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Pauls Bods23 Oct 2017 5:20 a.m. PST

What are they? Are they historically correct?
They arenīt sword knots and the fig on the right hasnīt got a cummerbund.

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Kropotkin30323 Oct 2017 5:21 a.m. PST

Hi Everybody,

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Over the last few months I've been making Destroyers to go with my Sci-Fi fleets. They were sculpted in Miliput and then cast in metal in RTV silicone moulds. I think of them as about 1/1200th scale as I'm an old Tri-ang/ Minic kind of guy.I really liked designing these and they are the largest models that I've cast. The thing that I've found is that the larger the ships get the trickier the cast. As I'm drop-casting the pouring of the metal needs to be slower to allow the hot metal to get into all the further extremities of the mould. They all came out great, but the double tail on the Trade Guild ship was never wholly successful and I had to patch them up with Miliput. The other thing I learned was not to make the metal too hot as this can cause some pitting on the final cast.Hope you all like them. Comments and crits welcome and there are more photos over on the blog.

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altfritz23 Oct 2017 6:17 a.m. PST

Do you cut vents in your molds to allow air to escape as the metal goes in?

Allen5723 Oct 2017 7:08 a.m. PST

Very nice starships with great painting. May I share your work with the guys on Starship Combat News?

Kropotkin30323 Oct 2017 7:41 a.m. PST

Hi Allen,

Would love you to share with them. Thanks. The paint-jobs are half the fun. I want the ships to look Foss-like mixed with Terran Trade Authority.

Thanks Altfritz. Yes I cut vents, usually from the rear of the exhausts and the top of the tails.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP23 Oct 2017 7:57 a.m. PST

Nice work. Also, the bug worked out well, giving us either early 19th Century officers or officers of the TTA.

TheBeast Supporting Member of TMP23 Oct 2017 10:51 a.m. PST

Would love you to share with them.

There's a thread on Lead Adventure Forum, Future Wars, now about 'Has anyone done a Chris Foss paint job?' You'd be most welcome there, as well. ;->=
Doug

Kropotkin30323 Oct 2017 12:26 p.m. PST

Thanks Doug,

Good thread over there on LAF. I am tempted to do some Aztec-ing shading now I see it in action.

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