|I've been wanting to do this model as a companion for the Patoka kit for a while. It was inspired by the photos of Shenandoah & Patoka engaged in docking trials in Narraganset Bay R.I. in 1926. I think it looks the part when hung up behind the Patoka
model, and I’m much pleased with how it came out.
The fuselage is cast in 2 halves so it can be hollow, and they’re done male & female with a lip & rabbet to make aligning them easier. The master was printed in the Shapeways nylon, which is really too coarse a material for modeling. This left the mating
edges somewhat rough and putty was required to fill & smooth the seam. Not to mention a lot of priming & sanding on the outside to get a smooth master before I could make the molds! Other than that it was a trouble free build.