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1/350 Kleiner Kreuzer Emden - Tsingtau 1913
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Posted: Friday, March 01, 2019 - 07:06 PM UTC

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Thomas,

again I'm joining in late...

Anyway, CONGRATULATIONS to a superb!!! build and your commissioning!

You certainly did a mighty fine job on this very special ship!!

Cheers,
Jan



Jan thank you very much for you too to take your time and look from time to time into my build. You are heartily invited to accompany my next build - just still not decided what to do next from my pile
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Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 09:11 PM UTC
Thomas,

again I'm joining in late...

Anyway, CONGRATULATIONS to a superb!!! build and your commissioning!

You certainly did a mighty fine job on this very special ship!!

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 05:09 AM UTC

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The Swan of the East,what a great finish.



Thank you a lot for your interest and your vote Anthony - appreciated!
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Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 09:39 PM UTC

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Thomas! Congratulations on yet another superb build!

I've certainly missed quite a bit in the last week or two!

Again, you've managed to turn an ordinary kit into an exceptional model!

Thank you for sharing! Looking forward to seeing what you do next!



Thank you very much Russel for the kind words. I was glad to have had you at my side again.

As for the next ship - I´m still not decided: Repulse, cruiser Varyag or Graf Spee in 1:350 with full aftermarket stuff or, to make matters worse, a Type IXC submarine in 1:72 with full interior?! Anyway would be a honour to me to have you onboard again at my next build.

Cheers



It's been a pleasure Thomas! I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for whatever you decide to build and will be along for the ride!

Would be great to see a 1/72 sub with interior built up, but whatever you chose, I'm sure you'll do a fantastic job
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Posted: Monday, February 25, 2019 - 03:46 PM UTC
The Swan of the East,what a great finish.
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Posted: Monday, February 25, 2019 - 08:32 AM UTC

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Thomas! Congratulations on yet another superb build!

I've certainly missed quite a bit in the last week or two!

Again, you've managed to turn an ordinary kit into an exceptional model!

Thank you for sharing! Looking forward to seeing what you do next!



Thank you very much Russel for the kind words. I was glad to have had you at my side again.

As for the next ship - I´m still not decided: Repulse, cruiser Varyag or Graf Spee in 1:350 with full aftermarket stuff or, to make matters worse, a Type IXC submarine in 1:72 with full interior?! Anyway would be a honour to me to have you onboard again at my next build.

Cheers
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Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 11:21 PM UTC

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Thomas,
How wonderful she is! I'm very impressed. You are inpiring me to get to work on one of my stalled ships. I have Markgraf started and Seydlitz and Graf Spee waiting in boxes.
Gaz



Gaz! Come on! You know you wanna!
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Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 11:19 PM UTC
Thomas! Congratulations on yet another superb build!

I've certainly missed quite a bit in the last week or two!

Again, you've managed to turn an ordinary kit into an exceptional model!

Thank you for sharing! Looking forward to seeing what you do next!
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Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 08:35 AM UTC

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Beautiful, just simply gorgeous.

Fantastic job!



Rory thank you a lot. I feel fit now to try my hands on a more demanding kit build next time

Cheers
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Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 08:34 AM UTC

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Thomas,

Boot topping or no, your Emden puts your fantastic craftsmanship clearly on display. My compliments on some stunning work!




Whow this will let me grow bigger a bit now Thank you very much Tim
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Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 04:17 AM UTC
Beautiful, just simply gorgeous.

Fantastic job!
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Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 01:26 PM UTC
Thomas,

Boot topping or no, your Emden puts your fantastic craftsmanship clearly on display. My compliments on some stunning work!

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Posted: Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 03:11 AM UTC
Thomas: Boot topping is that black painted line between the upper and lower parts of the hull at the waterline. That is what we in the States call it, perhaps you know it by a different name. For the USN, supposedly they adopted the black painted line concurrent with the introduction of oil, as the oil seeping into the water would supposedly stain the gray or white paintwork on the hull. Don't know how true that is, but so says the legend.

You may note that the IJN never adopted the practice, until the IJN gave way to the Japanese Self Defense Force. Most other navies did very early in the 20th century.
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Posted: Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 02:17 AM UTC

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I am suitably impressed. Great work my Friend.....Cheers mark



That´s what I wanted to hear thank you Mark and greetings to Australia

Cheers

Thomas
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Posted: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 11:29 PM UTC
I am suitably impressed. Great work my Friend.....Cheers mark
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Posted: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 09:42 PM UTC

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Great build Thomas,

I have really enjoyed following along, the figures bring it to life. That diorama would not look out of place in any Maritime Museum.

Cheers

Si



Thank you a lot, I feel honored mate!

Cheers

Thomas
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Posted: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 09:25 PM UTC
Great build Thomas,

I have really enjoyed following along, the figures bring it to life. That diorama would not look out of place in any Maritime Museum.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 07:16 PM UTC

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Thomas, that is absolutely splendid work. I have a real affinity for that era. It's either that or I am overly fond of white and buff. You take your pick.

I have not checked my references, but I am going to assume that Emden was coal fired. That leads me to ask about the boot topping. Many ships in that era did not adopt boot topping until oil fired ships replaced coal fired ones. Would you happen to know when boot topping was adopted in the German Navy?



Chuck, thank you very much for the flowers, appreciated
I also have a soft spot for These buff and white paintings as these ships did looked so elegant for their time. Yes the Emden and ist sister ship the Dresden were still coal fired.

You got me with your question as I had absolutely no idea what boot-topping means. I had to consult a dictionary and they gave me the following explanations:

boot topping

1. (Nautical Terms) a coating applied to this part of a ship to remove marine growth
2. (Nautical Terms) (nautical) The process of cleaning the upper part of a ship's underwater hull and daubing it with a protecting layer of antifouling substance.

