Program 5 Command and Communication Boat (CCB) Tutorial
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Step 9: Painting
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CCB 151-2 completely assembled, painted, and mounted on a simple water scene. The tire bumpers and scale rope adds a nice touch or realism to the model. The yellow “electrical shock” warning labels on the antenna bases were made by cutting triangles out of an old decal sheet, and the text was painted by hand. Notice the 20-mm ammo can and M16A1 rifle positioned on the command module.
Stern view of the completed CCB 151-2. Notice the splashed water applied to the lower portion of the boat. This was accomplished by applying a thin layer of gloss varnish to the waterline.

Close up view of the deckhouse. Notice the C-ration case and the light blue area on the aft 40-mm turret. This area was usually reserved for the boat commander’s rank and last name. The muddy jungle boot prints applied to the deck adds a touch of realism.

Notice the art work on the 40-mm turret, the word “Saint” with a halo above and devils pitchfork below. This was applied by using a fine ballpoint pen. The boat was weathered by using water colors. I like using this method for rust and rain streaks. If you make a mistake, you can simply wipe it off and try again!

Bow view of the completed CCB. Notice the orange colored patches revealed by chipped paint. The orange paint was an anti-rust precoating that was applied to all river assault craft before painting them Marine Corps green.
Overall view of CCB 151-2 mounted on a wooden base. A hole was cut-out with a router and a piece of foam board was placed inside the hole. Too simulate water; waves were achieved by pressing a teaspoon into the foam. The foam was then painted Humbrol matt 29 and allowed to dry overnight. The next day several coats of gloss varnish was applied to the painted foam. This was a simple and effective method to simulate the brown sedimentary water of the Mekong Delta.
Front view of C-151-2. The CCB carried 17,860 pounds of trigger bar and armor plate.
The waves look very realistic in this photograph. Notice the black hull numbers.
Top view of CCB 151-2’s bow. Notice the antenna bases that are painted red and tire bumper.
The American flag waving in the wind is one of my favorite tricks. I use a decorative toothpick party flag and glue a piece of aluminum foil in between so I can form the flag to blow in the wind.
The real CCB 151-2. Notice the chipped and worn paint on the bow revealing the orange anti-rust precoating.
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