Italian Navy U-212, with experimental camo, Revell 1/144
First of all I would like to clarify that the camo of the U-Boot, has been copied from a model appear on an Italian Modelling Magazine some years ago. A collector request to me this job. After desperate search on internet, I did not find any evidence it has been ever applyied to any Italian Navy sub. To Scratch build the dry dock, I get inspired looking at the US-NAVY ARDM-4, adapting it to my subject. The sub has been build OOB in Spring 2017, very easy task, may be 30 pcs in all. The camo has been sprayed free hands, using Tamiya mix thinned with same brand Laquer Thinner. Gloss, decals, gloss again, Tamiya panel liner and Gunze Matt completed the painting job. A very light weathering has been made with artist chalcs powder, brushed free hand. Only for the dirty on the water line I used masking tape.
This year I had very long vacation in August. Summer was very hot, and early afternoon was impossible to go at the beach: the right time for modelling. Therefore I bring at the see all the necessary tool to cut, dril, bend and glue styrene. On a woodden base purchased by a friend of mine, I stick wide sheet of stirene, approx. 0,1 mm thick, I then scratch build most of the details. Only the stairs, the handrail of the stairs, the big gray valve and the hand rail of the balcony middle heigh, where ready stuff purchesd by Plast Struct italian dealer. More than 1000 pcs needed to complete it! I have to say that, in this particular case, the frame will be much intersting then tha paint! The dry dock is the real job, the Sub just an accessory to fill some empty space. September come, time for painting the dry dock… but that will be next episode.