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  1. Wanting to start another ship kit, I dug this one out of the plastic stash. For those interested, the historical information of the ship can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_destroyer_Z30 This kit is produced by Trumpeter, looks alright in terms of part quality, and looking for something a bit less intense than the semi-brass builds I see others doing I figured I'll do this one mostly-out-of-the-box. The only edits I'll do are to swap out the 20mm AA gun positions with these etch folded ones that I'd acquired from some long-forgotten sale. The ship
  2. Next build, a series of British ships I think, is the HMS Kent from 1942, one of the 4 such ships of this period (the modern Frigate HMS Kent will be next). There is a dedicated PE set for some of the other County class ships but not Kent so some jury rigging will be needed plus extras etc my plan is to weather her heavily as she was doing the Murmansk escorts at this time. Jamie from Sovereign Hobbies has pretty much the most accurate paint scheme which I will use.
  3. Hi everybody, I actually started this November of 2016. for a long time I didn't want to create a build log because all I have for a camera is an Iphone se. I didn't take many photos up till now, but I will from now on if the photo quality is ok. Even tho I'm about halfway done here are the few photos I have so far. This is the first model I have built since Revell kits 25 years ago when I was 11 years old. So you won't see anything fantastic here The first few photos is after the hull and deck have been completed. Some photo etch and deck fittings ready for paint wi
  4. Folks,this model is the realization of a childhood dream. As long as I can remember, I have had a passion for submarines and more specifically for the German Type VIIc. A few years ago, Revell Germany proposed a very impressive model of the Type VIIc at the scale of 1/72 that was a nice match for their re-issue of the Matchbox Flower Class Corvette. A lot of negative things can be said about the Chinese quality and products, but in the domain of plastic scale models, they created a renewal, a revival of that discipline that no American or European companies have been able to
  5. here a new build I'm going to be doing this is a plastic model which I have done lots of these I've had to put my other ones aside right now cant wait to get stared
  6. Years ago I got the Anatomy Of The Ship book Bartolomeo Colleoni, and thought what a beautiful ship. So many of the pre WW2 Italian ships were, (but not that good in the real thing with other navies with Radar). The Trumpeter Zara is a new mold, with nice features and a decent upgrade sets on a slow boat from China. I got some Profile Morskie line drawings as well. I've spent the last few weeks scouring the internets for photos and references, most of the research gold is from Russian sites so my plan is to populate a lot of this build with photos of Zara that are very very hard to
  7. Hi All, I am new top this forum so I'm trying to get the hang of it. I am at the final stages of competing Missouri battle ship. A big job and very fiddly in places and I am at the stage of fitting hand rails to the main deck. I have the pontos photo etch kit and it supplies stanchions for hand rails. I have been using Pontos web site a lot and it has been very helpful but with the stanchions I cant make out if the stanchion is folded and hand rail fits inside the folded stanchion or if stanchion is just folded and glued and hand rail glued on the side of stanchion. Has a
  8. Well, at the urging of yvesvidal, I'm starting this build log on my Trumpeter 1/48 scale U-Boat. I had wanted to build this kit after watching SkipperTed's build videos on YouTube. I had been out of model building for about 40 years (that seems to be quite common these days). I've always liked a challenge and this kit delivers that in spades! I love superdetailing my models and, as this is a full cut-away, it's a detailers dream. Little did I know what I was getting myself into. First, a little background on the kit and the particular boat I chose to model. If you're unfamiliar wit
  9. Hi everyone, this will be a record of my attempt to complete the huge challenge that is Trumpeters Mighty MO. the addition of both pontos kits only compounds this challenge. I have almost everything. I’m just waiting on the advanced add on kit to arrive. I recently completed Trumpeters Bismarck. The MO is 4 inches longer! I won’t bore anyone with photos of every sprue, but heres the color scheme and paint chart. Now I wish I could use tamiya paints as I like them and I am comfy airbrushing them, but their color selection for the MO is horrible. so I got
  10. Having finished my Prince of Wales (Tamiya 1:350) I am now starting a new project. In the end of my previous build log Canute recommended Trumpeters 1:350 Hood. Thanks Canute. I have now bought that kit from my local supplier. The kit looks very nice. I think this is the first MSW build log of a Trumpeter Hood 1:350. As you can see on the box it is a long ship (75 cm) which is about 10 cm longer than Prince of Wales, i.e. 35 m in real life. Commissioned in 1920, as the last battle cruiser for the Royal Navy, the profile looks differently compared to other large WW2 ships. The mighty Hood as sh
  11. Going to do a simple build of the modern U.S. warship USS Independence LCS-2. Will not get bogged down in a lot of aftermarket items, just a couple of add-ons and the kit supplied photo etch. The Independence is an assault transport ship designed for littoral combat and a variety of missions.
  12. This not the start of the build but is the current stage which is about 80% complete as i have been of the model for several months now, the previous stages I am affraid were lost in the old site crash. I will be adding the picture trail from the start once I have knocked then into a suitable order. The kit comprises of the Trumpter Arizona plus upgrades from Trumpeter which includes all of the 5/6 inch barrels, Nautilus Wood deck, White Ensign P/E upgrade, Brass Screws to replace the plastic ones in the kit, White Ensign Anchor Chain Plate. One thing I have noted is that the Trumpter
  13. Ok here we go progress so far.I undercoat with black then progress on to grey .I use Vallejo air as that’s the most consistent paint to airbrush with and I can normally get these locally.
