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In the past I've taken small chain like that and I've put it in a cup of sea water. It all depends how much salt is in the water. keep it in the water about two weeks or even longer. the sea water will oxidize the chain naturely, it just take time. Or Next best thing is to paint it, you could probably go to your local hobby shop and buy a weathering kit. which will have rust paint availible in the kit.
Hi Ed. I was thinking of painting it, but how to do it with such small links? My first thought was thinned down acrylic and dipping it several times to try and get and even coat. What do you think? Steve PS. How is the tug and did you decide to build the Pilot Boat in the end? This is mine at a recent evening regatta https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pTQgjg8ZuY
I have in the past painted my chains, using acrylic paint. I watered down the paint, very thin verscosity. I then dipped the cain just for a few minutes then pulled it out and left it to dry It did work but I also left 2 meters length of brass chain in sea water and it did oxidize nicely. I guess it all depends on your choise. I've used both techniques, with success mind you.
As for my tug I've almost completed it, I'm waiting on some glue. I ordered from CMB, I should be recieving it in the post by friday. Then I'll be able to glue together my superstructure. And finish that boat.
I'm also working on my Box Barge. which is completed but not sealed or resined yet.
As for the Pilot Boat it's in the works, Just have to clear it with the wife of course! I really admire yours as you did a great job on it. I show it to the wife a bunch of time, giving her hints that the next project I want....👍
PS. I tried seeing the video but, didn't see which one it was. I have seen the night time video you made awhile back.