. The boot topping, similar to what HMV does, will be a separate piece in order to ensure no seams. The main difference between HMV and Fantom is that while there is no overlapping with HMV, Fantom relies on it. You can be a couple millimeters off and everything will still line up. I haven’t had to take advantage of that yet thankfully.
  3. I agree, it’s a nice scale, but the model is extremely large. Im pretty happy with the way the lower hull has turned out. A couple hours in the paint booth. Photos imminent.
  4. I’ve been a bit busy with Malaya lately, she’s coming along well. The hull framing took about 4 days and the hull plates on the underwater portion took about a week and a half. The fit is fantastic but like with any of my card builds, I fill, sand and paint the lower hull. This time I’m not going for a weathered look, fresh paint but darker than what Fantom printed. I wanted the hull plate strakes to be visible so I used thin, smooth masking tape in 5mm widths to simulate this. Of course any tape would peel over time so I coated the paper and tape in a plasticizer, so it’s permanent. This creates a hard shell for my primer, color coat, and top coat. In the end, I may add a wash to bring out the plates but I’m not sure yet. The color and natural shadows may stand on their own in this scale. The shafts I turned from wood since they’re going to carry my cast brass screws and I needed some extra strength. The hull sides overall are VERY complex, lots of curves and layers, FAR more so than Baden. I was a bit surprised but I’m enjoying the challenge. Now that lower hull is nearly finished, it’s time to think about the base. I’m issuing some exotic woods and I’ve had some brass letters cut for the ships name and motto. But with any work in progress, the edges are a little rough, but she’ll come together,
  5. HMS Malaya, Queen Elizabeth Class Battleship, 1943. Malem Fero Malis: 'I bring evil to the evil’ HMS Malaya in her WWII fit is one of my favorite looking ships. A blend of WWI Dreadnought, 1930s compromise with a liberal application of camouflage. Fantom has done an exceptional job with the printing and by including everything else I’ll need. A laser cut hull frame, wooden decks, turned aluminum 15” rifles, turned brass secondaries, PE, laser cut details, it’s all here. Look for for the build photos to start in a week or two once my SMS Baden is finished.
  6. I think we’re getting close to wrapping up. 2 launches left and the extensive rigging is all that remains.
  7. Both masts are now finished, along with the boat gantries. I really enjoy the tall top gallants on these old ships, really impressive.
  8. Glad you like! To give you an idea, the outside of Baden’s hull is 9 layers thick. This is to get the detail of the armor belt correct.
  9. Glad you like it! I only use two types of glue, “The Ultimate” PVA which bills itself as a water soluble super glue, but is just a very high quality PVA, and Zip Dry which is an archival paper glue. Neither one of these set rock hard believe it or not. I don’t use CA. I do use spray glue for doubling of large sheets though. Zip Dry is only used in the construction of the hull since I need a glue with zero warp. PVA warps like hell if used on any large joint. As for storing them, they go in the glass case and so far no issues with degradation. Someone did tell me yesterday that it was “sad” that this was “only” a paper model and I’d get more respect if I’d made it out of plastic. Sigh. So it’s nice to see someone interested in what I’m up to! Thanks again for the kind words.
  10. Fairly big update, both bridge wings are mostly finished, navigation bridge, admiral’s bridge, and the tripod mast skegs are in place.
  11. The starboard bridge wing has been installed, and I added an MV lens to the navigation light. It’s a little hard to see in photos but the lens catches the light at certain angles and simulates navigation lens glass. Very subtle.
  12. I’ve spent some time this week on the forward superstructure. The navigation bridge, conning tower, and forward funnel are you in place. The funnel interior detail wasn’t included so I scratch built the flue uptakes. The bridge window glass was duplicated with Krystal Clear. The bridge itself has a full interior which was mostly a waste of time but fun to work on. I had to add a lot of extra detail to the exterior of the funnels as well, since they didn’t include the grab irons. Probably an extra 100 parts in those alone.
  13. Today’s update: aft funnel, searchlight tower, and boat handling cranes.

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