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Lindberg Bismarck with inkjet-printed decks

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  • From: Miami, FL
Posted by Felix C. on Saturday, August 6, 2011 7:08 PM

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

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Posted by tankerbuilder on Saturday, August 6, 2011 5:31 PM

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

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  • From: N. Georgia
Posted by Jester75 on Friday, August 5, 2011 8:25 PM

Those decks look super cool, she is a beauty!!



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Posted by Vagabond_Astronomer on Friday, August 5, 2011 8:23 PM

Very nice!

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Posted by TD4438 on Friday, August 5, 2011 5:24 PM


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  • From: Miami, FL
Posted by Felix C. on Friday, August 5, 2011 5:11 PM

That is the nicest Lindberg Bismarck ever!!

Compliments there and admiration.

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  • From: Lakewood, CO
Posted by kenjitak on Friday, August 5, 2011 3:31 PM

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!



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  • From: Illinois: Hive of Scum and Villany
Posted by Sprue-ce Goose on Friday, August 5, 2011 3:20 PM

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

Looks very , very good !


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  • From: Rain USA, Vancouver WA
Posted by tigerman on Friday, August 5, 2011 3:15 PM

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.


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  • From: Towson MD
Lindberg Bismarck with inkjet-printed decks
Posted by gregbale on Friday, August 5, 2011 3:04 PM


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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