I’m back to boat building after a long absence, and want to take what I’ve learned and build a beautiful ship model.
I’ve been building RC airplanes (WWII) for a number of years, and am taking a break and going back to building ships.I’m tired of watching every single once of weight limiting my scale options, fidgeting with flaps and damaged landing gear.I think that for now I enjoy building more than flying.
Anyway, I’ve started a rc 1/55 scale model of the SS Shengking, a 1931 300’ Scottish built small passenger-cargo ship.The hull is roughed-in, beginning to get ready for fiberglassing.Watching YouTube videos of similar ships leads to ideas about scale features, particularly promenade deck planking, state room doors and porthole details.
What features have you found that take a model “to the next level”?
1. Lights within cabin areas
2. Davit details (what to include and where to get decent pics of bolts/pulley placement
3. Life boat details, life boat covers?
4. Exhaust stacks
5. Real-looking deck skylights and cargo hatches
6. Working smoke stack, how is it done so it looks real?
What type of railing construction to use?I think this particular feature needs to be correct for the era.I attached the plans I have, they’re good enough (with some tweaking) to the get the ship built and ready for detailing, but show little details.
What do you think?
Always on a tight budget, thanks