I´m so sorry for this long radiosilence - the reason was that I had to wait for Northstar´s figures (bloody slow german custom) and I had some obstacles to tackle which lowered my "combat spirit" for some time:
I did my anchorage Scene as planned and laid some paper on top of the Scene. The Intention was to paint the paper and then to apply Vallejos still water over it (never used it before). Paper then throw waves because of the humidity and it looked awful. The still water was colored in a greenish tint but it also was not satisfying to me - it shrinked immensely after drying and also produced a strange "coat" on top of its surface. Then I broke some parts and snipped some rigging wires when the Navy Hospital ordered me some days off from the project. I did a 1:48 Eduard Polikarpov I-16 which gave me Relaxation and reconvalescence again.
After that I was able to complete the Project. I laid another top coat of a tinted acrylic gel on top of the ill-fated still water and this saved me. These are the final steps I would like to share with you:
The Diorama began with some Evergreen Stripes and a Styrodur plate cutted in size
Then I glued everything together and made a try how everything will look together with the template
The ship´s form was carefully cutted out of the Styrodur and the connections of the Evergreen Sheets were puttied and sanded
Then it was time to prime everything in black color
I did add the paper, set the small cutter and the Emden in their proposed place and prepainted the paper with a greenish color.
Then it was time to add some figures! Northstar makes some very nicely and delicate 3D-printed figures. Although they are surely the best available out there in this scale, I do have no idea how to remove them without accidents from their fret - They are all squeezed together at one tiny plate. This makes it very difficult to paint and remove. Accordingly to this we had an average loss rate of About 25% of the figures (legs/arms/heads etc. broken).
First the sailors have to stowage the rum before the pilot cutter will lay alongside ship
There is the pilot´s cutter. You can recognize the local port pilot in its dark blue uniform
He is already awaited by some sailors and officers at the gangway
And the Captain is patiently waiting for him with his staff at the top lookout of the ship´s Bridge
This is the final view at the completed Diorama
And finally everything will be protected in a well-tried display box from SORA. It will get a place of honor within my business office next monday
It was surely the most complex, colorful and demanding ship I did until now. It was a real challenge to convert this small, toylike REVELL kit with a lot of extra 3D-printed and etched parts in what was formerly known at the german Navy as the "Swan of the East". If you did enjoyed this build and also the history of this ship as much as me then my mission was completely accomplished.
Thank you very much for your Attention and all your encouraging comments - without it I would have been hard I have to admit.
P.S. I still have its sister ship, the Dresden in its gray livery and with its own very thrilling history about its struggle in the southern atlantic and pacific waters in stash - of course with all the necessary extra parts and a prefinished template again - waiting for its time. But it would be madness to start this ship right now wouldn´t it?!