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I'm not a ship modeler so I don't know if this is the right forum for me.  But here goes...and bear with me.  I'm an experienced builder of scale WWI RC airplanes (see second photo below).  So here's the connection.  A friend asked me to scratch-build a 1/3.3 scale Russian ShKas light machine gun for a Polikarpov Po2 biplane model he is building.  He was so pleased with the result that he has now asked if I'd be willing to build the 37mm flak cannon and M42 mount for a huge 1/5 scale DKM Schnellboot S200.  At 1/5 scale the model will be some 22 feet long!  The deck cannon will also be huge.  The first photo below shows the (yet unpainted) Shkas gun relative to the size of the new project.  This will be a large undertaking in several senses of the word "large" though, in principle, not much different from the other scratch-building I have done. 


So I'm not sure if a build documenting JUST the flak cannon for the S200 would be welcome here.  I'm sure someone here has built an S200 and may have knowledge and advice on on how to do the cannon.





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Welcome! I have built the Po-2 in 1/33 in card, along with its gun (what a chore that was!). Yours looks excellent. We have a section here for uncategorized non-ship builds, and I'm sure our members would enjoy watching your progress.



Chris Coyle
Greer, South Carolina

When you have to shoot, shoot. Don't talk.
- Tuco

Current builds: Brigantine Phoenix

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Welcome to MSW.  What Chris said will work.  If your friend is up to it, have him post a log of the Schnellboot.

"The shipwright is slow, but the wood is patient." - me

Current Build:                                                                                             
Past Builds:
 La Belle Poule 1765 - French Frigate from ANCRE plans                             Triton Cross-Section   

                                                                                                                       USS Constellaton (kit bashed to 1854 Sloop of War  _(Gallery) Build Log

                                                                                Wasa (Gallery)

                                                                                                                        HMS Sphinx 1775 - Vanguard Models - 1:64               


Non-Ship Model:                                                                                         On hold, maybe forever:           

CH-53 Sikorsky - 1:48 - Revell - Completed                                                   Licorne - 1755 from Hahn Plans (Scratch) Version 2.0 (Abandoned)         



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Great models

Regards, Patrick


Finished :  Soleil Royal Heller 1/100   Wasa Billing Boats   Bounty Revell 1/110 plastic (semi scratch)   Pelican / Golden Hind  1/45 scratch

Current build :  Mary Rose 1/50 scratch

Gallery Revell Bounty  Pelican/Golden hind 1/45 scratch

To do Prins Willem Corel, Le Tonnant Corel, Yacht d'Oro Corel, Thermopylae Sergal 


Shore leave,  non ship models build logs :  

ADGZ M35 funkwagen 1/72    Einhets Pkw. Kfz.2 and 4 1/72   Autoblinda AB40 1/72   122mm A-19 & 152mm ML-20 & 12.8cm Pak.44 {K8 1/2} 1/72   10.5cm Howitzer 16 on Mark. VI(e)  Centurion Mk.1 conversion   M29 Weasel 1/72     SAM6 1/72    T26 Finland  T26 TN 1/72  Autoprotetto S37 1/72     Opel Blitz buses 1/72  Boxer and MAN trucks 1/72   Hetzer38(t) Starr 1/72    

Modern Russian vehicles 1/72


Si vis pacem, para bellum

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Thanks for the warm welcome.  I've scratch-built a couple of other guns in the past for my WWI models, such as a Danish Madsen to go onto a 1/6 scale Albatros CI (almost finished after 7 years), but nothing even vaguely this big.  (Though the scratch-built Benz BzIII dummy engine did have over 300 hand-made parts.)  Anyway, doing the 37mm flak cannon will be a wonderful challenge...which is what scale modeling is all about.


Where should I post the build?  I saw a section on "discussing deck furniture, etc." but I looked there and it didn't seem quite right.  As for my friend, he's not a forum kind of guy. 


**BTW, congratulations on getting the site up and running so quickly again.






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Welcome aboard  - deffo space for you and your work in here   - looking forward to seeing more.



Current builds  

28mm  Battle of Waterloo   attack on La Haye Saint   Diorama.

1/700  HMS Hood   Flyhawk   with  PE, Resin  and Wood Decking.




Completed works.


Dragon 1/700 HMS Edinburgh type 42 batch 3 Destroyer plastic.

HMS Warspite Academy 1/350 plastic kit and wem parts.

HMS Trafalgar Airfix 1/350 submarine  plastic.

Black Pearl  1/72  Revell   with  pirate crew.

Revell  1/48  Mosquito  B IV

Eduard  1/48  Spitfire IX

ICM    1/48   Seafire Mk.III   Special Conversion

1/48  Kinetic  Sea Harrier  FRS1

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This new "smaller" project suits me at the moment since the university that I work for is moving all the on-campus professors off-campus.  This means that my workshop area will be significantly reduced.  I'll still have a space about 5.5m x 3m to build in (and keep all my building supplies and power tools in) but the rest of the house is a traditional Japanese house with tatami floors so no building inside (unlike my current "house" which is really more like a factory).  So even though this will be a large object, it's nothing like a 3 meter wingspan RC model.

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