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Bronco 1-144 Chih Yuen

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Bronco 1-144 Chih Yuen
Posted by surfsup on Saturday, March 26, 2022 6:00 AM

Have not been on the boards for a while. We moved House and I now have a Man Cave. This is my next Build which I will enjoy Building. GFurther updates to start soon.....Cheers mark

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Posted by missileman2000 on Saturday, March 26, 2022 9:29 AM

Interesting ship- what period would that be from?

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Posted by CapnMac82 on Saturday, March 26, 2022 12:02 PM

missileman2000
what period would that be from?

From memory 1880s, near Sino-French war and SpanAm war era.

She's either Armstrong (UK) or German built (could be wrong about that). 

Much argument about whether a "protected cruiser" or a "battleship" or a "coastal monitor"--but those terms and definitions were in high flux at the time.

From memory, the ship has a ton of wood decksand every kind of gun and mount, which makes for a visually appealing model just filled with "stuff" (if a pain to mask)  Wood & steel masts and yards, too.  Shrouds but no ratlines.

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Posted by HooYah Deep Sea on Saturday, March 26, 2022 1:31 PM

A quick 'Wiki-check' says Armstrong, around 1886, and about half the size of USS Olympia C-6, so I'm thinking Protected Cruiser works.

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Posted by surfsup on Saturday, March 26, 2022 3:17 PM

She was a British Elswick Class Cruiser built for China. She wash built in about 1888 and sank during the chino-Japan Wars in 1904.

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Posted by missileman2000 on Sunday, March 27, 2022 12:46 PM

CapnMac82

 

 
missileman2000
what period would that be from?

 

From memory 1880s, near Sino-French war and SpanAm war era.

She's either Armstrong (UK) or German built (could be wrong about that). 

Much argument about whether a "protected cruiser" or a "battleship" or a "coastal monitor"--but those terms and definitions were in high flux at the time.

From memory, the ship has a ton of wood decksand every kind of gun and mount, which makes for a visually appealing model just filled with "stuff" (if a pain to mask)  Wood & steel masts and yards, too.  Shrouds but no ratlines.

 

Yes, nomenclature was very changing, and frequently different by country.  The stuff and spars, and the variation of guns and propulsion are what fascinates me about that period.

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Posted by JoeSMG on Sunday, March 27, 2022 6:39 PM

Nice subject should be a fun build and an attractive model. The more I build warships, the more I'm liking pre WW2 subjects and lately the pre-dreadnought era.

- Joe the SMG

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Posted by PFJN2 on Sunday, March 27, 2022 8:09 PM

Hi,

I have both this kit and the Bronco 1/144 Ping Yuen that I haven't started yet.  So I will be following your build closely and am lookinf forward to seeing more. Smile

Pat

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Posted by gregbale on Monday, March 28, 2022 10:05 AM

This was always one of my favorite pre- pre-Dreadnought designs. I built a largish-scale import kit of her years ago...forget the mfg...but it was rather toy-like and unsatisfying. Nice to see there's what looks to be a nicer version out there.

Will follow your build with much interest. Big Smile

Greg

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"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."
 
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Posted by GMorrison on Monday, March 28, 2022 12:04 PM

I built the other kit they did, the Chen Yuen battleship, Stettin-built.

It had acres of wood deck, probably one of two or three times I've used wood AM decks.

Very nicely made kit, and great looking.

 

Bill

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

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Posted by missileman2000 on Thursday, March 31, 2022 8:05 AM

Found the kit on Amazon, got it already.  Beautiful kit.  Was a little wary at first- what is an armor kit mfg doing bringing out a ship kit.  Quick look through the box settled my fears.  Crisp molding and detail, includes PE, and instructions are great!  I hope I can get a good buff paint these days.

 

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Posted by surfsup on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 2:03 AM

Thank you to everyone for your comments. Just back from Holidays so will restart the Build Shortly.....Cheers mark

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Posted by surfsup on Sunday, April 17, 2022 12:21 AM

Just a quick update. Hull has been Base and Detail Painted. Will have some more soon.....Cheers mark

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Posted by missileman2000 on Sunday, April 17, 2022 1:02 PM

Looking great.  Love your gold work.

