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Bismarck by ChrisLBren - Agora - 1/200 Scale


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Greetings everyone !  My son just turned 8 and has an interest in model building - so we have decided to purchase this model in 12 installments.  As a kid I used to love getting packages in the mail - he's so fired up he already checked out books on battleships at his school library.  Time is flying by as he grows up - and dont want to miss out.  My Ancre builds can wait for now.  

 

The ship has interesting features - working lights, revovling turrets - over 4 feet long.  I will want to weather it a bit to take away from its toy like appearance - so will be looking for suggestions. 

 

Here's a link to the website.  We ordered the first shipment last night !  I hear great things about this company from some of the members on the forum - its a bit pricy at 129 per month - but totally worth it to teach my son scale modeling skills and have a good time while doing it,.  

 

https://www.agoramodels.com/us/bismarck/?wmc-currency=USD&gclid=CjwKCAjw7J6EBhBDEiwA5UUM2rMWHi28rMOlLQINzTNyomjJ7jFdkcC-2RnK9ZNSfDAKdW8YSTwlUxoCW3wQAvD_BwE

 

As soon as the first shipment arrives we will post photos.  

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Thanks guys - I think we will have fun.  I am sure the Trumpeter version is more accurate - but the electronic features sealed the deal for my son.  And its pre painted so no need to break out the airbrush.  Believe it or not - the first shipment may be arriving Friday.  I just ordered on Monday.  Talk about fast service !  Yves - what techniques did you use on your Uboat to weather it.  Im thinking just some oil washes to highlight the panel lines - nothing too much though.  

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What a great project to involve your son!  My son is 11 and I’ve had some success building 1/72 ww2 aircraft with him which we hang on his ceiling.  His favourite part is painting and he likes to skip the detail (like the cockpit). It’s a battle between the PS5 and real world hobbies. We talked about doing the titanic 1/200 together but maybe a project like this would appeal because of the electronics and because of the packages coming which generates excitement. Thanks for sharing this idea.  Scott

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4 hours ago, Haliburton said:

What a great project to involve your son!  My son is 11 and I’ve had some success building 1/72 ww2 aircraft with him which we hang on his ceiling.  His favourite part is painting and he likes to skip the detail (like the cockpit). It’s a battle between the PS5 and real world hobbies. We talked about doing the titanic 1/200 together but maybe a project like this would appeal because of the electronics and because of the packages coming which generates excitement. Thanks for sharing this idea.  Scott

Sounds like a Great idea.

 

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The first shipment arrived inside of 4 days - the packaging is impressive and the parts look great - as they should considering the price.  There's motors, wires, screws, plastic and metal components. I would have loved this as a kid - and loving it now as an adult !  There's a poster included and I downloaded the manual for the first stage - its 29 pages.  Also I paid a visit to my hobby store to pick up some sprue nippers, tweezers and glue - there's so many new things for the plastic model world - much more than when I was building these back in the 70s/80s.  Here's some photos.  

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Update !  Unlike wood ship models - working with multi media is more like a jigsaw puzzle - very relaxing and easy.  Here's the results of the first three packs, forward deck, first of four Arado plans and the "Anton" turret.  I need to install the motor/electronics in the "Anton" forward gun turret next. 

 

Agora is terrific as far as customer service - if you damage or break a part they will send you a replacement ASAP.  The metal hull parts are terrific - she will be almost 4 feet long when completed.  

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Awesome!

Just lurking in the shadows of MSW.... 🙂

 

Just a question, not too much "Sweat" but does the detail extend to Turret "Blast Bags" with the kit?

 

Railings/Ladders/Etc? (Interested but way out of my budget in New Zealand.)

(Got the Trumpeter 1/200 version and Amati 1/200, (Part works), not to mention 1/350 Tamiya....)

(I guess I'm a Bismarck Nut.... One day.... 🙂)

 

Following with interest. ..

 

I am sure your son will love the experience. 🙂

 

Cheers and Regards,

 

Harry. (HOF00)

 

 

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52 minutes ago, hof00 said:

Just a question, not too much "Sweat" but does the detail extend to Turret "Blast Bags" with the kit?

 

Since the guns are moving up and down, I do not see how you could have blast bags... Unless, they are made of microscopic fabric and stitching.

 

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Yves

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This is a FUN build - here are the results of the first 8 installments. Each chapter is maybe 30 minutes a piece work time which works great for me and the family.   The turret works electronically, the bow is solid metal and very heavy and here are my tools (much different than a wooden ship build) - God Hands - they cut plastic parts perfectly off the sprue, tweezers, screwdrivers and CA.  I have 9-18 next - more electronics and a growing hull. Ill be back at my wooden ships later but for now a nice diversion - and have pretty much taken over for my son on this one for now.  Im teaching him model building on some Airfix 1/72 airplanes which are disposable.  

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The fun continues !  Next stages are mostly concerned with gears and motors to work foremost turret - "Anton" and the anchors.  Shes going to be large and heavy.  A little bit bummed about some metal showing where the hull parts are screwed together - I could always use some weather powders or touch ups if needed.  

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This will be one long beast - already 12 inches long at the first turret.  Next I need to wire the electonrics on the front turret.  I am not going to sweat the small paint chipping - no one will notice as she grows.  Notice I have to use a paint bottle to hold down the deck because of all of the motors mounted in the rear until I permantently install it.  

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Almost fifty years ago, I built the Bismarck by Lindberg. It had "almost" 😉 the same features than the Agora model, but everything was mechanical and driven by rods and gears. It sailed rather well on calm waters and I later on equipped it with a small combined Kraft RC set, that gave me steering and FWD/Stop/REV positions. It was a lot of fun.

 

Yves

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On 6/6/2021 at 8:19 PM, ChrisLBren said:

LOL - at 130 per month for the next 10 months - I cant leave this build to chance until he earns the skills.  And Im having too much fun with it !!!!!!

Now come on! That was the intention all along, wasn't it?  Don't give us that virtuous nonsense about getting it for your son, we are all grown men (most of us) here and know all the excuses to garnish favour  with those whom must be obeyed :)

 

I've ordered mine a couple of weeks ago but still waiting for Mr DHL to come a knocking. I will be watching your progress. 

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On 5/26/2021 at 9:45 PM, ChrisLBren said:

I have read that some have used the tips of  surgical gloves for blast bags that are then weathered. I might make a test - again the fun of this project is the working electronics vs complete accuracy.  

World of Wayne has a video on how to make them

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4 minutes ago, ChrisLBren said:

I confess - you're right - I wont let him touch it with a ten foot pole.  Im having too much fun.   i think pack 3 arrives any day.  Great tip to simulate portholes - use a black 2mm sharpie followed up with Mirco Crystal Clear - nice effect to simulate glass.  

So there are two youtube channels doing the Agora Bismarck build:

 

John Builds Iconic Military Models

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World of Wayne  Wayne has two Bismarck builds on the go, the Agora one and the earlier Hachette model and for all intents and purposes, are virtually the same.

 

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