My build is intended to show the hard life of a North Atlantic Convoy escort, hence the heavy weathering and lack of attention to the straightness of some parts such as railings etc. Some of the ships came back with sections of rail, deck fitting, superstructure, and in one documented case the whole 4” gun washed away by heavy seas.
The model is OOB except for glue, paint, tools, the tissue paper used for the boat covers and 4” blast bag, and stiff paper for the 4” protective surround. Weathering was applied heavily using a plant sprayer to apply a mix of Indian ink and water with a couple of drops of washing up liquid to allow the mix to flow. Rust was watered down acrylic paint applied with a ½” flat brush. All paints were acrylic – a mix of Revell, Tamiya and cheap war game brands. Colors for the ship were mixed to match info from the ‘net. Snyder & Shorts’ ship camouflage site is very useful.
I don’t claim that the model is 100% accurate, as the 4 photos of Cowslip that I could find were spread over 4 years and three refits!, but I think that I’ve captured the appearance of the ship and it’s a tribute to all the men and ships that kept valuable supply routes open during WW2