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'Zwarte Zee' salvage tug 2 ........!  by Roy  Massicks

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Model of the ‘Zwarte Zee’ a 1960’s Dutch salvage tug. At the time she was the most powerful tug in the world. The model took me 866 hours to make spread over a period of almost three years. Paintwork was 95% air brushed.

Panasonic – LUMIX, GH2 at 32mm, 14×140 lens 1/100, f/8, iso 640, Manual.
From a single RAW image.


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  • David Davies
    David Daviesabout 2 years ago

    What a labour of love! I commend you, Roy, I would never have had the patience to undertake a project like that.

  • Thank you so much David – Heather says I have no patience with anything else but do have for my models and photography… !

    – Roy Massicks

  • georgieboy98
    georgieboy98about 2 years ago

    I echo David wholeheartedly – a fantastic commitment that deserves nothing but praise.
    Goodonya Roy!!

  • Thank you kindly Peter – it was the detailing that I enjoyed the most with model making.

    – Roy Massicks

  • NikonJohn
    NikonJohnabout 2 years ago

    Three years. Oh my goodness! It’s amazing!

  • Many thanks John – I had plenty of time as when I was on the Pilot boat I spent a lot of time on call.

    – Roy Massicks

  • myraj
    myrajabout 2 years ago

    Fantastic model and great presentation Roy.

  • Thank you so much Myra for the kind comment and favourite. I only have three models left now, gave the others away when we moved to the Barrier !

    – Roy Massicks

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterabout 2 years ago

    great model Roy xx

  • Thank you very much Lynn – this one is my favourite !

    – Roy Massicks

  • gail woodbury
    gail woodburyabout 2 years ago

    WoW !! .You passion has really paid off here Roy ..what a brilliant project !. Thankyou for sharing xx
    Have a great weekend

  • Thank you so much Gail – it helped to be on shiftwork, left me daytime to work on it.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Susie Peek
    Susie Peekabout 2 years ago

    Terrific work Roy ~ wonderful model with such intricate detail ~ obviously a labour of love!

  • Many thanks Susie – it’s the intricate detail I enjoy so much.

    – Roy Massicks

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 2 years ago

    Another wonderful capture, looks amazing against the dark background Roy

  • Thank you so much Andrea ~ re the lighting, very expensive equipment and assistant……lol !
    Heather adjusting the curtains so that the right amount of light shines on the model !

    – Roy Massicks

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