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Prinz Eugen - May 1941
RussellE
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Posted: Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 03:35 PM UTC
Thanks Mate!

Hoping my lights arrive from Evilbay soon, so I can get some pics organised!
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Posted: Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 11:34 PM UTC
Hi Russ!!

Ups almost missed out on your commissioning of your Prinz Eugen! Congratulations mate, this is one fantastic build and a wonderful model! I can feel your pain during the last years, but you made it! That's great!

Now I'm looking forward to your promised pics of this fine build!!

Cheers mate,

Jan
RussellE
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Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 02:10 AM UTC
Thanks Everyone
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Posted: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 06:09 PM UTC
Congrats on a great build!

Cheers
RedDuster
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Posted: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 12:49 PM UTC
Congrats on commissioning Russ.

Looking forward to seeing the final pics.

Hope you raised a few

C[ ]

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Monday, April 09, 2018 - 06:18 PM UTC
Excellent work Russell!! I too will miss the updates on this.
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Posted: Monday, April 09, 2018 - 01:10 PM UTC
Congratulations, Russell!
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Posted: Monday, April 09, 2018 - 05:01 AM UTC
Delighted to see your patience with this kit finally rewarded. Look forward to the final pictures of the Prinz.

cheers
Michael
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Posted: Sunday, April 08, 2018 - 11:40 PM UTC
Wow what a great acheievement Russell.

Take a bow and a standing ovation for a fantastic effort indeed.

Your determination is inspiring to say the least.

Cheers


Sean
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Posted: Sunday, April 08, 2018 - 05:32 PM UTC
Congratulations Russ! I look forward to the pictures of your finished beauty!
RussellE
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Posted: Sunday, April 08, 2018 - 05:25 PM UTC
Update 9 April 2018!

Break out the folks 'cos this baby's finished!

Andy, I didn't quite make Prinz's actual build time of 1562 days, but I did come pretty close: 1540!

flags are on and she's now commissioned!




and this is how she really looked around the time of Operation Rheinuebung



as you can see, all drab grey, no fancy colours or anything. Still surprised as to why Trumpeter released her as per 1945 fit. Any way, here's the map of Operation Rheinuebung



and sadly here's where she's laying at rest now, victim of the atomic tests...



I have to thank each and everyone one of you who have followed along and been patient with this build. All the advice and knowledge has been invaluable in back dating the kit to 1941!

I'd like to say it has been an enjoyable build these last 4 years, but, truth be told, it has been a slog and a half and at times I did want to give in!

But we got there in the end! thanks for watching!

I will take some proper pics as soon as my photography lighting rig arrives and submit them as a feature article!

I'd like to leave you with this last thought: These ships were ahead of their time, but unfortunately they were the wrong ships for the task for which they were intended: commerce raiding. And this is by no means a criticism of the ships' crews, who proved themselves beyond a shadow of doubt!
RussellE
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Posted: Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 03:34 PM UTC
Thank you very much Terry!

Very nearly there now, the new flag decals have arrived and I'm about 1/2 way through getting them shipped!
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Posted: Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 04:34 AM UTC
Russell, what a truly magnificent build of the Prinz Eugen!
Astounding work. I just spent a week reading this build log from start to finish and every post was captivating. Congratulations on a tremendous accomplishment!
Terry
RussellE
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Posted: Monday, March 12, 2018 - 01:59 AM UTC
Thanks Sean. Very close now.

I'll drop another hint today Si, although, it will be more of a resurrection than a new creation
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Posted: Monday, March 12, 2018 - 12:37 AM UTC
Rerig looks good Russ,

Well I am not going to try and guess, but will await your opening post on the new build with much anticipation.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 10:53 PM UTC
Ahoy Russell

Close now very close indeed.

What a wonderful moment.

Cheers


Sean
RussellE
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Posted: Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 04:31 PM UTC

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Thanks everybody for not pointing my awful grammatical gaff, and understanding exactly what meant!

I will miss following this build

Do I get the feeling you may be watching out for icebergs on your next project.

Cheers

Si



Well, I did genuinely laugh Si-not quite icebergs (as in Titanic), but there will be a sense of deja vu as I chase down another glacier from the past!

And, yep, we knew what you meant

Meanwhile this is much better.


Re-rigged, a couple more runs added and one or two corrected and the Prinz has moved up to the 'completed' shelf. Meanwhile the HMS *** has moved down to the 'under construction" shelf.

