When I feel like I’m getting bogged down with builds that are getting too complicated, I like to do a modern sub. It’s a black tube with a few parts attached. (Okay, sometimes there’s a red half or so.) That equals refreshment for me! I had got to that point recently so I pulled one out of the stash and got started. So here’s the 1/350 Hobby Boss Astute class submarine.
The fit of the parts was great and construction, except for the periscopes/sensors took about an hour. After a little filler along the hull and some light sanding I was ready to paint! Between the choices of black or black, I decided to go with black. I used AK anti-glare blue black for the main hull and rubber black for the side panels. I’m not sure the difference shows up well in the photos. There was good contrast between the two blacks before I started weathering. I decided to try my hand at the dot-weathering with oils method to give a little tone variation. In person the effect is subtle but noticeable. I learned some good lessons trying it out.
Anyway, the project fulfilled its purpose and I’m recharged and ready to tackle a couple F-4 Phantoms.
3 additional images. Click to enlarge.