Friday, May 07, 2021

R.M.S. TITANIC (Suyata)

This is the very new first model from a new Hong Kong company called Suyata Models. The kit (SL001) is a cartoon version of that spectacular failure of a ship, the R.M.S. Titanic, or as The Onion put it, "the World's Largest Metaphor".  
This is a superb kit in so many respects. The moulding is beautiful and the fit fantastic. It is cast in four colours, but I still painted everything using various Vallejos and Tamiya gloss white acrylics.
Witht he kit I also bought the laser cut wooden decking. There were about 25 pieces of decking, and I took the better part of a day applying it after first sticking it to my fingers. However, it was a great way to learn about applying wooden decking to model ships. There was no decking for the aft flying bridge so I used excess wood to make proper decking for that piece. I also added chain for the anchors; rigging; a sternpost flag; and filled in all the portholes with clear glue.
Here is my first-view pre-build in-box review:
The Onion says this was the final transmission from the Titanic: "Titanic struck by icy representation of nature's supremacy STOP insufficient lifeboats due to pompous certainty in man's infallibility STOP Microcosm of larger society STOP". Strangely there are almost as many lifeboats in this cartoon kit as there were on the real ocean liner.
John Clearwater

Work-in-progress in the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast,
which just so happens to be in my spare bathroom...

Saturday, February 27, 2021

March 2021 Virtual Zoom Meeting

Capital Marine Modellers' Guild will have a virtual Zoom meeting on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Please contact club management by email for information on how to participate. 

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

February 2021 Virtual Zoom Meeting

Capital Marine Modellers' Guild will have a virtual Zoom meeting on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Please contact club management by email for information on how to participate.

Monday, January 18, 2021

U.S.S. Monitor

This is the 1:210 scale model from Life-Like Hobby Kits of the U.S.S. Monitor (kit #09527). The ship is most famous for being the first turreted iron-clad warship to engage in combat with another iron-clad, the CSS Virginia, on 09 March 1862. The lower and faster Monitor had the advantage, but the Battle of Hampton Roads saw neither emerge victorious. The Monitor could fire the two Dalhgren guns every eight minutes. The battle lasted about four hours. The ship had a life of only eleven months when lost in a storm while being towed.
This kit is remarkably simple and needed almost no bodywork other than drilling out of vents and grills and boring the cannons. I added the cannon flash and smoke from the funnels and the gun. Paint is a mix of Vallejo burned iron and jet exhaust, with a mix of Tamiya reds for the iron hull. The toughest thing to paint was the flag.
This comes boxed with the CSS Merrimac (actually the CSS Virginia) in 1:300 scale. The Virginia is so much larger that the makers decided to make both hulls the same size by altering the scales.
John Clearwater


This is the old 1970s 1:300 scale model from Life-Like Hobby Kits of the Merrimac, or more properly, the C.S.S. Virginia, iron-clad steam ship (kit #09257). The Virginia was made from an older vessel, the USS Merrimack, in 1862 and had a life span of just under 90 days. It was built to break the blockade around the slave staes by ramming United States' ships and sinking them. The response from the USA was to send the USS Monitor to battle the Virginia at the Battle of Hampton Roads on 09 March 1962 - the first ever battle of iron-clad vessels. The Virginia limped out for repairs and was eventually scuttled.
The design and moulding is atrocious. The upper structure does not fit properly at all, and the upper deck is a disaster. You need significant skills to be able to assemble this kit.
The decks were scraped and sanded to remove the iron plate and rivet raised lines, then engraved with board lines. Chains were added. Cannons were bored out.
Paint is Vallejo burned iron and jet exhaust for the superstructure; with a mix of Tamiya paints for the hull.

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

January 2021 Virtual Zoom Meeting

Capital Marine Modellers' Guild will have a virtual Zoom meeting on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Saturday, December 26, 2020


It took about six years, but I finally started and finished this Verlinden model #1422 in 1:35 scale of a U.S. Navy Dahlgren 11-Inch Naval Gun this past week. Verlinden of Belgium went out of business in 2016, and the price of their kits has skyrocketed. I paid about $30 for this kit some six years ago. Now it is on ebay for $300. Insanity!

The kit is all resin, so working with it is dangerous in terms of toxic particles. Always wear a particle filter mask. All paints are Vallejo and Tamiya and ModelMaster/Testors acrylics. The kit was missing the necessary amount of pulley rope, so that came from my spare ship parts container.

Wiki says: "Dahlgren guns were muzzle-loading naval artillery designed by Rear Admiral John A. Dahlgren USN (1809 – 1870), mostly used in the period of the U.S. Civil War. Dahlgren believed a safer, more powerful naval cannon could be designed using more scientific design criteria. Dahlgren guns were designed with a smooth curved shape, equalizing strain and concentrating more weight of metal in the gun breech where the greatest pressure of expanding propellant gases needed to be met to keep the gun from bursting. Because of their rounded contours, Dahlgren guns were nicknamed "soda bottles", a shape which became their most identifiable characteristic.  XI-inch Dahlgren shell gun: 465 were cast at (various locations) between 1856 and 1864. This is the only Dahlgren gun to have been designed both with and without a muzzle swell. The gun was typically mounted on a pivot or in a turret on a monitor. When mounted in a turret, the crew for an XI-inch Dahlgren was seven including powdermen. The crew for the gun when mounted on a pivot was 24 men and a powderman. XI-inch Dahlgrens were carried on (various ships) and monitors as well as the original USS Monitor. Many other conventional ships carried XI-inch Dahlgrens on pivot mounts. A few larger river gunboats also carried XI-inch Dahlgrens."

This version fired a 280 mm, 75 kg ball, about 1000 m.

John Clearwater

inbox review TITANIC Seal & Iceberg Scene

This is a first look in the box of the new TITANIC egg/cartoon scale model released in 2020. TITANIC SEAL & ICEBERG SCENE, from Suyata (HK) International Co., Ltd, of Hong Kong (kit #SL001). The kit is not officially available in North America due to lack of a distributor, but I acquired this one from the factory in China. It arrived in about 17 days by post.

Quality and details are excellent. It can be made waterline or full hull version. All parts are moulded in appropriate colours, but any purist will of course paint most everything. Technically it is a snap-together kit, but of course purists will glue everything in place and add rigging. Overall it is 150 mm long. For reasons I do not understand, all of the six seals in the kit have names. Even the small seals are the size of a funnels on the ship. Real wooden decks as extras are available for this Suyata kit on-line for only about $10. The only negative is the lack of decals for the hull. This seems odd given the quality and the decal for the base/stand.

Overall this kit is far and away better than the new Meng cartoon kit of the Titanic, which has fewer parts, fewer decks, and is overall smaller. This would make a great kit to do with a child over a weekend, or for an actual modeller to do up fancy.

My video review on youtube is attached here:

John Clearwater

Friday, October 30, 2020

November 2020 Virtual Meeting

 Capital Marine Modellers' Guild will have a virtual Zoom meeting on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Please contact club management by email for information on how to participate.

Based on the previous meeting there are a couple of rules to make the meeting better.

1. please mute when joining.
2. Raise your Virtual hand if you want to comment as it stops us from talking over each other.