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Dora Bella - Barcelona Diorama

Sakonnet Day Sailer
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Dora Bella is the name I gave to this Constructo diorama kit, which they call Barcelona. I thought the boat needed a name so I picked my own name for her. I completed this model in July, 2002.

I bought this kit because my shipyard was temporarily shut down in preparation for selling my house and moving. I needed something to occupy my spare time and I felt like this kit would require a minimum of tools and construction. The hull is solid so it was pretty easy to build and all I really needed for tools was a drill (only 3 small bits), a hobby knife, a pair of pliers, and a razor saw. With the added glue and paint, I had pretty much all I needed to complete this model. It took me just about a month to finish up.

The model is at a scale of 1:20. The boat is about 12 inches from stem to stern.

This is the first time I've tried aging a model. It was GREAT! A tremendous amount of fun. It was a bit strange at first to scrape paint off a cleanly painted surface, but I think the aging process adds a lot to the model. This diorama simply wouldn't look right with a pristine model boat. One product I found helped a lot with the aging. It's called "Earth Colors" from Woodland Scenics. They come in a variety of shades, such as stone gray, burnt umber, and concrete. Earth Colors are sort of like paint, but semi-transparent (and can be thinned with water for added transparency). I used the concrete for adding a dirty look to the deck and to much of the hull (as well as for the concrete floor of the diorama). I used the stone gray for areas on the winch where I wanted it to look greasy (and on the rope as well) plus I used it for the dirt stains coming out of the scuppers. The Earth Colors can be washed off with water, even after thay are dry (it's also a great way to reduce the effect without completely removing it).

I highly recommned this model for anyone. If you've never tried aging before, it's a great way to introduce yourself to it just have fun with it. I am sure I'll be doing more aging on future models.

Completed July, 2002.

Starboard bow
Starboard bow
Stern
Stern
Starboard side
Starboard side
Stern
Stern
Winch detail
Winch detail
Starboard bow
Starboard bow
Winch
Winch
Workman
Workman