Just wondering if anyone has ever tried modelling in 1/500 scale and if so what materials etc they used. I know a few on here have dabbled with smaller scales but haven't seen anything about a model this large. I have had a long term ambition to build a model of one of the sealink saint class (probably Galloway Princess) and think 1/500 would be a nice size - big enough to work on with my shakey hands but small enough not to take up significant space (about 24cm long give or take). It would be a waterline model initially though I wouldn't rule out going all the way with a later version (don't fancy trying to make a bulbous bow on my first go!). At present my idea would be to build a frame out of wood (using matchsticks and coffee stirrers) for the hull then use thin balsa to cover it in. I would probably prefabricate the superstructure in sections using the same frame and cover constuction then glue them together on the hull before painting. Not sure whether I would try painting logos on with a stencil and spray paint or use waterslides (have had mixed success with these on the past) I wouldnt be looking for 100% accuracy, just something recognisable as what it is. Any thoughts or comments???
If successful next on the list would be Fiesta and Fantasia!
EDIT: 2500 matchsticks (and a safety cutter), 1000 coffee stirrers, and some sheets of 0.8mm balsa ordered from eBay! Estimate the finished model will be approx 26cm long and 4.5cm wide. Should be enough to do a few models. Now I just need to draw some plans, time to put all that maths I've been doing at uni to use!