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PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 7:55 am 
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HvyCgn9 wrote:
One question? why are you using the scrap steel as ballast??


For one very good reason Bruce. It was free!!!


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 2:40 pm 
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Looking pretty good Carl :thumbs_up_1: :thumbs_up_1:

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 7:38 pm 
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Hi everyone, it's been a while since I've posted an update.

I've steadily been working away on the ship when time has allowed. I've had to back track to correct some mistakes and do some rebuilding, but I'm currently focused on the fit out and finishing off the last superstructure sections. She's well and truly on the road to completion. Recently I've gotten on the 3D printing train and have taught myself 3D CAD modelling, purchased a 3D printer and have been developing prototypes of the ship's fittings. This has proved a challenge but a very enjoyable one and well worth the effort and expense. As the fit out proceeds I'll produce the final prints of everything, glue it all in place, then I'll move into final painting and finishing.

She's coming along nicely and is starting to look like a Kirov. I'm really enjoying the build.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:04 pm 
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Looking good there Carl :thumbs_up_1: Good to see more 3D printing going on. I am really enjoying the experience. Perhaps at some point we might be able to swap some files.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 1:38 am 
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Construction update. Over the last few weeks I've been plugging away doing a combination of styrene and 3D CAD work. The styrene work has included rebuilding/replacing/repairing further superstructure sections and adding some further detail. This has required further backtracking and re-work, but it's worth the time and effort. On the 3D CAD front I've been refining the designs I've done so far, working on new ones and doing test prints. Here's a couple of current photos of the model with some of the kit laid out. I'm nearly ready to start producing the final prints of fittings and to start attaching everything permanently. I'm really looking forward to doing another test run and getting her into her Soviet Navy colours.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:44 am 
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Here's some photos as of today.

After messing around endlessly with CAD drawings over the past several months, making prototypes and learning to get the best out of my 3D printer I've moved into producing the final fitting set for the ship. This is combined with permanently attaching the cast fittings made for me by Allan Pew (various topside sensors, weapons and liferafts) and Brian McCrowe (missile launcher hatches). I'm enjoying getting stuck into detailing the model and she's looking more and more like a Kirov every day.

Somehow I still keep finding structural styrene work that needs doing, but hey, that's the fun of scratch building. There are always surprises and 'oh s**t' moments just waiting for you to discover as you go through the build.

Major upcoming jobs are to produce the final Top Pair and Top Steer bases and antennas, design/produce the myriad of ESM equipment that goes on the masts, start working on the forecastle and quarterdeck fitout and design/produce smaller things like external doors, hatches, liferings, deck lighting, HVAC inlets/outlets, cranes, davits, the ship's boats and tenders.....the list goes on. I'm planning on 3D printing as much as possible but one thing I've found is that it's not suitable for everything and sometimes the 'old fashioned' ways are better.

One other thing I've had some fun with is choosing a pennant number for the ship. Most navies will allocate a number to a ship that stays with her throughout her commission. The Russians, at least in the Cold War, had a curious policy of changing the pennant numbers of their fleet, particularly their big ships, on a regular basis which makes life interesting when you're trying to work out what number a ship was carrying at a particular time.

FRUNZE is known to have carried the numbers 190, 050, 028, 014 and probably more. As ADMIRAL LAZAREV her current number is 015. Anyway, I was going to go with 014, but I've changed my mind to 028, as this was the number she had at one point in the 1980s when the Soviet Navy was in its prime.

And now that they're stuck on the bow with about 2 tonnes of Zap, I won't be changing them again!


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 1:43 am 
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I took FRUNZE out for her second test run today. After a lot of effort over the last few months building, detailing, repairing and modifying I'm pleased to say she ran well and I'm quite happy with her. Though it always surprises me that even a big model like this one somehow looks quite small when it's on the water......

David joined me and brought along his beautiful Krivak III VOROVSKY. It's the first time I've seen her in her blue and white Border Guard livery and I have to say I was impressed. The two ships looked good together and we had fun.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 4:01 am 
Amazing ship!but is it top-heavy?(sorry if this appears twice I’m just double checking my comment got here)


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 2:28 am 
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Here are some current photos after a big day of building. The major jobs of late have been designing and making davits, fitting out the port and stbd waists, installing mile after mile of guardrails, commencing the quarterdeck/flightdeck fitout and preparing the model for painting. I've also been doing further 3D CAD designs of the ships boats, cranes and radars which is proving to be a bit of a headache, but they're getting there. Still got a lot of work to do and somehow I keep finding new jobs, but it's good fun. I'm not too far away from painting the model in her Soviet Navy colours and I'm looking forward to that very much.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:25 am 
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Over the past week or so I've painted FRUNZE out in her base livery of grey, orange and black. This turned out to be a much bigger job than I first thought! I'd forgotten how time consuming and frustrating this particular aspect of model building can be and it was all the more of a challenge because I've never painted a model this size before. Yet another learning curve.

Trying to match the orange coloured lead oxide paint that the Soviet Navy used to paint their decks was a real headache. Thankfully I found a good photo of a freshly painted deck in relatively neutral light, so this made the colour matching a bit easier. Even more thankfully - the lady at Bunnings was very patient.

This paint job is only temporary. Much of it (particularly the grey primer) will either be rubbed back or totally removed to make way for more fitting out - but it was worth doing to get a taste of what she'll ultimately look like.

Here are some photos of her at the Task Force 72 Regatta today. It was a perfect day of sailing.


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