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1/350 Tirpitz
« on: April 10, 2019, 09:36:08 AM »
I may regret even starting this thread and I may also never finish it.
So, apologies before I start.
As usual while waiting for glue and paint to dry I can never resist starting the next project.
This is a large ship and it is going to take some time.
I started with constructing one of the two cranes.
Well I have been working for around an hour and have got this far, modifying the booms ready to take the etched brass improvements.
Still more sanding and thinning to do.
The photo shows the two booms, the one on the left is the original, the one of the right is being modified.
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Re: 1/350 Tirpitz
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2019, 10:21:34 AM »
Here is the process in action.
The new boom has etched parts above and below and a 0.5mm hole drilled in it.
The parts are more nickel silver than etched brass.

I use a cut off needle in an old paint brush handle for applying thin superglue.
I put a blob of superglue on the reverse of some double sided tape so it does not go off, it will sit there for at least 10-15 minutes.

I use a no15 blade for cutting off the etched parts.
« Last Edit: April 11, 2019, 01:53:47 PM by zak »
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Re: 1/350 Tirpitz
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2019, 01:55:27 PM »
Probably between 4 and 5 hours later the crane is complete, another one to do.
I have already lost a bit to the carpet monster, and made one from this sheet material.
Hopefully the second one will be a bit faster.
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Re: 1/350 Tirpitz
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2019, 08:14:23 PM »
Hi Zak,
Some very nice intricate work there Sir!
You're getting into this ship building lark aren't you.....
Green with envy and admiration.
Cheers,
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Re: 1/350 Tirpitz
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2019, 12:26:40 PM »
More work, 4 of these turrets to build, 2 are the same, the others differ slightly.
The pictures show the process.
The polycarbonate block supplied to me By Tony B is fill od little cuts, so I cast about for an alternative, don't throw those CDs or DVDs away, they are made of polycarbonate and are ideal fro cutting etched parts on.
You will also see my trusty etched bending tool, a great buy and worth it to get nice square corners, like on the ladders.
The first photo shows the catapult supplied in the kit and the etched replacement.
The last photo shows the turret with all the bits added.
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Re: 1/350 Tirpitz
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2019, 03:24:13 PM »
I can see you're starting to enjoy this, the plastic turrets look quite nice.
 Would you like a piece of aluminium for cutting brass?
it's harder than the polycarbonate sheet but doesn't dull the blade (much) or get covered in cut marks.
Haddock.
« Last Edit: April 12, 2019, 03:26:57 PM by Haddock »

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Re: 1/350 Tirpitz
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2019, 04:00:32 PM »
I use an old tile - that seems to work well

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Re: 1/350 Tirpitz
« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2019, 05:12:17 PM »
I have some aluminium and a tile as well, just thought that I would try something else.
Many thanks gents.
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Re: 1/350 Tirpitz
« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2019, 08:02:19 PM »
Hi Zak,
You have two good alternatives.
Haddock, the engineer that has access to quality materials and knows how to use them.
Msea, the true Yorkshireman he is, Cheap but effective.
How can you not accept these generous offers....?
Cheers,
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Re: 1/350 Tirpitz
« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2019, 10:24:31 AM »
The four main turrets completed.
I have water lined the hull and started the camouflage scheme.
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Re: 1/350 Tirpitz
« Reply #10 on: April 14, 2019, 10:39:58 AM »
Was thinking about the speed of your builds -- if the German navy had you in charge, they would have finished the Z Plan before the start of the war.

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Re: 1/350 Tirpitz
« Reply #11 on: April 14, 2019, 12:19:14 PM »
Was thinking about the speed of your builds -- if the German navy had you in charge, they would have finished the Z Plan before the start of the war.
Cheek!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anyway, its a bit cold for putting potatoes in, so I am modelling.
The smaller turrets have brass barrels and a wealth of brass bits to add, so on with that.
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Re: 1/350 Tirpitz
« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2019, 12:55:20 PM »
Here is one turret completed, only the other 5 to do yet, time for a cup of tea and to rest the eyes.
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Re: 1/350 Tirpitz
« Reply #13 on: April 14, 2019, 01:29:19 PM »
Looking good - will it be finished by tea time ???????

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Re: 1/350 Tirpitz
« Reply #14 on: April 15, 2019, 02:57:57 PM »
Smaller turrets, 8 of these.
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