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Clermont

January 29, 2016

I was recently browsing ship models on Amazon for no good reason and ran across a plastic model of Fulton's Clermont. I built this model when I was a kid and it was one of my favorite models. I believe it was out of production for a long time but was re-released some years ago. In a fit of nostalgia, I decided to order the kit since it was inexpensive. I suspect it has been at least 50 years since I last built a plastic model. Back in those days, I didn't know much of anything about building them. I just sort of glued things together and painted them by hand with a brush as best I could. I suspect they looked pretty bad. This one may turn out no better since I know next to nothing about working with plastic, but I hope I've learned a few things working on wooden models over the years, so we'll see.

Before I got started, I had to acquire a range of new paints and other materials. I wound up spending probably twice as much on paint, glue, etc. as I did on the model itself. I also decided I needed an airbrush for this project, so that plus a compressor added to the costs. OK - maybe I didn't need an airbrush and compressor, but it was a good excuse to get one.

The first step was to prime all the parts. For that, I used a rattle can of Rustoleum primer from the hardware store. It has to dry for 24 hours, so I won't be able to do any more until tomrrow.

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Box Top
Primer Coat
Primer Coat

February 2, 2016

OMG - I do NOT like building plastic models!! All it amounts to is painting and assembling. Lots and lots of painting. Although I'm using acrylic paints for the most part, there are times when you have to spray on a clear coat and I've been using rattle cans for that. They take 24 hours to dry. I've also been using some oil-paint washes and they also take at least that long to dry - some longer. I'm not used to such extended dry times with wooden models. I'm really not sure I'll finish this one. I'm about half done - maybe a bit more - but it's just painful to work on. I'm not bothering to put up any pictures at this point. When all is said and done, in the end, it's going to be nothing more than a dumb plastic model. I guarantee I'll never build another. I want to be able to look at a model and say, "I built that," not "I painted that."

February 6, 2016

Stick a fork in it and call it done.

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Steam Engine
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Finished Model

Please - no - never again! I didn't fully rig the thing. The kit-supplied rigging line was hateful stuff and I was not going to waste good line on this model. But I've done all I intend to do and I swear I will never build another plastic model ever again. Seriously!