This model is made of structural rigid foam.
- light and yet extremely stable
- easy to paint
- to grind and file on the edges
- sawable and cutable
Thanks to the structural hard foam, the hull can be quickly formed. The hull can be painted quickly and easily by dry-brushing. This allows the many details and the wood grain to be brought out. Whoever spends a little more time in painting will be rewarded. Which colors you use is up to you - the hard foam can take anything. Even a wash is possible. But since the surface is not "absorbent" the wet wash needs some drying time.
Our tip: Brush the primer first with a medium brown, which is slightly lighter than the primer on the ship. Then apply a wash in dark brown over it. Then brush it again with a medium brown. Finally, accentuate the edges with ochre. The landscape colors from ZITERDES (NOCH) are very suitable for this.
The Viking shields (see accessories, not included) are first painted for this purpose and then glued to the railing with superglue, Uhu or hot melt glue. The mast can easily be inserted and glued in the recess. If the recess is not deep enough, you can deepen it with a drill. The yard can be connected with the second wooden pole crosswise with the mast and be fastened with a tinkering wire or a string strikingly. A simple piece of cloth, tied to the mast, can be used as a dummy sail. The string can also be used again. A raised sail is a lot more complex and should not be described here - that would be too complex.
The rudder rods can be made from the fine and flexible plastic rod included in the delivery. In the first step you cut the poles to length - 6 cm should be long enough. On the hull of the ship, the model includes the rudder rod openings. If you drill them (drill 1-2 mm) the flexible plastic rods can be pushed through and glued. The effect is enormous and enhances the hull enormously. We have deliberately omitted the rudder blades because they are under water :-).
Have fun painting and decorating the hull of the ship. Wish you your ZITERDES team.