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Build Better Ship Models

Build Better Ship Models

Build Better Ship Models

In this special issue you’ll find how-to's on model shipbuilding, a step-by-step to sculpt rough seas, ways to make sails for plastic ships, and much more!

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In this issue

2 min.
going overboard with ships!

Ship models are special builds with all their rigging, metal railings, radar equipment, flags, along with their water- and weather-worn hulls and superstructures. Then there’s the task of putting them in context, on the water, be it rough seas or smooth sailing on glassy waters. Ship building takes special skills and more than a niggling amount of patience. With all the variety, from battleships to sailing sloops, and then to U-boats that cruise mostly underwater, we felt it time to compile a special issue of our absolute best model ship building stories. These are excellent how-to and step-by-step builds from the past 10 years of FineScale Modeler gathered together to serve as an authoritative source for ship modelers. You’ll find everything here that you’ll need to build a fine ship model. We start with…

1 min.
build better ship models

Editor Mark Savage Art Director Tom Danneman EDITORIAL Senior Editor Aaron Skinner Digital Editor Elizabeth Nash Editorial Associate Monica Freitag ART Senior Graphic Designer Scott Krall Graphic Designer Samantha Primuth Illustrator Kellie Jaeger Photographer William Zuback Production Coordinator Cindy Barder REGULAR CONTRIBUTING MODELERS Paul Boyer, Andy Cooper, Raúl Corral, Chris Cortez, Frank Cuden, Chuck Davis, Jonas Dahlberg, Walt Fink, Tom Foti, Phillip Gore, James Green, Ted Horn, Joe Hudson, Mark Karolus, Rick Lawler, Ulf Lundberg, Chris Oglesby, Bill Plunk, John Plzak, Darren Roberts, Chuck Sawyer, Mike Scharf, Cookie Sewell, Bob Steinbrunn, Karel Sutt, Matthew Walker, Jim Wechsler, Adam Wilder, Jim Zeske KALMBACH MEDIA Chief Executive Officer Dan Hickey Senior Vice President, Finance Christine Metcalf Vice President, Content Stephen C. George Vice President, Consumer Marketing Nicole McGuire Vice President, Operations Brian J. Schmidt Vice President, Human Resources Sarah A. Horner Senior Director, Advertising Sales and Events David T. Sherman Advertising Sales Director Scott…

4 min.
building hulls & subassemblies

I build a lot of different kinds of models — civil and military aircraft, armor, cars, science fiction — but it’s been a long time since I set out to build a ship kit. As a kid, all of the small parts were difficult to handle and I was never happy with the way those clunky models looked with misaligned or broken parts. During the time I’ve worked at FSM, I’ve planned to build another maritime subject, but it wasn’t until Trumpeter’s 1/350 scale USS Independence littoral combat ship showed up that I felt inspired to get my feet wet. The Independence is a good choice for a first ship. The oddly shaped hull has clearly defined decks, making masking and painting easy. The number of small parts is not overwhelming.…

4 min.
working with small parts & pe basics

In this second part of “Builder Basics” I’ll get into adding fine details to our sample ship, Trumpeter’s sharp-looking 1/350 scale USS Independence LCS-2. The littoral combat ship’s simple shapes and lines, along with a minimum of photo-etched (PE) metal, offer novice ship modelers a good introduction to the genre. In the first part I assembled the hull. In this segment I’ll touch on weapons, masts, and radars. That means dealing with small parts and PE. I have a love/hate relationship with the latter. I think it looks great, because the thin metal lends finesse to a model that plastic just can’t achieve. But, it’s also fiddly and easy to mess up or lose during construction. All of that means special care should be taken during construction. I assembled some small parts,…

4 min.
priming, masking, painting

Our “Builder Basics” ship series uses Trumpeter’s 1/350 scale USS Independence littoral combat ship to demonstrate all the techniques you’ll need to complete a ship model. Earlier, in Part 1 you learned to assemble the tri-maran hull and other major components. Part 2 focused on adding details, both plastic and photo-etched metal. In this segment we’re off to the paint shop where we’ll have fun airbrushing various grays and using a lot of masking tape.…

4 min.
applying decals, fiddly bits

This wraps up the “Builder Basics” series for creating a fine ship model, no matter your experience level. In this final segment we put the emphasis on small details to give your ship a finished, realistic look. So far you’ve learned how to build the hull and other major components, add small parts and photo-etched (PE) metal that help detail modern ship kits, and then paint the vessel, after carefully and properly masking it. Now it’s time to paint tiny details and apply decals before adding the last of the parts, including PE metal railings.…