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My apologies to the purists, but I'm doing plastic again. This time it's the Zvezda Dreadnought.

 

I won't bore you with the history, as it's been flogged to death on the internet anyway.

 

Over the last 6 months I've been storing up the kit and the aftermarket bits and pieces to build what I hope will be a decent rendition that is no where as hard as the previous two kits to bash.

 

Years ago I started building up the full collection of the AOTS books and this was the first book I purchased over the internet about 15 years ago.

 

I'm going to go for the 1907 build to keep in line with the age group of it's sisters in the bookcase.

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The basic kit is fairly simple but a good start. A simple google search will find heaps of other renditions of this kit and the other manufacturers, but no one else has done one on our closed forum. There is a heap of aftermarket, none of them with a complete set. post-253-0-73552100-1465173830_thumb.jpg post-253-0-44397200-1465173851_thumb.jpg I don't think I could complte the kit without the AOTS book.

 

The kit I got from Ebay from Russia which was the cheapest place in the world to buy it. post-253-0-69381400-1465173918_thumb.jpgpost-253-0-85841800-1465173929_thumb.jpg

 

The aftermarket stuff was from everywhere, each of them having bits and pieces I need, including perfect 12pdrs and winches.post-253-0-44454800-1465174044_thumb.jpgpost-253-0-68108500-1465174049_thumb.jpgpost-253-0-43405200-1465174056_thumb.jpg

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Yes, with torpedo nets, hopefully properly slung out. With regards to wood, I'd like to find something unique. I search continually for a reasonably priced Bluejacket Atlantic that does not require a second mortgage for shipping.

 

I would first like to bookend the battleships, the first and then the largest.

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Alright, now were talking!  Looking forward to this one.

 

Love all the extra detail sets you have got lined up.

 

I came across Flyhawk stuff for the first time yesterday looking for other items and found them to be very expensive compared with say White Ensign etc. Did you find this the case?

 

Cheers

Slog

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I find the fly hawk and Pontos very reasonable as you get resin and turned brass as well, I find the White ensign incredibly expensive for what you get and no where near as detailed. The UK company was bought out by an American company and the newer Asian stuff is incredibly detailed. North Star and Combrig aftermarket is just amazing. Eduard is very dated in this field.

 

When you shop around the prices vary from very good to plain offensive on EBay (up to 3 times or more).

 

The Dreadnought has been out for several years now and there is a lot of kit for what is a fairly simple model.

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Greg,

 

You probably couldn't have chosen a more historically significant major steel warship than this!!  Are there enough reliably dated photographs to properly nail down detail of the 'as built' configuration?

 

John

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My apologies to the purists, but I'm doing plastic again. This time it's the Zvezda Dreadnought.

 

Why do you apologize?

 

The styrene kits are some times better than wooden kits. It's not the material, it#s the model builder who makes the model.

 

I'll follow your log with great interest

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My apologies to the purists, but I'm doing plastic again. This time it's the Zvezda Dreadnought.

 

I won't bore you with the history, as it's been flogged to death on the internet anyway.

 

Over the last 6 months I've been storing up the kit and the aftermarket bits and pieces to build what I hope will be a decent rendition that is no where as hard as the previous two kits to bash.

 

Years ago I started building up the full collection of the AOTS books and this was the first book I purchased over the internet about 15 years ago.

 

I'm going to go for the 1907 build to keep in line with the age group of it's sisters in the bookcase.

This is gonna be very interesting my friend  :dancetl6:

 

OC

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Yes, with torpedo nets, hopefully properly slung out. With regards to wood, I'd like to find something unique. I search continually for a reasonably priced Bluejacket Atlantic that does not require a second mortgage for shipping.

 

I would first like to bookend the battleships, the first and then the largest.

Largest - HMS Vanguard  ?

 

OC

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Happy to keep you guessing. Amazingly, as I am in the process of drilling out the portholes I have discovered neither aftermarket sets has the hatches on the hull That run the length of the ship. The kit has plastic squares to represent them, all 30 or so of them. Back to the net.

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The start, lots of research and trying to get as much done before I even handle the glue. The hull details are not that good, but that's why they invented aftermarket. Pulling out some of the etch that will go and and a bit of dry fitting means that I have shaved off a few things from the hull using a chisel blade sans handle,

 

I have drilled out all the portholes, and drilled out 5 of the side hatches so they can be open on the model.post-253-0-71386700-1465524350_thumb.jpg

 

The torpedo net booms will hopefully come up a treat, and the pontos stuff is very nice. post-253-0-21154100-1465524402_thumb.jpgpost-253-0-56905700-1465524411_thumb.jpg

 

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I now have to drill out some tiny holes on the gunnels that will hold the boom slings.

 

There is no details on the hull at all for the armour plate, which I think will be best served by masking sections and multiple layers of primer.

 

As you can see from the first photo there is a heap of things that will need shaving off the deck which will all be done prior to gluing the hull. I will not attach any of the etch until the primer and main coat is done as the etch is soo fine it will lose all detail. It is better painting them off kit.

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They are amazing, and having 2 different sets gives me some options as well. It's funny how they both focus on different things but both miss out on stuff. I've joined the hull tonight before work so progress is sorts

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Hi Greg

   I'm pulling up a seat and watching the build!

   May I offer a quick suggestion. Go to youtube and view two tutorials. Your patience will be rewarded, they are from two of the best modellers I've ever seen and the tutorials are very professionally done. They are all in Japanese with no subtitles but that really makes no difference. 

 'Custom SP-16' --> a really outstanding tutorial on the IJN battle cruiser KONGO- juuuuuust take a look.

 'Bandai Space Cruiser Yamato' again JUUUUST take a look, your patience will be richly rewarded. 

   These guys are super ninjas when it comes to detailing and solving problems that occur with the model kit and detract from important details. Even if you do not personally pick up any new tips the results these guys achieve is phenominal and inspirational.

  thanks

   Steve

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Just had a look at their stuff, and it's pretty good. I have been wondering how I am going to replicate the missing armour plates on the hull and this pretty much confirms how I thought it would have to be done.

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Now, I had to get moving along, as it becomes a bit of a chicken or the egg argument when I do each part. Firstly I had to join the hull, drill holes for the pedestals, putty up the gaps then clamp in the deck.post-253-0-71528000-1465875202_thumb.jpg

 

Next is to add the bilge keels then cut down the shafts and struts, replacing them with brass rods. post-253-0-79532800-1465875258_thumb.jpgpost-253-0-91832000-1465875263_thumb.jpg

 

Next will be a light primer coat along the seams to look for errors.

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Loving your work greg,  so much more complete when the deck and hull are married together,  my desision to do s much detail to the deck sections is just for my own convenience of keeping seperate small sections that i can get my small magnifier over on my work mat.

I love your idea to build Dreadnought as  she could have been considered the for runner to Warspite, so of particular interest to me.

 

OC.

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There is no detail of the armor plates at all on the hull. So I did some masking in an attempt to have an under coat of plates, the main band running across the length of the hull did not work out too well so I had an epiphany and remembered the red tape I used on the emden, which is very thin and will do well after painting. But the time it has a couple of primer coats and a sand it should work out before the top coats.

 

The bilge keels also had a massive gap which needed filling.

 

A light sand then add the multiple porthole eyebrows. I know it looks rough now, but hopefully will not be so noticeable as it will be wearing a skirt (torpedo nets).

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