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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 6:07 am 
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Thanks. As I said I'm not aiming for superderail and correct to the last rivet, just to do something different and hopefully generate some inspiration as this class is badly represented in kit form.

Nobody noticed (or was too polite to say) my tripod forward leg is rather wonky in that shot (too straight)! I've now corrected this and done most of the AA and fittings but stalled again during the week.

I'm hoping to finish the upper masts, scrape some radar sets from PE spares and take some final pictures before priming this weekend.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 9:47 am 
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A great, smart project. I'll bet it's been a lot of fun so far.


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Yup, it has been fun. I enjoy seeing what can be done and focusing on big changes rather than getting stuck into superdetailing.

I managed a nice burst of progress this morning, at this stage I'm happy with the details and clutter and construction is complete barring some major revelations. I'm hoping to rattle my can and prime this tomorrow but any last-minute feedback would be appreciated in case I missed a 20mm somewhere.

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So, I stalled again during the week, although this time I blame the weather :big_grin: (I need to go outside to spray prime and last weekend it snowed, the rained all week). However, in a typical burst of activity, I've now basically finished. Just need to find some decals for the hull numbers.

While I'm being lazy about doing that and getting a set of pictures of the complete ship, here's a little step compilation of the bridge windows. Prime > Gloss Dark Grey > Mask > Paint > Highlight with 0.05 pen and dry-brush:

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Aaaaaand... calling this done.

Thank you all for your interest and support. It's been a fun exercise with the knife and file, the effort was very front-loaded on the conversion so I didn't go mad with detailing as by this stage I just wanted it on my shelf. Hopefully there's a spark of inspiration for some of you, I don't see us getting an affordable kit of this ship anytime soon. :wave_1:

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Duuuuuude. I love this. Do you have plans for the gun tubs on the side of her bridge? I've got a Midship kit needing them scratched.

Love seeing your bashes!

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Duuuuuude. I love this. Do you have plans for the gun tubs on the side of her bridge? I've got a Midship kit needing them scratched.

Love seeing your bashes!



I concur with Chris! Fantastic job!! :thumbs_up_1: :thumbs_up_1: I might give this a go sometime down the line.



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2018 3:07 am 
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Really an impressive conversion! :thumbs_up_1:

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Thanks all!

PetrolGator wrote:
Duuuuuude. I love this. Do you have plans for the gun tubs on the side of her bridge? I've got a Midship kit needing them scratched.

Love seeing your bashes!


Plans, what plans? :big_grin: I used some basic general arrangement drawings I found online and pictures. I found some really hi-res shots I used to place some details, at least one just on Wikipedia. The bridge tubs are just a round tub I found in my spares box cut in half and glued either side. I run on rule of thumb.

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Plans, what plans?

Plans? We don't need no stinkin' plans!

You realize, of course, someone will now release this as an injection molded kit, since you kit-bashed it. :heh:

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Really lovely experiment - and (especially to myself ;) ) unbelievably fast!

AFAIK Simon (Micro Master) is working on a SLC model in 3D, hopefully to become available (via Shapeways?) once ready. But it is a longer-time project.

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Vlad wrote:
Plans, what plans?

Plans? We don't need no stinkin' plans!

You realize, of course, someone will now release this as an injection molded kit, since you kit-bashed it. :heh:


Hey, if it looks the part from a couple of feet away I'm happy. :wink:

Also, would happily buy another. I didn't want to add complexity to this project but a kit in late war fit would be a nice canvas for the Measure 32 pattern the class wore. Or a kit in early war fit could easily become pre-war. Who though? Trumpeter? Flyhawk? Place your bets now! Neither was sunk in action so I guess Aoshima won't touch it. :heh:

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Really lovely experiment - and (especially to myself ;) ) unbelievably fast!

AFAIK Simon (Micro Master) is working on a SLC model in 3D, hopefully to become available (via Shapeways?) once ready. But it is a longer-time project.


He he, I like finishing and collecting my ship builds. I'm usually planning my next project not long after starting one and in many cases it's the lure of the next that drives the finish of the current.

I love 3D printed parts as replacements, enhancements and conversion sets. But a whole kit I would consider the cost prohibitive with current technology.

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