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#1 ArtyScout

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Posted 27 July 2019 - 10:08 PM

Well I decided to go onto the high seas for my next project. It will be Academy's Admiral Graf Spee in 1/350 scale and I WILL be using as much PE as possible that I can put together. I hope my nerves can stand it. lol. My only complaint about the kit is that the Kriegsmarine flags are sans swastikas. Which kind of kills the authenticity. I did order some 1/350 flags that are fabric but they are the large "In Port flags". But I'm checking period photos to see if how I want to display this model will require their 'engagement flags'. Also I will be putting the ship in water. I can take a plane on the ground but I just can't see a ship out of water; maybe its because I think of it as a fish? I will try to keep you abreast of my progress as I go along. Wish me luck.

 

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Posted 27 July 2019 - 10:37 PM

Hi Manny, so you did it! Great, I will follow up your progress very closely because I intend to build a water model next as well. Could we see 1-2 pictures of the sprues?

 

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Posted 28 July 2019 - 05:12 AM

Manny, this will be quite interesting to watch your build. A ship, in water no less, will be a real change of pace for our modeling forum. I’m hoping your Graf Spee ends up in better shape than the real ship!

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Posted 28 July 2019 - 10:11 AM

This should be an interesting one. I don't recall seeing you do a ship before. Your projects are always cool to watch I progress.

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Posted 29 July 2019 - 11:34 AM

This should be an interesting one. I don't recall seeing you do a ship before. Your projects are always cool to watch I progress.

Hey Mikie, I hope this kit comes out OK. I'm kind of in uncharted waters. BTW if you check out USMilitaria Forum there is a 1/700 USS Oldendorf which I made for & with my grandson. Its a Spruance Class Destroyer. That was my first time doing my water technique.

 

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Posted 29 July 2019 - 11:37 AM

Hello All, as per Lars' request I took a couple of pics of the sprues, although they are still in the plastic. It comes off tonight. From what I've noticed, this is an excellent kit, exquisitely molded with no flash. Academy really outdid themselves in producing this kit. I will use PE where I want the extra detail, but if I can save myself some headaches, I will.

 

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Posted 29 July 2019 - 11:45 AM

Thanks for posting pics of the sprues! This gonna be a long time project, wow!



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Posted 29 July 2019 - 07:31 PM

This will be fun to watch and learn.

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Posted 30 July 2019 - 02:02 PM

Hello All, as per Lars' request I took a couple of pics of the sprues, although they are still in the plastic. It comes off tonight. From what I've noticed, this is an excellent kit, exquisitely molded with no flash. Academy really outdid themselves in producing this kit. I will use PE where I want the extra detail, but if I can save myself some headaches, I will.

 

Semper Fi.

 

Manny

 

Its been something like 40 years since I built a ship model.  And seeing this makes me almost faint.  Look at all those tiny parts!

 

Mikie



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Posted 07 August 2019 - 06:50 PM

Hey everyone, its been a slow go as I was masking the hull and painting and finding out that sometimes the "painters" tape takes off some of the primer that you had masked. But the hull is painted, it needs some tweaking, The main deck is painted but as I put pieces on I might have to retouch and I'm learning that I won't be using all of the PE parts. Like Mikie said: "Look at all those tiny parts!" BTW besides the PE cutting & bending tools I also have a flat pair of pliers.

 

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Posted 08 August 2019 - 11:33 AM

Off to a good start!



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Posted 15 August 2019 - 10:09 PM

Hey guys, I'm sorry this is a slow build since I'm uncharted waters, but its coming along. I'm almost done with the hull. You know it will get tweaked. LOL.

Here are some more progress pics.

 

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Posted 16 August 2019 - 01:53 AM

Manny

 

    Good luck and enjoy ! 

 

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Posted 16 August 2019 - 07:18 AM

Looking good!

 

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Posted 16 August 2019 - 10:28 AM

Excellent detail on the deck, Manny!



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Posted 24 August 2019 - 10:09 PM

Hello everyone! 

I've got some work done on the ship. I've decided to go with the original plastic railing on the superstructure and funnel, although I might still put the PE railing around the ship; we'll see. The railing is very delicate and I can be a bit of a klutz. I like modeling as a labor of love, not hard labor. I did get the FDC forecastle done, the main and secondary guns. So I'll keep you posted as I make progress.

 

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Posted 25 August 2019 - 06:21 AM


I like modeling as a labor of love, not hard labor.

 

 

I can only second that! Superstructure and the guns are looking good. Excuse my ignorance. What's that silver "gun"? Looks a bit like an old muzzle-loader or a harpoon?

 

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#18 ArtyScout

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Posted 25 August 2019 - 08:46 AM

Hey Lars,

Thanks for the comments. As for the deck gun, its supposed to be a single barreled anti-aircraft gun but it is a little thick.

Nothing I can do about that. What I will do is darken the color of it. 

 

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Posted 25 August 2019 - 10:49 AM

I see, thanks Manny & keep up your excellent work!



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Posted 30 August 2019 - 09:32 PM

OK some WIP pics. It's been a slow go, but now after the Labor Day holiday I hope to be moving along on this ship. I already have my stuff ready for my next diorama.

As always; all comments and critiques are greatly appreciated. BTW I'm glad that I decided to stay with the plastic railings. But I still haven't made up my mind with the deck railings.

 

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Posted 30 August 2019 - 09:33 PM

Two more.

 

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Posted 01 September 2019 - 11:09 AM

It's coming along nicely, great progress on these tiny parts!



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Posted 11 September 2019 - 09:52 PM

Well I've made some headway on the superstructure/bridge and smoke funnel. I'll post some more when I attach it to the ship.

Slowly but surely its coming along. BTW I'm glad that I went with the model's railings.

 

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Posted 12 September 2019 - 12:34 PM

Excellent detailed bridge! Awesome work, Manny!



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Posted 14 September 2019 - 07:26 PM

Well I added the forward bridge superstructure to the deck along with the main and secondary guns. The guns are not glued in place but I wanted to get an idea of the progress. I've used Tamiya Smoke for the windows and shadowing and so far so good. Enjoy the pics and any critiques or comments are greatly appreciated.

 

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