Airfix 1/600 RMS Queen Elizabeth by ChrisSC

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Well since my 1/350 Lusitania project has been indefinitely suspended as the parts I'm waiting for never arrived I figured I would try out a few 1/600 ships and see what that's all about.

My initial reaction is that I'm not a fan. I can't paint any detail on a scale this small, and most everything is already molded to the model. I really had a hard time painting the windows, they came out quite bad but they're just too small for me. I have 3 in this scale, Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary, and Mauritania. I think I'll do the two Queens just to fill up some time.

I have a 1/450 QE2 which unfortunately also has a lot of stuff already molded to the decks but at least it's not as tiny as these. I also have a 1/400 Queen Mary 2 which looks like a nice build with a lot of parts. I enjoy 1/350 scale and would not like to go much smaller than that on a ship.

On this Queen Elizabeth I tried painting the windows three different times with three different techniques and none of them worked. I finally said that's it, it will just have to be good enough. Lots of paint on those windows lol.1.jpg2.jpg3.jpg4.jpgView attachment 167317View attachment 1673176.jpg7.jpg8.jpg
 
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It took me a couple of hours just to mask and paint the chain runs! This forecastle may take a week lol. I'm having to slice 1 mm masking tape in halves or thirds to fit in these tight spots. I need younger eyes.

9 Bridge Windows.jpg10 Forecastle Masking.jpgI tried to get real chain but the smallest I could order still looked too big.
 
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The painting all looks excellent, Chris. Speaking to the problem of the windows, though, one approach would be to first paint in the darker window color into the window recess. Be as clean as you can about it. And then, come back and lightly dry-brush the raised frame with white, to clean up any over-runs.
 
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The painting all looks excellent, Chris. Speaking to the problem of the windows, though, one approach would be to first paint in the darker window color into the window recess. Be as clean as you can about it. And then, come back and lightly dry-brush the raised frame with white, to clean up any over-runs.
Thanks. I initially did mask off everything except the recessed areas and sprayed them black. I tried a couple of other things that failed, some of these windows are tiny. Eventually I took the smallest white paint pen I could find and barely dabbed away at the raised sections of the windows. I had to wipe the tip of the pen off every time before doing this as the paint would flood the recess if I didn't. Your suggestion sounds like a better option. I just keep experimenting until I find something acceptable. This scale is a lot harder than I thought it would be!
 
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What joy, a ship in 1: 600!
And then the legendary Queen Elizabeth !!
I have just written a series of articles on www.modellmarine.de about the Queens. You may be interested.
See http://www.modellmarine.de/index.ph...il-1-von-wilfred-grab&catid=255:spezialwochen
Nice article, thank you. I get the feeling that the Queen Mary has always gotten more praise and publicity but I actually think the Queen Elizabeth was a nicer looking ship. I'm not considering interiors but I think the Queen Elizabeth exterior had much nicer lines in all respects, plus she was larger. Overlooked to some extent in my opinion considering she was the largest liner for many decades. Maybe it's because the Queen Mary is still with us. Queen Elizabeth and Normandie, too close to call for me but my two favorites. I also thought the Aquitania was a beautiful ship.
 
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This link gives you access to all 7 parts of the article.
Part 3 describes in addition to the Queen Mary especially the Queen Elizabeth as a model of Airfix.

Greetings across the pond
Wilfred
Thanks Wilfred, I am enjoying reading through your articles. Great stuff. I have waiting to build a few that you went over. I have the 1/570 Queen Mary, The 1/400 Queen Mary 2 Platinum Edition, and I also have the 1/450 QE2 from Revell. The QM2 looks like quite a task to build. I also have the Trumpeter 1/200 Titanic with all the detail kits and I'm thinking I don't know which will be more of a challenge to build, the QM2 or Titanic. Both will take lots of time.
 
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Hallo Chris
Thank you for your answer.
You would be easier to find if your post title RMS Queen Elizabeth - Airfix 1: 600 would be.

Happy Sunday
Wilfred
 
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Hallo Chris
Thank you for your answer.
You would be easier to find if your post title RMS Queen Elizabeth - Airfix 1: 600 would be.

Happy Sunday
Wilfred
You're welcome. Yes, I understand. I don't think it's possible to edit the thread title or I would change it.
 
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