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6 minutes ago, RGL said:

No mate, the drilling template, follow that. 

Okay, now I know what you mean.

However, I was looking at your finished model and thinking how the rigging for your torpedo net booms might be very similar to what would have been found on the Mikasa I was working on. I temporarily stopped construction when it came to the torpedo net boom rigging because I had no idea how the booms were rigged. The Pontos set for my Mikasa did not come with a drilling template. 

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Marvelous build, RGL, another star in your collection. Again improvement on your paint, and weathering techniques. Less invading, and even more realistic, if that was at all possible. Add some B&W photographs ... I would like to see what she looks like compared tp the real "thing"

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Again: just the missing sailors that make the difference tothe real thing.

The pic showing her in your cupboard shows how small this large ship is, and how large your skills are. 

 

The only thing against Zeppelin is that it was never finished. All models showing her weathered and with airplanes show a rather fictional world: Graf Zeppelin never was in active service nor in any war. Ended life as a Russian target-ship around 1950.

 

Jan

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Amazing job Greg!

I've always shied away from trying to weather my models because I've seen so many otherwise great builds ruined by a heavy hand but you have an excellent sense of what will work - your models are the most realistic I've seen. You ought to see if the film industry is hiring for special effects model making!

It was a pleasure to watch this take shape.

Tim

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Unbelievably brilliant, Greg. A magnificent build - the complexity and detail, and of course the weathering. What an amazing result.

 

I have to ask, though. What did you use for the nets? I'm going to need something similarly fine if I want to put boarding nettings on my Great Harry.

 

Steven

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Comes with the Infini upgrade.Amazing coincidence it’s the same size as the Pontos Dreadnought upgrade. Now, there is some black netting available that I used on my HMB Endeavour (yes I can do wood as well) that I got from Cornwall Models years ago. 

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I'm trying to find the words but everyone else has beat me to the superlatives.  If I was part of this group build I think I'd just shelve the kit and spend my days basking in the results of your bottomless well of talent.  Well done.  Thank you sharing.

 

Steve

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    Just came across this ship log and am impressed by the amount of detail that can be achieved at such a small scale!  I have a hard enough time struggling with 1:96 scale. 

    Two things struck me about those photos of this ship shown with its' battle damage that really stood out..  One, is that it was still afloat after all of those hits.  Did the shells explode after piercing the hull or just cut through?  I would have expected much more damage if they had exploded internally. 

    And two, how on earth did they manage to turn such a huge ship upside down in a dry dock in the first place to repair the bottom of the hull without causing more damage.  (Imagine if you were to take a large structure designed to be built upright like a building and could even manage to turn it over, the thing would just collapse onto itself.)

    I also seem to recall that the primary turrets were held down in their casements by gravity alone and would just drop out.  They must have removed major portions of the superstructure prior to inverting the ship.

    One more thing that seems to be lacking to me as far as those torpedo nets go, is the fact that they didn't extend to protect the bow and stern of the ship.  A torpedo strike in the bow would, if nothing else, dramatically decrease her speed.  Likewise, a strike in the stern could leave her without maneuverability and driving power.  These unprotected areas would seem to be more critical to the ships function than a strike in the middle where her armor belt was already the heaviest. 

    If their primary function was to protect the ship from torpedoes while at anchor rather than when underway, a full length floating torpedo net system set up alongside the anchored ship would seem to have been more effective.  (Like in Pearl Harbor for instance.)  Perhaps those were some of the reasons that the WWII era capital ships no longer employed torpedo nets in their design.  

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OYes, the shells were usually explosive. The photo where the ship is upside down is when it was recovered from the sea floor after it was scuttled. They subsequently cut it up for scrap. 

 

The torpedo nets, I can’t really talk to that, apart from the fact they were abandoned mid war. 

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19 hours ago, RGL said:

Comes with the Infini upgrade

Thanks, Greg. Can you get the nets separately, or do you have to buy a whole lot of stuff that may never be needed (I don't expect I'll ever be making a Seydlitz)?

 

Pat, if I can't get the netting by itself I'll probably follow your advice. Fortunately my wife knows everything about fabric!

 

Steven.

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Simply stunning mate gives me thought to finish my Grosser Kurfurst. Picked upa PE set including nets from one of the US Pe manufacturers about 3 years ago. Could not figure out how to do the blocks on the boom ends. Your build log has given me ideas,

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