Author Topic: FABULOUS (Fast Assault Boat Unit w/ Ludicrous Outraging Unparallel Success) done  (Read 4442 times)

Offline Antonio Sobral

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Hi guys

This will my first attempt at joining a GB, so please correct me if I start wandering way out of line!

To start with, I can tell you that to come up with the title was no easy task :)

I just love the word "ludicrous". The first time I heard it was in Mel Brook's Spaceballs movie, a ton of years ago,
and I had to look it up in the dictionary.

But enough of nostalgia!

The FAB, for short, is starting with a keel made out of a very familiar item;



The hull follows the keel with a near perfect match  ;)



And to muscle things up a little bit, I will use a T-34/76 tower from the good old Airfix kit:



Which, as everybody can see, will define the scale of this project at around 1/76, give or take a few points.


And now I have FAV and a FAB on the workbench.   Go figure that  ;)
« Last Edit: March 28, 2015, 05:38:38 PM by Antonio Sobral »

Offline kerick

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This looks like fun! And we know it will be cool!

Offline Antonio Sobral

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Hi Kerik

Thanks for the comment.

I am not sure about the "cool" part, but it is always fun :)

Some more advances on the project:

Torpedo tubes:



Deck:



Engine:




To be continued.... :)


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Offline LemonJello

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Following with rapt fascination!

Offline Old Wombat

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I'm not seeing where this is going, so I'm following LemonJello's lead! ;)
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Offline Cliffy B

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Where this is going is AWESOME!  8)
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Offline Antonio Sobral

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Thanks for the comments!

But I have to say no, not AWESOME ;)
AWESOME is the training version: Advanced Weapon Especially Suitable for Ordinary Maritime Exercises  ;D

Acronyms apart, the project continues, and the parts assembly is pretty much done.




With a figure to add scale perspective:












Time for a paint job, wouldn't you say?


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Looking good.
All hail the God of Frustration!!!

Offline kerick

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Is your seaman Dutch? Looks like he's wearing clogs!
This is great! I think we should have a computer mouse build off!
If you leave the lower part of the hull black it might look like a hovercraft.

Offline Antonio Sobral

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No clogs ;D
Just some blue tack to make it stick to the surface.

The painting has begun, with just the basic colors:







Now I have to arrange some sort of water surface to make it float :)

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Offline finsrin

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Is too good :)
With that big engine, this babys gunna move.....
Are those hand grab rails staples ?

Offline LemonJello

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Lots of neat details on this one. Looks loud and fast.

Offline Steve Blazo

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So cool !!  A very good looking build. I do love scratch built stuff !!
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Gorgeous... great job Antonio

Offline Old Wombat

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Very cool! 8)

Looks like a (possibly semi-automatous AI) drone vessel.
"This is the Captain. We have a little problem with our engine sequence, so we may experience some slight turbulence and, ah, explode."

Offline Antonio Sobral

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Hi guys

Thanks for the comments!

The rails were made with bent wire. Staples would be an easier solution, though :)


After a few dry transfer decals from the spare box, it was time for some progress with the "water":

A roofmate base carved to accommodate the "hull":







And then some really basic painting:




Next step will be to add some "texture and gloss" to the "water" :)


Thanks for watching!

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That looks fantastic! The paint job is superb, with just the right amount of shading and highlights. I see "grandpa" changed outfits after the bocce ball game...

Offline Antonio Sobral

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Thanks for the comment!

Some more progress on the water:

A shallow layer of acrylic gloss medium gel.




Once dried, it becomes transparent.








Almost done :)


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Offline finsrin

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With each set of pictures this goes from "too good" to "more too good" :)

Offline Old Wombat

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Very, very good! :)
"This is the Captain. We have a little problem with our engine sequence, so we may experience some slight turbulence and, ah, explode."

Offline Antonio Sobral

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Hi guys

Thanks for the comments.

I added the water foam with some acrylic paint, and
the faded and worn look was done with the usual oil washes.

And it's done" :)

Here are some pictures of the final result:































And this concludes my participation on this great Group Build.

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All hail the God of Frustration!!!

Offline kerick

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Outstanding!