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The italian job - heavy cruiser ZARA 1:350
McRunty
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Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 04:59 AM UTC
Like I said earlier, I have this very sexy ship in my stash and I am thinking of getting a wooden deck.

How concerned are you over the transition between the wooden deck and the painted deck? Looks like a definite step there.
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Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 01:43 AM UTC
She's looking great - very crisp and clean.
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Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 12:07 AM UTC
Barcas di salvataggio finito!

Just finished the motor barges, cutters ans sloops. They were almost kits of their own with all the extra parts and paintings. But it was quite some fun.

First I gave them their barley grey cote. I then painted the interiors offwhite, the wooden floors tan and the lower hull in that special italian green.


After finishing the painting process I glued the wooden decks on and treated the surface details with black glaze and glued the ships onto their jacks. In the end I just had to simulate the windows with kristal klear. These are the boats before Installation onto the main ship.
These are the two biggest barges:



The second biggest:



My favourites (they look most elegant to me):



And finally the two small sloops at the ships stern together with their oars:



Final impressions of the installed boats onto the mothership:




May I feel a bit proud of it already?

Continue with the stern mast section now
d6mst0
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Posted: Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 11:44 PM UTC
Thomas,

Very nice looking AAs as well as the secondary weapons. Nice paint work, she is really shaping up nicely.

Mark
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Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 09:18 PM UTC
You are displaying some beautiful and Clean work Thomas. Lovely Build so far.....Cheers mark
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Posted: Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 06:46 AM UTC
I did spraypainted all the AA guns, the two funnels, the three remaining main gun turrets and some small vents. I glued them in place and everything Looks right to me







After this, no rest, I continued with all the lifeboats. NAVAL SHIP YARD give you also some etched parts and real wood to improve the boats. The decks are all not yet glued for a better detail painting later:









Loading the airbrush again...

Black_sheep
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Posted: Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 05:04 AM UTC

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Thomas,

My hat is off to you for finishing a tough assembly. Those AAs are looking sweet.

Mark



Thank you Mark Yes I had to force myself a bit to try my hands at these miniscule parts (the 13.7 mm twin guns were even more demanding because of the more smaller size). But in the end, if I compare the etched guns with their turned barrels compared to the kit ones the difference is quite visible. In addition the etched guns look more like the real one in contrast to the kitīs plastic ones:



Cheers
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Posted: Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 04:44 AM UTC

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Watching with interest. I have one of these in the stash



Hi Rory, welcome aboard! You will have a good time building this ship. In my opinion this ship class does look very elegant with its sleek shape and the red - white - blue deck colors
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Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 11:24 PM UTC
Thomas,

My hat is off to you for finishing a tough assembly. Those AAs are looking sweet.

Mark
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Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 06:37 AM UTC
Watching with interest. I have one of these in the stash
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Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 04:08 AM UTC
I made it! I did all four twin AA-guns. It was no easy task but as Iīve seen my one finished compared to the kit ones there was no choice for me

As I gained momentum I also tackled the four twin 13.2 mm AA guns. These consisted each of 6 PE parts and two miniscule turned barrels. Guess now I could go for a new career as a brain surgeon if I am not getting blind after this session

The small AA guns look like this


Now all piled together awaiting airbrush painting. I hope all stay complete during the paint process


Cheers
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Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 03:59 AM UTC

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Lovely work on the Turrets and Guns Thomas.....Cheers mark



Thank you, too Mark!
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Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 03:58 AM UTC

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Very fine work on the Armament Thomas



Thank you very much Russell
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Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 03:58 AM UTC

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Thomas,

Those turrets are looking mighty fine. That 37mm is awesome and I hope you have the patience to finish the other three.

Mark



Hi Mark, yes if I am biting into something I wont let off until I am reached my aim
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Posted: Monday, June 10, 2019 - 10:59 PM UTC
Lovely work on the Turrets and Guns Thomas.....Cheers mark
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Posted: Monday, June 10, 2019 - 10:04 PM UTC
Very fine work on the Armament Thomas
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Posted: Monday, June 10, 2019 - 03:37 AM UTC
Thomas,

Those turrets are looking mighty fine. That 37mm is awesome and I hope you have the patience to finish the other three.

Mark
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Posted: Monday, June 10, 2019 - 02:34 AM UTC
Finished the remaining main gun turrets. Refitted them with MASTERīs turned barrels as they are of slightly better shape and of more correct lenght then SHIP YARD WORKS ones. The most rear battery turret have the shipīs motto "tenacemente" (tenaciously) imprinted at the turret - a nice attention of the rear shipīs detail from SHIP YARD WORKS!



Proceeded then to the 37 mm twin AA guns. The kit parts are nice - if you give them turned barrels they would look even better.

SHIP YARD WORKS let you build these guns completely out of 18 (!!!) etched parts. This is sheer madness and I was not able to install all (two out of four gratings in front of the gun and one chair had been left off). The guns itself would be also etched and are Looking too flat. I therefore used the superior quality turned barrels from MASTERīs set. You can see the difference:







Though the etched one looks far more correctly than the kitīs plastic ones I still struggle with myself if my patience and skills can endure three more of them ...?!
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Posted: Monday, June 10, 2019 - 02:09 AM UTC

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Ooooohhh I love what you have done so far on her. I love it......Cheers Mark



Thank you very much
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Posted: Sunday, June 09, 2019 - 07:59 PM UTC
Ooooohhh I love what you have done so far on her. I love it......Cheers Mark
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Posted: Sunday, June 09, 2019 - 11:30 AM UTC
Thomas,

Your funnels reminded of the pain I went through with my dreadnought. The funnels came out wonderful, nice work.

Mark
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Posted: Sunday, June 09, 2019 - 02:03 AM UTC
Today I fumbled around the hole time at these two funnels. The etched parts for funnels is always a tire- and gruesome work. First they dont glue at all, then they will glue at your tweezers, next to your fingers, then after you put the glue on the plastic funnel to make everything sure the part snip off your tweezers and your crawl around in a hurry at the bottom to find the part before the glue is dried.

Shortly before you get insane everything is suddenly finished and you can smile again. Thank god this ship have just two funnels - can you imagine my misery when I tackled the four tiny funnels of my EMDEN?





Hopefully I can spraypaint them without blowing off half of the etched parts again
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Posted: Saturday, June 08, 2019 - 12:18 AM UTC

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Thomas,

I see you added the crane already, I hope you don't knock it off during the rest of the build.

Mark



Yes very much care is needed now. Thatīs why I decided to fix the ship at ist base at the very early stage. this way I can build it up parts after parts.
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Posted: Saturday, June 08, 2019 - 12:16 AM UTC

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Thomas,
That is some great upgrading to the kit! Love all of the brass details and the secondary armaments look excellent!

Gaz



Thank you very much Gaz, appreciated!
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Posted: Saturday, June 08, 2019 - 12:13 AM UTC
Thomas,

She is shaping up really nice. Your enhancements to the ship is working out nicely, loving the detail.

I see you added the crane already, I hope you don't knock it off during the rest of the build.

Mark