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The italian job - heavy cruiser ZARA 1:350
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Posted: Friday, June 07, 2019 - 09:42 PM UTC
Thomas,
That is some great upgrading to the kit! Love all of the brass details and the secondary armaments look excellent!

Gaz
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Posted: Friday, June 07, 2019 - 07:35 PM UTC
Some more progress occured: As I tried to install the wooden deck I ran into small problems there. The wooden deck set from MODEL SHIP YARD have a small plastic foil which have to be removed of the backside of the real wooden deck as all other manufacturers do. But as I removed the foil I discovered that the wood was not sticking at all anymore - maybe a failure with the glue or it was dryed out already?



I was forced to glue the deck with carefully applied superglue. It worked well. Though it is a pity that MODEL SHIP YARD failed to correct the small gap which is there between the plastic deck and the ship´s hull. The wood funiture deck is also too short. I tried to paint the gap in a similar Color but it is still a bit visible. Maybe it will be better after the railings are installed


Then I airbrushed all the prepared etched superstructures and treated the doors and Windows with black Panel liner and Kristal Klear. MODEL SHIP YARDS suggest you to replace some doors and windows with etched parts but I see no advantages with the etched parts compared to the kit ones so I let them off.







The guns were finished in the same matter (prepared ammo painted in brass, canvas painted)





After all I glued the new upper deck onto the ship´s hull and installed the secondary guns, too. Now everything Looks like this





Next will be the funnels or bridge (not decided yet)
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Posted: Friday, June 07, 2019 - 07:19 PM UTC

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Thomas,

Very nice PE work, I don't think I could handle such small work.

Mark



Yes you can, too Mark! You just need a magnifiying Visor, Micro tweezers and a good bending tool. No magic skills necessary
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Posted: Monday, June 03, 2019 - 11:23 PM UTC
Thomas,

Very nice PE work, I don't think I could handle such small work.

Mark
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Posted: Monday, June 03, 2019 - 11:11 PM UTC
Great to see this one moving forward Thomas
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Posted: Monday, June 03, 2019 - 07:29 AM UTC
I am very sorry for this long absence of updates in my blog. Reason was I was busy in business and I finished two other shelf queen projects which were luring for long time in my stash of doom.

But now this week I did started again with the ZARA and I was able to accomplish some small steps:

I masked some deck floors in preparance for painting the side walls in barley grey


Then I did finished all secondary armament twin guns


And I accomplished some small photoetched platforms. These were very fragile and extreme caution is necessary not to squeeze or bend anything unwanted. But the result looks very promising


Next will be painting all these small prepared parts

Cheers
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Posted: Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 07:20 AM UTC
Thomas,

please accept my apologies for not joining in earlier here - that's just another absolutely stunning and awesome build of yours!!

Your dedication to the detail and the craftsmanship and accuracy you are building with is fantastic! I just went through your build from the very beginning - great job! I'm looking forward to see your Italian job continuing!!

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Thursday, May 02, 2019 - 06:52 AM UTC
I am with Mark & Russ,

The upgrades on the secondary armament are very nice indeed.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Wednesday, May 01, 2019 - 09:24 AM UTC
I concur with Mark: You're attention to detail is really good Thomas

Have to agree, sometimes etched steps/rungs are more trouble than they're worth and a lot of the time the molded efforts are just fine
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Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 11:28 PM UTC
Thomas,

Very nice upgrades to that AA gun.

Mark
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Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 09:29 PM UTC
Some small progress I would like to share with you:

First I assembled some small parts (bollards, hosewheels, winches etc.) and prepared them for painting


I tried my hands at the first of the ships six dual 3.9 Inch casemated AA-guns. As I had a picture of the casemate´s rear I wanted to improve the visible area a bit


I thinned the sidewalls of the casemate as much as possible (still far from being in scale but best I could do) and added the ready ammunition at the sidewall. I also added the rolled up canvas cover for bad weather at the Roof out of aluminium foil. The etched railings at the front are from the SHIPYARD WORKS set and the turned barrels from MASTER




the side steps at the casemates could be replaced with etched steps from the SHIPYARD set but, though they are really nice I think they are still too big for being in scale. That´s why I decided not to use them.
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Posted: Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 04:50 PM UTC
Wow Thomas!

that flagstaff!
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Posted: Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 03:13 AM UTC

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Thomas,

That is some beautiful, flawless work with both the airplane and deck. I especially appreciate your success with those stripes!



DITTO!

Mark
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Posted: Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 02:10 AM UTC
Thomas,

That is some beautiful, flawless work with both the airplane and deck. I especially appreciate your success with those stripes!
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Posted: Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 12:32 AM UTC
La prua finito!
Got the bow finished (well almost) today. Just a few small stakes and the railings let off in order not to damage then during further handling at the ship.

Here are some pictures








continue with some superstructures or the secondary guns now (not yet decided...)
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Posted: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 06:34 PM UTC

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Thomas,

That bow hatch looks wonderful as does all of the other PE work. Really shaping up nicely.

Mark



Thank you and cheers mate
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Posted: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 06:34 PM UTC

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The floatplane looks absolutely epic Thomas, now that gives a target when I get round to my Zara.

The rest pf her is looking cool too.

Cheers

Si



Thanks a lot Si - to hear this from an experienced shipbuilder as you are it is a honor for me
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Posted: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 06:32 PM UTC

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That plane is just amazing Thomas!

I just hope I can do as good a job on my Walrus!




Russell I just found a new resin/pe-set for the Walrus at L´Arsenal:
http://www.larsenal.com/1-350-walrus-submarine-x2-c2x27691565 Maybe it is of interest to you?!

I will buy two sets for my future builds
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Posted: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 12:43 PM UTC
Thomas,

That bow hatch looks wonderful as does all of the other PE work. Really shaping up nicely.

Mark
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Posted: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 08:17 AM UTC
The floatplane looks absolutely epic Thomas, now that gives a target when I get round to my Zara.

The rest pf her is looking cool too.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 07:52 AM UTC
continuare a fare il solito tran tran:
I tried to make the internal gangway more attractive and opened both hatches at the ship´s bow. I tried to install two stairs down into the ship but regrettably was just able to get one installed. Three others fell down at the other side never to be salvaged again


Then I made a more sophisticated bow mast out of 7 parts. Can you see which one is the kit´s ones and which one is mine?


the cranes for the catapult and the paravanes did also get some improvements. A very fragile affaire now!


I installed the etched side platforms for the secondary guns. They do look very nice




In the end of this day I played around with one main gun turret and its barrels. I do have two different aftermarket barrels now - Though these of Modelshipyard are nice but a tad too long. The one from Master fit spot on


I airbrushed the middle deck section with GUNZE H54 Navy blue and the ship looks very colorful - elegant italian design


fare festa!
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Posted: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 07:12 AM UTC

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That plane is just amazing Thomas!

I just hope I can do as good a job on my Walrus!

And, yes, the rigging is painful



Some Walruses are also waiting for me (Repulse and Exeter). Will be very "interesting" rigging
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Posted: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 07:10 AM UTC

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Thomas: That is absolutely stunning, so stunning in fact, that I may give up ship building, take up knitting, become a monk, and live in a cave in some remote desert, all to do penance for ever referring to myself as a modeler.



Chuck, that was really really funny but to be honest I don´t want to see you as a knitting monk somewhere outside at a remote desert´s mancave. Stay with our hobby, we need you, too
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Posted: Monday, April 22, 2019 - 03:31 PM UTC
That plane is just amazing Thomas!

I just hope I can do as good a job on my Walrus!

And, yes, the rigging is painful