Lindberg Bismarck with inkjet-printed decks

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Lindberg Bismarck with inkjet-printed decks


    I received Lindberg's Bismarck from a friend as a birthday gift so I decided to dress it up with Tom's Modelworks' etched detail set, and an assortment of other etched bits (hatches, portholes, ladders, etc.) that I had on hand. Moreover, since I have ICM's Kŏnig “in the wings,” I decided to experiment with a decking technique I've had in mind for that old girl, and see how it would come out.

    I made up a deck planking pattern in MS Paint, sized it in Open Office, and printed it out on the same 110 lb. Cardstock I've used for years doing paper models. I did the same with several metal grating and plating patterns “borrowed” from various web imagery. I cut pieces of the appropriate pattern to fit the chosen location, then glued the sections down using a tacky craft glue.

    Patience in measuring and trimming the individual pieces was the key to a good fit. (It was made easier by the convenient straight lines running through the patterns themselves.) Several light coats of clear acrylic flat gave the inkjet-printed patterns a good resistance to incidental moisture. Edges were touched up before application with Prismacolor colored pencils, and I underpainted the joining areas of the plastic structure with a matching color to minimize the visibility of incidental gaps and nicks. Deck fittings and fixtures were attached with the same tacky craft glue I used to lay down the planking, and proved surprisingly strong. And, since the glue dies clear, small smudges or overruns are nearly invisible.

    Any comments, questions or observations welcome.


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  • That looks quite nice with all the additions you did to the kit. Wasn't the camo carried up the superstructure though? I can see it being very difficult to mask off.

    Thanks for sharing your awesome Bismarck.


  • You did a really nice job dressing up an old kit .

    Looks very , very good !


  • I really like what you have done with this and I especially like the idea of printing out the deck! I've been thinking about what to do to my 1/350 Musashi ad this may be a real keeper!



  • That is the nicest Lindberg Bismarck ever!!

    Compliments there and admiration.

  • Outstanding!

  • Very nice!

    "I have loved the stars too dearly to be fearful of the night..."
  • Those decks look super cool, she is a beauty!!



  • I knew that ship could be a winner ! Everyone always cuts down LINDBERG,S ships , BUT , as I,ve always said , if you want , they can match or best their competition ! It is in what you see and are willing to commit to . I always started my model class shipbuilding students with a LINDBERG ship .It might be the  BISMARK , HOOD , or even the "AIR FORCE RESCUE BOAT . SMALL P.T. and so on . They make a  good place to familiarize a neophyte  to what a model ship is and the basics of putting one together . Later on of course There,s always TAMIYA , HASEGAWA and TRUMPETER , DRAGON etc. That is a nice job and thank you for the inspiration you probably have given those of us who at best are lucky to have a LINDBERG ship in their budget , what with the way things are out there .The Deck work and how you did it is really beautiful . I do papermodels too, and I,ve done the 1/200 KRONPRINZ with wood decks and brass gun barrels and wood for the masts .        Tankerbuilder

  • Here is a Lindberg without the modifications. It really is a wonderful thing which was done by the OP.

  • When I look at the basic kit as shown in Felix pic & compare it to the wonderful modelling that Greg has done I am in complete admiration for the job he's done, really hard to believe that came from the same base. Simply brilliant Greg. WOW. Yes


  • I wanted to add more to my first comment about this model but have been fairly busy. I built the Tirpitz release of this kit (when it was still motorized) back in the spring of 1976. My best friend had the Bismarck. When you're thirteen years of age, big and motorized was what mattered, not detail so much, as it usually got in the way of running the model. It was enough that it looked sufficiently like the real ship.

    With the amount of care you put into this model, it is hard to believe that it is the same model. Fantastic job. Proof that even "old dogs" can be taught new tricks.



    "I have loved the stars too dearly to be fearful of the night..."
  • I built two Lindberg Bismarcks.One of 'em just last year.I would never have recognized this as the same kit.

  • Thanks to all for your very gracious comments.

    I confess I wouldn't have chosen the Lindberg Bismarck myself---there's a lot to, er, re-engineer---but I really appreciated the gift and, since the Bismarck has always been my favorite big battleship, I figured I'd have to try to bash it into something presentable. In fact there were only a few really major fixes, and the rest was just adding detail until it looked a bit closer to the mark.

    Tankerbuilder, I agree with your sentiments about Lindberg. My "starter" kits way back when were the old box-scale Revell kits rather than Lindberg, but the deal's the same---you have to start somewhere. I've actually gained a fondness for Lindberg in my more advanced modeling years, since they have a bunch of stuff in large scales that nobody else has--I've got a couple of the Coast Guard boats, the LST and the LCT in the stash now, awaiting their respective moments of glory. They're good basic platforms for dressing up, and replacing guns and such with closer-to-scale versions is easier than ever in the era of readily-available intenet references and aftermarket retailers. (Though I will admit it might have been helpful if they'd chosen more consistent scales to produce the darn things in!)

    Thanks again to one and all.


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  • Greg,

    I really like what you did!  I tried to do something similar in 1968 (I was 14) but gave it up in frustration.  As far as Lindberg kits go, I do like their sailing ships; now if they would only market those "pirate ships" under their real names!  I wrote to Lindberg several time to try to get them to produce more sailing ships as they seem to have a knack for them, but they politely refused.  Oh well . . .