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Another first for me... 1/700 Scharnhorst

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Another first for me... 1/700 Scharnhorst
Posted by Mopar Madness on Friday, January 19, 2018 10:52 AM

Hello friends.  Last year I entered the wonderful world of armor with my first tank and this year I present my first ship.  This is the Tamiya 1/700 Scharnhorst which was a pleasant kit for my first but many small parts were riddled with flash. My next ship will include rigging and appropriate national markings. The swastika was molded onto the deck but I didnt feel adventerous enough to hand paint it! I can say for certain that this won’t be my last maritime project!Pirate 

 

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Bf109 & 1/35 Tamiya Famo

On deck: Who knows!

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Posted by goldhammer on Friday, January 19, 2018 11:19 AM

Looks good.  I've got the 1/350 Dragon version.....just as daunting on the other end of the scale, afraid to start her for awhile at least.

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Posted by Nino on Friday, January 19, 2018 12:43 PM

You did a great 1st ship, and a tough one. That 3 piece deck is a bad design by Tamiya. No easy way to hide where the decks join together short of a wood deck.

Keep up the good work.

     Nino

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Posted by Nino on Friday, January 19, 2018 1:16 PM

Chad,

    I have the Tamiya Gneisenau (same mold), and a Minihobby Scharnhorst (Poor Pantograpghed copy of Tamiya). They do not have the swastika molded into the bow deck. Did you buy your kit New recently or is this a really older release of the kit? 

    Nino

 

 

 

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Posted by Griffin25 on Friday, January 19, 2018 1:32 PM

Very nice looking ship. Especially for your first. You obviously have modeling skills that translate well. That deck looks great. 

 

 

Griffin

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Posted by hogfanfs on Friday, January 19, 2018 1:47 PM

Very well done! And I agree with others, the deck looks great!

 Bruce

 

 On the bench:  1/48 Eduard MiG-21MF

                        1/35 Takom Merkava Mk.I

 

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Friday, January 19, 2018 2:36 PM

Nino

Chad,

    I have the Tamiya Gneisenau (same mold), and a Minihobby Scharnhorst (Poor Pantograpghed copy of Tamiya). They do not have the swastika molded into the bow deck. Did you buy your kit New recently or is this a really older release of the kit? 

    Nino

 

 

 

 

Thank you everyone for the kind words!

Nino - I bought this one recently at my local hobby shop but the sprues still show a date of 1975! Surprise

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Bf109 & 1/35 Tamiya Famo

On deck: Who knows!

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Posted by Tojo72 on Friday, January 19, 2018 3:43 PM

Very nice work,I have build my ships OOB also,have fun with the next step.

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Friday, January 19, 2018 5:16 PM

Hey !

 Where's my fins ? Doesn't look like a 57 FURY to me . What it looks like is a darned fine ship-building job for such a small size . Good on you Mopar madness . T.B.

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Posted by Nino on Friday, January 19, 2018 8:38 PM

Chad,
       Tanker-Builder is right, D*** fine.  And you did a very commendable job on adding the stern to the rest of the hull. Tamiya made that a separate part. That stern piece seam has to be hard to hide.  To make it worse ( “ How could it be worse” you say?) They molded the deck in 3 pieces too. More seams.  This is a tough kit to make your first ship so congrats to you again for sticking with it.
 
       I took a look at my Tamiya Gneisenau and Minihobby copy.  I do have the Swastika on the Tamiya bow but not on the Minihobby version. I had started working on both kits years ago but only enough to realize I needed the wood deck for the Tamiya Gneisenau and that the Minihobby was only good to practice on and would never be a good model.   The Minihobby Gneisenau  is actually a pantographed copy of the Tamiya Scharnnhorst and it has multiple problems starting with wrong port hole placement and poor port hole alignment.   It does come as a complete upper hull- no stern to glue on and that is it’s only redeeming feature. The Minihoibby also comes with a lower hull but that part needs work too.
 
You did a very good job on the deck. I like how you did the seams and the weathering. Keep it up.
 
     I always considered the Scharnhorst one of the most beautiful warships of the last century.  Manufactures must think so too.  It has also been made in 1/600, 1/570, 1/400 and 1/350. If you ever choose to build one of these let us know. There are a bunch of corrections for each of the various iterations.
 
     Nino
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Posted by modelcrazy on Friday, January 19, 2018 9:08 PM

Great looking job Chad! I love it.

I need to teach you water dio's.

Steve

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Posted by scottrc on Saturday, January 20, 2018 6:36 AM

The deck and the contrast between the camo colors came out great.  

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Saturday, January 20, 2018 9:41 AM

Looks great!  The deck painting is really nice.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Saturday, January 20, 2018 12:22 PM

Tanker - Builder

Hey !

 Where's my fins ? Doesn't look like a 57 FURY to me . What it looks like is a darned fine ship-building job for such a small size . Good on you Mopar madness . T.B.

 

Thats the finest looking Plymouth in my opinion!

 

Thank you all very much for your kind words!

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Bf109 & 1/35 Tamiya Famo

On deck: Who knows!

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Posted by Bish on Saturday, January 20, 2018 12:46 PM

Very nicely done, the deck does look great and really nice looking paint job.

I nee to start getting some ships on the bench, hope i can get a finish like that.

I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so

 

On the bench: Airfix 1/72nd Harrier GR.3/Fujimi 1/72nd Ju 87D-3

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Saturday, January 20, 2018 12:54 PM

Thank you my friend!  Im certain anything coming off your workbench would look great! Beer

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Bf109 & 1/35 Tamiya Famo

On deck: Who knows!

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Posted by TigerII on Sunday, January 21, 2018 11:29 PM

You did a very nice job on this ship. The weathering is subtle but there.

I have the 1/350 Academy Admiral Graf Spee to build in the near future.

Achtung Panzer! Colonel General Heinz Guderian
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Posted by JOE RIX on Monday, January 22, 2018 12:07 AM

Very nicely done Mopar. Quite impressive work on the decking. Sure you haven't dabbled in ships before? Like others here, I've got to get a ship on the bench and give it a go. I've certainly got plenty in the stash. I hope to see another from you soon. Great work.

Joe

"Not only do I not know what's going on, I wouldn't know what to do about it if I did". George Carlin

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Monday, January 22, 2018 7:04 AM

Thanks guys! This was definitely my first but will most certainly not be the last!  The biggest challenge in my opinion was phasing in the painting during various stages of the build. Once you work that out it’s a fun experience.  If you have a few in the stash, I’d say break them out and let’s see some progress pics!  Big Smile

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Bf109 & 1/35 Tamiya Famo

On deck: Who knows!

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Monday, January 22, 2018 9:09 AM

Mopar Madness

Thanks guys! This was definitely my first but will most certainly not be the last!  The biggest challenge in my opinion was phasing in the painting during various stages of the build. Once you work that out it’s a fun experience.  If you have a few in the stash, I’d say break them out and let’s see some progress pics!  Big Smile

 

Indeed.  I build planes, cars and ships, and use a different schedule of assembly and painting for each genre.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by warshipguy on Monday, January 29, 2018 10:41 AM

You did a great job, especially for your first ship!  I wish that one of the manufacturers would release an updated, new mold , full hull release of both ships of this class just as they did with Bismarck and Tirpitz.

Bill

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Thursday, February 1, 2018 10:15 PM

Thank you Bill for the kind words!

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Bf109 & 1/35 Tamiya Famo

On deck: Who knows!

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Posted by Model Monkey on Friday, February 23, 2018 8:55 AM

Yes, really fine work.  Beautiful deck finish.

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