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  1. Just FYI Semore... there are no portholes on the hulls of the Iowa class ships. The kit has holes just above the waterline that are molded the size of portholes but on the real ship they are drain scuttles.
  2. I've got this monster (and CZ PE ) hiding away my stash too... looking forward to seeing it go together!
  3. Wow, congrats Semore! Not a small feat to finish one of these monster kits and your's is one of the best online.
  4. I took the holidays off but it about time to get back to work; here's a YouTube video of my current progress: https://youtu.be/oX-oZJO8Mds
  5. It's not wrong if it works! The only rule in scale modeling is "make it worthwhile to yourself" so you don't end up wasting a crap-ton of money on a project you end up hating... maybe "do your best" and "finish what you started" would be strong suggestions too, if not absolute rules. Everything else is just a tip or idea.
  6. I leave the molding base on the gun so I have something convenient to hold while assembling/painting, then cut it off with a razor saw after I'm done. Otherwise fingers work just fine for me on these kind of guns. I normally aim to get tiny stuff mounted to something temporarily otherwise, either by drilling a hole for a pin to stick into, clamping tweezers or sticking to double-sided tape on a piece of something big enough to hold onto. And yes, a good set of tweezers of various shapes is a must, as is a magnification of some kind (I use an optivisor)
  7. My bucket list: Meet my future great-grandchildren Dive down to the wreck of the Titanic Drink a glass of $10,000 scotch. Spend a night wandering alone aboard the USS Iowa See the eventual completion of Dafi's magnum opus Victory.
  8. Thanks for the kind comments everyone! I dove into the Veteran Models guns on Sunday... little model kits all by themselves: These are the 37mm FLAK Doppel C30's.... Bismarck has 8 of them. Don't think I have ever seen such tiny resin parts (especially with such fine detailing) but they are fun to assemble, albeit time-consuming.
  9. As a matter of fact, yes... they are either too short or the magazine rack is too big so they just don't look right, however. Too bad because it would have actually simplified assembly... instead of struggling to glue the tiny brass triangles in reasonably straight with gaps in between, one could just "pancake" the pieces together and get it perfect with little hassle. Oh well...
  10. 10 total... not too bad I guess. I survived building 65 20mm oerlikons for my Nelson but they were easy compared to these things.
  11. Quick post but it wasn't quick to build 'em: ... and VS the stock kit piece: Man these tiny little guns are A LOT of difficult work for me! The magazine racks on the base are especially nightmarish to put together.
  12. Pretty sure the pulley wheels would be the same grey as the rest of the crane and superstructure...
  13. Seriously man, no flattery being pulled here, your Bissy really does look fantastic! Every good build of this size and complexity takes on the artistic stamp of it's builder... I'm seeing it here and I'm really liking your take on it. All the aftermarket details mesh together well with the kit and you are keeping a very high and consistent standard of workmanship throughout the build... not easy to pull off when a model takes more than a year to build with so many different sub assemblies, different aftermarket components from different companies and burnout inevitably comes an issue. I love it when model builds eclipse the line from "assembly" to "art" and it's really cool to see other artistic modeler's take on the same subjects I'm working on, especially when they are working at or above my own skill level. This one's a winner!
  14. Beautiful work Semore... your Bissy is a serious showpiece, one of the best looking I've seen online!
  15. Nope, no giant swastikas... that was done when Bismark got the Baltic Camouflage paintjob during her first and only refit in Jan '41

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