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Brian Wilkins

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About Brian Wilkins

  • Birthday 12/23/1967

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    Royal Navy scale model ships and submarines.

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  1. I just bought the Camaro Fifty kit from AMT: https://www.hobbylobby.com/Crafts-Hobbies/Model-Kits/Cars-Trucks-Motorcycles/2017-Chevrolet-Camaro-Fifty-Model-Kit/p/80827307?gclid=Cj0KCQjw2MWVBhCQARIsAIjbwoNpMqqfe0mN4G2RlrLDE-xr__Kf0TiS2clb8hO7lfCM_18DI9gx5BkaAs8OEALw_wcB I am going to paint it lime green with a matte black hood. I am trying to decide if I should go rattle-can enamel or airbrushed enamel for the paint. Feel free to give me your opinions on what painting method I should consider. Cheers. I also bought this Jaguar kit: https://www.wonderlandmodels.com/airfix-132-jaguar-xkr-gt3-fantasy-scheme-starter-s/ I made sure I chose a UK site so my British friends can use the link. Yes, it's a starter kit but I like the lines on this one.
  2. I just bought the Camaro Fifty kit from AMT: https://www.hobbylobby.com/Crafts-Hobbies/Model-Kits/Cars-Trucks-Motorcycles/2017-Chevrolet-Camaro-Fifty-Model-Kit/p/80827307?gclid=Cj0KCQjw2MWVBhCQARIsAIjbwoNpMqqfe0mN4G2RlrLDE-xr__Kf0TiS2clb8hO7lfCM_18DI9gx5BkaAs8OEALw_wcB I am going to paint it lime green with a matte black hood. I am trying to decide if I should go rattle-can enamel or airbrushed enamel for the paint. Feel free to give me your opinions on what painting method I should consider. Cheers.
  3. Hi all, I am new to wooden boat/ship modelling and I just purchased the Model Shipways Lowell Grand Banks Dory 1/24 scale kit. I bought the recommended opaque water based paints from the manufacturer but I am more interested in either adding water to the paints to simulate a stained surface or actually using stains and/or oils or varnish for the finish coat. I am experienced with joinery and finishing but not on this scale (!) Would you recommend sticking with water-based paint or stains or should I stain and varnish it as you might do with a piece of fine furniture or even better, a real boat? I would appreciate hearing about your favoured strategy with regard to wooden model finishing.
  4. Thank you for bringing those vessels to my attention. They are truly awesome and at 727' they would fit the bill perfectly. Thanks for weighing in!
  5. I think your idea is brilliant. I love the notion of lining up the 227' HMS Victory next to the 613' HMS Belfast (or similar modern RN warship) to show the size difference.
  6. Thank you for the insight, and you make several very good points. I am going to take your advice and put some constraints on the size of my fleet (but an Armada sounds good.). I am admittedly obsessive and I see alot of ships in my future.
  7. I will check out the sources that you listed and thanks for the info. That finished sub in Ready For Inspection looks very nice. I am not on that level yet but baby steps. I checked out the USS Lionfish as well and you are fortunate to be in close proximity to such an important piece of history. Enjoy the rest of the weekend and best of luck with your modelling.
  8. Awesome build! Great detail and I love the weathering effects that you added. I live 30 mins from the museum where the USS Cobia is displayed (in Manitowoc Wisconsin USA) and I have seen her at the dock. The museum runs a program where you can actually stay onboard overnight. Well done, sir.
  9. Thank you all for the input. I live across the pond so my context is limited in terms of what British ships rise to the level of historically significant. I am going to do some reading on the ships that were mentioned above so that I can learn about why these vessels were important.
  10. This was a duplicate post...I am still trying to get the hang of posting on this site
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