 

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Posted by surfsup on Saturday, April 30, 2022 1:58 AM

Thanks Mate. The Deck is now added and the A/M Deck has been laid. Now to start her Fitout. More to come soon.....Cheers mark

 

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Saturday, April 30, 2022 8:19 AM

Well!

Mate, It looks like you nailed it! She's looking great! I just Started revell's "Olympia" Model. Fascinating indeed, this period in ships.

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Posted by missileman2000 on Saturday, April 30, 2022 9:03 AM

Looking really great.

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Posted by GMorrison on Sunday, May 1, 2022 1:07 AM

She does look dressed up for service.

 

I highly recommend this book- https://www.amazon.com/Chinese-Steam-Navy-1862-1945/dp/1861761449

One of these Bronco models is a museum ship, I don't remember which one but it's not hard to find online. The restoration is kind of cheesy, like a movie set, but informative.

The one I built, the Stettin-built battleship; had Gatling guns in the tops. I scratched them complete with little cranks.

 

Bill

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

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Posted by GMorrison on Sunday, May 1, 2022 1:11 AM

missileman2000
I hope I can get a good buff paint these days.

I think a yellow such as the russians had at Tsushima might be more inline. Who knows, but on my Chinese Pre-dreads and my Tsushima Borodino I used Lufthansa yellow and it looks good against all that black.

 

Got that suggestion from a build on Modelwarships.

 

Bill

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

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Posted by surfsup on Sunday, May 1, 2022 1:56 AM

Thanks for the comments Gents. For the Yellow I am using Tamiya's TS Spray Camel Yellow as it is not too bright.....Cheers Mark

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Posted by GMorrison on Sunday, May 1, 2022 2:01 AM

Think you got it, mate.

That is a color I have not seen before. I've also never seen a camel that color...looks way too brown to me.

Reviews suggest that like all yellow paint it only goes true color over white,

 

Bill

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

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Posted by surfsup on Sunday, May 1, 2022 9:19 PM

GMorrison

Think you got it, mate.

That is a color I have not seen before. I've also never seen a camel that color...looks way too brown to me.

Reviews suggest that like all yellow paint it only goes true color over white,

 

Bill

 

 

For any light Colour like a Yellow, I always basecoat with White to emphasise the Colour.....Cheers mark

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Posted by surfsup on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 2:12 AM

Ok her Fitout commences. Most of her Foredeck is now done and a start has been made on her open Bridge. The A/M Wooden details make a huga amount of differences. Tolerances are pretty tight on the Kit so thin Coats are the way to go. More to come soon.....Cheers mark

 

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Posted by lurch on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 5:44 PM

That is looking fantastic. Keep up the great work.

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Posted by surfsup on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 6:47 PM

lurch

That is looking fantastic. Keep up the great work.

 

 

Thanks Mate, I am really enjoying this Build.....Cheers mark

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Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 6:49 PM

That looks great.  The deck looks fantastic and great details/painting

Thanks,

John

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Posted by steve5 on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 9:22 PM

Very nice work indeed mark .

 

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Posted by surfsup on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 4:51 PM

keavdog

That looks great.  The deck looks fantastic and great details/painting

 

 

Thanks Mate much appreciated.....Cheers mark

If i was your wife, i'd poison your tea! If Iwas your husband, I would drink it! WINSTON CHURCHILL

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Posted by surfsup on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 4:52 PM

steve5

Very nice work indeed mark .

 

 

Thanks Steve. The fun part will be doing the Bridge Railings. Thin and Fragile....YIKES.....Cheers mark

If i was your wife, i'd poison your tea! If Iwas your husband, I would drink it! WINSTON CHURCHILL

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Posted by surfsup on Thursday, May 5, 2022 4:54 AM

Have completed the Bridge Area and the Anchor Guard Sheets on the Bow. IF you are building this KIt the Bridge Guard Rails are a nightmare. There are about 8 Sections of Rail that must be laid correctly then the Top Rail is then added to it. You need to be bang on with your Staunchin cutting from the Sprue to make sure you do not cut too much off or you will have problems. Am lucky that it worked out pretty well but takes your time measure twice and cut once.....Cheers mark

 

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