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Bismarck 1/200 with Pontos & Veteran add ons'
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Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 05:58 AM UTC

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(according to the Germans at least) the Bismarck was ultimately scuttled by opening the seacocks...



Makes much better PR than Mega warship sunk by antiquated bi planes
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Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 06:06 AM UTC

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Si,

The little things one must do that end up being a great finish, nice work with the installation.

Mark



Thanks Mark,

It was "fun" cutting through the thick armored plastic hull, this bit from experience with the 1/350th kit it does a little extra depth to the finished build.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 06:15 AM UTC

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Nice work so far, Si! It is especially fitting to start with the sea chests since (according to the Germans at least) the Bismarck was ultimately scuttled by opening the seacocks...




Thanks Tim,

Well.. in that weather, with all those holes twixt wind and water she would have sunk anyway.

The grills are nice etching, and they will add something to the finished item.

Thanks for looking in.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 06:41 AM UTC

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(according to the Germans at least) the Bismarck was ultimately scuttled by opening the seacocks...



Makes much better PR than Mega warship sunk by antiquated bi planes



Hi Richard,

I like that one, brings to mind the old adage "Truth is the first casualty of war",

Thanks for looking in.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Monday, August 17, 2020 - 08:48 AM UTC
A little progress over the weekend.

Getting ready to drill out the holes for the etched iron ladder steps & boom fittings.



The template was held in place with masking tape for the drilling process.

Job done.



The larger holes are the boom furniture (0.5mm) the smaller holes are for steps (0.3mm)

The bilge keels fitted.



It appears to me they are numbered the wrong way round on the instructions, at least mine fitted better (very well) that way, no filling required.

The shaft fairings fitted, not bad at all, just a little filler.



The A frames and shafts in place, no issues at all.



The "Prop off", I have, between the kit and the aftermarket, three sets of props, the kit props on the sprue, the white metal props from the Trumpeter upgrade, and shiny brass coloured sprues are from the Pontos set.



Which ones to use?

As the Pontos items are slightly smaller, from my references the real things were 4.7m in diameter. measuring the options, the Pontos parts came in at 21mm, both the metal & plastic Trumpeter items at 23.5mm, much better. the blades on the metal parts look slightly better in shape, if they take paint ok I will be using those.

The rudders in place, these are handed the pivots are angled do the rudders hang correctly.



Lots of small pieces of etch next.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 12:15 AM UTC
Si,

Nothing beats parts that fit without a lot of effort. Those props from Trumpeter look identical, The Pontos props shape seems different. Will at least you will have spares in case you lose one on a cruise...LOL

Mark
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Posted: Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 05:30 AM UTC

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Si,

Nothing beats parts that fit without a lot of effort. Those props from Trumpeter look identical, The Pontos props shape seems different. Will at least you will have spares in case you lose one one a cruise...LOL

Mark



Hi Mark,

It is nice not to have spend hours sanding

The metal & plastic props Trumpy props are very close to being identical. I cannot put my finger on it but the metal parts look fractionally better. Might be my dodgy eyesight!

Thanks for looking in.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 07:54 AM UTC
Great work, Si!

And a similar approach as last time, starting with cutting out the sea chest. Those steps and booms on the stern look really tiny, even in 1/200...

Cheers
Jan
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Posted: Friday, August 21, 2020 - 09:07 AM UTC

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Great work, Si!

And a similar approach as last time, starting with cutting out the sea chest. Those steps and booms on the stern look really tiny, even in 1/200...

Cheers
Jan



Hi Jan

The contents of the Pontos upgrade are, up to a point very similar to the 1/350th version, so a lot of this build will follow the same path, but there will also be a few surprises along the way.

I have started fitting the steps, they are a little easier to handle than in 1/350th.

Thanks for looking in Mate.

Cheers

Si

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Posted: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - 08:56 AM UTC
A little progress this weekend.

First thing the porthole surrounds close to the ladders, better to fit this way, that way no danger of knocking steps off.

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all the portholes and ladder steps fitted stbd side aft.



Stowage for the boat boom.



Just for comparison, the physical difference between between the ladder and porthole in 1/200th and 1/350th, both frets are Pontos, the 1/350th parts come from my previous Bismark Build.



The bow sections needs finishing off and few other peices of etch to go on, then painting time.

Cheers

Si.

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Posted: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - 11:03 AM UTC
Si,

Looking good. I am sure 1/200 is much easier to work with but I did notice the errors are harder to hide. Just to be fair I will stand five feet from my monitor so it will look like a 1/350 build...LOL.

Mark
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Posted: Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 05:33 AM UTC
Thanks Mark,

I agree, the larger the scale the less places there are to hide, and the more detail is required so the build doesn't look like a toy. I am still enjoying this scale so much.

More intersting bits to come before too long.

