Building Hobby Boss USS Arizona Pearl Harbor Day From Start to Finish

Hi, I’m QDC. What we are about to build today is Hobby Boss USS Arizona and this is in 1700 scale. The reason why I am building this kit is because of two things. At the time of this recording it is about to be December 07, 2015 and this marks the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack in which Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in Hawaii and it started World War Two for the United States. This also gives me another opportunity to practice on making water for my final project, my final episode, of the Operation Overlord diorama. Let us start building this kit right now. Let us take a look inside this box. We have the base. The upper and lower parts of the.

Ship’s hull. Decal. The Bridge and the upper part of the bow. The turret and the boats. Paint guide and the instruction sheet. Ok, so we built the model kit and now it is time for me to show you what I think about this kit so far. Take a look. This is the completed model kit before painting and I am very impressed with the details of this small kit. This kit is in 1700 scale and I provided my hobby knife for you to see to give you a representation between how small this model ship is. It is very impressive to me. When I first built this kit, I thought that the details would be very block and unrealistic.

But it is not. I like the guns and I especially like the towers. They are very impressive, highly detailed. This kit is very nice and I highly recommend for all skill levels but when you build this kit, since there are a lot of small details, you are going to have to use a pair of tweezers to build this kit. If you do not like using tweezers this kit probably will not be for you. It is time for me to paint the model. It is time for me to paint the model, I already gave a my model a coat of black primer and now I am going to use my airbrush and paint the entire model with the main color. I am going to give my model a pin wash. What you see right here is a dilution of black.

Artist oil paint and mineral spirits and I am going to give the entire model a pin wash. I want to give the entire model some highlights. I am going to use my airbrush and tint the entire model with coat of light grey color. This is the completed model kit after painting and I like this kit. The paint job that I done is very good. The details of the model kit is very nice. I am impressed again with the high level of details of this small scale. It’s time for me to build the diorama. It is time for me to build the diorama. What you see right here is a foam board that I cut into an appropriate size. What I am going to do is I am going to paint this with the.

Color of the ocean. So here is the material for making the water. It is clear silicone caulking that I got from my local hardware store. It is nothing special. I am adding the water. It is time for me to make the waves. What I have in my hand is an ordinary plastic spoon and I am going to use it to make waves for the water. It is time for me to make the waves. When I was researching the battleship, I found a historical photograph of the ship going though the water. I noticed that the waves.

Does not start at the front of the boat but right over. Here is the picture of the historical photograph. Take a look. Using a toothpick that I have in my hand, I am going to start making the waves right around here. I am going to paint the waves. What I have in my hand is brush dipped in white paint then I carefully wiped off most of the paint off and left very little paint on the brush. I am going to dry brush the areas where the ship made waves. Ok, so we built the model kit. We painted it. We weathered it. And we even made a diorama.

Out of it to make it look like it is sailing in the deep blue sea. I am going to show you the entire model project from the beginning to the end. Take a look. This is the completed model project after doing everything and this is my favorite model project that I have done so far in my lifetime of building model kits. When I take a look at this diorama, I feel like I am seeing the real ship before it got sunk in 1941 on December 7. I do not know about you but as an American I always seen pictures of the Arizona sunk with all the turrets missing, the bridge and the two towers missing. The only thing I saw in terms of the ship was its former glory. This diorama has brought to me a sense of.

How to build a boat Catamaran you can live aboard part 1

This is the first of a series of tutorials about a catamaran I built back in the 90s. Building a boat, something big enough to live on and sail off over the horizon is a dream I had for years. My original idea was to build a monohull, in fact I bought plans for a little 21 footer that I was going to weld up and sail around the world in. The plan got postponed for a number of years.

And in that time I come across a couple of books that changed my ideas. It was back in the early 90’s First book was the Gougeon Brothers on boat building, all about building with epoxy and wood. And the other book was the cruising multihull by Chris White. The two of them together made sense Building a multihull, that didn’t rely on tonnes of lead to keep itself upright and building with wood, epoxy and fibreglass, all made sense to me.

I found plans I liked from a local multihull designer, Tony Grainger. I then started preparing the place to build it, in the bush on my parents property out the back of Noosa Heads. Queensland, Australia. The original shed was only big enough to build the 21ft boat that I originally planned to build. So I lengthened it with the idea of building the boat in 3 sections.

2 hulls separately and then the centre section. Which I ended up doing. Building of the hull starts with a strong back. It’s a ladder like construction that I concreted into the ground. I cut out temporary frames in chipboard. to make the cross sectional shapes of the hull. Using full size contours on mylar sheet that I laid down on the wood and traced out with a dressmakers wheel.

Each temporary frame is set up on the strong back. and lined up. It’s worth spending a little extra time to get everything spot on at this stage Getting it all lined up perfect. and the contours cut out perfect. made for an absolutely fair hull. It saves you a lot of time down the track. The construction was strip plank western red cedar.

Basically a wood cored fibreglass boat. My reasons for building it this way were that its a simple system for a one off boat You don’t need to build a mould before you can make it. produces a very fair hull. It’s strong, its light. The cedar strips were 14mm thick and for the majority of the boat 90mm wide.

What I’d bought, machined ah, were not long enough to make up the length of the hull so they have to be scarfed together to give you the full length of the hull. I set up a jig with my brothers radial saw, to saw them all give them a feather edge for scarfing. and then set up a jig table to scarf them all together. Once they were dried then I could start screwing them on to the temporary frames. Edge gluing them as I went.


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