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River-boat Scratch Build

Painting & Finishing. . .

I started this stage by mixing appropriate 'general' rust color which was Humbrol no.160 wit a few or more drops of red H 153 enamel. This was sprayed via airbrush, but as my compressor gave life in the process had to finish the roof with a paintbrush (which didn't turn out that bad in the end).

Then I had painted rusty lines and outlines around the crevices and raised details, some spots and puddles on all parts of the boat. For this I had used Citadel Colour acrylic paint called bestial brown. Next step was to draw bare metal grid using thick and soft pencil lead on the hull according to the original pics. After that I filled some of the grid fields with lighter rust color using sponge to dab the paint on the surface in irregular pattern (the color was a mix of the H160 and H83 enamels). Also I smeared some gunmetal acrylic color onto the hull and brushed few panels of the superstructure with it to give the overall rusty appearance some contrast. Last call was the heavy 'Bestial Brown' wash/filter to tie together the hull and superstructure tones.

This was my first attempt at scratch building a ship and I must say I'm quite pleased with the way it has turned out. I hope that you'll like my report as this is the first feature I have written in English!

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About the Author

About Grzegorz Zięcina (Pedro)

I was born in 1982. Since then I live in my beloved city, Gdynia. I got my first model when I was six. I mostly build 1:35 aromor and softskins and 1:24/25 cars. Although thats not a rule...:) I studied Industrial Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, and received a Master Degree ...


Excellent work here. I love the very realistic build and the finish is great. It is a refreshing change for me to see this one. Thanks a million for posting it. Bravo and three cheers
SEP 17, 2007 - 12:28 PM
Very well done - Bravo zulu!
NOV 19, 2007 - 12:12 PM
Great job even tho I don't mess with boats looks the part. Very good.
NOV 19, 2007 - 01:46 PM
I am a railway modeller but with an interest in WW! British destroyers. I found this article by accident, and I am really impressed! Well done Grzegorz (Pedro) - you have done a superb job.
JAN 02, 2011 - 05:20 AM