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Diorama: Shipwreck of the tanker Olympic Bravery, Ouessant (Ushant) Island, France, 1976.


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Thanks Rob and all! 

 

Assembling the rear today. Sanding. Priming. Sanding.

 

"Nice" masking 😅 of the two castles, it was long and tricky. Thanks to the good scalpel with a new blade!

 

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Some progress on the castles mainly, double work. Painting and laying the delicate 1/700 PE.

 

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It's quite simple to build, you can concentrate on painting and pausing the PE and take your time, this is my first 1:700 ship.

 

I painted the deck in green. I wonder if I should use a satin varnish to homogenize it. To answer this question, I'm going to do a test on the test bow. 

 

This version will not be aged, the ship has just been received by the owner from Brest.

 

The second "wreck" version will be of course. I'm going to enjoy it!

 

Some pictures of the work done this afternoon, the 2 "castles" (French expression) are almost finished, I'll go back to the design to finish the drum machine with the chimney. I still have a few deck accessories to design, like the siphon and washing tower for the inert gas system, more winches, the pipes on the deck for the crude oil tank washing guns, the manifold, the loading masts etc.. 

 

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I continued to draw the stern. The pool is on the port side, on the opposite side there is a playground, often transformed into a bowling alley under the awning, with real sand.

 

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I printed the chimney block, a staircase landing on the left is missing, my fault, I'll glue a piece of plastic card, if I'm satisfied I'll leave it like that, if not I'll reprint it. 

 

My drawing of the Olympic Maritime logo came out well.

 

Drawing of the railings and ventilation ducts of the pump room.

 

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Some progress on the chimney block, it's not finished.

 

The color of the chimney looks good, I had to mix it. A lot of masking done, as everything is airbrushed, including the pool.

 

I have to put a swim ladder in there yet.

 

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Olympic Maritime's chimney color:

 

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Some small progress on the engine casing and the paint. I have the low antifouling to apply yet.

 

I had to tinker with my new Humbrol pot color #60, it was not the same red as my old pot #60..  🙄

 

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Looking really very good. It’ll be a shame when it happens, but I’m looking forward to how you will turn it into a wreck.

Jon

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12 hours ago, Steve D said:

Looks so good, seems a shame to wreck it on some rocks...:rofl:

 

7 hours ago, Faraway said:

Looking really very good. It’ll be a shame when it happens, but I’m looking forward to how you will turn it into a wreck.

Jon

 

Me too... 😂

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I have a lot of printed parts already, almost all of them, there are some test parts too, which is a lot to sort out.

 

I started to paint them, I chose N°9 Humbrol for the black of the deck gear, it's a dark anthracite grey that goes well, because it's less contrasted with the rest, always the story of lightening the tints with the size of the model. The pipes are almost ready, but I still want more details.

 

I also painted the second antifouling. Aero touch up to do on the bow at the waterline.

 

I still have the white stripes to paint on the hull that indicate where the tugs should push without distorting the plating.

 

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Amazing stuff as usual Pascal

 

Question;- what is all the water coming from what looks like the decks some kind of cleaning operation.  :hmmm:

 

Stay Safe

beefy

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12 hours ago, beefy66 said:

Amazing stuff as usual Pascal

 

Question;- what is all the water coming from what looks like the decks some kind of cleaning operation.  :hmmm:

 

Stay Safe

beefy


This is a deballasting operation. The ship is new, the picture is taken in Saint Nazaire in the C form. She has probably just done some sea trials. When the ship is not loaded with crude oil it is ballasted with sea water, thanks to the cargo pumps. Here to go faster the two cargo pumps are probably in service, they can deliver up to 10,000 tons per hour. This also allows to test the correct functioning of these pumps / pipes / valves / safety systems, during the tests when the ship is new. The water is discharged directly through the manifold on the deck.
 

 

The final fitting of the forecastle's equipment and accessories is almost finished, a coat of varnish will be applied later to make it homogeneous.

 

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This is so interesting to watch. I'm very unfamiliar with 3D printing so this is like sorcery 😂

 

Alan

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Astonishing work.

 

Would you ever consider selling these as kits?  I'd be delighted to have a 1/700 VLCC in my collection. 

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@At Sea I don't know yet, I'll see when it's finished if it's worth it. I will tell you at that time. ;)

 

I'm back after 15 days of vacation.

 

I had made some progress before leaving, here are some pictures.

 

Laying the railing, and fairleads, spare anchor etc. 

 

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Drawing and installation of the pump room ventilation ducts.

 

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Today, drawing of the breakwaters.

 

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Brilliant work, it always amazes me that the size of these ships and the mass of  pipework on deck they don't make it high enough up to walk under, or low enough to work on.

It's always just at head banging and need a ladder to do anything height. 

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Some small progress on the project, although the fine Breton weather has not encouraged rapid progress.

 

The railing is still a 1/700 proof, the fitting of the bridge accessories is also taking time.

 

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Installation of bunker, oil, diesel and heavy fuel oil manifolds.

 

Installed wave breakers, winches, and inert gas system, including gas scrubber tower and hydraulic check valve.

 

Placed the spare propeller, which I'm going to reprint as it's a bit damaged.

 

I still have some piping to do as well as a lot of fairleads on this part.

 

I have finished my railing on the castle.

 

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