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IJN I-58 (1944 fit)

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About the Author

About Rui Matos (skipper)

Hi all Crew Members!
Rui Matos, 39 years old (in 2006), married, former Portuguese Navy Fire Control Radar Operator , and "owned" by two cats - James, Stripes (Riscas in portuguese, now deceased) and Moon (Lua)!
I've been modeling since I was 6, but only have turned to Submarines in 1991 o...


Skipper, Great job on the buils.
JUL 03, 2007 - 07:56 AM
a few more junks and you could call it Hong Kong visit
JUL 03, 2007 - 08:07 AM
Thanks guys! The chinese junks are there to give you a location of the scene - there's no need to say where it is, is there? And the colours issue... I always dislike the dull and monotonous/colour blind/monocromatic dios - if I can make a scene with some colour interest I will, within the "limits"! My intention was to give a little colour "happiness" and also some location hints, without saying nothing! Thanks for your compliments - I really apreciate them Skipper EDIT: I forgot to mention that the chinese junk is scratchbuilt
JUL 03, 2007 - 09:30 AM
Rui, the more I look at it, the more I love it, it seems that you really went "on the other side" with this one, you make me lie when i express my doubts about ship dioramas i think that what I really love about it (+ the colours) is the way you handled the empty sea space. but i am sorry, now you will have to be compared with the bests, so I do think that the joint between the sea and your base is a little bit scruffy, and it's one place where you should maybe take more care of next time (there is a line visible on the last picture too)
JUL 07, 2007 - 12:16 AM
Thanks (again) for the compliments, Jean-Bernard I know that some things could be improved, but I rushed some details in order to have the model ready for our club XI Expo As for comparing my work in this scale with the best - NO WAY! So far, in my life, I only have made 5 1/700 models, and I still have a lot to learn... Although I consider myself a skillfull modeler in my usual area (1/72 and mainly 1/35 or 54mm submarines), 1/700 is a completely different story! Ok, you can finish one 1/700 scale model ship during one weekend, but if you go "into the dark side" and put, at least some PE sets and make a water base, this could turn in a project for a month or more (please remember that I am a slow worker).... and I am not even talking about making corrections on the plastic model (damn references!!!!!) I know you are completely right on your coments, but I think that this will be taken care on a future project(s). For now, I will leave it as it is. Skipper
JUL 07, 2007 - 06:32 AM
Looks great, I love the colorful junk. 1/700 scale still amazes me everytime I see one.
JUL 07, 2007 - 10:58 PM
Hi Skipper, Very neat looking dio, and as jba says good use of the space. Nice work Rui and the additions make for an interesting setting. Thanks for sharing, don't rush!!!!! (famous last words) Cheers Al
JUL 09, 2007 - 05:40 PM
Thank you Gentleman! Another note on the rush: only in the sea base - not in the model Once again, Thanks for your comments Skipper
JUL 10, 2007 - 12:18 AM
A beautyful dio Skipper, sea colour is different but very nice. Love the little junk which also adds that splash of colour. Ciao Luciano
JUL 10, 2007 - 06:38 AM
Ciao Luciano Thanks - the difference in the water colour is because I palced the sub on a river (in the monsoon period)... another hint that it is a river, are the mooring buoy Gald you liked it Cheers, Skipper
JUL 10, 2007 - 06:51 AM