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Douche Boat
Ronaldo
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Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Joined: October 14, 2004
KitMaker: 81 posts
Armorama: 68 posts
Posted: Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 04:31 AM GMT+7
Hi,

I want to build a new diorama with the “Douche Boat” from Masterpiece Models that i bought last year.







Unfortunately there is still no tutorial on brownwater.net,so i have to work with the instructions given with the model.
These instructions are photo’s from the master of the model,like this one :



With the instruction :assemble the engine so you’ve to search “a little bit” in all the bags to find all the right parts.

But first we begin with “the easy” part,the Hull Bar Armor.









With the other riverine models i’ve built,the only problem i had with these parts,they were always too thick,but now
I think the person who casted these parts,surely had a off day

Only one part (i must have 32 of them) was correct.



All the other parts,too thick (no surprise) and just look.







A lot of extra work to correct these errors,but never mind,no hard feelings i still love Masterpiece Models for making these magnificent models.
Just need some Milliput,Evergreen strips and













AndyMcHun
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Scotland, United Kingdom
Joined: November 27, 2010
KitMaker: 45 posts
Armorama: 37 posts
Posted: Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 04:54 AM GMT+7
Holy crab, man! This will be a job and half. I`ve seen this model built and painted. Looked impressive but I never thought it would be such difficult task to build. I will follow this build, good luck.
BroadSky
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Hessen, Germany
Joined: September 22, 2016
KitMaker: 9 posts
Armorama: 8 posts
Posted: Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 05:56 AM GMT+7
Dear Ronaldo,

in another blog someone asked what makes a kit "a dog" to build. Well, you certainly found the answer!
"Chapeau" for trying to build this one. I was also thinking of buying one of these cool boats but now............?
Certainly not!

Keep going!

Greetings,

Mark
Ronaldo
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Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Joined: October 14, 2004
KitMaker: 81 posts
Armorama: 68 posts
Posted: Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 06:49 AM GMT+7
Hi Andy,thanks,but it is not such a difficult task,just some extra work.

Hi Mark,of course it is not my intention to discourage people and this kit is certainly not "a dog" to build.
As i said,with the other riverine models i built,i did not have these errors with the Hull Bar Armor and there is nothing wrong with all the other parts.
Come on Mark,what about


Ronaldo
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Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Joined: October 14, 2004
KitMaker: 81 posts
Armorama: 68 posts
Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 04:27 AM GMT+7
The next stage,the deckhouse and the bar armor,is the same as with the “Tango” that i’ve built,so that will be no problem.
The bar armor supports are a little too thick i’m almost afraid to say that.



watch out for your fingers



The deckhouse bar armor,i’m almost used to make these things,but not to get bored,i only make two or three of them and then wait a little while and work on something else.



Some Milliput around the the helm,the rear gunners raised firing position and the deckhouse.









brekinapez
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Georgia, United States
Joined: July 26, 2013
KitMaker: 702 posts
Armorama: 700 posts
Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 06:11 AM GMT+7
Does this boat smell fresh as a country morning as well?
HeavyArty
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Virginia, United States
Joined: May 16, 2002
KitMaker: 15,360 posts
Armorama: 11,937 posts
Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 08:35 AM GMT+7
Very nice progress. I have one of their ATC(H) kits waiting in the wings. I hope to start it soon.
Ronaldo
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Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Joined: October 14, 2004
KitMaker: 81 posts
Armorama: 68 posts
Posted: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 05:11 AM GMT+7
Shell,with a little bit of my imagination,yes

Gino,is that the same kit you mentioned 19 months ago????
HeavyArty
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Posted: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 05:39 AM GMT+7

Quoted Text

Gino,is that the same kit you mentioned 19 months ago????



Yeessss. It is still on the "To-Do" list, which seems to keep growing. I'll eventually get to it.
Ronaldo
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Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Joined: October 14, 2004
KitMaker: 81 posts
Armorama: 68 posts
Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 05:09 AM GMT+7
The helm bar armor supports,as you can see,a lot of extra resin,but its so fragile,can’t use the hobby saw,i’ve (in the beginning,i thought i had) to use a stanley knife blade. (only the blade,i always use it like that)



The following 5 photo’s are from last year,when i built my first “Tango”,after 30/45 minutes,i got rid of all the resin.





I couldn’t use it like that,so i cut the lower part and replaced it with Evergreen strip and why didn’t i think about that right at the start.
So for the other helm bar armor support and now for the Douche Boat,i only need a few minutes for these supports.



Then the bar armor and almost ready for the next step.













Mark
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Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
Joined: February 07, 2003
KitMaker: 549 posts
Armorama: 456 posts
Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 10:17 PM GMT+7
Hey Ronaldo!
You are doing an awesome job on this MP kit! Not exactly 'snap together'... (alleen bij het zien van je foto's al zakt de moed me in de schoenen ;-) )

Any plans to put this baby in some sort of dio-setting?

best regards
Mark
Ronaldo
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Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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KitMaker: 81 posts
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Posted: Friday, May 19, 2017 - 05:00 AM GMT+7
Hey Mark,

Thanks,i’m going to make another diorama,although i have no much room for it anymore.
Sometimes when i think about all that work,that still needs to be done,then ...... (mijn moed zit dan al onder mijn schoenen )

This time,mainly with figures from Verlinden,no much choice,i already used the "non fighting" figures from Bravo 6 in another diorama,so this time Verlinden.





It wasn't easy to order the figures from Verlinden,a half year ago i almost ordered them from Historex,but with all the holidays ahead of us,i thought i wait till the next year.Two month's ago i wanted to order,but most of them were sold out.
Now i had to search on the internet and ordered them "all over the world".

What is a Vietnam riverine war diorama without a sampan,accidentally (usually i have no stash) i still had two sampans from Verlinden.



I don't want the sampans look alike,so i sawed one sampan in the middle and used the middle of the other to make one large sampan.





Because i really dislike the smell,when i’m sawing resin,especially from Verlinden,i worked to fast and ruined it.





I was so concentrated to repair the damage,that i made another huge mistake,only after i glued some parts and used a lot of Milliput,i saw what i've done.
Did you notice it,i forgot the front part of the sampan and used the back of it,twice.



So,with a little patience and “some” Milliput,the damage was fixed.



With the roof and all kind of stuff on the bottom,you don’t see the damage anymore.
I’m making the roof myself with cardboard,bandage and rope.