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Bismarck by Dawie van Rensburg - Trumpeter - PLASTIC - Scale 1/200 with Pontos 27001F1 Detail Up set "Advanced" upgrade kit


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For the record - here goes . . . . Build Report 01 
 

 

Still awaiting the delivery of the actual Trumpeter 1/200 Bismarck model. Has been cleared through customs and should arrive soon!

 

Ordered and received the Pontos 27001F1 Detail Up Set Advanced upgrade kit late November 2014:

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Promptly started to short all the different parts:

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Started building the catapult first - less intimidating? 

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Small gets another meaning when you work with photo etching parts:

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Good progress with the masts and some ladders and walkways:

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Again, small gets another meaning - building the 20mm flack guns:

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Some of the upgrade parts completed, painted, weathered and ready to be fixed on the actual model:

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I decided to complete the future base for the model as well. Dimensions 1450mm x 400mm - ironwood. (6mm glass panels to be ordered on completion of the model). I think once the hull is completed and painted, I will mount it to the base and work on the rest of the build from this position.

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Lessons Learnt 01

 

Early days, but I feel can share the following:

 

1. The Pontos upgrade kit is both excellent and intimidating! Don't underestimate the patients and skill required to construct these parts.

2. In some cases their is a definite lack of detail to construct some of the parts. This makes it difficult and sometimes very frustrating to complete!

 

Will appreciate any feedback, comments and/or build suggestions going forward.

 

Regards,

 

Dawie.

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Kevin,

 

Yes, thanks for the feedback. Found a few discrepancies so far on the Pontos Kit - follow the link below for more detail as posted (start at the bottom of page 39)

 

http://www.shipmodels.info/mws_forum/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=123012&sid=d89ee9cde371cb241cf079add3d34030&start=760

 

Regards,

 

Dawie.

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Brain, you are a 100% correct. My estimate is that you can spend at least a few months working on just the upgrade kit before you have to start assembly of the actual model. I must admit though, really looking forward to assemble and work with something with substance!! These small parts and micro assembly  doesn't do it for me anymore - will be wonderful to work without a magnifying glass and tweezers!!

 

Thanks for the encouragement and support!

 

Dawie.

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Build Report 02

 

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I continued working on the Pontos Upgrade parts

 

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Various parts painted and ready for final fixing to the model

 

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Wooden deck prepared

 

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Tripod cannons also ready for placement on the model

 

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Finally Bismarck arrived - had to unpack and see what I was in for! A very intimidating model . . . .

 

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Testing the size of the base - all fits well!

 

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Drilling holes for the port holes and ladders

 

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Seriously small stuff to fix! 0.3 and 0.5 mm holes to drill and ladders to fix!

 

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Inserting the mesh for the water ports

 

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Primer and pre-shading

 

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The hull painted and water line added

 

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Preparing and painting the camouflage stripes and false bow wave

 

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The entire hull sealed with Pledge floor polish, weathered and finally sealed with matt varnish

 

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Wooden decking added

 

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Preparing and painting the top deck markings

 

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Bismarck is now permanently fixed to its base from where the rest of the build will continue . . .

 

 

 

 

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