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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2022 3:07 pm 
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and 3 main turrets are ready. still missing yellow rafts, and #2 casemate (round bunker) slits.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2022 11:09 am 
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and barbette 2 finished.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2022 1:28 pm 
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Really coming along nicely. These are such good looking ships.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2022 11:00 am 
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As rafts will be yellow with numerous red stripes, I need to scrap off all molded "details" :
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10 done so far. still 10 to do.

and main deck is ready :
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2022 11:45 am 
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a good working session today !

wooden deck placed
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my secret for good behaviour of wooden deck :
-paint plastic deck (protruding parts and horizontal deck (better sticky effect i think)
-press well around protruding parts
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-place white glue around protruding parts and deck edges
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when dry, that's full transparent and invisible
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slight gloss effect of white glue will be dealed by final matt coat and voilà !

however, still some work : touchups, some wheels, catapult, capstans and horizontal doors.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2022 6:46 am 
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not a lot of developments, but some progress.

rear deck is ready. still 2-3 features to be placed later, after some hullsides work.
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main structure base is almost ready.
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and some work on 2nd aircraft (Re2000).
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2022 3:35 pm 
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re2000 ready.
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and a working session on breda twin 20mm. 6 more have been done. still 8 to go, but later. I think I will do 2 sessions of 4, between other steps.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2022 6:36 pm 
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some progress on 4 lateral guns. I don't exactly remember but think those are 90mm guns for starshells.
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note they are painted dark grey. most pics show them light grey, but one of the latest pics show them repainted dark grey, as all main, secondary and main AA gun barrels.
those guns appear generally on most pics in light grey, even on camouflaged ship.
but again, one of the latest pics show them clearly repainted dark grey. I even had to repaint barrels of all my primary and secondary turrets.

look :
even in spring 43, barrels are still light grey (note there is still no "GUFO" radar).
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but later in 43, barrels are dark, and horizontal decks of turrets/guns are medium grey.
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as my model must be camouflaged, have a red/white foredeck (also note red/white aternative bands have swapped between 42 and 43 !!!), have a GUFO radar, have ro43 AND re2000 aircraft, the best option is to go with later picture configuration. so, contrary to most camouflaged pics, barrels have to be dark grey in lieu of light grey. beware of minor detail changes !!! here, I noticed this a bit late, and had to repaint all my barrels.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2022 5:29 am 
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this "bark barrels" version is also in a suitable timeframe for yellow+red liferafts.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2022 6:18 am 
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90mm AA bases have been done and added
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"observation (?)" deck has been also done, with small enclosed observation posts, but still 2 stairs missing
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90mm blastbags have been done "à la Jim Baumann", using wire and white glue


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2022 4:28 pm 
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rafts are ready to be painted yellow. I will later add red stripes using probably homemade decals.
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and 90mm AA guns ready.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2022 5:45 pm 
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Nice work on those blast bags!. The float-plane looks good too!

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2022 11:14 am 
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thank you !

so, rafts have been yellow painted with 4 layers
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then, center painted black (will be covered by photoetch grating painted wood) and gloss coated.
ready for decals.
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homemade decals using Alps and coated with decalfilm.
will wait until gloss and decalfilm have well cured, to avoid any still possible bad surprise, as microsol is sometimes tricky.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2022 4:30 am 
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first raft done ! twelve stripes per unit, still 19 units to go : 228 stripes before the end :
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2022 3:41 pm 
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enough for today ! I even managed to miscount my needs. don't know how/why but I did not print enough red stripes.
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what a tedious work, but rewarding result. really nice eyecatching candy on a model.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2022 6:58 pm 
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flag is done, using my usual method :

a thin aluminium foil (chocolate tablet) is smoothed with thumb nail, painted white and gloss coated (both sides)
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decal is ready
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cut to edges
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one side placed
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foil cut to edges
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other side placed, and touch ups done on the edges
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gloss coated for protection
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matt coated for finish
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and shapeable almost at will, with good resistance to wear, compared to flag decals directly folded side on side, which often ages badly
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2022 8:51 am 
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Motor boats ready :
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I know roma never had its boats onboard, and even main deck berths were rapidly removed, but I prefer to include 4 boats to be placed on last few remaining superstructure berths. I'm more from the "clean presentation model" than the "diorama/weathered model" school.

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