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JSSVIII
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Posted: Monday, December 25, 2017 - 01:27 PM GMT+7
I think your'e right about the boats being white from the photograph Thomas, I would not take the drawing too literally though, way too much room for artistic licence on the artists part.
Black_sheep
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Posted: Thursday, December 28, 2017 - 09:19 PM GMT+7
Gentlemen, I was not lazy during the christmas days and was able to finish some build steps.

First I painted and placed some oars from the Northern Star photoetched set onto the bow and stern lifeboats. Northern Star´s oars are looking much more elaborated and crisp than these of the Blue Star etched set - the latter ones are simply way too big and simplyfied.



after this I replaced the kit´s plastic gun barrels from the stern upper deck with ORANGE HOBBY´s turned brass barrels - although the turned barrels are nice you will not see a big difference in the end though.


After placing the guns onto their sockets at the ship I added the etched shields from the BLUE STAR pe-set. You need a steady hand here not to break any other parts around


Then it was time to care about the torpedoboats. I did followed John´s advice and painted the two boats in plain white, added each two position lights with Evergreen 0,5 mm rod. After the white paint was thoroughly dry I painted the funnel in black and gave the surface details a careful pinwash with TAMIYA´s Panel line Accent Color. The superfluous Color from the pinwash was removed with a turpentin dampened brush. After this was dry I just had to paint the position lights with oil colors. And this how the two boats are looking now:


Now I am happy that I can say the aft part of the ship is completed:


There is just the bow´s anchors with their chains, the railing for the 2nd upperdeck and the ships outer railings remaining - land is in sight!

Cheers

Thomas
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Posted: Friday, December 29, 2017 - 01:33 AM GMT+7
Thomas,

She's looking terriffic!

I can't say I agree with you about the turned brass gun barrels making little difference, though. Even though the improvement may not be that immediately dramatic, small upgrades like these throughout the build create a cumulative effect of superior detail and delicacy in a ship model that is quite noticeable. Keep up the good work!

Black_sheep
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Posted: Saturday, December 30, 2017 - 07:07 AM GMT+7
Hello Tim, yes maybe you are right about the cumulative effect of small improvements. In the end we will see how the lady look like.

Today I had, as expected, a difficult time with installing the railings at the 2nd upper deck. Bronco force you to install the railings in three parts instead of just one for each side. This makes it, at least for me, more difficult to bend the middle part correctly and keep the correct distances with the outer railings to avoid gaps. However, after the second effort with the first middle part I succeded


This is how the deck looks with all of its railings installed


And this is the look after the 2nd upper deck was installed together with the front mast and the etched stairs already fixed too at both sides



There are just the anchors, the upper and lower shrouds for both masts, the outer railings and some small parts to fix to finish the main build. After this I will prepare the base to install the ship onto its base. Later I will do the rigging and finally the crewmembers...
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Posted: Saturday, December 30, 2017 - 09:21 AM GMT+7
Really nice work with bending those railings. It does take talent to get them looking the same at each bend.
Black_sheep
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Posted: Monday, January 01, 2018 - 08:20 AM GMT+7
First let me wish you all visitors and Followers of this blog a healthy and happy new year 2018!

@ Mark: Thank you man, but I can assure you it also takes a lot of nerves to do those #§%&!* railings

Today I finished the chapter "paint and glue together the kit and aftermarket parts" . I installed the anchors, replace the lost searchlight with an improved selfmade one, glued all the outer railings and fixed some smaller color mistakes. The lady looks very nice now but, like most nice ladies, needed to be touched with care . This are the final results now before I will try my hands with rigging wire and place the ship in its Habitat onto a sea diorama plate:

Left broadside


Right broadside


Look from the bow to the 2nd upper deck


Finished bow mast


Finished stern mast


View from the stern forward


Top view of the stern upper deck


Top view of the 2nd upper deck


Top view of the ships bow upper deck


now its time for the dio base and some strings...
RedDuster
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Posted: Monday, January 01, 2018 - 08:42 AM GMT+7
Looking great Thomas,

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Monday, January 01, 2018 - 08:23 PM GMT+7
Great work Thomas. It looks very neat on the close ups. Looking forward to seeing it in the water.

cheers
Michael
Black_sheep
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Posted: Thursday, January 04, 2018 - 09:00 AM GMT+7
@ Michael: Thank you for the flowers. Until now the build was a big fun for me.

Though I do have my baseplate now I wanted to try my hands today at the rigging. First I did the four fixation cables for each of both funnels (I see now there are some small spots which needs some paint for fix) and afterwards just a small job at the stern mast. As I did learned from others for rigging you need to work from inside to outside. Feel like a spider now...



To be continued tomorrow. Need to get as far as possible - next week my holidays are ending and modelling time will get more sparse again
RedDuster
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Posted: Friday, January 05, 2018 - 05:50 AM GMT+7
Nice start with the rigging Thomas

Cheers

Si
Black_sheep
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Posted: Saturday, January 06, 2018 - 03:38 AM GMT+7
Simon, that rigging seems to me the most difficult part of the whole operation here. Either I sticked with my toothpick somewhere else with the glue or the rigging wire won´t stick at once (I tried streched sprue, 0,1 mm fishing line and 0,2 mm Uschi´s rigging wire). My Patience was really contested here to the maximum and I was only a twink of an eye distant to throw everything against the wall yesterday out of Desperation . Today I gave it a new effort and was able to rig the vessel.

There is surely always space for even more rigging - especially at the masts or at the davits for the two torpedoboats. But as everything is so small and fragile (even my poor patience) I let it as it is now and, hey as a bloody rookie I feel satisfied about how it is now.

This is how it Looks rigged now:








Now I just have to think how to fix that flags? I want to fix the decals onto a leadfoil but how can I create a strong enough rope for it?