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  1. Looking for Bismarck Experts

    I will take you to the expert who has written a book on the Tirpitz ( Norwegian Language ) and whom I provided 4 of my wartime photos and old postcards to the project - I also helped him with GERMAN NAVAL CAMOUFLAGE Volume 1 - rather more extensively ( I am named on Page 10 ) so the guy runs a website John Asmussen - who also accompanied James Cameron for the dive to the Bismarck Wreck - anyway I digress - he has a website ( I am also 73north on that forum ) - the section you need is here http://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/paint_schemes/paintbism1941rheinubung.html That shows images that you click on , of each part of her brief life , what her colour scheme and camouflage pattern was in 1940 to 1941 . This will answer all your questions kind regards David Walker
  2. Worst model quality?

    for me the old Revell Heinkel 111 Bomber , the fuselage halves did not fit at all , and I ended up leaving the hobby for 5 years due to the stress of that damn kit ( was it 1/48 scale ?? ) another honorable mention , the Revell 1/32 Hawker Typhoon = I ended up throwing mine in the bin
  3. Photobucket Have Seen The Error of Their Ways

    I cancelled my account , and had great delight telling them the reason why - this was a suicidal decision made by morons and they deserved all the get - in return in my opinion , imgur , is actually faster , god knows what photobucket did , but they were sooo slow it was painful to use or upload ... damage was done PB - you reap what you sown , pal
  4. The ones I bought are only £ 8.40 - plus postage - I think ' Clipper ' each to his own taste , if that plain style suits you , that is fine . However , if you are spending a lot of time making a ship model special , then I feel a decorative pedestal - is frankly , a must have ... https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Model-Ship-D ... SwytlZq7YL ( sold ) These are the ones that I bought on Ebay , from the same seller , but there are others on e-bay as well ( search 1/350 Pedestals Ship ) note - these are selling out - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Model-Ship-Display-Pedestals-Nikel-scale-1-250-to-1-350-/263446606152 ( please note - I have no financial or personal connection with any seller on ebay )
  5. Best ww2 'starter' ship kits

    I also recommend for you , Tamiya - they fit together well - I would stick to 1/350 scale as the details are easier to show and also the aftermarket range is larger ...and there is a wide choice of ships I concur , The Yukikaze is a lovely model , and is well-designed and if you want an easy build , try the Ww1/WW2 Destroyer made by Showcase Models of Australia - HMAS Vendetta in 1/350 Scale its a lovely injected plastic kit , and is a straight-forward build , as its well-fitting and attractive - This is the model I own , next to the Trumpeter ' HMS Cossack ' ( at the back )
  6. ( note the images are from imgur - so are safe ! ) I thought the forum might be interested in a method of making the Trumpeter ' Dry Dock Style ' Display Stand much more attractive - I have used 2 Silver Pedestal stands that I bought on ebay last year . You can easily find them for sale elsewhere ( eg Pontos or Mk1 Design - do them ) I went to a local Metal Engineer Firm and got my 2 Silver Ship Pedestals ready to fix to the Repulse Kit Hull of my 1/350 HMS Repulse .󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 I have used the black plastic Trumpeter Kit Display Stand ( this was strengthened underneath ( my idea ) with 2 Aluminium Base Supports to transfer the weight of the completed Model to the ground surface - rather than just onto two areas ( which might be potentially weak ) of kit plastic of the Kit Dry Dock display stand ( better safe than sorry ) . I have taken a few photos to show you - note the Silver Pedestals did NOT have any bolts or washers supplied - so the new ones are made of Steel = total cost for me £ 18 and I think that's not a bad price for the work involved and the craftsmanship . This is British Engineering 🇬🇧 !! just to show what you can use to make the Trumpeter kit display stand a lot nicer
  7. I totally agree - This is a lovely Model - note to build an interwar or WW2 - V & W Class Ship , you will need the Shapeways ( by Designer Micro Master ) parts - https://www.shapeways.com/product/NMUZ5T5A6/1-350-scale-hms-walker-refit-bridge?optionId=63367765&li=marketplace you especially need the ' Refit Extended Front Bridge with the Rangefinder and Director Control - as the kit provides a too-small ' 1917 ' era original rangefinder and no director control what-so-ever I also recommend for the Model , you get a bespoke nameplate made on the Shapeways site - which fits the kit display stand ( seen here ) https://www.shapeways.com/product/TXWZC9SS9/hms-walker-name-plate?optionId=62960150 made by Bogey Bits ( I recommend you contact him - to get your ' own ship ' personalised = as the name plate can be very easily altered to your own Ship Name you desire ... ) and above all , you fit the ' Master Model ' HMS Repulse - Brass Metal 4 inch guns to the kit - several important points to note - if you intended building this great model ( 1 ) - The Model does NOT have etch railings provided for the 2 ' bandstands ' for the two 4 inch gun positions ( B and X guns ) - so you need to remember to fit that , as the kit instructions do not mention this ( 2 ) There are NO Funnel photo-etch grilles , provided with the model kit - so again you need to source some - I recommend the ( originally made for the resin G and H Class Destroyers ) by White Ensign - the G and H Class Destroyers etch set - https://www.sovereignhobbies.co.uk/collections/wem-1-350-pe-brass/products/pe-35133-wem-1-350-g-h-class-destroyers for sale here which have 4 different sized etch grilles - and they also offer extra railings and above all , the semaphores for the 2 bridge wings ( the kit provides a horrid plastic semaphore - located on the upper 1917 era bridge ) ( 3 ) you will need to source ( Shapeways have them ) 1/350 Depth Charge Throwers as there are none in the kit provided ( 4 ) if you want depth charge rails , rather than the kit paravanes at the stern - you need to source some - ( the WEM GH & I set provides them ) and you will need to remove the 4 x 1917 era depth charges at the stern in the little deck racks - as kit plastic ( 4 ) the aft mast - is 1917 era - and has no upper pole provided - so you need to ideally source suitable brass rod and make it yourself
  8. Tamiya Prince of Wales

    I totally agree , you will never go wrong with a wooden deck - I recommend the Pontos or the Artwox ( you get a free anchor chain included ) - if you were building say , the Arizona in 1/350 by Hobby Boss , an aftermarket wood deck would be essential to cover up the 2 seam lines on the upper deck that the kit makers have you construct - I also cannot emphasise , how much added detail they add , and they just look wonderful ( I have the Artwox deck on the Tribal Class by Trumpeter ) and the added detail is amazing . If you look at the Pontos metal gun barrel attatchment - you get a piece of metal that you can easily attach the brass barrels to , for ease - so that you can pose them elevated or at rest , this alone is worth a lot as it saves you having to cut off plastic gun barrels and fit them metal ones to a kit piece of plastic - which can be fiddly ( and the Pontos fit will be ultra-secure and strong - exactly what you need ) The level of detail is worth every penny in a super-detail set - they make a huge difference to the kit plastic ( as others will agree ) I also agree that metal ensign and jacks staff are really far better than the kit ones ( Orange Hobby make them - for US Navy - in 1/350 - but you can use them for Royal Navy ships as well )
  9. 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 )
  10. 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
  11. 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 )
  12. 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 )
  13. Z-39, Dragon, 1:350

    totally agree - a lovely job
  14. No - just trying to be helpful !