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DRAGON 1/350 GERMAN Z32 DESTROYER
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Posted: Saturday, October 07, 2017 - 01:02 PM UTC
Great job! I really love your water effects.

Gaz
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Posted: Saturday, October 07, 2017 - 06:10 AM UTC
Colin,

The aftermarket figures are from North Star. Its their Kreigsmarine at work set.

Dave
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Posted: Friday, October 06, 2017 - 04:43 AM UTC
Hi,
I assume an aftermarket set of figures? What brand please?

Great work!
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Posted: Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 05:10 PM UTC
Gentlemen

Thanks for the kind words. The shipyard has already reconfigured for the IJN Shokaku and IJN Akigumo.

Dave
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Posted: Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 01:46 PM UTC
Outstanding job Dave,

Can't say any more than that.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 02:55 AM UTC

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Hi everyone,

Now that I have caught up on some things I now have the time to provide some final thoughts regarding the Dragon Z32.

First off it is a great kit with fine details and good fit. The basic build of this kit was quite easy and most parts fell together like legos.

However, there are some parts such as the AA guns that are a little over engineered. What I mean is that there are some parts that should have been molded together verse having the builder put them together. Not a major issue but a little challenging at times.

I would highly recommend a PE upgrade set. I believe Eduard has finally released one to the general market. This was an OOB build except for the railing so I do not have any advice or comments about the Eduard Set.

The PE set that does come with the kit provides enough parts that it improves the overall look of the ship. The instructions for the PE are incorporated into the general instructions which makes it easier.

I think the last comments I would make is that this kit screams for brass replacement masts. The kit masts are good but not very sturdy. They bend quite a bit.

All in all I loved building the kit and see another over the horizon of my future.

I want to thank everyone for your support during this build and your understanding. I know I dragged this out a bit so thanks for hanging around.

Dave



Many thanks for sharing this build Dave and for the final thoughts! Always good to see these long term projects come together. (Ask me how I know )

Looking forward to seeing your next project!
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Posted: Thursday, December 08, 2016 - 10:08 PM UTC
Anything worth doing is certainly going to take some time to complete my friend! Stella performance all around on this one! Thanks for your insight into the kit as well and sharing the build with us!!
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Posted: Thursday, December 08, 2016 - 08:57 PM UTC
Hi everyone,

Now that I have caught up on some things I now have the time to provide some final thoughts regarding the Dragon Z32.

First off it is a great kit with fine details and good fit. The basic build of this kit was quite easy and most parts fell together like legos.

However, there are some parts such as the AA guns that are a little over engineered. What I mean is that there are some parts that should have been molded together verse having the builder put them together. Not a major issue but a little challenging at times.

I would highly recommend a PE upgrade set. I believe Eduard has finally released one to the general market. This was an OOB build except for the railing so I do not have any advice or comments about the Eduard Set.

The PE set that does come with the kit provides enough parts that it improves the overall look of the ship. The instructions for the PE are incorporated into the general instructions which makes it easier.

I think the last comments I would make is that this kit screams for brass replacement masts. The kit masts are good but not very sturdy. They bend quite a bit.

All in all I loved building the kit and see another over the horizon of my future.

I want to thank everyone for your support during this build and your understanding. I know I dragged this out a bit so thanks for hanging around.

Dave
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Posted: Sunday, December 04, 2016 - 08:20 AM UTC
Russell,

Thanks, I know I drank a few while building him, now for a few more.

Dave
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Posted: Sunday, December 04, 2016 - 02:05 AM UTC
Brilliant way to finish her off Dave

your persistence in taking her half way around the world to complete her definitely deserves a few
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Posted: Sunday, December 04, 2016 - 12:02 AM UTC
Todd, Damian, and Jan,

Thanks for the kind words. I'm pretty happy with the end result. Need to work on my water abilities a little more but for the most part but as always there are more things to learn.

Dave
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Posted: Saturday, December 03, 2016 - 11:38 PM UTC
Hi Dave,

congratulations to your commissioning Z 32 Fantastic job!!

As Damian and Todd already pointed out, great work and a great blog that was always fun to follow (as long as you weren't moving around half the world, but that is excused )

She looks absolutely stunning on her sea trials!!

