Painting Metal Launches

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My kit La Toulonnaise comes with a metal launch or small boat. What's the best way to finish it? My last kit I simply painted it brown but I was not happy with the result,
Are there any other alternatives to improve the look of the launch?
Thanks
 
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One of the items I would definitely replace, either scratch built or with one of the nice little laser cut aftermarket kits. They are a bit fiddly to assemble, but the final result is great!
 
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My kit La Toulonnaise comes with a metal launch or small boat. What's the best way to finish it? My last kit I simply painted it brown but I was not happy with the result,
Are there any other alternatives to improve the look of the launch?
Thanks
I took the metal launch and planked it with wood stripsw
 
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I planked mine with wood strips
 

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It definitely helps to prep the metal and apply a good primer base. The top coat then takes on a smooth look as if one painted wood planking.
 
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Falconet has some real nice small boat mini kits. Here's how mine came out for my Rattlesnake, the detail easily exceeds the kit provided boat. Same goes for my Surprise, I have no idea if they are historically accurate but the scale is correct and as I say the detail is superb.

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This is the best picture I have I hope it helps. The planking was about 1-2 mm wife I used ca glue after sanding it down with steel wool and acetone.

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