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The italian job - heavy cruiser ZARA 1:350
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Posted: Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 06:46 AM UTC
I did spraypainted all the AA guns, the two funnels, the three remaining main gun turrets and some small vents. I glued them in place and everything Looks right to me







After this, no rest, I continued with all the lifeboats. NAVAL SHIP YARD give you also some etched parts and real wood to improve the boats. The decks are all not yet glued for a better detail painting later:









Loading the airbrush again...

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Posted: Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 05:04 AM UTC

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Thomas,

My hat is off to you for finishing a tough assembly. Those AAs are looking sweet.

Mark



Thank you Mark Yes I had to force myself a bit to try my hands at these miniscule parts (the 13.7 mm twin guns were even more demanding because of the more smaller size). But in the end, if I compare the etched guns with their turned barrels compared to the kit ones the difference is quite visible. In addition the etched guns look more like the real one in contrast to the kit´s plastic ones:



Cheers
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Posted: Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 04:44 AM UTC

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Watching with interest. I have one of these in the stash



Hi Rory, welcome aboard! You will have a good time building this ship. In my opinion this ship class does look very elegant with its sleek shape and the red - white - blue deck colors
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Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 11:24 PM UTC
Thomas,

My hat is off to you for finishing a tough assembly. Those AAs are looking sweet.

Mark
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Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 06:37 AM UTC
Watching with interest. I have one of these in the stash
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Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 04:08 AM UTC
I made it! I did all four twin AA-guns. It was no easy task but as I´ve seen my one finished compared to the kit ones there was no choice for me

As I gained momentum I also tackled the four twin 13.2 mm AA guns. These consisted each of 6 PE parts and two miniscule turned barrels. Guess now I could go for a new career as a brain surgeon if I am not getting blind after this session

The small AA guns look like this


Now all piled together awaiting airbrush painting. I hope all stay complete during the paint process


Cheers
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Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 03:59 AM UTC

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Lovely work on the Turrets and Guns Thomas.....Cheers mark



Thank you, too Mark!
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Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 03:58 AM UTC

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Very fine work on the Armament Thomas



Thank you very much Russell
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Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 03:58 AM UTC

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Thomas,

Those turrets are looking mighty fine. That 37mm is awesome and I hope you have the patience to finish the other three.

Mark



Hi Mark, yes if I am biting into something I wont let off until I am reached my aim
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Posted: Monday, June 10, 2019 - 10:59 PM UTC
Lovely work on the Turrets and Guns Thomas.....Cheers mark
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Posted: Monday, June 10, 2019 - 10:04 PM UTC
Very fine work on the Armament Thomas
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Posted: Monday, June 10, 2019 - 03:37 AM UTC
Thomas,

Those turrets are looking mighty fine. That 37mm is awesome and I hope you have the patience to finish the other three.

Mark
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Posted: Monday, June 10, 2019 - 02:34 AM UTC
Finished the remaining main gun turrets. Refitted them with MASTER´s turned barrels as they are of slightly better shape and of more correct lenght then SHIP YARD WORKS ones. The most rear battery turret have the ship´s motto "tenacemente" (tenaciously) imprinted at the turret - a nice attention of the rear ship´s detail from SHIP YARD WORKS!



Proceeded then to the 37 mm twin AA guns. The kit parts are nice - if you give them turned barrels they would look even better.

SHIP YARD WORKS let you build these guns completely out of 18 (!!!) etched parts. This is sheer madness and I was not able to install all (two out of four gratings in front of the gun and one chair had been left off). The guns itself would be also etched and are Looking too flat. I therefore used the superior quality turned barrels from MASTER´s set. You can see the difference:







Though the etched one looks far more correctly than the kit´s plastic ones I still struggle with myself if my patience and skills can endure three more of them ...?!
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Posted: Monday, June 10, 2019 - 02:09 AM UTC

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Ooooohhh I love what you have done so far on her. I love it......Cheers Mark



Thank you very much
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Posted: Sunday, June 09, 2019 - 07:59 PM UTC
Ooooohhh I love what you have done so far on her. I love it......Cheers Mark
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Posted: Sunday, June 09, 2019 - 11:30 AM UTC
Thomas,

Your funnels reminded of the pain I went through with my dreadnought. The funnels came out wonderful, nice work.

Mark
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Posted: Sunday, June 09, 2019 - 02:03 AM UTC
Today I fumbled around the hole time at these two funnels. The etched parts for funnels is always a tire- and gruesome work. First they dont glue at all, then they will glue at your tweezers, next to your fingers, then after you put the glue on the plastic funnel to make everything sure the part snip off your tweezers and your crawl around in a hurry at the bottom to find the part before the glue is dried.

Shortly before you get insane everything is suddenly finished and you can smile again. Thank god this ship have just two funnels - can you imagine my misery when I tackled the four tiny funnels of my EMDEN?





Hopefully I can spraypaint them without blowing off half of the etched parts again
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Posted: Saturday, June 08, 2019 - 12:18 AM UTC

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Thomas,

I see you added the crane already, I hope you don't knock it off during the rest of the build.

Mark



Yes very much care is needed now. That´s why I decided to fix the ship at ist base at the very early stage. this way I can build it up parts after parts.
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Posted: Saturday, June 08, 2019 - 12:16 AM UTC

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Thomas,
That is some great upgrading to the kit! Love all of the brass details and the secondary armaments look excellent!

Gaz



Thank you very much Gaz, appreciated!
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Posted: Saturday, June 08, 2019 - 12:13 AM UTC
Thomas,

She is shaping up really nice. Your enhancements to the ship is working out nicely, loving the detail.

I see you added the crane already, I hope you don't knock it off during the rest of the build.

Mark
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Posted: Friday, June 07, 2019 - 09:42 PM UTC
Thomas,
That is some great upgrading to the kit! Love all of the brass details and the secondary armaments look excellent!

Gaz
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Posted: Friday, June 07, 2019 - 07:35 PM UTC
Some more progress occured: As I tried to install the wooden deck I ran into small problems there. The wooden deck set from MODEL SHIP YARD have a small plastic foil which have to be removed of the backside of the real wooden deck as all other manufacturers do. But as I removed the foil I discovered that the wood was not sticking at all anymore - maybe a failure with the glue or it was dryed out already?



I was forced to glue the deck with carefully applied superglue. It worked well. Though it is a pity that MODEL SHIP YARD failed to correct the small gap which is there between the plastic deck and the ship´s hull. The wood funiture deck is also too short. I tried to paint the gap in a similar Color but it is still a bit visible. Maybe it will be better after the railings are installed


Then I airbrushed all the prepared etched superstructures and treated the doors and Windows with black Panel liner and Kristal Klear. MODEL SHIP YARDS suggest you to replace some doors and windows with etched parts but I see no advantages with the etched parts compared to the kit ones so I let them off.







The guns were finished in the same matter (prepared ammo painted in brass, canvas painted)





After all I glued the new upper deck onto the ship´s hull and installed the secondary guns, too. Now everything Looks like this





Next will be the funnels or bridge (not decided yet)
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Posted: Friday, June 07, 2019 - 07:19 PM UTC

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Thomas,

Very nice PE work, I don't think I could handle such small work.

Mark



Yes you can, too Mark! You just need a magnifiying Visor, Micro tweezers and a good bending tool. No magic skills necessary
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Posted: Monday, June 03, 2019 - 11:23 PM UTC
Thomas,

Very nice PE work, I don't think I could handle such small work.

Mark
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Posted: Monday, June 03, 2019 - 11:11 PM UTC
Great to see this one moving forward Thomas