Force Z

The Tamiya Force Z set was a welcomed set collecting the new HMS Repulse kit with the HMS Prince of Wales, and the British/Australian E-Class Destoyers.

The next series of photos is the step by step of the kit construction which was displayed in this year's Merdeka'08 exhibition to commemorate the anniversary of independence Day in Malaysia

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The kits construction was relatively quick and the best fit was evidently in the Repulse given its newer release. The planking lines in the Repulse were sunken lines and will be easier to wash later.

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The only additional detail was the Lion Roar railing set to all the ships

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The painting was airbrushed on in most parts duruing the subassemblies while the upper deck colours were hainpainted with Vallejo colours. Highlights were either airbrushed or handpainted on and the overall paint job was completed with a few sessions of oils and turpentine.

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The base started off with a suitable corkboard from IKEA. The positions of the ships were then marked on with a bit of artistic licensing for the distances between ships. In real life, the distance and position would not be so close. A layer of plaster of Paris was aplied in a stubbling motion with an atomiser at hand giving it a good layer of mist. This helps to give a better and smooth rolling top surface. Wakes were sculted on and the whole 'sea' was set with multiple coats of PVA glue

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The sea was a mixture of blues and greens while the wakes had a mix of white to lighten the tone. It was then sealed with a really thick coat of parquet varnish.

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The last pic shows the effect of some Vallejo sea foam/wake paint courtesy of Jason Koh. Thanks mate.