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Tim Quinlan's operational scratchbuilt ships

The May 2011 issue showcases Tim's USS Iowa. Here are a few more of his finished ships.
Published: March 28, 2011
Tim Quinlan builds large, scratchbuilt operational ships. Several years ago, he decided he was going to scratchbuild a 1/96 scale model of every ship in the U.S. Navy during the Spanish-American War. The May 2011 FineScale Modeler features his USS Iowa.
The USS Brooklyn sets sail: The 1/96 scale ship took Tim about a year to complete. He cast his own fittings in fiberglass resin using RTV silicone molds. The model was painted in Spanish-American War colors.
The USS Maine was Tim's first airbrushed model. He used small snaps for the ship's pulleys and made tarp covers with tissue soaked in a mixture of white glue and water.
"Ships that I have seen have been really hammered by the elements," says Tim. "So, I consider weathering to be one of the most important aspects of creating a model that looks real on the water." He used a variety of techniques, including washes, pastels, and abrasion, to give his USS Olympia a sailed-in look.

To read more about Tim's ships, check out the May 2011 issue.
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