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David Howe 624/01/2021 13:27:49
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Im about to start a steam drifter build, I would appreciate any advice on creating an authentic look of a riveted steel hull, it a table top model, won’t be going in the water.

Colin Bishop25/01/2021 10:19:22
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Hi David,

Welcome to the Forum. Methods or representing plating with riveting rather depend on what scale you are building to so give us a bit more info please.

Colin

Dave Cooper 625/01/2021 10:40:09
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Hello David

As it's a display model will it be to 'shipyard' or, 'in-service' finish ?

If it's in-service, and to a fairly large scale, I would be inclined to put a dribble of rust from the rivets, and to fittings below the waterline and some deck fittings - winches etc. I think Humbrol and Revell do 'rust finish' paints....

Try a little here and there to begin with as these things can be over-done.

Have fun,

Dave C

Ray Wood 225/01/2021 10:53:22
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Hi David,

Plating could be paper stuck on & sealed, I have had success with PVA glue applied with a cocktail stick, try a trial section and see how you go, for best spacing measure & draw the centres of your rivets in a straight line .

As Colin says it will depend on the scale.

Regards Ray

Edited By Ray Wood 2 on 25/01/2021 10:54:27

ashley needham25/01/2021 10:55:08
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Various people (not me) have used I think cartridge paper or plastic card and punched (rivets) in this from the back then applied the plates to the hull.

In theory you could dob PVA on with a cocktail stick to represent rivets.

Have to bear in mind how big the rivets would actually be at scale of course.

Ashley

Colin Bishop25/01/2021 11:03:27
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David tells me it is 1/48 scale so the suggestions above are all good.

Colin

James Hill 525/01/2021 11:33:57
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There are model companies who do strips of rivet detail that can be used on steel bridges etc in the model railway world. I think they come on an adhesive backed strip. You might be able to adapt for your model. Try Google model rivet detail.

Jim.

neil howard-pritchard25/01/2021 16:43:15
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if you are going down the road of making your plating from heavy grade paper or thinner card......this tool is invaluable...i used it on my 1;48 scale trawlers and their plates and ran the tool on the inside of the paper plate which embosses a rivet head equally spaced and equal in size to the outside of the card.

used it many times when building trawlers and tugs.

the easiest way i ever found to put rivets onto card.

 

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Edited By neil howard-pritchard on 25/01/2021 16:44:43

Bob Abell26/01/2021 09:25:41
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Hello David Howe

A few years ago, I built a large model of the PS Great Eastern and I also fancied the "Riveted steel appearance"

The model was 7 feet in length and a plain painted black hull needed the touch of antiquity?

I used thickish card about 0.018" thick and in strips about 18mm wide and about 12" long. For the rivets,I used a blunt spring loaded centre punch, for rivet size consistency;

The card was glued to the hull using PVA

When dry, it was a shear pleasure to paint the hull with semi matt black paint

The effect was splendid

Photo`s to follow

Bob

Bob

Bob Abell26/01/2021 09:40:30
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The GE rivet photo`s......

You may ask any questions if necessary

Lifeboats

Rivets and hull plating

Weathering and rust

Rust effect

Paddlebox plating

Portholes

Bob Abell

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