First up is the Chinese Navy Type 056 (NATO name: Jiangdao) class corvette. This is the 1/700 scale version from the Objects May Appear … shop.
I was actually quite pleased with how the ship turned out. I was worried about the graininess of the basic white strong & flexible material, so I selected a white polished strong & flexible material for the ship and was happy with how smooth it turned out (Chris had posted on a comment on the previous post saying that he thought I would like the polished material and he was right). The model is very similar to a standard injection molded plastic model with a hollowed out bottom (I didn’t take a photo of that part, but I think everyone will understand what I’m talking about). The forward deck does have some stair-stepping from the printing process. It is hard to see in the photos and might not be very visible once paint is applied. But I think I will try to sand it down a little (although I have read that this material doesn’t really sand very well). That said, I think it will really match up well with my other 1/700 scale plastic and resin ships.
So, how does the model compare to the real thing? It is pretty close in size – most websites say the Type 056 is around 90m long (although none of them clarify if that is maximum length or waterline length), which would work out to 12.85 cm in 1/700 scale and the model comes in around 12cm.
|The starboard side of a PLAN Type 056 in port|
|Shapeways Type 056|
|A better overhead view of a Type 056 corvette|
The other items I ordered were 1/144th scale 1930s air racers from the Arctic Skunk shop. My friend Kevin has a bunch of these and you’ve seen photos of his planes from our air racing game. I ordered these with the basic white strong & flexible material and they do have a somewhat grainy texture. I also understand that this material really soaks up the paint, so you need to prime the planes really well.
The three planes I got are the Howard DGA-4 “Ike”, the Hall Bulldog (a favorite of mine, even though it was a poor racer), and the Laird Super Solution. I really like these planes and I’m looking forward to painting them up. Although, I think I will work on the ship first.