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+++ FINISHED!! +++ USS Greeneville (Hobby Boss 1/350)


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Dear All,

 

While building my He 178 V1, which fought me every step of the build, I decided to build something really simple to have some breaks from the fight. I opted for a submarine.

 

So, here is the build thread of my first modern submarine: the Hobby Boss 1/350 USS Greeneville.

 

For starters, here are the mandatory pictures of the box art and box contents:

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Apart from the hull halves and stand, there are only two sprues:

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There's also a small PE fret:

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Finally, a small decal sheet. However, according to the painting and decal instructions, decals 1, 6 and 7 are not used.

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The build started with the sail and the horizontal tailplanes:

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It was necessary to carve out indents for the foreplane. I overdid it, as only the curved indents were needed:

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The foreplane was glued in place:

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Indents were also carved out for the horizontal tailplanes:

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The small submarine that piggybacked on the bigger sub was glued together:

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A few holes had to be drilled out on the top hull half. These holes are for installing the pads on which the small submarine is installed:

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The hull halves were glued together:

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There are a few spots demanding attention. For instance, this rectangular depression near the horizontal fin of the small sub needs a piece of plasticard:

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The areas around the foreplane also need attention, due to the excessive carving out:

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The sail was glued in place:

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The pads for the small sub were then installed, as well as the mooring bollards :

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Finally, the tailplanes were glued in place:

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That's all for now. Thanks for looking.

 

Jaime

 

 

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Hello again,

 

This kit is simple assembly-wise and there aren't significant fit problems. The horizontal seam between the two hull-halves was almost completely eliminated with sanding and polishing sticks. I had to use bits of thin plasticard sheet to fill in a few gaps I myself created when carving out the slots for the fins. The only gap due the kit parts was in the join between one of the tail planes and the hull:

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The narrower gaps and seams were taken care of with PPP:

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The few PE parts were, then, dealt with. There's one for the propellers of the piggy-backed sub. Here is a comparison with the plastic version:

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There are PE parts for the hatch on the sail:

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And there's a pair of PE parts for the sub propellers. I guess they should be glued together for increased strength. So, I cut one off the frame and CA-glued it to the other:

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Here's the end result:

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The smaller parts were cleaned of moulding marks and glued to toothpicks for painting:

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The sub and the smaller parts were all primed with Alclad's Black Primer and Microfiller:

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PPP was used again to tackle small seams along the hull joins. This wasn't very successful and in the end these seams were made to vanish with thin layers of primer:

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The propellers were painted brass:

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The same for the holders of the stand:

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Next, I used Gunze's Rousset to paint the hull:

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The hull was masked using a combination of masking tape and kitchen cling-film:

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The rest of the sub should be black but a real sub is never like that. I used several pictures of the real thing for inspiration for the choice of colours. This was especially interesting for showing several tones of grey on the hull, walkways and sail:

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I chose RLM66 for the lighter grey tones on the sail, Gunze's ocean grey for the walkways and Tamiya's NATO Black for the hull. I initially chose Gunze's Tire Black for the darker greys of the sail but it proved too dark for my likings and was painted NATO Black as well.

 

Here's the application of the RLM66 grey on the sail and ocean grey on the walkways:

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Next, I masked these areas before applying the NATO Black to the hull:

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The Tire Black intended for the sail proved to be too dark but I used it to cover the oversprays of rousset and greys before proceeding:

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That's all for now. Thanks for looking.

 

Jaime

 

 

 

 

 

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Hello again,

 

Continuing with the build, I took some time to think about how best to weather the model. I opted to keep it subtle and decided to create some tonal variation on the dark top half of the hull. For that, I applied a pre-shading layer using white, along the lines of water flow when the sub is floating on the surface:

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This was followed by thin layers of NATO Black:

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After removing the masking, I got this:

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A microgloss coat was applied in preparation for the decals. Here's the setup for decaling:

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There are few decals to apply, only the ID number on the sail and the water line scales on the bow and rudder:

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I also decided to try and replicate a would finish for the base of the stand. First, I gloss coated the base and, next, I applied spots of dark brown oil, which were spread with a flat brush to simulate the wood grain.

 

Here's the mahogany-painted and microgloss-coated base:

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After spreading the dark brown oil:

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I still wanted to weather the model a bit more, in order to reproduce the weathering below from the waterline, as seen in this picture:

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My first approach was to use a grey wash by Vallejo. Here's the set-up (the model had another microgloss coat to seal the decals):

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Before applying the wash, I applied masking tape along the waterline:

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The tape was loosely held to the hull, in order to allow the wash to spread unevenly below the waterline.

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The wash was applied vertically from the walkway to the waterline. The excess was removed with damp cotton buds shortly after. It worked but the wash tone was too dark and didn't stand out from the top hull's tone. In order to produce a better result, I decided to apply highly diluted Sky with a sponge over the matt wash. I didn't remask along the waterline.

 

Here's the tool:

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The resulting weathering:

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A flat coat (Alclad) was applied to the model, mini-sub and small parts.

 

Next, I glued the propeller of the mini-sub:

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The same for the main model:

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The pointy thingies where glued in place on top of the sail:

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Finally, the mini-sub was piggy-backed on the submarine:

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The completed model on the stand:

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I'll post better pictures latter in the RFI area.

 

Thanks for looking.

 

Jaime

 

 

NOTE: the RFI photos can be found here.

 

 

 

Edited by jrlx
Added link to RFI photos
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51 minutes ago, S-boat 55 said:

Very nice weathering, great build imo

Thank you very much. Much appreciated!

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Gidday Jaime, this has come up very well, the weathering near the waterline, and also the display stand. It definitely looks like wood to me. When I saw that first photo in your last post I thought "They have a REAL problem with very big seagulls in that part of the world"😁 But like I said, she looks very good. Regards, Jeff.

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Thanks Jeff! Much appreciated!

 

I couldn't find much information on weathering submarine models,, so I had to improvise in order to try and reproduce what I saw in the pictures of the real thing.

 

Cheers

JR

 

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Tha's a very realistic finish JR.

 

24 minutes ago, jrlx said:

I couldn't find much information on weathering submarine models,, so I had to improvise in order to try and reproduce what I saw in the pictures of the real thing.

 

Unfortunately the links to the images are broken but Pierre's @Kagou RFI thread gives a good descripton of the materials and techniques he used to weather his submarine models and @Roger Newsome also applied a very realistic finish to his Alpha Class build.

 

 

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7 minutes ago, Richard E said:

Tha's a very realistic finish JR.

 

 

Unfortunately the links to the images are broken but Pierre's @Kagou RFI thread gives a good descripton of the tools and techniques he used to weather his submarine models and @Roger Newsome also applied a very realistic finish to his Alpha Class build.

 

 

Thank you very much Richard, and thanks for the links. I'll take that into account for my next subs. I have the Zvezda 1/350 Kursk in the stash for a future build.

 

Cheers

 

Jaime

 

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  • jrlx changed the title to +++ FINISHED!! +++ USS Greeneville (Hobby Boss 1/350)

I added a link to the RFI photos in the last post of the build.

 

It can also be accessed here.

 

Cheers

 

Jaime

 

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