Today I also built what could potentially be the largest light box I've seen to enable decent pics to be taken once the ensign arrives in the mail is hoisted on the Prinz!
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Posted: Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 03:48 PM UTC
Thanks everybody for not pointing my awful grammatical gaff, and understanding exactly what meant!

I will miss following this build

Do I get the feeling you may be watching out for icebergs on your next project.

Cheers

Si
RussellE
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Posted: Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 02:19 PM UTC

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Hi Russ,

It is a bit disappointing when you have to redo something, but I think the fix will look the business.

I am miss following this build when you finally commission him mate.

Cheers

Si



Thankyou Si

yes, it will be strange when I finally commission this.

I've something to fill the void when I do though: The clue is in my signature box


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...I am miss following this build when you finally commission him mate.

Cheers

Si



Russ, I completely agree with Si! Be sure to post a LOT of pictures of this beauty when you finish!



Thank you Tim!

Yes, the camera will get a huge workout! I'm currently building a light box just for ships so I can take some good pics. Building it big enough to accommodate the largest ship in the stash: Titanic!
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Posted: Friday, March 09, 2018 - 01:35 AM UTC

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...I am miss following this build when you finally commission him mate.

Cheers

Si



Russ, I completely agree with Si! Be sure to post a LOT of pictures of this beauty when you finish!
RedDuster
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Posted: Friday, March 09, 2018 - 01:31 AM UTC
Hi Russ,

It is a bit disappointing when you have to redo something, but I think the fix will look the business.

I am miss following this build when you finally commission him mate.

Cheers

Si
RussellE
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Posted: Monday, March 05, 2018 - 04:14 PM UTC

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Can't resist.

April 23, 1936 - Ship 'J' Heavy Cruiser - keel laid, Krupp Germania shipyard.

August 22, 1938 - Hull launched

August 1, 1940 - Prinz Eugen commissioned. Captain zur see Brinkmann commanding.

total construction period - 1562 days

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January 19, 2014 - Russell Earmes begins work on Trumpeter's less than perfect 1/350 kit of Kriegsmarine heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen.

March 5, 2018 - Russ is almost there, just the ensign and maybe a bit of restrained weathering to be done.

construction time to date - 1507 days

Andy - who has been watching this build with great interest, and once lived in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (but has long since moved )



Well Andy, I can honestly say I'd never quite thought of it like that, but now that you mention it, it's quite the coincidence (or is it? )

Seriously though, its a testament to you and everyone who has stuck around for this build as I see it through to completion.

And it may yet match the build of real Prinz (hey, what's another 52 days? ) as I decide that I really don't like the fw'd rigging and decide that it needs a bit more tweaking.

Hence a couple of runs have been disconnected and using a #75 drill, I added some holes and insert 0.5mm brass rod on which to mount the rigging. This gives it a much more accurate appearance.





I'll give the rod a coat of paint and re-attach the rigging and hopefully the flag decals I've ordered from Hannants will arrive soon

Thanks again for looking and thanks again for sticking around
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Posted: Monday, March 05, 2018 - 08:39 AM UTC
Can't resist.

April 23, 1936 - Ship 'J' Heavy Cruiser - keel laid, Krupp Germania shipyard.

August 22, 1938 - Hull launched

August 1, 1940 - Prinz Eugen commissioned. Captain zur see Brinkmann commanding.

total construction period - 1562 days

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January 19, 2014 - Russell Earmes begins work on Trumpeter's less than perfect 1/350 kit of Kriegsmarine heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen.

March 5, 2018 - Russ is almost there, just the ensign and maybe a bit of restrained weathering to be done.

construction time to date - 1507 days

Andy - who has been watching this build with great interest, and once lived in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (but has long since moved )
RussellE
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Posted: Monday, March 05, 2018 - 01:57 AM UTC

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I'll join the chorus and encore on a great job on the rigging. It always makes a ship look complete.
I am looking forward to the flag hoisting. I shouldn't say it but it almost seems inevitable that the decal would fall apart given the trials and tribulations of this build.

cheers
Michael



Thank you Michael

you know, it was Murphy's law that the decal had to fall apart?
Cosimodo
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Posted: Sunday, March 04, 2018 - 01:42 PM UTC
I'll join the chorus and encore on a great job on the rigging. It always makes a ship look complete.
I am looking forward to the flag hoisting. I shouldn't say it but it almost seems inevitable that the decal would fall apart given the trials and tribulations of this build.

cheers
Michael