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    Creating realistic shell holes (near the waterline)

    I just received a model of the Glencoe ‘Oregon’ that I ordered off e-bay and which I intend to transform into the ‘Iowa’ as she appeared March 22, 1923 during her service as a radio controlled target ship (see attachment).

    As you can see, there are many shell holes, created by the 14-inch guns of the USS Mississippi. As a matter of fact, I can count six such holes in this side of the ship alone.

    I was wondering if any of you could suggest how I might create these holes without adding too much weight to the model (remember, I’m going to RC this ship).

    If possible, I want to re-create the deformation of the hull that would accompany a shell strike without adding too much weight to the model.

    As for watertight integrity, I intend to cap off the inside of the shell holes with black painted capped plastic pipes.

    Thank you in advance for your assistance…
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    RE: Creating realistic shell holes (near the waterline)

    Is the model plastic? You can use a bb about the size u want, heat it up the melt the plastic to give it the look you want, but you would have to find a way to make it waterproof from the inside. dumb idea

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    RE: Creating realistic shell holes (near the waterline)


    ORIGINAL: Deathwish

    Is the model plastic? You can use a bb about the size u want, heat it up the melt the plastic to give it the look you want, but you would have to find a way to make it waterproof from the inside. dumb idea
    As for watertight integrity, I intend to cap off the inside of the shell holes with black painted capped plastic pipes.
    Deathwish,

    The Glencoe ‘Oregon’ is plastic and the ‘Oregon’ (BB-3) is a near sister of the Iowa (BB-4), though there are some small differences.

    I have plastic caps (used to protect the ends of florescent lights) that I intend to plastic weld & epoxy (after I’ve painted them flat black) to the inside of the shell holes to preserve watertight integrity.

    I was just looking into techniques for how to make the most realistic shell holes possible…


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