Great innovation and workmanship. .....just what the hobby needs to keep progressing. Please keep up the good work and posting your efforts. When it comes time to build my WTC for my 1:25 type VIIc/41, I'll need all the help I can get.
.....I've done a similar thing when it comes to drying washes on models to see what it will look like. I used your everyday average hair dryer. ....a hot heat gun would be a BIG mistake, unless you're going for a depth charged look to your hull
Have you ever tried putting steel wool in a vinigar bath overnight to produce "real" rust, and then applying it as you would a wash ? This is something I've been experimenting with recently with very nice results. It does require a sealer coat with some type of matt finish in order to hold the rust in place though, or it will rub off pretty easily. I plan on using this technique for my VIIc/41. Your finished VIIc looks great, very "real".
Do you have any pics of your boats in the water ?
"I don't have anything else planned for this afternoon." - Lt. Col J.O.E. Vandeleur
A Bridge Too Far (1977)