Cheers

Si.
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Posted: Tuesday, September 08, 2020 - 05:57 AM UTC
More progress,

The hull sprayed with red primer.



which will double as the anti fouling.

The major task of masking off the lower hull getting under way. In order not to have to spend a small fortune on masking tape, but there is a cheaper way. Kitchen foil.





The dark grey sprayed on the bow and stern.





The bow and stern masked and the mittlegrau sprayed on. The masking has yet to removed, as the white false bow and stern waves will need to painted on first.



More soon.

Cheers

Si

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Posted: Tuesday, September 08, 2020 - 06:22 AM UTC
Looking good Si. It is striking how the 1/200 Bismarck dwarfs the little Ranger in the background!
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Posted: Tuesday, September 08, 2020 - 08:00 PM UTC
Si,

Great idea on using foil for masking. I see by the box of rattle cans on the floor you must own stock in Tamiya or is that how many cans it took to paint the hull of that beast...LOL.

Mark
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Posted: Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 08:03 AM UTC

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Looking good Si. It is striking how the 1/200 Bismarck dwarfs the little Ranger in the background!

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Thanks Tim,

He is a big fella, I could with getting my butt into gear and building a new bench.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 08:11 AM UTC

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Si,

Great idea on using foil for masking. I see by the box of rattle cans on the floor you must own stock in Tamiya or is that how many cans it took to paint the hull of that beast...LOL.

Mark



Hi Mark,

Foil is very useful for masking big hulls, saves a fortune in tape and protects vulnerable parts like the iron ladder steps.

I will confess I am a lazy modeller, Tamiya rattle cans are very forgiving if you get runs or puddling, and I don't have an airbrush to clean. Very delicate jobs I will always revert to the airbrush as I have more control. The great thing with Tamiya most of them can be matched to their regular paints.

Thansk for looking in.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 08:21 AM UTC

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Looking good Si. It is striking how the 1/200 Bismarck dwarfs the little Ranger in the background!



I would love do a 1/200 ship but the space requirements prohibit it. I had issues with my 30 inch long USS Iwo Jima and my USS Missouri.

50 inches is just too much for me
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Posted: Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 08:56 AM UTC

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Looking good Si. It is striking how the 1/200 Bismarck dwarfs the little Ranger in the background!



I would love do a 1/200 ship but the space requirements prohibit it. I had issues with my 30 inch long USS Iwo Jima and my USS Missouri.

50 inches is just too much for me



Hi Rory

I am very lucky that I have that bit of space to work in larger scales.

I do keep hoping we will get some destroyers and the like rather than just Battleships and carriers,

Thanks for looking in.

Cheers

si
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Posted: Saturday, September 12, 2020 - 05:14 AM UTC
A bit late, but last weekend's update.

The Anchor ways and the base of the electric castan picked out on the fo'c's'le.



The white bands of the "Baltic stripes" masked.



and sprayed.



The black strips and boot topping sprayed in one go.



All the masking off.



The deck fitted and the wood decking going down.



The rest of the deck is down, but I haven't photographed that yet. The one thing I quit have space for is getting good photographs of the whole ship. (If that is the only

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Saturday, September 12, 2020 - 06:16 AM UTC
Great work Si! It looks so easy when you do it
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Posted: Saturday, September 12, 2020 - 08:45 AM UTC

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Great work Si! It looks so easy when you do it



Thank-you Thomas,

I didn't feel that easy when I was doing it, and there was much trepidation removing the masking, and even more relief when I had finished.

Thanks for looking in.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Saturday, September 12, 2020 - 09:09 AM UTC
Si,
That's a great start! You certainly turn around to another build quickly. I look forward to following along.

Gaz
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Posted: Saturday, September 12, 2020 - 09:19 AM UTC

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Si,
That's a great start! You certainly turn around to another build quickly. I look forward to following along.

Gaz



Thanks Gaz,

Welcome aboard, glad to have you along.

There are two many ships to build and not enough time to build them, can't stand still Mate.

Appreciate you looking in.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - 09:32 AM UTC
Being off work this week, amongst other things I have found some extra time at the bench.

The photo I meant to post in my last update.



All seven pieces of the deck down.

The Pontos catapults next, structures like these, unless folded precisely, can be tricky to fit. With lots of etched details going on the superstructure deck bulkheads I decided to get these built and test fitted so any adjustments could be made before any of the etched detail went on.

The base section of one catapult.



The upper section.





Both sections completed.



test fitted in the extended position.



Test fitted in place, a the axles for the tackle on the sides needed short trimming back, but not a bad fit.



Both sides built and test fitted. (the tweezers are just to keep the extended side level.)



Starting to remove the moulded details.



Done, and the cable runs going on.



Port forward section done, one part I could not find amongst the Pontos fret was No.1030, a wind deflector the replacement is the white plasticard part.



More small parts to come.

Cheers

Si