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The italian job - heavy cruiser ZARA 1:350
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Posted: Monday, April 22, 2019 - 10:59 AM UTC

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The cat looks great without the stiffening plates Thomas. sometimes I think there is an evil streak in some etch designers, I am often beaten by microscopic parts that are near impossible to apply, and add very little to the finished build. Now I just leave them off.

The floatplane looks great too.

Cheers

Si



DITTO!
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Posted: Monday, April 22, 2019 - 08:21 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.



Need a friend? I got lots of remote desert out here and I am now free of hobbies.
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Posted: Monday, April 22, 2019 - 08:17 AM UTC
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.
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Posted: Monday, April 22, 2019 - 07:42 AM UTC
L´aeroplano finito! I had worked on and off during the whole day at my ship´s plane. It was a lot fun and in the end I really like the outcome.
Trumpeter advices you to paint the aircraft in dark green but, I believe strongly this color was only invented after the ship´s sinking. Profile Warships magazine also suggest an all silver airplane with the usual red stripes at the upper wings - a picture of this is also visible in that magazine so I think I am correct here.

After I handpainted the airplane with vallejo Aluminium Color I made small masking Stripes by myself for the red color. Here I tried to handpaint the red but decided to better airbrush it


with the red color on


masks removed


After that I made the spotters rear machinegun out of a lenghtened sprue painted black, applied a small coat of black glaze to give more contrast and applied the decals. And because it was so much fun I decided to finish it up correctly with Uschi van der Rosten´s 0,1 mm superfine rigging wire . Here are the final pictures


and on a white background








Thats my first 1:350 scale aircraft and I do feel a little proud about it

I think I deserved a Little glass Chianti now?!

Cheers
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Posted: Monday, April 22, 2019 - 12:10 AM UTC
The cat looks great without the stiffening plates Thomas. sometimes I think there is an evil streak in some etch designers, I am often beaten by microscopic parts that are near impossible to apply, and add very little to the finished build. Now I just leave them off.

The floatplane looks great too.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 11:42 PM UTC
Mille Grazie signores for all your positive comments

I continued my work at the bow - I tried to tackle the etched catapult but the triangle stiffening plates (70 pieces altogether they asked me to do ) were impossible to install and glue for my skills - I was barely able to grab the microscopic parts with my microtweezers. And they were not sitting evenly with the top Level so the top railing of the catapult would not sit evently at the whole construction. After some talkings with the harbor workers we decide to leave them off - In the photos of the manual they also decided to leave them off . This is the first dryfit


After this setback I needed a quick success for my motivation; I finished building the ship plane. SHIPYARD WORKS offers some substantial improvements here and I was able to install all of them




I promise I will never whine around anymore about a 1:48 scale airplane rigging
. Whish me luck with the painting - a very fragile Enterprise!

But first of all I will need a Minestrone now
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Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 11:00 PM UTC
Really nice progress Thomas
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Posted: Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 08:48 PM UTC
Very neat job masking the stripes Thomas, look absolutely superb.

Cheers


Si
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Posted: Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 07:24 PM UTC
Love the work on the Stripes. Really looking good.....Cheers mark
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Posted: Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 06:09 PM UTC

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Mark: Tamiya makes an Italian Red in a spray can. Don't know if Thomas used that or not, but the Tamiya looks just like that.

Thomas: I have often wondered when the Italian Navy started applying those stripes, what year. Do you happen to know?



Chuck and Mark: It is GUNZE´s 68 "red madder" according to the manual. For me it looks spot on.

After Italian aircraft mistakenly bombed their own ships in the Battle of Calabria of July 1940, identification marks were introduced. To simplify identification of allied warships from the air, alternating red and white stripes were applied on the quarterdeck of all the ships. The upper surfaces of ship-borne seaplanes were painted in a similar manner.

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Posted: Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 09:49 AM UTC
Mark: Tamiya makes an Italian Red in a spray can. Don't know if Thomas used that or not, but the Tamiya looks just like that.

Thomas: I have often wondered when the Italian Navy started applying those stripes, what year. Do you happen to know?
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Posted: Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 05:55 AM UTC
Thomas,

Nice work getting those stripes down, kinda reminds me of candy apple red you see on sports cars.

Mark
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Posted: Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 05:23 AM UTC
Salve Amici,

I was not lazy the last two days and finished the boat´s outer hull - I drilled out all portholes and sealed them again with kristal klear. After it I painted the driving shafts and the screws.


