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  1. I believe that preparation is everything for the parts , they need to be washed , and preferably left in the sun for 2 days - although the frosted plastic seems really ready to go , to be honest its a great time-saver , if you want a specific item , although I totally agree Metal Gun Barrels are unbeatable . I think if you go for the very best material ( Ultra detail Frosted ) you avoid a lot of problems But the aftermarket Shapeways Turrets seem nice , and I have had in the last 2 months specific sets made for me for the V & W Class in 1/350 scale , which look really nice .. I have used the 1/350 Binoculars for the HMS Eskimo Kit by Trumpeter - and they were a HUGE improvement of the kit examples .. its an addition to the Modelling aftermarket parts , and injected plastic is probably better - but if you need a bespoke item made - then its a huge timesaver ( and they can look wonderful )
  2. Hi If anyone needs a single 2 pounder pom-pom gun and mounting -for your Royal Navy Warship this is now available from Micromaster ( Shapeways ) https://www.shapeways.com/product/J32SD ... areProduct 1/350 Scale Single 2-pdr (4 cm/39) QF Mark VIII x8. Highly detailed replacement parts modelled from the plans in Naval Weapons of WW2 and many reference photographs. Details include:• Rivets and hex nuts • Open magazine loading case with visible shells/cartridges • Training and Elevation apparatus • These guns are designed specifically for 1/350 Scale • Guns elevated at 20º, other elevations can be requested This is useful to fit to the SHOWCASE Models Australia 1/350 HMAS Vendetta injection Kit as a lot of the V W Class had the original 3 inch gun replaced by a 2 pounder AA gun in the late 1920's or you can use it on any RN Destroyer , Gun Boats , Escort Ship or Cruiser that had these - please also note that when Trumpeter finally releases the HMS Exeter 1/350 kit - that Cruiser had 2 mountings of these guns in 1939 ( I am certain that the Exeter kit will be a 1939 version first ) kind regards David
  3. Flyhawk Prince of Wales

    Lovely detail I am looking forward to when they release the new-tool HMS Kelly in 1/700 scale .. to see the improvement to the old Matchbox Kit ( which I built years ago as a kid )
  4. No -I have not shown it ( Thank you for the kind words about the Ship ) - I can't really display it in all honesty on the Forum - as its not my Model that I have made ........... ( It was made for me specially by a wonderful modeller called Steve Bowe - a little Naval Model gift to myself - last year - ) and I know its hard to believe , but the photo doesn't do the Flag any justice ( the red Rising Sun is much more lovely and lustrous ! - to the naked eye )
  5. Z-39, Dragon, 1:350

    totally agree - a lovely job
  6. No - just trying to be helpful !
  7. I actually find the frosted ultra-detail is better than the Original Kit parts - and the Ship Boats and Rangefinders are far better - the difference is very marked - sure its not cheap , but it provides an instant ship part that you need to use to present a ship that is altered due to a refit ( or is wrongly made - eg German Ship Boats by Trumpeter on HMS Eskimo )
  8. if you are still searching for a decal flag - I can recommend the BECC Fabric Flags http://www.becc.co.uk/contents/en-uk/d33.html USA20 - Stars and Stripes ( the size you need is Type AAA ( 10mm long ) War Period 48 Stars 1912-1959 and Stockists http://www.becc.co.uk/contents/en-uk/d45.html
  9. Paint them after you fix them - its a recipe for disaster if you have paint in the way of your super glue .....
  10. https://www.shapeways.com/blog/archives/28264-how-to-make-it-a-model-train-holiday.html Yes - you Can - With hand-painting or Spray Painting -they recommend using acrylic or enamel model paints
  11. They take only a week to printed and then get delivered - if it was made in Holland - they have a factory there ) as I live in the UK ........its quick you only need to remove the item from the casting block , the rest of the Part is flash-free and ' ready to use ' - sure injected model parts are quicker - but these are really nice , I have several parts ready for the HMAS Vendetta Kit in 1/350 scale for example a new Refit ( Extended Front ) Bridge - and also a 9 feet Rangefinder to replace the kit part ( which is the 1917 era shorter range finder ) sure its not dirt cheap but the pay-off is that you are saving so much modelling time - eg trying to alter a kit bridge by yourself
  12. ever heard the phrase ' you only get what you pay for ' - you are getting a bespoke new item or an existing pre-designed replacement ( far superior to the kit example ) and above all , tracked and recorded delivery to your door - If you have anything expensive like a big Warship Model Kit you bought , and mailed from abroad , you have customs fees to pay - what's the difference ?
  13. The Unknown Revolution in Scale Modelling - This is an example of ' Shapeways ' - where I had a CAD Designer get me a replacement made for the awful kit Bridge Binoculars for the Trumpeter ( 1/350 scale ) HMS Eskimo Tribal Kit .. as you can see the 2 parts made by Shapeways ( Trumpeter part are with red arrows ) are far superior , and you can see the difference is staggering Founded in 2007, Shapeways is basically 3D Printing ( with cutting edge tooling ) but really accessible and economical .. I have used it several times as its really reliable you can also buy ' off the shelf ' items for any Model , and the Ship Boats are far better than the Kit ones , by a long way
  14. New Ship Related Releases

    you reckon its a 1/700 down size from the Merit Moulds ??
  15. http://www.blueworldtv.com/webisodes/watch/exploring-the-prinz-eugen You can dive it as the radioactive levels are now safe ( due to water flow taking it away )