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Some work I've done to represent anechoic tiles

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  • Some work I've done to represent anechoic tiles

    The later versions of the American LOS ANGELES class submarine features square tiles plastered to the hull -- these anechoic tiles absorb both external sonar pulse energy and internal 'machinery' noise.

    To represent ... more correctly, 'to suggest' ... these tiles on a model, you simply purchase some window screen of approximate form, and drape it over the painted model and spray on a lighter shade of the base color. The screen masks off the darker base color, leaving a tile pattern.

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    (No! square, in-line tiles are not the correct pattern for LA boats, I know ... but I can't find any 'staggered' square screen material from which to make a proper mask).

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    The trick is to maneuver the screen, usually by skilled hands, around so you don't get too much of an out-of-register look to the tile pattern. After laying down the lighter color through the screen mask you over-spray selectively with the base color to correct overlaps and to make the tile pattern just perceptible to the observer.

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    Practice on an old, discarded model kit hull first -- learn the technique there, don't screw up your current thing-of-beauty!

    The following shots show painting, screen masking, and the results. From this point I weather the model. When that work is done I put on the dry-transfer markings and give a final evening coat of clear-flat, and the models ready for the wa-wa.

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    David,
    Last edited by He Who Shall Not Be Named; 02-16-2009, 12:32 PM.
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  • #2
    Looks Great!
    .........Wa wa.....:rolleyes:
    Rick L.
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    Since Learning is Always a 'Good Thing' *

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    • #3
      A few words on a flat finish

      http://forum.sub-driver.com/attachme...1&d=1235014110

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      • #4
        Wasn't David the one that said, 'Don't worry about the Details'. Sure looks like he spends a lot of time and effort on Details. :rolleyes:

        Here's to Great Details! I'll drink to THAT!
        Rick L.
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        * Asking Questions is a 'Good Thing',
        Since Learning is Always a 'Good Thing' *

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        • #5
          FIRST, build/assemble it, get it running, learn how to drive it, then AND ONLY THEN detail the thing. Too many of you guys put the cart ahead of the horse.

          "Detail", (grabbing crotch), "I got your DETAIL right here, pal!"

          David,
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          • #6
            Yep, the Truth is Known Now!
            David 'Really' Likes those fine Details,
            and we're talkin' Microscopic Fine. ;)
            Rick L.
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            Since Learning is Always a 'Good Thing' *

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            • #7
              Smart-ass.
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