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07/02/2023 at 13:38 #183129
Here are the first pictures of the recently completed 1/700 #Bismarck build.
The kit is from Revell and sold as a full hull kit, which I didn’t notice when I bought it so a sharp blade and a lot of swearing turned it into a waterline ! I was very impressed with the kit, much more detailed (and longer to build) than the Tamiya ones I’ve built.
The base on the ship is the same size as the Hood which is 42 x 10. My rules use standard base sizes for classes of ships, so for this scale Cruisers are on 32 x 8 and Destroyers 22 x 6. Don’t get you calculator out to work out some complex formula based on model scale and ground scale to work out the reasoning, there isn’t any. I am trying to protect the model.
I’ve done a series of videos on the Utubes covering the entire build if you are interested in that side of things.
The camo scheme is as the ship was painted in early May 41 at the start of Op Rheinubung (Sovereign Hobbies reference), I know these aren’t the colours at the time of engagement with Hood, but I wanted a scheme that was instantly recognisable as Bismarck without the pain of repeating the black and white up the superstructure.
Symbols – the good old “controversial” crooked cross is not present on the model as it has been presented. I am aware of the sensitivity around this symbol for some. I will be adding it at a later stage, the Revell kit does not come with it as a decal option so that made the decision easier. I am very firmly in the camp of, if its historically accurate and representing a real moment in time I have no problem putting a symbol on a model. I’m old enough and daft enough to distinguish between an accurate model and a political ideology. When I add it I will put a note on any relevant photos.
The horizon in the background of the photo is bent because there is a dip in my table 😀
If you spot anything missing from the model let me know, I’ve got a couple of pieces rattling around in the box that I’ve missed !
Anyway I’ve had a great time building this model and I look forward to displaying and playing with it in the future. I was so enthusiastic I built Prince of Wales last night 👍
The Yarkshire Gamer
Http://yarkshiregamer.blogspot.co.uk07/02/2023 at 14:29 #183132miniaturemenParticipant
Great work but wondering are the measurements in cm or inches?
Would there be room in the hull for some wheels and a motor so you can remotely move them?
Next time you take some photos could you put something in the image to show the scale, maybe a hand or your smiling face?
Gary07/02/2023 at 15:27 #183135
Hi Gary, they are cms so the ship is 42 cms by 10 cms.
I’ll try and remember a scale next time but my brain can be a bit of a sieve, if you have a couple of spare mins pop over to the Yarkshire Gamer Utubes Channel and watch one of the short build videos, that has loads of stuff to scale against.
The Yarkshire Gamer
Http://yarkshiregamer.blogspot.co.uk07/02/2023 at 16:57 #183143willzParticipant
Fantastic looking warship Ken.07/02/2023 at 21:52 #183147Tony SParticipant
<p style=”text-align: left;”>Fantastic as always!</p>
But I simply have to point out the obvious – of course your table is bent. Playing Wargames with 48 casting battalions in metal 28mm; what did you think would happen?
😉09/02/2023 at 00:42 #183195Andrew BeasleyParticipant
I could not tell from the video how you cut the hull so this could be a ‘grandmother and egg’ post 🙂
When I built model ships I used a modified waterline marker to cut the first score marks. A quick check shows a pencil marker here that may save some pain if you need to do this again…
The way I did it was to build the hull, sit it on the stand (possibly glue it but it’s so many years ago I cannot remember) and then score the water line with a sharp (i.e. new) no.11 blade. Once deep enough, a razor saw held in the hand with no handle makes the cutting easier and neater than a knife or clippers.
Feel free to curse me for not being psychic and letting you know first if you did it a harder way 🙂12/02/2023 at 23:47 #183339AdmiralHawkeParticipant
It looks superb. The Bismarck was a fine-looking ship.
I don’t blame you for not carrying the Baltic stripes up onto the superstructure. That kind of straight-line camouflage is extremely difficult to get right on a complex superstructure.
I cannot imagine trying to convert a full-hull model to waterline. I think I would have sold it and bought a different kit! 😉13/02/2023 at 18:10 #183355
One things for sure I will never do this again ! I didn’t put the Hull cutting on the video because if I had half a brain I would have bought a waterline model in the first place 😆
I cut it by eye using a Stanley Knife in a very agricultural way, it might have got an X rating if it was on film, especially with the swearing 👍
Safe to say I double, then triple check anything I buy is waterline now.
The Yarkshire Gamer
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