There’s nothing worse to me than some incident happening when you are in the final stages of finishing the model. And that’s exactly what happened with my Cole. As I was giving it the final Gloss Coat of Gunze Mr. Color Super Clear, the white decal for the helicopter pad all whirled up. The decal literally melted in contact with the lacquer, something that hasn’t happened to me before. I find it even more strange, that other decals were not affected.

USSCole-17The damage

I tried solving it as much as possible by carefully painting the markings using white and deck grey. The result isn’t stellar, but under a coat of weathering doesn’t look half as bad.

Anyhow, the model is now more or less finished. What remains to be done is finish the water display base.