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SSN-21 USS Sea Wolf

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RUN!!!!!!

Edit note: I imagine that is what the dolphins are saying with Seawolf on their tail.

1/700 Hobby-Boss SSN-21 USS Seawolf, plus Lionroar figurines, acetate windshield. Water is Das Pronto modeling paste, painted with acrylics and coated with Acrylic Gel Dolphins are scratch built with streched sprue (body) and evergreen sheet (fins)

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About the Author

About Rui Matos (skipper)
FROM: LISBOA, PORTUGAL

Hi all Crew Members!
Rui Matos, 39 years old (in 2006), married, former Portuguese Navy Fire Control Radar Operator , and "owned" by two cats - James, Stripes (Riscas in portuguese, now deceased) and Moon (Lua)!
I've been modeling since I was 6, but only have turned to Submarines in 1991 o...


Comments

Hi to all Thanks for the compliments on the MOD feature! It was a surprise today to see it published, since I was away during the weekend on ModelTroia contest So and to rest some of the members assured, this is only the MOD Feature... there will be a full feature with this and two/three more subs "Who to display Modern Submarines" and this is just one of them... It will be a SBS all the way in all projects, so please stay tuned for this feature... This is my contribution to Jan's (MrMox) challenge on this subject - small scale, modern subs Again thanks to all for the nice kudos Cheers Rui
MAR 21, 2011 - 01:00 AM
Rui, A wonderful job! You've really captured the look of the bow wave and wake. As a former submariner may I offer a couple of pointers. The white markings around the hatch are normally only there during sea trials. They are used to guide in a DSRV if the sub would happen to sink. Second, while surfaced, the boat would almost always have one or two periscopes up, and the radar mast up as well. Please don't think I'm criticizing your great work. Just a couple of things to think about for your next masterpiece! v/r, Rob
MAR 21, 2011 - 07:17 AM
Hi Rob Criticizing is good, especially when it's a constructive critic, like yours! So, no offense taken And now my "defense" (just kidding) Regarding the DSRV markings, they are there because they add a little more interest in a all-black sub, like most modern subs are. Also understand that when the sub is delivered to active duty, past all the testing, these are gone... Periscopes... I used this as main reference for sail and bow water effect Again, I want to make it clear that I am not offended by your comments, nor I am starting a fight over these, but just explaining my point. As I usually say, this is just my hobby and it is supposed to be FUN! Cheers Rui
MAR 21, 2011 - 07:41 AM
Rui, I agree the white markings make it look more interesting. Occasionally there are exercises where the DSRV is used to practice mating with a sub. During that time, the markings are temporarily reapplied so it's not unheard of. As far as the scopes go, as soon as I posted my comments I realized there was probably a photo somewhere of a boat with all masts and antennae housed. Sure enough you've got one Once again, great job! v/r, Rob
MAR 21, 2011 - 09:51 AM
Hi Rob Yes, you're right! I have plenty It's actually a strange procedure, because there isn't a rule! You can see the same type/class of sub and there are always different deployment status of periscopes and antennae, so it's a question of doing what you can feel it's right for the moment you're trying to portray in scale Thanks for your input Cheers, Rui
MAR 21, 2011 - 10:07 AM
Rui - fantastic work as usual; echo what has been said before. Look forward to your full feature; I am also doing a small scale/modern subs project, albeit around 2 % as good as yours Quick question - for the markings, did you make your own or do they come with the HB kits? I have the old ARII kits, not anywhere as good as the HB or Bronco offerings. Cheers
MAR 23, 2011 - 12:45 AM
Hi James All the decals are those included in the Hobby Boss kit... Considering the price of Hobby Boss sub kits, I could consider them expendable for testing, since they are very good and cheap.... so, if you make a big mistake, you can toss that to the bin and grab another one (ok, this may sound too drastic, but it's not a big loss). If you see my more radical experiences (Kilo dio, Akula dio and now the Seawolf) they are all Hobby Boss kits, and I was lucky in the final outcome More to come! Cheers and thank you again - you're all very kind! Rui
MAR 23, 2011 - 06:38 AM
as many have said, looks like a photo! most excellent
MAR 26, 2011 - 09:36 PM
Skip, thanks for the info, look forward to the SBS full feature. Cheers
MAR 27, 2011 - 04:40 AM
Rui, what can I say? Epic! Fantastic water effects! The porpoises...very nice touch!
MAY 04, 2011 - 08:45 AM