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Saturday, December 03, 2016 - 06:46 PM UTC
Beautiful job. I've been following along this build from the start, lots of useful tips for me all through the thread. Thanks for sharing so much detail of your build process.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Saturday, December 03, 2016 - 04:09 PM UTC
WOW Dave! Great job all around! I thought things look fantastic but it's amazing what happens once you dropped it into the water...Awesome! Congrats on getting this one across the finish line! Have a couple on my this morning!
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Posted: Saturday, December 03, 2016 - 04:58 AM UTC
Hi everyone,

I apologize for the delay but the medium gel acrylic took longer to dry in this humidity than I thought it would.

With that I present you with the final prep pictures followed by the commissioning and first sea trials.

The crew has arrived.







The Captain has taken the bridge























He is put to sea!!!









































Off to the high seas!!



Thanks for all the support and understanding as I made it through this journey. As always, comments, suggestions and criticism are always welcome.

Thanks to Todd for allowing honor of reviewing this kits. I will provide some final comments on this kit in another post.

Dave
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Posted: Monday, November 28, 2016 - 01:58 AM UTC
Bring on the pics!
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Posted: Sunday, November 27, 2016 - 11:23 PM UTC
Hi Dave,

looking forward to the pic, as well. No congratulations before you bring them up!!

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Sunday, November 27, 2016 - 06:53 AM UTC
Bring on the final pics!! Sounds like you cleared the bench just in time to have at the Pearl Campaign!
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Posted: Sunday, November 27, 2016 - 04:46 AM UTC
Hi everyone,

I don't have pictures at this point but I will give notice that the Z32 has been commissioned and put to sea.

Once the medium acrylic gel is dried I will post the final build pictures along with the completed pictures.

thanks for all the support during this build.

Stay tuned for the final update.

Dave
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Posted: Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 08:08 PM UTC
Gentlemen,

Thank you for the kind words of support.

Tim - Those little mines were a real challenge. I would recommend anyone with the kit ensure they have a good set of bifocals and a few beers as you work the detonators.

A few more items to add, some touch up with paint, and he will be ready for commissioning this weekend.

thanks again everyone.

Dave
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Posted: Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 04:39 PM UTC
Good things come to those who wait sometimes Dave! Fantastic job so far, all around!
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Posted: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 01:13 AM UTC
Yup, I agree with Jan: considering the geographical obstacles you've had to overcome you needn't worry at all about the delayed updates.

Looking very nice overall and look forward to see him commissioned! You can definitely Christen him with a few deserved then, Dave!
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Posted: Monday, November 14, 2016 - 10:20 AM UTC
Looks great, Dave!

- and don't worry about overdue or delayed updates...I know exactly what you're talking about, and I haven't moved around about half the world! So great to see progress and your fine Z in the final stages!!

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Monday, November 14, 2016 - 09:40 AM UTC
Looking good, Dave. I love the little mines!
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Posted: Monday, November 14, 2016 - 08:00 AM UTC
Jan, thanks. I do apologize to all that have followed this thread. It is on the final leg of the journey at this point and will be complete soon.

With that here is a long overdue update.

I continued to add the fiddly bits apply a layer of color to other major items.

For the most part I will let the pictures do the talking.



Starboard Side







Port Side





It was at this time that I realized that I had made a major mistake in take I mounted one of the walls on upside down. Unfortunately it is a mistake that is too far along to fix.



As you can see in the picture the port holes are upside down. So for other builders, be aware that the rear AA Gun Deck walls will fit together upside down. Sorry Todd!!!

Anyway, as we continue with the update.

The Dragon Z32 Kit comes with 10 seamines as part of the kit. These were a challenge in that the PE for the detonators were extremely small.

Here is what I started out with.



Next was mounting the mines to the base.



The instructions have the mines at an angle, however I switched it up a bit and did half at an angle and the other half straight upright.

Next was the stabilizer fins and the detonators.

Here is the final result before applying color.



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The detonators were a significant challenge. The kit comes with 24 but alas I still lost too many to have completed all ten mines.

Here they are with some color and ready for mounting.



With the final parts painted it is all over now but the final crying.

I began rigging the ship as the paint on the railings cured. This kit screams for brass replacement masts. That being said, this is the easiest time I have ever had applying rigging. Here are the initial photos.







Well that is it for now but he is in the final stages of building and will be put to sea within the week.

thanks for stopping in and as always, comments, suggestions, and criticism are always welcome.

Dave