G'day Norm, Nope! Not at all! Corticene is a strange deck colour somewhere between a muddy brick red and tan! I needed it for my HMS Manxman Abdiel class fast mine-layer. Never seen it on a carrier!? 😲 See - https://www.sovereignhobbies.co.uk/products/rn24-corticene they took over the White Ensign naval paints when WE sank / emigrated 🤔 Cheers Doug 😎 PS Being nuts is an essential pre-requisite to building model boats and ships 👍😉
Jerry Todd: Hi Jerry, yes, I have heard a lot of good comments about Rustoleum paints. I work for a Display Company and we have lots of lacquer and automotive paints, and I was thinking to use them, but you guys have the experience and your suggestions will help me decide. Thank you Julian 😎
I use basic enamel for plastics, fiberglass, metal, and wood. Typically Rustoleum, or a store brand like Ace Hardware, etc. If you're gonna clear-coat, check it on a test piece first. Rusoleum changed something a while back and their clear coat sometimes reacts with even their own paints.
The maritime museum's event, scheduled for October instead of May, was cancelled as a hurricane blew up the coast and pushed water up the bay flooding a lot of coastal bay towns like St Michaels. I couldn't make the next Port Expo in 2016, but I tried to be ready for the maritime museum in October. I started making the forward bulwarks. The real ship had sections that folded down on bronze hinges a few of which still exist as she still had her forward bulwarks when she came to Baltimore. They could also be removed. I mad all the section as a single piece and I don't intend to make them functional, just something to snag and need to be repaired. As mentioned, the original winch drums warped and I made new ones with styrene drums instead of wood. These vanished around the time I moved and haven't been found yet, so I got some sheet plastic to take the place of the CDs and made a new pair. I have to say, I'm not happy with these at all. I did add a small block of Delrin to each winch to brace the drums against the pull of the braces/springs. Constellation's board at her entry port were carved. I took a photo of an original at the ship and traced it in PaintShopPro. Scaled it to the model and printed it. I glued this to some bass wood. I have some mahogany I can slice some thing slabs off of, and I may try using a rotary tool to carve a set for real, but till then, these will do. I tried to make the tops'l yard parrels which are iron hoops lined with wood. There's a pin for the yard's yoke to ride on, and the hoop can be opened and hinged to be removed. I wanted all that in case I need to remove a yard at some point without pulling down the whole rig. I tried it with some sheet brass, and again, I wasn't too hgappy with the result. We'll come back to that. So, I fiddled around with cutting combs to make hatch gratings, and actually managed to get something done, which led to making the main hatch cover. I had cut a bit of plywood as a cover, just to keep dust from going below while I was working - I based my hatch cover on this piece, framed the bottom; installed ledged for it to sit on inside the hatch coaming, and made gratings and fake beams on top. It's a bit simplified buy what the ship actually had, but it gets the point across. A couple of smaller gratings also got installed giving the deck a more finished appearance. I wasn't thrilled at bumping the bottom of a pool again, but the maritime museum is on the Miles River. I needed to be able to launch and retrieve the model at a boat-ramp or shore, so I started designing a launch-cart....
Hmm! paints today are lead free and cellulose used to smell like pears and pineapples but the taste ??? 🤔 Shame about the allergy 😭 A little olive drab or Atlantic deck green on the cucumbers perhaps? 😉 PS apropos going off at tangents..!! And yes, you are right - this becomes an addiction - but much healthier than nicotine or worse! Welcome to Model Boat Builders Anonymous! 😁
Yep. see your problem. You don't want to sand it through 😡 With paint strippers, and I've used some pretty aggressive ones - like when I stripped about 20 coats of ancient oil paints off the beautiful pine doors in my old cottage in Sandhurst many moons ago, I'm always a bit concerned with what remains in the wood. Therefore I would favour careful sanding with as fine a grit that will do the job before Christmas! Then apply a quality wood sealer, Ronseal was good in those days! Damp the wood to bring up fibres and hand sand 'em flat with 'flour paper', if that is still known!? It's so fine your fingers barely notice it, but the fibres do 👍 NOT Wet&Dry, it will discolour the wood. After that apply a UV resistant yacht grade varnish of your choice. I'm sure Martin can recommend something and correct me if I'm wrong, but that's what I learned from my Granddad, who was a master carpenter. Amongst many other wonderful things he made church furniture. Wow! now Queen on the radio - 'The Show Must Go On'. 😊
Bingo, the Colour Coat series! I remember now, Sovereign can't post paint outside UK and the German stockist NNT was rebuilding his website then and nothing worked. He didn't answer mail either. Site seems to work now, I'll give it another bash. Ta ever so 😎
Well ding dong. They are on t'internet but certainly UK based. They do seem to have taken on the mantle of WEM and all other suppliers seem to point in their direction. I thought Hotspur was a comic? Ha ha just joking Dave
Great, many thanks Dave. Rings a faint bell (HaHa I'm Doug Bell!). I think I heard of that last year but they weren't up and running and it lead nowhere then. I'll have another go. Theyr'e up north, maybe Scotland aren't they? I'm looking for the colours Hotspur wore in the Crete evacuation, and some cammo colours for KM and RN WW2. Cheers 😎