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  1. Made some more progress this weekend, got the rear superstructure PE all done and painted: Something I did that I don't see many other Bismarck builders do is paint the roof of the main hangar in dark grey (the same color as most all steel deck areas of the ship). I decided to do it because you can see it was painted likewise on the actual wreck... makes sense as this area would be walked around on to access the smaller boats that will eventually take residence here. I also put a huge amount of tedious work in on the many PE vents here; they were a bear to complete but look good. Here's the scariest one before installation: Anyway, there will be some touch-up to do still on this section but the next project is going to be the funnel and forward hangars. After that I'll return to do the smaller details such as the guns, railings/stairs and storage boxes that litter the superstructure.
  2. Thanks! I appreciate all the interest and feedback on this build... It's a huge project and I can use all the positive reinforcement I can get!
  3. I thought those little access hatches looked strange sticking out too but with paint on 'em they disappear nicely into the surrounding structure. Nice work!
  4. Another quick update... I'm focusing attention on the aft upper superstructure lately. Some might question the practice of scraping off perfectly good molded detail only to replace it with tiny brass bits but I assure you, I am not insane. OK, OK... maybe just a little bit. Anyway, all the decks are installed and masked, tiny holes are drilled for bar steps and the photetch is going on. Tedious work as like the main superstructure level, there is A LOT of it. There's some debate on whether the aft section of the upper deck here was metal or planking; I decided to join the metal camp. Two flak guns would later be placed here but near as I can tell they weren't installed yet for my build's timeframe so I'm leaving them out.
  5. ... and some more progress: I'm jumping back and forth between the main control tower and the aft upper superstructure; on the tower I replaced the portholes with smaller ones (to better match the real ship) and and am working on getting the pieces ready for PE: On the aft superstructure I finished cleanup and got the deck installed: Unfortunately like the rest of this deck, fit sucks and the deck was printed wrong, leaving it a little lopsided and the edges a mess: There's nothing I can do about the bad printing but (like the rest of the deck) I mitigated the poor fit by lining the deck with styrene strip. I'm glad to be almost done with Scaledecks... such a cool idea but it was poorly executed and in hindsight I probably should have got my money back or asked for a replacement that wasn't messed up. Anyway, other than the little top layer, this piece is ready for photo etch.
  6. Hi again everyone... did a quick youtube vid with some more progress: Moving at a glacial pace but still moving! I ended up repainting the bridge section as it appeared to be off on color compared to the rest of the superstructure and the black "baseboard" paint was a bit sloppier than I liked; I also had to repaint the "wooden" grates on the deck around and above the bridge as I could not get the colors to match between the two (I only painted the lower grating at first). Don't know if I was stiffed a PE fret or somehow lost it but it turns out I don't have the fret that has the upper grate and most of the hose reels so I substituted in the grate from the Eduard set that I still had from my first build. Luckily I have hose reels from the KA set so I don't need to chase down a replacement fret. Anyway, I'm expecting more free time to come into my life over the next few months and am trying to get myself psyched to make some good progress.
  7. This thread isn't dead yet... despite going since 2013 without a finished Bissy to show for it. 😅 I've noticed I tend to do the most work on my ships from September to January so maybe I'll make some good progress in the next few months... then again, who knows? I'm not gonna try to force it, just take my time and let the build take it's course. This is a hobby after all! Anyway, some new progress to report; I assembled the aircraft catapults and did a bunch of small touch-up work. I'm generally leaning towards abandoning the instruction order (which would have me working on the forward/aft decks) and working on the lower levels of the superstructure and upwards from there. Anyway, I'll post more progress when I have more to show!
  8. Not much time in my world for the Bismarck lately but slow progress is still being made: I was going to use the conning tower off my old kit but I ended up reworking the new one instead... I want to show the the conning tower with the thick "bank vault" doors open and they just didn't work out all that well on the old one. I also got the PE and paint on the bridge and next layer up as I work my toward the top of the forward superstructure "wedding cake" Since I had the airbrush out also I hit the couple of the Veteran Models AA guns I had previously built... these things are the definition of detail insanity!
  9. I'm not drilling them at all; I use various globe/egg-shaped cutting bits with the dremmel. I get an even thickness by holding the pieces in front of a light... after a certain depth is achieved, the thinner the plastic the more light comes through it and you can use that to judge how deep you are cutting. With a little bit of practice, it becomes fairly simple to thin the bulkhead from behind enough to open the windows/portholes and get a very thin/even "frame".
  10. Those are the kit molded windows ground out from behind... I grind out all the plastic minus the "frame" while being careful to not melt the plastic or go all the way through to the exterior bulkhead. Makes for neat looking open windows and you don't have to sand the edges at all.
  11. I'm back to work on my Bismarck, making some progress on prepping the forward superstructure parts for PE.
  12. 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.

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