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Its available in the top menu under Modeling Techniques as well.   There are also some discussions and topics on this same techniques page.   Browse through and enjoy.


I am slowly creating focused “techniques” areas on the common  subjects of ship modeling expertise.  So far two are completed.  Planking and rope making.  I have moved the more robust and educational topics on each subject along with any downloads, videos etc.  to make them easier to find.....hopefully.


more will follow.  Just have to decide on the next one.   


any suggestions?



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A video on your painting technique would be great Chuck. I’ve read your explanations before, but there is nothing like seeing it being done to make it really clear.

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19 hours ago, gjdale said:

A video on your painting technique would be great Chuck. I’ve read your explanations before, but there is nothing like seeing it being done to make it really clear.


1. I'll second the recommendation by Grant for a video on Chuck's painting techniques for getting a high quality paint job without lap or brush marks in the finish. I have been using thin coats of acrylics and, although I get a pretty good finish, I still end up with some noticeable lap and brush marks if you look closely. The video could include recommendations for preparing the surface for painting, brush types to use, how much to thin the paint and stroke techniques to help prevent lap and brush marks, etc.


2. A video on the process of correctly fairing the hull would be great also since it is such an important step in successfully laying the foundation for the model. I understand what we are trying to achieve in an accurately faired hull but I still don't feel confident in how I go about it. I'm often uncertain if I have taken off enough or too much even though I am checking the frames often with a batten. The video could include recommended sanding blocks and grades of sandpaper to use. Is it best to start at the bow and work towards the middle or start in the middle and work towards the bow and then the stern, etc? What is the best way to fair the more difficult areas such as the more severe curves at the bow and stern? How should properly faired frames intersect with the rabbett and how does that vary along the length of the keel?


3. A video demonstrating the process of cutting the rabbett would be great too. This is another important step that is often rather vague for many modelers. The video could cover many aspects of cutting the rabbett including the choice of tools, how the rabbett changes along the keel, how to check the cut as you go along and what it should look like when done properly especially at the stem and stern.


4. An addition to Chuck's excellent planking videos would be a video demonstrating how to correct the little things like gaps that may show up along a plank. For example, in one of the planking videos, Chuck points out a small place where the plank he has just finished edge bending does not lie completely flush with the previous plank near the bow and says that it will take a little tweaking to get it to match up better. How is that done? Does the plank need to be bent more at that point or does the edge need to be beveled in that area or both? Also, what is a good way to eliminate small gaps that appear between planks here and there? Is it best just to bevel that area only, etc? These are such important things to know since little errors in planking tend to creep and get magnified as we continue along with planking process.  


I know that successful, experienced modelers perfect their techniques over the years and that there isn't "one perfect way" to do any particular task, but a step-by-step video from someone with years of experience about their techniques would be very helpful to many of us. As the saying goes: " A picture is worth a thousand words" and I think a well made video can be even better.





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Of all the jobs required to build most models, I don't think any are as daunting as taking a chisel to a keel for the rabbet.  Talk about quickly screwing up, making a mistake cutting the rabbet is rarely recoverable (I know).  The forums and build logs talk a good bit about the topic, and there are YouTube videos regarding the topic on real ships.  Would it be useful to demonstrate the techniques from bearding line to laying a plank to installing a false stem?


Thanks for asking for ideas and your unfathomable experience.



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