Saturday, 10 March 2012

Work on the first battleship ends!

I finally finished painting my 'cartoon' model of a German pre-dreadnought battleship.









I have stuck to a very simple colour scheme (light grey all over) and I think that it looks quite effective.

16 comments:

  1. Very nice Bob, perhaps a pennant or two mightn't be amiss?

    How else shall we tell that he's a dastardly Hun?

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  2. Hi Bob,

    She looks really nice Bob - very well done and I can't wait to see the opposition!

    All the best,

    DC

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  3. Conrad Kinch,

    Thanks for your kind comment.

    My wife asked pretty well the same question ... and the answer is 'Yes ... just as soon as I have time to make one!'

    All the best,

    Bob

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  4. David Crook,

    Many thanks for your kind comment.

    The 'opposition' is in the process of being built. The upper and lower hulls pieces are almost ready to be joined together, and when the glue has dried I will begin the process of shaping her hull.

    I hope to start work on the turrets later today as that is a job that I can have 'on the go' whilst the glue holding the hull pieces together is drying.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  5. Bob

    Lovely, I second the comments from Conrad and David.

    Cheers

    PD

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  6. Peter Douglas,

    Many thanks!

    Work on the 'opposition' is now well under way and should be finished by this time next week ... I hope.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  7. Mein Gott das ist ein pretty schippe!

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  8. Hi Bob

    Nice looking model, I'm sure it fits many of your own requirements.

    I am slightly disappointed in one respect and that is the apparant lack of wooden decks.

    Now, I don't know if the original had wooden decks. I would have to get some of my books out to check but I would be surprised if she didn't have some somewhere.

    And I agree with Mr Kinch, a pennant or two wouldn't go amiss.

    Jim

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  9. Jim Duncan,

    She probably did have wooden decks, and they would have been kept almost white in colour during peacetime. I am not sure what happened to them during wartime, as this seems to have varied from ship to ship.

    The battle flag will come when I have time to make it. I have a design that I can copy from an old issue of Jane’s. It is just a matter of getting around to scanning it in to my computer, and then creating both sides of the flag before I print it.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  10. Hi Bob,

    Very nice! Can the final specs be made public? Length on the waterline, beam, masthead height, freeboard, etc.

    Thanks,

    Jim

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  11. Jim Wright,

    In answer to your request, here are the basic dimensions:

    Length: 7.9"/20cm
    Beam: 3"/7.7cm
    Freeboard: 1.1"/2.75cm
    Height to top of foremastand main mast: 4.75"/12cm

    All the best,

    Bob

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  12. Well done, Bob ! In your shoes, I wouldn't have been able to resist embellishing things a bit, but the way you painted it quite suits the level of detail you chose for the build.

    Looking forward now to completion of the first enemy ship.

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  13. Corporal_Trim (Steve),

    I had to resist adding 'little extras'. I realised that in this case 'less is more', otherwise the model would have been just too crowded to serve the purpose I built it for.

    Likewise the colour scheme. According to my copy of Erich Gröner's 'German Warships 1815-1945' the decks should be teak-coloured ... but as that is not a colour that I can match easily (and because painting the decks would not – in my opinion – have added anything to the model), I have left them light grey.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  14. Bob,

    I paint my decks with Vallejo "Iraqi Sand" and call it a day. ;-)

    Regards,
    Steve

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  15. Corporal_Trim (Steve),

    Thanks for the tip. I will see if I can buy some next time I vist a wargames show.

    All the best,

    Bob

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