I liked this idea but when I built the riverboat, there was a seam between the two pieces of wood I used to make the superstructure that I want to cover up. I very quickly drew some hatches and portholes in GIMP and added some rust streaks because why not? The printed sheet was mounted on card with spray adhesive and the individual sides cut out.
|Printed mounted and about to be cut.|
|Cut taped, trimmed and resized|
Here's the finished product:
|Waiting for the for'rd port side panel|
|Aft deck house.|
|For'rd panel cut and installed.|
Overall I am very pleased with the effect. With a bit more time and effort at the design stage, there is potential to add a lot more detail. Now to build up those gunwales.....