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PostPosted: Sun Aug 16, 2015 4:46 am 
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Hello Bill

a very fine work :thumbs_up_1: much attention on details, nice paint ...well done
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Greetings!

Many thanks for having a look and for your questions and comments!

More progress images today. Just a few details left to complete along with crew figures before some light weathering and subtle washes followed by rigging.

I have temporarily bolted the model to a scrap piece of wood to serve as a working stand.

All of the photos today were taken in direct sunlight. Most of the details and fittings are now fixed in place. I slightly damaged the foremast ladder just before taking these photos and will have to make a minor repair later.

Your questions and comments are always welcome!

Cheers,

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File comment: Long view from the bow which nicely captures the classic lines of Shell Welder.
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File comment: Looking forward showing recently installed inclined ladders and railings.
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File comment: Close up details. This area is now complete and awaiting weathering and washes.
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File comment: Stern view showing ladder and davits. Final railing pieces need to be added yet along with some other details and lifeboats.
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File comment: Another view.
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File comment: Close up of recently added ladders and railings. The 1/125 railings from Tom's Modelworks needed careful planning to get them to fit decently.
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File comment: Another view.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2015 6:46 pm 
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Several photos of Shell Welder show lengths of fuel/oil hoses suspended in racks on the railings along the upper mid deck area. The kit does not include these parts, but I think they are an interesting detail so I scratch built racks and hose sections as shown in the following photos.

Thanks again for looking, don't hesitate to add your questions or comments!

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Bill


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File comment: Racks for hose sections attached to railings. These were made from scrap sections of photo etch shaped to match photos of Shell Welder.
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File comment: Dry fit of hose sections on racks. some adjustments needed to get the right look.
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File comment: Another view.
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File comment: One final view.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2015 3:31 am 
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I very much like the hose sections-- they look very hosey!

Excellent work on this not-often-seen model!

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2015 5:38 pm 
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Almost finished now..... Here is the crew.....

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2015 5:51 pm 
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Some views showing details of mainmast rigging and blue tinted windows......


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2015 5:56 pm 
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And now some images of the foremast details..........


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2015 6:04 pm 
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Final pictures for today showing various views and second try at those spare fuel hose lengths......

Not much left to do now - basically just the boats, position the crew, general touch up and mount on permanent display stand with clear case.

Many thanks for having a look, your questions and comments are always welcome

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Bill


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2015 10:45 am 
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Looks like the kit can be bought for the hull only and throw out just about everything else, and rebuild it from the deck up as a 1/144 tramp steamer, or coaster. Fictitious steamer in neutrality colors being ordered for stop and search by 1/144 Uboat. :wave_1:


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I imagine that this kit could be adapted to a generic coastal vessel with enough scratch work. The hull is actually not bad and a few of the other parts can be used, but in general this kit is very poorly molded and requires a great deal of effort to build a decent Shell Welder. For those that enjoy scratch building and a challenge, this is the kit for you. I am relieved to be almost finished and am satisfied with the results, but I will not try this kit a second time.......

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2015 12:26 pm 
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Out of curiosity, what era is this ship from (the ship, not the model :big_grin: ), '30's...or '40's? :wave_1:


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I believe Shell Welder was launched in 1955 and remained in service until the early 1990's.

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HI Bill

I like your tanker, realy realistic!! a good job :thumbs_up_1:
well done
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2015 10:51 am 
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Red Devil Squadron wrote:
I believe Shell Welder was launched in 1955 and remained in service until the early 1990's.

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Oh. I thought recent tankers ('50's to present) were much bigger. :wave_1:


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2015 12:07 pm 
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Really nice work.


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Very nice work. Crisp and clean, I like it. It's definitely an interesting model and one we don't see often.

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Thanks everyone for your kind words! I decided to stop with a subtle black wash and not apply a heavy weathering treatment before sealing everything in clear flat. I plan to finish the last few small details and bring this project to completion in the next few days....

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a truly fine and worthy model


I applaud your perseverance and look forward to seeing phtps pf the completed vessel!

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Thank you Jim - I will be working on the life boats today....

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A really nice build, Bill. I love all the attention to detail. Did you ever figure out what the little green, yellow, and red circles are for?

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