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  1. Beautiful little model. Again, I wish it was offered in 1/32nd scale. I love the shape and curves of the hull. So typical. Yves
  2. Very, very nice model. You did a fantastic job as Artesania Latina models are not always easy to build, specifically in regard to the wood quality. Yves
  3. This is probably to go with their recently released 1/200 scale Titanic. For those diorama lovers.... Yves
  4. Apparently, TAKOM has decided to release the massive kit of the Yamato gun turret in 1/72nd scale. That could be a starting point for building a 1/72nd scale Yamato monster..... More details in the link below: https://www.themodellingnews.com/2020/04/it-is-officially-2nd-of-arpil-takoms.html#more Yves
  5. April's Fool joke: it would be quite an experience, if they could start the Diesel engine as well.....
  6. Thank you 7Youngs. I did find some details and will present them soon. That is a very nice set that you got. Yves
  7. Kevin, Very nice jetty that you are building. May I suggest you stagger the rails so as not to have their links at the same place. You could also use metal rails from Scale One (1/32) or even G scale (1/29). Brass rails can be purchased individually for these scales. Yves
  8. For the aficionados of Type VII-c, here are a few drawings representing the Control Room being worked on at this time: The Tank view clearly shows how the various fuel tanks are arranged inside the pressure hull. The Control room is basically sitting on top of the fuel tanks and the main ballast of a capacity of 47.75 cubic meters. On the top view, you can see the well for the attack periscope which is missing in the Trumpeter kit. The blue-print also shows the various curvatures of the control room and the fuel tanks. Trumpeter could have provided some convex bulkheads for that room, but they decide otherwise, to make the final assembly in the hull, easier. Too bad, it would have been an interesting feature. Yves
  9. Just a quick update. I am working on the rear bulkhead and will not glue or install the front bulkhead, until I am done with both of them. It is in fact really difficult to paint and glue all the small parts if you do not have a direct access to the bulkheads. So, the rear one is pretty much completed: As indicated, this fuel tank (picture below) will be painted after gluing the front bulkhead. Then resin will be poured to match the level of the front fuel tank, in the forward compartment. Finally, more resin will be poured to simulate some sea water in the main ballast. All this "liquid" will do for a rather heavy module at the end. Yves
  10. A couple more pictures to situate the action: This is the left over space in the hull that will accommodate the two compartments under construction. View of the Control Room floor. Notice the hole drilled and the tube allowing the attack periscope to slide down in the guts of the beast: View of the main ballast, before any sea water is poured into it (below): The tank located under the control room *below): And the two ends of the rear fuel tank: You can notice the different appearance of the resin mixed at (too) low temperature (left) and at correct temperature (right). Since these two sections are separated by the outside hull and not much of them is visible, it does not come as a blatant contrast. Still, I wish I had waited one more day before pouring that very sensitive resin. One day was in the 50's, the following in the low 80's. Yves

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