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  1. It is my pleasure! I am still catching up, and I’ve been really enjoying the journey. The black was just a suggestion based on a cursory guess of the color, but perhaps brass might be a better match! In any case Vallejo paints are really good for brush painting touch-ups. Now back to my reading and saving photos for reference. Cheers, Tom
  2. Thank you very much! After working extensively with 1/350 photoetch, it’s easier (many parts are larger) and harder (there are more subassemblies)! Thank you! Cheers, Tom
  3. Just catching up here. Your work is truly marvelous! I am learning a great deal here, and admire your initiative and ingenuity. For example, the trennels on the deck look much more authentic than I’ve seen using other techniques. If I may offer a humble suggestion, a small drop of medium to high visosity CA applied with a toothpick then painted could be used to seal the gap in those links. In any case, I will be following your work with interest! Cheers, Tom
  4. Just saw your build and I am very impressed! Usually the macro is not a friend, especially in this scale, but the eye just gets drawn in to the detail and authentic look. Well done! Cheers, Tom
  5. Yves, I find it to be pretty useful: as a durable clear coat for adding decals, as a barrier for enamel weathering washes, to protect and enhance the clarity of transparent parts, to simulate clear glass in instrument panels, and most recently as an adhesive and sealant. Plus it can be thinned with ammonia. Haven’t tried it on floors yet! Cheers, Tom
  6. Yves, absolutely, and you are very kind! I use an Optivisor, a Xuron photoetch cutter or rounded X-Acto blade, a Smallshop photoetch bending tool, and several different tweezers. For adhesive I use gap-filling superglue, low viscosity superglue, and Future acrylic floor polish. I actually prefer to use the last whenever possible because it is more forgiving for positioning and removal. Otherwise, it's a mindset for the Pontos set: approaching each piece as a separate kit! Hope this helps, Tom
  7. This is the Bronco Type XXIII U-Boat in a massive 1/35 scale. The boat I depicted, U-2336, sank the last two merchant ships by submarine in WWII. To depict her I had to add more scuppers to the conning tower and scratchbuilt the snorkel; otherwise it was a straightforward build. Cheers, Tom
  8. Thank you! It took me about a year to complete, mainly since I had the Floating Drydock plan book to keep me honest. Cheers, Tom
  9. Thank you Yves! There is more converting and scratchbuilding than had I expected from the Snowberry release. I’ve made a little more progress than the latest photos, so I’ll have to post an update soon. Cheers, Tom
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