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The italian job - heavy cruiser ZARA 1:350
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Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 06:30 PM UTC
Thank you very much for this educated explanation - I will try it with my next uploaded pictures of the Kaiwo Maru
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Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 02:53 PM UTC

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Thomas, that is some outstanding work! I've very much enjoyed following your Zara build over the past months. Bravo Zulu!

A suggestion: I see that you are using Imgur for your photo posting. It may be a little counterintuitive, but If you go in and edit down the large pictures you posted to 800 pixels in width, they will appear sharper when you post them on Modelshipwrights. This is because the large images are force-compressed to fit on the page, causing a reduction in quality. Give it a try, because we want to fully appreciate your fine work!




Hey Tim, thank you for having you with me during this build. I did appreciated it! As for the Editing of Pictures with imgur - I need so see how I can edit down the pics with 800 Pixels. I do have no big knowledge in these things - do I have to change the image size in Imgur? Where can I Change it?

Thanks for your help there mate




No worries, Thomas, resizing images is pretty easy to accomplish.

• First go to Imgur and open up any of your images there.
• Then move the cursor over the image. The words “edit image” will appear on the lower right just below the picture.



• Click on “edit image.” In the upper right numbers (in this example 4914 X 3408) will appear. These represent the number of pixels in the image.

• Overtype the first number (4914 in the example) with 800.
• Click the “Apply” button at the upper left. The numbers will automatically readjust proportionally (in the example, to 800 X 555).
• Click the “Save” button to preserve your image at the rescaled size.

The smaller rescaled image will appear sharper than the larger original when you post it on Modelshipwrights.

original 4914 X 3408 pixel image:
reduced 800 X 555 pixel image:
Note the sharper details on the second image, especially the deck planking and rigging lines. I know it seems illogical that an image with a reduced number of pixels would produce a sharper result online, but it works!


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Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 05:35 AM UTC

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She looks amazing. I hope mine turns out half as well when I finally get around to her.

Awesome job sir!



Rory that is too much Honor Let us see and watch your work when you are building your italian lady
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Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 04:11 AM UTC
She looks amazing. I hope mine turns out half as well when I finally get around to her.

Awesome job sir!
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Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 02:29 AM UTC

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Thomas, that is some outstanding work! I've very much enjoyed following your Zara build over the past months. Bravo Zulu!

A suggestion: I see that you are using Imgur for your photo posting. It may be a little counterintuitive, but If you go in and edit down the large pictures you posted to 800 pixels in width, they will appear sharper when you post them on Modelshipwrights. This is because the large images are force-compressed to fit on the page, causing a reduction in quality. Give it a try, because we want to fully appreciate your fine work!




Hey Tim, thank you for having you with me during this build. I did appreciated it! As for the Editing of Pictures with imgur - I need so see how I can edit down the pics with 800 Pixels. I do have no big knowledge in these things - do I have to change the image size in Imgur? Where can I Change it?

Thanks for your help there mate
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Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 02:24 AM UTC

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Thomas you have done a wonderful job on her...Congrats Mate.....Cheers mark



Mark, thank you a lot; it was a pleasure to have had you aboard, too!
TimReynaga
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Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 01:51 AM UTC
Thomas, that is some outstanding work! I've very much enjoyed following your Zara build over the past months. Bravo Zulu!

A suggestion: I see that you are using Imgur for your photo posting. It may be a little counterintuitive, but If you go in and edit down the large pictures you posted to 800 pixels in width, they will appear sharper when you post them on Modelshipwrights. This is because the large images are force-compressed to fit on the page, causing a reduction in quality. Give it a try, because we want to fully appreciate your fine work!

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Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 09:52 PM UTC
Thomas you have done a wonderful job on her...Congrats Mate.....Cheers mark
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Posted: Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 05:26 AM UTC

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Congratulations, Thomas! Extremely well done!



Love to hear this Gary - thanks for watching
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Posted: Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 05:26 AM UTC

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That is a really fine build. Great job!



Thank you very much Martin
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Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 08:18 PM UTC
Congratulations, Thomas! Extremely well done!
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Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 03:49 AM UTC
That is a really fine build. Great job!
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Posted: Tuesday, August 06, 2019 - 07:11 AM UTC

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Thomas -

herzlichen Glückwunsch zur Indienststellung!!

Congratulations to commissioning you Zara. You, once more, did a brilliant job right until the end with a very smart and crisp rigging. This is a wonderful model and a great addition to your fleet, hats off to your work my friend! It was a pleasure to following you along!

