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BrianW30 Apr 2019 2:42 p.m. PST

So, it's been about three months since I posted anything to my blog. I haven't been inactive, just in a bit of a slump. There is a new post up explaining what I've been doing instead of painting sailing ships. HINT: There's naval computer wargaming involved….

Please drop by and check it out: link

dragon630 Apr 2019 3:46 p.m. PST

The problem with decals, re Rainbow Warrior, is printing white.

One method is reverse print. Paint the hull, where the decal will go white. Put the lettering on a green background and use white for the letters. The white won't print, it will be clear so the white hull will show through. Touch up the paint.

colkitto01 May 2019 5:07 a.m. PST

Very inspiring!

Are you using one of the standard trawlers for Rainbow Warrior? I've not got any experience with doing your own decals but it looks like it's going to be necessary …

BrianW01 May 2019 9:19 a.m. PST

That actually sounds pretty close to my plan. I'm using a white decal paper, and plan to print the green background around the letters so that the Greenpeace logo uses the paper itself to be white. Given that I prime in black though, I'll probably still have to paint that area of the hull white. Thanks for the suggestion; I hadn't thought it that far through yet. I decided to go with the white paper while working on MV Solo, as I figured that would require the least amount of work-around since she is white-hulled.

The Decapod shop on Shapeways has a model of the trawler St. Giles that was in the 1975 Cod War. After that was over, the ship was sold to Sea Shepherd as the Sea Shepherd II. Not perfect, but will do for my purposes with a little modification.

As to the side markings on Rainbow Warrior, oh yes decals will definitely be necessary. I know my limitations.


Bozkashi Jones02 May 2019 2:17 p.m. PST

Lovely posts there Brian!

I love those Rothsays – I had the great pleasure of going round HMS Plymouth when she was a museum ship in Birkenhead before she was disgracefully sold for scrap. Between the model and your paint-job you've captured her beautifully!

BrianW02 May 2019 6:22 p.m. PST

Unfortunately I am in the US, so never got to visit HMS Plymouth or Victory. Thanks for the compliment on the ship; I really like the looks of them too.

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