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Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian04 Dec 2012 5:54 a.m. PST

A number of folks asked for a tutorial on how I make my 1/2400 scratchbuilds – so here you go…. enjoy!


Texas Jack04 Dec 2012 6:25 a.m. PST

Thanks for this! I am really looking forward to having a go at this, though I have a feeling my results will be far from yours. If only you could lend me some of your talent as well grin

cfielitz04 Dec 2012 7:44 a.m. PST

Great tutorial! I am always impressed by your work.

galvinm Inactive Member04 Dec 2012 9:52 a.m. PST


Look like I may have me a new project to try.

floating white bear Inactive Member04 Dec 2012 10:41 a.m. PST

Great tutorial. I am amazed at the detail and crispness you are able to get from balsa wood. Rob.

BuckeyeBob04 Dec 2012 12:05 p.m. PST

Very nice tutorial. You have provided me with a few aspects of your process that will prove handy…like the "lathe".
Have you ever considered using basswood instead of balsa? Though it is harder to cut, it is a much smoother wood and takes shapes leaving a more finished look than balsa.
It appears that you create most of your round items. There are various sizes of balsa dowel rod, especially useful for the barbettes. Curious why you didnt use dowel rod.
Thanks for providing the tutorial!

Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian04 Dec 2012 12:28 p.m. PST

Basswood and dowels are too hard to cut quickly. Plus at this scale basswood splinters too easily much more likely to split on the grain while being cut. Also much harder to take down (thin) and keep level. Basswood slows me down too much. This ship was an evening's work. When I model quality models or mold masters I work entirely in styrene.

epturner Inactive Member04 Dec 2012 1:02 p.m. PST

Wow. That was just inspiring.

Thanks for sharing.


Augustus Supporting Member of TMP04 Dec 2012 8:07 p.m. PST

Glory Hallelujah.

johnnytodd Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2012 1:52 p.m. PST

Interesting to see other's techniques. I also prefer basswood but I like your wedge method of raising the bow angle. A suggestion (which you probably already know): I use a hand leather punch to cut small circles works particularly well in styrene. My tool has a rotary head and cuts several different hole/circle sizes. I ended up buying a set of larger punches (ebay) for holes/circles up to 1" dia.


SymphonicPoet Inactive Member15 May 2013 5:08 p.m. PST

Your wedge trick really is quite nice. Excellent post. Thank you.

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