Cheers,
Jan



Hallo Jan,

Vielen dank für die Blumen And it was a pleasure to have had you at my side . Watching now your miniscule 1:700 build with interest!

Horridoo

Thomas
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Posted: Tuesday, August 06, 2019 - 06:54 AM UTC
Thomas -

herzlichen Glückwunsch zur Indienststellung!!

Congratulations to commissioning you Zara. You, once more, did a brilliant job right until the end with a very smart and crisp rigging. This is a wonderful model and a great addition to your fleet, hats off to your work my friend! It was a pleasure to following you along!

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Tuesday, August 06, 2019 - 04:45 AM UTC

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Great Job Thomas,

Have enjoyed being along for the ride, congrats on commissioning, captures the elegance of the real thing.

Cheers



Si



Hello Simon, it was an honor to have had you aboard, too!
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Posted: Tuesday, August 06, 2019 - 04:44 AM UTC

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This is one beautiful Build you have done. Congrats on a fine job.....Cheers Mark



Hello Mark, thank you for being with me within this build
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Posted: Tuesday, August 06, 2019 - 04:44 AM UTC

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Congratulations on a beautiful addition to your fleet, Thomas

You overcame the challenges nicely and have done an excellent job!

Thanks for sharing and I'll be looking for your next build to follow along



It was a pleasure to have you aboard, too Russell!
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Posted: Monday, August 05, 2019 - 04:36 AM UTC
Great Job Thomas,

Have enjoyed being along for the ride, congrats on commissioning, captures the elegance of the real thing.

Cheers



Si
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Posted: Sunday, August 04, 2019 - 10:10 PM UTC
This is one beautiful Build you have done. Congrats on a fine job.....Cheers Mark
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Posted: Sunday, August 04, 2019 - 11:00 AM UTC
Congratulations on a beautiful addition to your fleet, Thomas

You overcame the challenges nicely and have done an excellent job!

Thanks for sharing and I'll be looking for your next build to follow along
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Posted: Saturday, August 03, 2019 - 06:15 PM UTC

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Thomas that rigging looks perfect, well done!!

The finished ship looks brilliant sitting in the case too. Congrats again.



Thank you Ned for watching!
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Posted: Saturday, August 03, 2019 - 06:15 PM UTC

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Thomas,

The rigging looks wonderful, very clean work.

Congratulations on the finish, she looks great. She is going to display just great.

Mark



Thank you very much Mark
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Posted: Saturday, August 03, 2019 - 01:40 PM UTC
Thomas that rigging looks perfect, well done!!

The finished ship looks brilliant sitting in the case too. Congrats again.
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Posted: Saturday, August 03, 2019 - 08:42 AM UTC
Thomas,

The rigging looks wonderful, very clean work.

Congratulations on the finish, she looks great. She is going to display just great.

Mark
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Posted: Saturday, August 03, 2019 - 01:05 AM UTC
Gentlemen, this is my last chapter as my heavy cruiser is finished now


There were some last steps to do - Before rigging I did spent her some life buoys at the appropriate places


Then there was just the rigging left. Unfortunately TRUMPETER don´t provide a rigging scheme unlike HASEGAWA so I had to rely completely at the boxart and the few clear pics I had of the real ship. It was nevertheless not a difficult work with this ship as there isn´t excessive rigging necessary here. These are the final pictures of my finished ZARA:















After everything was finished I placed her under a plexiglass showcase



After all I can say Trumpeter´s ZARA is a nice kit by its own but the upgrade set will lift it to a new Level of details. The set have its pro´s and con´s: You will benefit from many etched details, some crucial small parts are doubled inside so if you once will sacrifice a part to the carpet monster you have a second chance. The downside was the wooden deck set which wasn´t glueing anymore in my set and it was just copied from the too short stern deck so you will need to paint a bit to camouflage the shortcoming. The instructions are also not always like a stroll in the park - sometimes you need to guess things and some parts are still on the fret which are a mistery to me where they should have been installed... Trumpeter´s Regia Marina naval flag provided in the kit is way too small for my taste but I have no other alternative so I did used her on a small lead foil behind her stern mast.

Anyway this was my biggest ship so far and it was big fun for me, essentially also because all your diligent comments which made a big morale boost during my build. I hope I will see you again aboard at my next build here.

Thank you all again for watching and commenting - Arrivederci!