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PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2015 4:23 pm 
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Originally issued by Frog many decades ago, this WIP involves the Modelcraft reissue from 1996. Firstly, this has to be one of the worst molded kits ever. This is not a kit that can be quickly or easily constructed - it demands many hours of tedious work and scratch building. Some of the parts are so poor, they really can't be cleaned up or corrected. Every one of the remaining parts required some work, in some cases significant modification, to be useable. In several instances, I decided to discard kit parts entirely and scratch build replacements as this was faster and easier than struggling with the kit parts. There is a PE set available for this kit from Atlantic Models, but I used 1/125 scale brass railings and other parts from Toms Model Works which helped tremendously. I also used similar scale photo etched inclined ladders I had in my spares bin (can't remember who made these). Many kit parts were improved with scratch built details or items from the spares bin. Although there are many faults with this old kit, it has great potential. If you enjoy scratch building and have lots of patience, this is a great project of a unique subject in a large scale.


The first set of images show how I started with the hull and used the kit deck parts as templates for styrene replacements. The upper section of the main deck with all of the pipe detail was completely scratch built and snaps tightly into place against inner alignment strips of styrene glued to the deck.


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File comment: Kit hull parts glued together and cleaned up. Display mounting bolts added.
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File comment: Replacement deck cut from styrene sheet.
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File comment: Closer view of replacement deck and some other added details.
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File comment: Another view of replacement deck and some other added details.
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File comment: Scratch built upper section of deck with piping details.
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File comment: Comparison of kit part and scratch built replacement.
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File comment: Upper section of deck dry fitted to main deck.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2015 5:05 pm 
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This next set of images show how I cut away the superstructure bulkhead from the kit parts and mated them to a styrene v-groove deck. The bridge windows are scratch built from strip styrene which are a vast improvement over the kit parts. Support beams were added under the deck. The flared lip on the top of the bridge wings was difficult to mate with the other parts and required a lot of careful sanding. Brass railing was added now to ease subsequent assembly. Holes drilled to accommodate mounting pins on various items of equipment to be added later.


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File comment: Deck cut from V-groove styrene to simulate wood planking. Small tube piece is for alignment of funnel base.
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File comment: Another view of deck.
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File comment: Front view showing bridge windows and flare on top of bridge wings.
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File comment: V-groove deck with brass railing. Note mounting alignment tabs.
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File comment: Top of bridge with brass railing and v-groove deck.
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File comment: Details of bracing parts.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2015 5:23 pm 
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The base for the funnel was cut away from the kit part and will be used on the new v-groove deck with the modified kit funnel. Kit parts for the masts were greatly modified and enhanced with styrene bits, photo etch and parts from the spares bin. Small holes drilled now to accommodate subsequent rigging.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2015 5:44 pm 
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Images of various deck fittings and equipment either scratch built or modified kit part.


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File comment: Kit parts here needed much work and some modification.
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File comment: Lot of work to get these kit parts useable. Maybe easier to just scratch build these?
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File comment: More cleanup and modification needed to these kit parts. Some were entirely replaced.
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File comment: These were really bad. I spent a long time cleaning these up, but it would have been better and faster to scratch build.
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File comment: The kit parts here were not too bad and needed a minimal amount of work with some enhancements.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2015 6:05 pm 
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The kit air vents were really rough. The smaller ones could not be used and had to be replaced with carefully curved and drilled solder. The larger kit vents were useable, but required a great of work.


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File comment: heavily worked kit parts.
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File comment: Scratch built from solder.
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File comment: Can't remember who makes these!
Photo Etch Ladders 1.jpg
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File comment: Long pieces were scratch built from plastic coated wire.
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File comment: Valve wheels are from spares bin (I think they are old railroad detail parts). The bases are the cut off torpedo ends from the Revell U-47 kit.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2015 6:15 pm 
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Some images showing most of the parts dry fitted. Apologies for poor alignment of parts and dust in these dry fit images. PE ladders need trimming to mate with railing, some of which not shown in these photos. Some more clean up and minor work needed before spraying primer.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2015 8:05 am 
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Nice work. Are you going to put a crew on it?


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2015 8:18 am 
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Looks good: Your work has really dressed this old kit up nicely. A few crew members manning a valve or standing around smartly would really enhance it.
Looks great.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2015 1:58 pm 
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very very impressive work!

