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USS_ESSESS

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About USS_ESSESS

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  • Birthday 11/10/1990

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    Rostock, Germany
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    Ships. Yep. That sums it up :)

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  1. Is that the trace of a launched torpedo we see there? Looks brilliant!
  2. Damn... being a ships engineer this mistake is a no no for me will correct it immediately
  3. I‘m missing the 1/144th one in this most impressive list!
  4. Hi Folks, I'm back! after the above mentioned half mental breakdown I stayed away from the hobby room for a couple of days. With all this social distancing and travel restrictions I was able to enjoy my hometown for the first time without tourists... I could get used to that! But on to modelling: I just did not feel like going on with the girders after I managed to crush one section AGAIN (no pictures of that this time) but I swear I will get this to a pleasant result, eventually... I thought I might start with the part of an CV thats most important: the airplanes! It took me hours to get to this point, PE landing gear is just not my friend but I'm quite pleased with that. Next will be the struts that hold the upper wing. And just as it happens to be "a thing" at the moment here'S a picture of my wonderful pixnor tweezers that made all of the above possible I have them since 2017 and I can tell you they are worth every penny! couldn't imagine modelling without them anymore. on to plastic parts: Rudder, propshafts and propellers are glued on, aft superstructure is just mocked up but getting slowly to the point where I can introduce some color to it. Does anyone have a good recommendation as to colors for both vertical and horizontal surfaces on US ships of that era? Cheers Konrad
  5. Is it all fixed in place yet? just asking as I’m imagining the horrors of masking all this intricate detail...
  6. That’s exactly what came out of my mouth! Just WOW!
  7. Yesterday was not a good day! It all started off quite innocent. filling some ejector pins, glueing some plastic.... but then I decided it was time to fix the girders... My idea: fix it with some CA to the flight deck and just tweak it a little... so far so good, right? Hell no! I died a little on the the inside! so after some considerable time and the appropriate amount of strong language it was time to disassemble everything wich is pretty easy as you just need to heat it up and everything pops right off. I tried to straighten the damaged part as good as possible: and was then left with this lot: now I came up with the idea to build the whole structure fixed to the deck below. So some small drops of CA and the first girder was in place it looked promising so I went on You see that? Yeah, I f***ed up big time! I came too close with the soldering iron and melted one of the beautiful fairleads I just glued on earlier... and of corse it's not one of those parts where trumpeter supplied spares... That was the time I just had to leave the man cave and do something else... not sure if I'm brave enough to go back today... Cheers Depressed Konrad
  8. Thank you everyone for the suggestions! I was hoping to find a solution that does not include undoing the soldering... but I might have to bite the bullet there... The last days where unusual stressfull for me, as my beloved girlfriend is now in home office... so I did not have as much modeling time as I wished... but today I was able to sneek into the hobby room for a few hours! And I went on with the bridge contruction. After sanding the filled ejection marks flush I assembled the plastic parts and added most of the PE for ease of painting I kept it in two pieces Next task will be either trying to fix and continuing the girders or trying to remove all the bridge pillars from the sprues without destroying them... That's it for today! Stay safe everybody Cheers Konrad
  9. Well my next move looks really similar to the last one I continued with the next bit of girder: then I had the great idea to check the fitment... looks okay... trumpeter planed the whole kit already with the additional PE set and made slots where the PE sits... time to check the fitment with the deck... hmm... when I align the feet from the third one to the deck the front looks like this... not good! this might be the reason. Does Anyone have a solution how I can straighten it so it fits both top and bottom??? As I'm hoping you can help me I laid the girder aside and started with the ships hull. First problem: Hawser pipes. I will not fill the whole bow to drill real hawser pipes but blocked the view with a simple piece of plastic sheet next I glued shut all decks as I don't need to access the inside anymore. The fit is fabulous!! Next the not so happy work: ejection marks! First time I tried this method on the elevated ejection marks. Tedious but effective! The filled ones are now drying untill tomorrow. Next I testfitted the superstructure just because I wanted to know how it looks when seen like this it looks like a cargo ship well if anyone doubted... the plastic girder is a no-go! Hope you can help with the fitment problem Thanks in advance for any suggestions Cheers Konrad
  10. Your wait is over! regarding the girders, Trumpeters PE is generally very soft and flimsy brass... when it's not bent it wobbles a lot, seen here from above: but when bend and soldered it is really strong I'm not quite sure if it's possible using CA that's why I went with soldering even if it takes longer and is more cleaning work. Now regarding the plating: the plating is quite subtle, no huge craters as scribe lines and the elevation between the higher and lower plates is also plausible... there are some problem areas due to the slide molding: the stern area is worst. almost no plating detail visible. HTH Cheers Konrad
  11. I will take some close ups tomorrow morning. I think it looks pretty good but judging by the quality of your Danton build (am following since you started) you might have a higher standard than me...
  12. It's been too long since I was last active on this side of the forum... the last half year I did stray away from ships and tried myself in figure painting... but now the itch is back and I started with a whole new project. but wait! There is more: Here are some shots of the sprues and PE frets: I started with what I thought will be the hardest part. the girders under the flight deck. More for fun I did the first half of plastic to see how long it takes this lot took me 30 minutes including clipping them off the sprues filing them clean and glueing all together... then I started the PE one... the first segment took me 3 hours to get to this point (bent, soldered together and cleaned up with a file) Oh boy, this will take some time! But damn it is worth it! both the extra money and the extra time! I'm pleased with this start Thanks for looking, Cheers Konrad
  13. This was also my first thought! nicely painted!
  14. So my awesome Girlfriend surprised me with this: We are both huge Marvel fans and given my liking for the warhammer 40k tabletop she thought I might like this. Damn she was right!!! So I immediately had to start on it. Her favorite Hero of all is Captain America, so I started with him. The figures are nicely detailed but the mold could be a little more crisp. anyway here he is built: there were some gaps which I filled with vallejo plastic putty and after a coat of black followed by a white zenithal highlight he looks like this: I decided to try something new with this so I had a go with citadels contrast paints: well after all the good reviews I am quite disappointed... so everything else was done with normal acrylics not done yet, but quite a good start! I keep you updated! Cheers Konrad
  15. My newest finished Miniature: Some close ups: All Comments and criticism welcome Cheers Konrad
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