After that I thoroughly fixed the ship onto its socket and glued the aft deck in


I started with the bow of the ship and removed some details of the catapult which will later be replaced by etched parts. I just will let them off for better painting the air recognition Stripes first and just rework the etched parts later. First coat with Gunzes off-white


After drying I masked off the white parts with the masking set of the upgrade kit from SHIPYARD WORKS


Now the red Color followed


And then comes the part where you Always Keep your breath...


..."phew!" everything went well until now

Continue with the catapult and other parts now
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Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 08:29 AM UTC
Looking good Thomas,

The Iron ladders up the side of the hull look the business, the colours look spot on too.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 04:05 PM UTC
Looking good. Love the Colour Contrast.....Cheers Mark
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Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 05:03 AM UTC
Absolutely splendid Thomas.

The Verde, and Barley sounds like it may be the makings of one of SWMBO's pasta dishes, but I will let that go for now and concentrate on following what is both a beautiful rendition of the ship, along with a stand that makes me Verde with envy.

You can always tell the difference between a modeler like yourself who prepares the stand in advance of model completion, and a hack like me who hopes and prays, saving the stand ordering and engraving for after if the model turns out halfway decent. Order far fewer stands than the number of models I build.
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Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 04:43 AM UTC
She is looking really good, Thomas.

Love that green despite its incredibly long name.
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Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 04:33 AM UTC
Thank you all for watching and commenting my work here - very encouraging

Last night I did finished the main painting at the hull: After priming everything with Mr. Surfacer 1200 I painted the black waterline with GUNZE black. Then I masked it off and painted the unterwater ship with Lifecolor`s UA617 Regia Marina Italiana Verde scuro Antivegetativo (quite a mouthful, eh?) green. The color look spot on if you ask me. After that I sprayed Gunze H334 Barley Grey. Usually the Manual ask you for mixing two different Grey Colors but that Barley Grey look very like the same without mixing; that´s the reason I Chose this and I am very satisfied:



The ship´s name characters were used out of the etched upgrade set instead of the kit´s decals



Next step is to seal everything with a matt varnish and complete the screws, drilling out the portholes and close them again with kristal klear
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Posted: Monday, April 15, 2019 - 11:28 AM UTC
Lovely work with the Hull and the Ladder Rungs my Friend.....Cheers mark
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Posted: Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 04:30 AM UTC
Thomas,

Your hull side ladders look great, nice and even... which is why I usually work in smaller scales where I can get away with not dealing with such details. Nice work!

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Posted: Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 12:25 PM UTC
Nice work on those ladders Thomas

I always shy away from those individual steps as I'd never get them in line, but you've done a pretty good job
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Posted: Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 12:25 AM UTC
Thomas,

Very nice job adding those ladders. Using a template was a great idea to fit those ladders down the side of the ship.

Mark
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Posted: Friday, April 12, 2019 - 06:23 PM UTC
Some "small" work done at the ship´s hull:

These are the molded on kits boarding handles (correct word for these?!)


I did shaved them off carefully...


...and prepared the drilling templates


After drilling the wholes with a 0,3 mm drill everything looks this way


I glued in the small etched handles into the prepared wholes. This job was done very easily and the result looks very promising to me


Now on for the other side!
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Posted: Friday, April 12, 2019 - 06:12 PM UTC

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...At both front bow sides there were some very small intendations which were also leveled out with putty...
misalignment between two decks...the ship´s Stern deck is a bit too short...


Thomas,

It is funny, I built the Tauro (ex-Modelcraft) 1/400 scale Zara years ago, and that kit had exactly these same shortcomings - I wonder if the Trumpeter effort was "inspired" by the old 1960s Modelcraft molding or if these parallels are just due to the design of the original ship somehow...?

Anyway, good progress so far!




Tim, luckily this ship mouldings have nothing to do with the old Modelcraft kit The whole kit parts look very nice so far.

Cheers
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Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 10:05 AM UTC

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...At both front bow sides there were some very small intendations which were also leveled out with putty...
misalignment between two decks...the ship´s Stern deck is a bit too short...


Thomas,

It is funny, I built the Tauro (ex-Modelcraft) 1/400 scale Zara years ago, and that kit had exactly these same shortcomings - I wonder if the Trumpeter effort was "inspired" by the old 1960s Modelcraft molding or if these parallels are just due to the design of the original ship somehow...?

Anyway, good progress so far!