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  1. Love the way the decks are cut to show the floors below. Super accurate joints, thanks for the inspiration!
  2. You're right neilm, might well be the way to go. Warlock was white and her paint shows through in places, so need to learn how to get that look.
  3. Thanks all for kind words, quite undeserved. 😊 Orca is going into the paint shop for a bit... I am thankful that the original had such a beat up awful paint job; it's my default setting. Giving my new airbrush a try..(pause for sound of experienced air-brushers slapping hands to forehead)... got to start somewhere. All advice accepted gratefully. If you don't hear from me for a while, you'll know what's happening!
  4. Carving out the M1 Garand 2 1/4" at this scale. (I use this photo to help scale items by eye).
  5. A bit more eye candy for the lower cabin... Some of these are ridiculously small - I was using a hot air drier and blew several away someplace.
  6. "I’ll catch this bird for you, but it ain’t gonna be easy. Bad fish! Not like going down to the pond and chasing bluegills and tommycods. This shark, swallow ya whole. Little shakin’, little tenderizin’, down you go". Thought I'd have a go at the Greener harpoon gun... until I saw how small it is in 1:20 scale! I could of course do it with the lid closed, but that would be no fun, right? Gun length spot, on, but too wide. Varifocal specs can be a pain... Need to make the twine coils (the made them up to 1200
  7. By the way, as you will have noticed, but are far to polite to mention, I need to get to grips with the grain and finish on the wood. When we get to the Pilot house it need to be less grainy and the paint much thinner. So much to learn!
  8. The British Government set dates for national holidays (bank holidays) to coincide with major low pressure systems from the ocean, resulting in 70mph gales. This weekend was no exception, so build time limited by need to remove bits of broken tree from the garden. Did you spot this in the film? I must be getting carried away; no-one will ever see this.
  9. I keep reading in other build logs the dilemma of painting a planked hull. Orca needs a beat up sort of hull, lower being black and a sort of iron oxide red uppers. It's one of the next jobs... So should I...?
  10. Thanks for comments and thumbs up. Yes neilm, 23 1/4" without the pulpit. Didn't want it too big.
  11. Superstructure progress... Lower trunk cabin making progress - needs dressing up, but getting there.
  12. A small diversion... Need some jaws.... So this is a scratch build right? Milliput to the rescue. Soft copper rod soldered to shape and a rough daub of epoxy. Bit o' sanding... Trip to the dentist... Cosmetics.. A little root canal work and tidying up... Well it's a start... think I can go from here to something like the original later on.
  13. Gobsmackingly, nay pearl-clutchingly good work. Must get a mill, but then I'd have no excuse.
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