Alright, now we’re getting into the fine detailing part of the project. In order to do this detailing I need stencils for scribing and I have quite a few for basic shapes, but I need some that represent Seawolf specific shapes, like hatches and torpedo shutters. So to get these custom shapes the best resource at my disposal is the process of chemical milling (aka photoetch). For those that have followed my worked since the beginning with my USS Permit they will notice that the quality of my “milling” work has improved ten-fold from that time. The reason for this isn’t fluke but hard work and perseverance...lots of practice, screw ups, experimenting, new equipment and materials, new techniques, and lots of research. Anyways, I’m using this stuff not only for stencilling, but for actual adhere-on details as well to my plug. For those worried that my usual fibreglass hull mould won’t be able to take that much detail, fear not as my plan this time is to go with rubber-glass hybrid moulds.
Here’s all my “artwork” for the shapes printed out on transparent film
Laminated and developed brass and stainless steel. If you look closely at my HMK ss ballast vent sheet I am using a mix between two sided and one sided art. This gives the effect of only partially etching through the sheet were desired to give a sort of scribe mark. This has been used extensively this time ‘round
This is a dual purpose sheet. It’s used first as a scribe template, then the grates are glued on between scribe lines...a perfect fit!
Now, to transfer measurements easily from my plans to the hull using cereal box cutouts