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Something Fishy, The Big Fish

March 24 2010 at 1:27 PM

Swanny  (Login SwannysModels)
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This is not an original idea but was prompted by a conversion I saw here some time ago. I began with two kits -- these two kits
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I used the forward 2/3 of the YaK fuselage with the aft 1/3 of the Rufe fuselage. The wings and floats came from the Rufe.
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The main float center column was shortened to accommodate the jet engine. The outrigger floats had their struts beefed up to handle higher landing speeds. The nose cannons are actually brass barrels left over from a 1/350 ship build. I have about $30 tied up in the aircraft model. The base has about $60 tied up in materials - isn't that normal with any oddball build?
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The water is Easy Cast clear casting resin done in three pours with lots of color in the first, some color in the second and no color in the third. Art moss provided a lot of the greenery including the floating seaweed pads. Model RR ballast was used for the sand which is done over a base of Styrofoam and Cellu-Clay.
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The fish are actually charm bracelet pieces with the attachment rings removed then painted. The waves were created by working the resin with a butter knife about six hours into the cure process.
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The aircraft finish is Alclad Aluminum with salt chipping followed by White Ensign Japanese paints. I did some experimenting with dot filtration in the weathering but that did not work out too well for me. I think I need more practice on that stuff.
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This is my first attempt at water but certainly not my last. Hope you like it.
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