Folkwulfe Posted March 23, 2021 Share Posted March 23, 2021 First of all, thanks to the admins who graciously allowed me to post this build here even though it does not meet the 1/35th 1/32nd or larger rule. Regardless, it is a LARGE SCALE MODEL measuring near 3 feet in length when complete. Secondly, I inherited this model partially build from a friend who had it in storage for several years uncompleted. Seems his father had rushed into this build when he got sick and later died before the model could be finished. My friend said I was the only person he thought might be able to do it justice. Since it's been a very long time since I attempted anything naval, we'll see. When received, the main hull, hull deck, and conning tower were glued and painted a two-tone camo scheme. A lot of detail parts were left off the conning tower before it was painted, the snorkel was assembled wrong, parts of the cable guard around the propeller was broken off and missing, and the colors used didn't look right to me. So we begin with ordering and receiving a laser cur wooden deck set from Nautilus that's beautiful. The wooden deck is just sitting on the original plastic deck for fitting purposes. I have also corrected the snorkel so that it raises and lowers correctly. ....snorkel stowed down.... ...snorkel partially raised.... You can also see a lot of the exterior detail parts of the conning tower were left off before painting. All the white parts are the left off details I added. Still trying to make my mind up about the wooded main deck. Should I 1) Use the original plastic deck that has good detail around the metal decking parts, or 2) Use the wooden deck with bad representations of the metal parts? I chose "3" and grafted the plastic "metal" parts in place of the wood parts. Turned out not too bad. So now I have some minor lower hull repairs to do, then on to paint. The instructions for the wooden pieces suggested coating the wood with enamel paint to prevent acrylic paints from soaking in and swelling the wood. So first up was a good coat of Tamiya Grey Surface Primer Enamel first on the conning tower parts and then the first test shot of dunkel-grau (Kriegsmarine dark sea grey) to see how it will look. Came out not too bad and a lot closer than the original paint used. And that is where we stand at present. More to come... 12 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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