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USS Cannon

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USS Cannon…

This is Pit Roads 1:350 Cannon Class Destroyer Escort. It was build using Toms etch set, L´Arsenals 40 mm kit and figures.

The kit itself is Trumpeters England which in collaboration with Pit Road and an additional frame for a new funnel among other things, turns into a Cannon Class. While the decals included give you the option to build a postwar Japanese version of this vessel, I choose to do a WW2 version of Cannon itself.

I gave the hull a treatment of "oil canning" - the effect seen both from the welding process and the beating of the waves. While not very distinct it still ads some "life" to the otherwise plain hull.

The ship was embedded in a simple base, and a small crew was added to give some sense of scale to this rather small ship.

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About Jan Klarbæk (MrMox)

I want more hours in my day ....


Hey Jan, Like your "U-boot im Eismeer", a very nice and remarkably life-like built... I especially like the "oil canning" and the sea base. Could you share us some words about the oil-canning technique ? Top work ! regards, Werner
FEB 21, 2012 - 09:15 PM
Really nice work Jan! The weathering is spot on and I really dig your water. Cheers! Stefan
FEB 22, 2012 - 12:40 AM
Very nice work! Weathering super!
FEB 22, 2012 - 02:29 AM
Don't be so modest Jan, the oil canning can be seen and is really good ! Beautiful craftmanship. Julian
FEB 22, 2012 - 07:10 AM
Thanks guys, and thanks for putting the feature up. A little correction, the kit is labeled by Pitroad, but contains Trumpeter parts. @ Werner - my approach is to look at referances an on basis of that, draw up lines on the hul depicting bulkheads and other support under the "skin" - the areas not supported should get the treatment - I use a curved exacto blade - No 5 i think?? - and gently scrape between supports. A bit of sanding and some licquid glue to even out most of the sharp marks left by the blade. A question? - is the base too small, would it benefit to have a larger base so the wessel doesn´t sit so close to the edges ?? The result can be strenghtend by pre- and post shading.
FEB 22, 2012 - 09:55 PM
Is question .no royal?? Jajaj congratulations!! Very good!!! Some day you were teaching me like to do the water!!! Excellent!!
FEB 23, 2012 - 12:45 AM
Thanks for explaining the method, Jan. about the base : in my opinion it is a question about proportion and composition... I would say in this case it is very good. You could make the base bigger but than you have the job of creating the wave pattern more extensive... Also you will have less space in your showcase (and end up like me with a showcase full of water rather then ships:) Anyway, you have a small display to be proud of...
FEB 24, 2012 - 06:03 AM
while 1-350, this is still quite a small model which is really well turned out, great weathering and sea effect, if I may be brave and say - on your next build, say like the bottom right hand photo, destroyer in the sea, take a couple of B/W snaps as well.
FEB 29, 2012 - 06:01 AM
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