  14. Hello. First excuse my English. Im Slovak. I had building log of my Bismarck here but from any time has been closed and not visible for everyone. Only for me when I was logged in. For this one I delete it... Between this time I finished this build and bring few slides. I dont know how many pictures I can publish...
  15. Purchase of the Trumpeter 1:200 MISSOURI kit took place the last week of Nov. 2013. I received the kit today, Dec. 05, and began to access what was needed to turn this into a model of USS NEW JERSEY (BB-62) in her 1967-69 configuration. As for reference materials, I will be using various sources in order to obtain the best information possible for this project. They include, but are not limited to: USS MISSOURI Plan Book – 1945 - The Floating Drydock Battleship NEW JERSEY – Paul Stillwell IOWA Class Battleships - Robert Sumrall United States Battleships, 1935-1992
  16. I got this second hand quite cheaply in the suburb next to mine via an online seller. I’ve yet to purchase the Pontos upgrade set which I’ll order this week. The reason I’ve nominated Feb 1944 is that it was just before it’s only WW2 upgrade where it recieved it’s dazzle camo and a few other alterations, such as catapults which I can’t replicate and I want to weather her heavily (Sorry). it’s going to be quite the build as I want to do the interior hangar deck.
  17. I wanted to build the “Anti-Kamakasi” upgrade of a Fletcher class destroyer. The kit is The Sullivans DD-527, offered by Trumpeter. The Sullivans was not upgraded to the Anti-Kamikasi configuration during the war. The USS Kidd did have the upgrade so I'm making the necessary changes to the Trumpeter kit. Referred to as the Anti-Kamikaze Mod (AKM), the main upgrades include replacing the midship 40mm twins with 40mm quad mounts. The Mk 51 directors for the quads are moved from the rear stack to a structure where the forward torpedo tubes had been. The four midship 20mm Orlikon singles are
  18. My latest project is the Trumpeter 1/200 USS Iowa, without a doubt my all-time most favorite ship, and FINALLY a ship that I've actually had the opportunity to see in full scale. It was quite the emotional experience for me to board the Iowa; without getting too wierd and spooky I'll just say there's A LOT of "energy" on that boat. I honestly felt like I've been there before too... maybe it's all in my head but the impressions I felt that day have stuck with me. Anyway, back to models... First off, this model is HUGE, even by my standards. There is a wealth of aftermarket details avail
  19. When I saw this Pontos set come out and Mr K's Build of the Momsen, I had to give it a try (he's already done the hard work). There are several variables for the DDG and I'm going to do the USS Spruance.
  20. Ok, here's a quickie reboot of my Bismarck thread as requested: At the moment this is jut about the biggest, scariest (in more ways than one!) chunk of plastic that you can pick off the shelf at your local Rob-E-shop. Here's the hull next to a 1/350 Tirpiz (Bismarck's sister-ship): The kit is fairly impressive "out of the box" but it has it's problems. The first thing that worried me about the kit was the sorry shape of the porthole molds. Trumpeter molded all the portholes straight on the broadside angle and also molded the major superstruture pieces whole, rather like lego
  21. So, the next major build and my first aircraft carrier. Trumpeter 1/350 Graf Zeppelin, with the MK 1 design detail up set which is significantly more complex than the Infini set. Extras such as more aircraft, range finders etc. The history, well, it never fought, but, after a lifetime of reading history, I’m now a bit of a fan of alternative history now. Setting the stage for where this build will lead; Just imagine, no Operation Barbarossa. No 2 front war with the Russian bear, France held captive, England slowly strangled, no diversion of resources from
  22. A sister to my previous G-class, build from the same box, with a few adjustments to hull and deckstructures. I'll be using some 3D printed parts to replace the original kit ones as well. The box ... not so much different as the other, both derivates from Trumper's Eskimo kit ... (just print another box's cover and you're done ) Colour scheme will be either Athabaskan or Iroquois
  23. Hello all, My present project is building the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) at the start of her World Cruise in March of 1983. I am using Trumpeter's USS Nimitz 1/350 scale kit. I started this project in May 2017. Since I started this in May, I will make a series of posts to bring everyone up to date. The estimated completion is late December. For this conversion I will be using Gold Medal Models and White Ensign photoetch for the ship and Tom's Modelworks for the aircraft. I am also using 3-D printed accessories from Shapeways and resin accessories from Veteran Models and Black Dog. Many
  24. For my 3rd plastic kit build, I've chosen the 1:350 Trumpeter USS England (DE-635) Destroyer Escort kit. Background: USS England DE-635 Length : 93.2 m (305.77 ft) Beam : 11.2 m (36.7 ft) Displacement : 1400K (1.377 Long tons) The USS England was one of 142 turbo-electric (TE) series destroyer escorts commissioned between April 1943 and March 1944. Named after Ensign Charles England who was killed onboard the Oklahoma (BB-37) on 7 December 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. She was commissioned on 10 December 1943, arrived at Espiritu Santo on 12 March 1944,
  25. Started on some small bits with PE. I don’t know what this is and can’t find a reference, maybe someone can help.
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