|The Z-7 (foreground) a Type 24 torpedo boat in back|
|The model kit box cover|
The books on German camouflage patterns showed several slightly different versions of the pattern that Z-7 wore during the Channel Dash. But most agree that it was basically a disruptive scheme with dark areas forward, center, and aft. The center portion was carried up to the torpedo deck and aft funnel. Just looking at the center of the ship could almost give the impression of that this was an escort trawler. One of the camouflage source I looked at showed a false bow wave on the aft dark area, which I decided to include because it was an unusual look.
|Z-7 from the starboard side|
|Z-7 from the port side|
|A three-quarter view|
|The Type 24 in the foreground|
I don’t have any good sources on German torpedo boat camouflage for this timeframe, so I went the general descriptions given in most books of the basic two-color disruptive scheme. I probably should have changed the positioning of the dark areas a little, since it really looks like the destroyer, but I think it still turned out okay. As with the destroyer, I will probably add a base, although this ship is sturdy enough to put up with some gamer rough-handling.
|Type 24 starboard side view|
|A port three-quarter view|
But I also thought I would put up a few photos of the modern Chinese Type 92 ballistic missile submarine that I finished painting earlier in the year. This is a 3D printed model I got through Shapeways, so it did not require any assembly. It painted up okay, but the grainy surface made it a little hard to keep the lines straight. I used a scale black for the main upper hull color and a darker black to try to bring out some of the details of the missile hatches and free-flood holes. Overall it turned out okay, but in these just disappear in some lighting conditions.
|Type 92 starboard side view|
|Type 92 port side view|
|A little better shot of the missile hatches|