Actually I have regrettably no idea at which time this was invented in the german imperial navy. Sorry mate!


Best regards

Thomas
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Posted: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 11:29 AM UTC
Thomas, that is absolutely splendid work. I have a real affinity for that era. It's either that or I am overly fond of white and buff. You take your pick.

I have not checked my references, but I am going to assume that Emden was coal fired. That leads me to ask about the boot topping. Many ships in that era did not adopt boot topping until oil fired ships replaced coal fired ones. Would you happen to know when boot topping was adopted in the German Navy?
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Posted: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 09:03 AM UTC

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Thomas,
How wonderful she is! I'm very impressed. You are inpiring me to get to work on one of my stalled ships. I have Markgraf started and Seydlitz and Graf Spee waiting in boxes.

I have a tidbit of information regarding the sailors uniforms you might find useful for color variation:

I was told that the German Bosun always wore the blue blouse even in the summer uniform. I noticed that I would see picture with groups of Kaiserliche Marine sailors together that there was often one who was wearing the blue blouse.

I asked about it at a naval forum, and it was the only answer I got.

Bravo!

Gaz



Hello Gaz, thank you for your words; it was a pleasure to have had you OnBoard. Regarding of the sailor´s uniforms I have different informations about it. As far as I discovered the sailors in the North Sea and Atlantic wore indeed blue uniforms. The fareast battlegroup wore white ones, even the officers. I have to prints and two stills from the movie EMDEN for you:





Cheers!

P.S.: Graf Spee is another hot candidate for my next shipbuild
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Posted: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 08:34 AM UTC
Thomas,
How wonderful she is! I'm very impressed. You are inpiring me to get to work on one of my stalled ships. I have Markgraf started and Seydlitz and Graf Spee waiting in boxes.

I have a tidbit of information regarding the sailors uniforms you might find useful for color variation:

I was told that the German Bosun always wore the blue blouse even in the summer uniform. I noticed that I would see picture with groups of Kaiserliche Marine sailors together that there was often one who was wearing the blue blouse.

I asked about it at a naval forum, and it was the only answer I got.

Bravo!

Gaz
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Posted: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 05:30 AM UTC
I´m so sorry for this long radiosilence - the reason was that I had to wait for Northstar´s figures (bloody slow german custom) and I had some obstacles to tackle which lowered my "combat spirit" for some time:

I did my anchorage Scene as planned and laid some paper on top of the Scene. The Intention was to paint the paper and then to apply Vallejos still water over it (never used it before). Paper then throw waves because of the humidity and it looked awful. The still water was colored in a greenish tint but it also was not satisfying to me - it shrinked immensely after drying and also produced a strange "coat" on top of its surface. Then I broke some parts and snipped some rigging wires when the Navy Hospital ordered me some days off from the project. I did a 1:48 Eduard Polikarpov I-16 which gave me Relaxation and reconvalescence again.

After that I was able to complete the Project. I laid another top coat of a tinted acrylic gel on top of the ill-fated still water and this saved me. These are the final steps I would like to share with you:

The Diorama began with some Evergreen Stripes and a Styrodur plate cutted in size


Then I glued everything together and made a try how everything will look together with the template


The ship´s form was carefully cutted out of the Styrodur and the connections of the Evergreen Sheets were puttied and sanded


Then it was time to prime everything in black color


I did add the paper, set the small cutter and the Emden in their proposed place and prepainted the paper with a greenish color.


Then it was time to add some figures! Northstar makes some very nicely and delicate 3D-printed figures. Although they are surely the best available out there in this scale, I do have no idea how to remove them without accidents from their fret - They are all squeezed together at one tiny plate. This makes it very difficult to paint and remove. Accordingly to this we had an average loss rate of About 25% of the figures (legs/arms/heads etc. broken).

First the sailors have to stowage the rum before the pilot cutter will lay alongside ship




There is the pilot´s cutter. You can recognize the local port pilot in its dark blue uniform


He is already awaited by some sailors and officers at the gangway



And the Captain is patiently waiting for him with his staff at the top lookout of the ship´s Bridge


This is the final view at the completed Diorama




And finally everything will be protected in a well-tried display box from SORA. It will get a place of honor within my business office next monday


It was surely the most complex, colorful and demanding ship I did until now. It was a real challenge to convert this small, toylike REVELL kit with a lot of extra 3D-printed and etched parts in what was formerly known at the german Navy as the "Swan of the East". If you did enjoyed this build and also the history of this ship as much as me then my mission was completely accomplished.

Thank you very much for your Attention and all your encouraging comments - without it I would have been hard I have to admit.

Cheers

Thomas



P.S. I still have its sister ship, the Dresden in its gray livery and with its own very thrilling history about its struggle in the southern atlantic and pacific waters in stash - of course with all the necessary extra parts and a prefinished template again - waiting for its time. But it would be madness to start this ship right now wouldn´t it?!
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Posted: Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 09:51 AM UTC
Thomas,

I'm so sorry I missed out on your commissioning!! She's a beauty, you did an absolutely outstanding job, you did this fine small vessel pride!!

Congratulations to a job very well done!! Excellent my friend!! And I'm already looking forward to your next build, whatever it might be!!

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Friday, January 04, 2019 - 09:48 PM UTC
Outstanding build Thomas.

You have done this elegant cruiser proud. I have enjoyed following along.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Friday, January 04, 2019 - 09:27 PM UTC
Stunning work Thomas!

EZ line is an absolutely wonderful product and excellent medium to rig with. You have done wonders with it!

Look forward to seeing the diorama!