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Anton Ryzbak30 Apr 2020 7:21 a.m. PST


Still "burdened" with free time I continued my effort to build my way through at least one of the piles of half-finished projects that I have. I completed this Zvezda kit, it is a real beauty. That is four down and four to go! link

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP30 Apr 2020 7:42 a.m. PST

That's sweet. Nice job.

dddd9930 Apr 2020 7:48 a.m. PST

Anton, great work!

How are you painting these? Will you prime and then paint like normal? what color primer? Do you assemble before painting?

As I said great work. You've inspired me to go out and by some of these ships too. I have 6 coming and will use your blog posts as a sort of how to guide. thumbs up

That's the reason I am asking about technique. So I found Zvezda makes this as a game too called Invincible Armada. I bought that one since it comes with HMS Revenge and San Martin models plus a wargame ruleset and some other stuff. I actually found it cheaper than buying the two models separate.

So thanks for the inspiration!

Anton Ryzbak30 Apr 2020 9:28 a.m. PST


Generally I prime using Rustoleum camouflage colors (they come in white, black and several shades of green and brown) but they will fill in very fine detail so in this case I lightly sprayed both sides of all the sprues with Vallejo Clear Matte. This gives the surface enough texture to take and hold paint. For painting I use Americana Colors (available at Hobby Lobby, Michael's or any other craft store) thinned slightly to flow better. I make my own washes by mixing paint and thinned Future floor wax. I have learned to paint as much of the model as possible before assembly, but you have to very careful to avoid clogging the snap-tite holes. I have made it a point with these four kits to try to use just the snap together feature just to test the concept but I'm likely to be gluing things from this point forward.

Just as a practical matter I would suggest that you start with the smallest/simplest model first to get a feel for the whole snap together thing.

For REAL inspiration check out Model J Ship's Facebook page, he does better work with 1/2400 scale models than I can manage with 1/350th!

ModelJShip30 Apr 2020 10:42 a.m. PST


Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP30 Apr 2020 2:20 p.m. PST

Another fine job, Anton.


dddd9930 Apr 2020 7:47 p.m. PST

Thanks for the advice, Anton. Should come in handy when my orders start rolling in.

I bought all the ships you showed. I did also find 2 more in the 1/350 snap fit series: one released only in Russian called "Secret Galleon" and another called "Black Swan". I do not know if they are based on historical ships or what but they looked cool so I got them too. So FYI if you're looking for more to add to your set.

Anton Ryzbak01 May 2020 7:29 a.m. PST

Thanks guys

dddd99, I will keep an eye out for them. I have three Zvezda "Pirate ships" on order (I am hoping that they aren't the Revell kit that had been around for a while) I will do a review as soon I get them in hand.

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