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USS Grouper, SS-214, circa 1945

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USS Grouper, SS-214, circa 1945

Postby RickNelson » Sat Jun 27, 2009 5:14 pm

Once I finished the 5"/25 Cal. deck gun I was able to complete the USS Grouper. Seems like I've been working on it for ever! Here are a few photos:

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Postby hakkikt » Sun Jun 28, 2009 5:37 am

Looks very nice, Rich.
I especially like the way you mounted it, with a mirror and the two slender brass pieces. Almost looks as if it were floating.
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Postby RickNelson » Sun Jun 28, 2009 12:20 pm

Thank you. That was exactly the look I was trying to achieve. Under water, "Bearing . . . Mark!"
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Postby BLesht » Tue Jun 30, 2009 6:29 pm

Great work, Rick. I'm looking forward to the next installment of the build series in the SCR. Barry
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Postby RickNelson » Tue Jun 30, 2009 7:24 pm

Thank you Barry. I'm working on the next installment as we speak.
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Postby Al Nuci » Sun Aug 30, 2009 3:12 pm

Excellent job there Rick, Many upgraded accessories I see, which certainly improve the overall appearance. I also really like the extra vents along the hull specific to the late war Baleo class boats. IMO, it's all part of what make the subs of that era so special. Guns, vents, etc. Regards, Al,
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Postby RickNelson » Sun Aug 30, 2009 3:30 pm

Thanks Al for your very nice comments. I totaly agree, I think that the Gatos in '45 were the best example of a submarine class at the height of it's evolution.
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Postby ManOwaR » Sun Aug 30, 2009 4:23 pm

Hi Rick,
Nice Build! Even more impressive to me is the photography work that was done here to really accentuate your model. Do you have any tips on lighting, techniques and or equipment that were used to get these great results?

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Postby RickNelson » Sun Aug 30, 2009 5:07 pm

Hi Joel,

Thank you very much for your kind words. As far as my photo equipment goes I shoot a Nikon D80 with a 60mm Micro lens. Tripod is a must along with a remote shutter button. Wide open aperture, manual focus, and white balance set using a gray card. Here is a photo of my equipment setup:

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Isn't PVC pipe great! I have three blue 100W photographic bulbs in the reflectors which I got at an auto parts store. I was using home-made diffusers but have since take them off. The Gato was shot without them.

Hope this helps.
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Postby ManOwaR » Mon Aug 31, 2009 10:59 am

Thanks Rick, good info!
Have you ever thought of doing an SCR article on this topic...I for one would be extremely interested in it. There doesn't seem to be an over abundance of info out there on photographing models...
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Postby RickNelson » Mon Aug 31, 2009 1:44 pm

Good suggestion Joel, I'll keep it in mind.

Thanks,

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