I airbrush all the parts with a coat of gloss varnish and start with decals.
First the starboard ship number.
And all the Islands decals in place.
After the decals was it time for some light weathering. I used Flory Models Dark Dirt Wash for this
and applied it as a pin wash.
Next thing to do was to figure out a way to simulate the lights in the large 65 figures.
I come up with this way First I cut a thin strip of clear styren and give it a very light coat of Tamiya X-19 Smoke.
When it was dry I cut the strip in a suitable length and glue the small pieces to the center of
the figures with a small drop Gator Glue.
Okay, after the Island have got a coat of flat varnish was the next step the bridge windows.
They seems to have a light greenish tint and to create this have I cut a strip in the right hight for the windows from
the clear styrene sheet. Next have I airbrush them with a light coat of Tamiya X-25 Clear Green.
Next I cut the clear styrene in the right length and glued them with small amount of Gator Glue over the
To create the window frames have I airbrush a thin strip of masking tape with the same grey shade as the Island.
I also give it a coat of flat varnish so it will blend in with the rest of the Island.
I think this was the easiest way to create the frames, the alternative way to do it was to mask and paint the frame in,
and that will take forever
Another thing I wanted to recreate was all the wipers on the bridge window.
First I cut small pieces from a thin styrene strip to get the parts for the wiper motor housing.
And glued them in place at the bottom of the windows with a drop of Gator Glue.
Next problem to solve, how to create the wiper arms? I was needing something very thin and T shaped to make
the arms, and when it suddenly it hit me that I could cut this parts out from some plain railing
And bend them to a wiper arm shape.
Next I carefully glued them in place in each window.
And last have I painted the motor housing and the wipers with a very small brush
And the finished result.
After the mast was glued in place was it time to start with the rigging. I will use two size of elastic thread.
The 0.03 mm size is from Uschi van der Rosten and the 0.25 mm is from E Z Line.
The rigging on the Big E is not so intricate, I start with the signal halyard,
I used the EZ line for the antenna wires.
I used Crystal Clear and glue the US flag on a piece of kitchen foil. This allows me to shape the flag later.
The flag is hoisted
And when the rigging was done and all the other bits and pieces was in place was the Island finished.
The Island was glued in place on the deck.
I have also done the platform for the Phalanx self defense weapon and glue it in place.
And last a some overview pictures of the Island.
Okay, all for this part, thanks for looking and see you next time