Here we go. I will be posting previous construction and where it was at prior to getting the flyhawk set and the wood deck. I will have to do some minor de-construction to add etch parts that I previously didn't have. First off the photos of where I left off at before she found herself on the shelf of doom.
This is where I left off. At the time I didn't have a proper Ocean Gray so first things was repainting the Hull color.
Now on to removing kit parts and replacing with flyhawk etch
I wasn't too pleased with dragons lack of detail at the Aft life raft stations on the outside of the hull, and flyhawks fix seemed too flat and unrealistic, so I combined both kit and etch and a little .4mm drill and this is what I came up with
More of Flyhawks details added around the funnels and surrounding details. Also a look at the deck painted in AK interactive flight deck stain 21. I sealed the deck with testors lacquer based gloss clear, then painted over it with the flight deck stain, may add a wash to it, I have not decided on it yet.
That's it for now will have more updates as she moves along.
Your Independence is looking great so far. I can't imagine why you stopped... but I guess we are our own worst critics! Your creative approach in combining kit and Flyhawk aftermarket etch parts for the aft life raft stations is especially effective. I too will be following your build with interest!
I stopped because the eduard set isnít that detailed, it covers the basics. Also Eduards set is fragile, especially with stairs. I broke a few trying to fold them. The flyhawk set goes into greater detail to fix or enhance the kit details. Sometime soon Iíll lay out and take pictures of Eduards set and instructions and then flyhawks set and instructions. If anyone is on the fence between Eduards set (price is hard to beat) vs and other detail set, my opinion would be to skip Eduards set and opt for a little more, this kit is very detailed on its own, and would do great without any additions to it. But as most of us ship builders can attest to, I look at Aztec stairs and overscale and blocky kit pieces and want to improve it. When I started building it I wasnít as skilled of a ship builder as I am now also. The funds permitted the flyhawk set and I was waiting for that to further improve this wonderful kit. As ships go, dragons detail in their new ships is hard to beat, but you pay in parts count and horrible instructions plagued with mistakes.