I built this kit back in 1998 --way before the AtlanticModels PE...

looking at your superb work..
alas it does show now! :cool_2:

I am watching this !

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2015 2:29 pm 
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with the internet now

there are a surprising number of reasonable quality photos of the real thing on-line

I googled shell welder coastal tanker

and there are some most helpful images
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here is a nice one

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2015 2:26 pm 
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Thanks everyone for having a look and for your comments! I do plan on including crew figures with this build and will probably use the 1/125 scale figures from the Revell U-47 kit. They are almost the same scale and look correct on the model.

Cheers,

Bill


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File comment: Sample of the crew figures from the Revell 1/125 U-47 kit.
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File comment: Crew member on deck
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File comment: Crew member on the bridge wing.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 11, 2015 8:37 pm 
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Greetings,

Thanks to all for having a look and for the comments. Please have a look at these new images of current progress. Most of the major painting is done. Smaller parts, additional railings, ladders, crew figures, rigging and minor details will come next followed by some subtle weathering and washes. The kit decal for the funnel cracked apart in the water, but I was able to save it. I hope the other decals will be easier.

Your questions, comments, and suggestions are always welcome.

Cheers,

Bill


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File comment: Nice colour photo of Shell Welder. This will be my colour guide for painting.
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File comment: Side view of painted lower superstructure.
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File comment: Lower superstructure with painted wood deck.
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File comment: Another view.
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File comment: Superstructure major parts painted and dry fitted.
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File comment: View of painted aft hull and superstructure.
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File comment: Another view.
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File comment: Side view.
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File comment: View of the deck.
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File comment: Another deck image.
Deck top view 1.jpg
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 11, 2015 8:43 pm 
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Some more images of current progress:


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File comment: View of the forward deck.
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File comment: Another view.
Forward deck top view 1.jpg
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File comment: Final image for this session.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 11, 2015 9:14 pm 
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Truly great work. Nice to see another tanker project.


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HI RDS
Great work :thumbs_up_1: very nice to see
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 8:39 pm 
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Thanks everyone for having a look and for the comments!

More progress images to share today. Most of the major work is done now and some of the details have been started. Some of the parts in the photo are only dry fitted at this point, so please ignore any odd alignments. Apologies for any out of focus images and bits of dust in some of the photos, I should have cleaned these up!

Your comments, questions and suggestions are always welcome!

Cheers,

Bill


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File comment: Mid deck area showing pipes and valves. Mast and davits are dry fitted.
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File comment: General view forward. Some deck equipment still missing at this point.
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File comment: General view aft - several items remain to be fitted.
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File comment: Closer view of the mid deck area in low angle sunlight which helps show the raised pipe work.
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File comment: Another mid deck low angle sunlight view.
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File comment: Forward view with mast. The inclined ladder is dry fitted. The kit did not include a bell, so I made one from the spares bin and some brass wire.
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File comment: Aft area - the mast is dry fitted and a bit askew in this image. Some equipment items missing.
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File comment: Another view aft. Some photos of Shell Welder show small signal/search lights on the bridge wings. The kit does not include these, so I made two - this image shows one dry fitted.
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Some additional images . . . . .


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File comment: I am not sure what function the structure with the three circles serves. Some other builds of this kit show these circles with colours, so I did the same!
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File comment: A closer image of the scratch built bell which is seen in photos, but not included in the kit.
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File comment: Image of the bow area.
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File comment: View of the circle structure, valves and "No Smoking" decal taken from an old B-29 kit.
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File comment: Another view in low angle sunlight which helps show the raised pipe work and vales.
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File comment: Image of the scratch built bridge wing light.
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File comment: View of the mast boom support. The kit includes a support which I did not like very much so I made this one.
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File comment: Aft view with one of the kit cable reels. Even with a great deal of clean up work, these kit parts are not very good.
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File comment: Image showing the scratch built navigation light.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 9:09 pm 
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Final set of photos for today!


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The proverbial silk purse from a sow's ear! :thumbs_up_1: :thumbs_up_1:


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 15, 2015 8:50 am 
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Yes, this really is a difficult kit to work with. Every part was flawed to some degree with many being very poor and/or unusable. Replacing many of the major components helps a great deal along with scratch building and items from spares bin. The photo etch from Toms Modelworks in 1/125 scale is working, but the PE set specific for this kit from Atlantic Models is probably a better way to go. Despite all of these issues, I am pleased so far with the results.

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