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Mikasa 1902 with Pontos 1/200th.
RedDuster
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Posted: Monday, July 22, 2019 - 06:11 AM UTC

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The next job, scratchbuilding 24 turnbuckles for funnel stays. That will be quite "fun".

Cheers

Si




Si, You can have fun scratchbuilding them, but North Star Models produces a set of etch turnbuckles in 1/350 that look pretty good.




I used them on my 1/230 scale Olympia, thought they worked well.



Thanks Tim,

I will see if Starling Models has a set in stock, I have given up ordering direct from the Ukraine, can take several months for orders to arrive.


They do look a little short compared to photographs of the ship, but until I have some in my hands.

But thanks for the heads up.


Si
RedDuster
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Posted: Monday, July 22, 2019 - 06:18 AM UTC

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The next job, scratchbuilding 24 turnbuckles for funnel stays. That will be quite "fun".

Cheers

Si




Si, You can have fun scratchbuilding them, but North Star Models produces a set of etch turnbuckles in 1/350 that look pretty good.

I used them on my 1/230 scale Olympia, thought they worked well.



Tim those items would be great if one just could find these #*+& turnbuckles somewhere but they seem nowhwere available these days. Northstar have them not available since ages




Just had a quick check Thomas.

Not in stock on Starling's site, not North Star's either.

Oh well, back to scratchbuilding.

Thanks for looking in.

Cheers

Si


RedDuster
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Posted: Monday, July 29, 2019 - 06:19 AM UTC
Still no joy with the turnbuckles, I have had several goes at scratchbuilding them, but nothing usable or easy to make in the numbers I need.

Meantime I have started on the boats.

The steam launch, the major kit parts.



a bit of destruction to be ready for the etch.



Etch going on.



Done.



Steam pinnace, the interior is a little bland, but I couldn't resist that tall tapered funnel.



The centreline cutter that sits behind the after funnel with the cradles fitted for the upper boat.



All three boats side by side.



More soon.

Si
d6mst0
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Posted: Monday, July 29, 2019 - 09:15 AM UTC
Si,

Very, very nice work on that those launches, really adds a lot of nice detail.

Mark
RussellE
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Posted: Monday, July 29, 2019 - 09:29 AM UTC
What Mark said, Si

the boats look great!

As for the turnbuckles I honestly wouldn't worry about them: I don't think your Mikasa would be lacking without them
s4usea
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Posted: Wednesday, July 31, 2019 - 03:49 PM UTC
I picked up some turnbuckles from Shapeways. You can ask the manufacturer to make them to your scale:

https://www.shapeways.com/marketplace?type=product&q=turnbuckles
GazzaS
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Posted: Wednesday, July 31, 2019 - 07:43 PM UTC
A little PE really dresses up the ship's boats!
RedDuster
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Posted: Thursday, August 01, 2019 - 07:04 AM UTC

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Si,

Very, very nice work on that those launches, really adds a lot of nice detail.

Mark




Thanks Mark,

particularly the big steam launch, that was a bit plain for 1/200th, I think there were about 30 pieces of etch on that one.

The chocks on top of the big pilling boat were an improvement on the kit parts, particularly the support beams that go right across the boat.

Cheers

Si
RedDuster
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Posted: Thursday, August 01, 2019 - 07:11 AM UTC

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What Mark said, Si

the boats look great!

As for the turnbuckles I honestly wouldn't worry about them: I don't think your Mikasa would be lacking without them



Thanks Russ,

Might get some paint on them this weekend.
I get what you mean, but on the other hand I will know they are missing, especially as pontos provided turnbuckles as a part of the etched topmast rigging and the stays for net booms.

There has to be an easy way of doing them, I just haven't worked it out yet.

Cheers

Si
RedDuster
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Posted: Thursday, August 01, 2019 - 07:24 AM UTC

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I picked up some turnbuckles from Shapeways. You can ask the manufacturer to make them to your scale:

https://www.shapeways.com/marketplace?type=product&q=turnbuckles



Thanks Scott,

Will see what they can do.

Cheers

Si
RedDuster
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Posted: Thursday, August 01, 2019 - 07:27 AM UTC

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A little PE really dresses up the ship's boats!




It sure does, the bigger boats will be quite prominent on the finished article.

Thanks for looking in.

Si
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Posted: Sunday, August 04, 2019 - 10:14 PM UTC
The Boats are looking really nice Si and nice work on the Stacks also.....Cheers mark
RedDuster
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Posted: Monday, August 05, 2019 - 04:18 AM UTC

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The Boats are looking really nice Si and nice work on the Stacks also.....Cheers mark




Thanks Mark,

I am very much enjoying the larger scale, (I can see most of the etched parts). Never happen, but I would love another predread in this scale.

Cheers

Si

JJ1973
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Posted: Tuesday, August 06, 2019 - 06:57 AM UTC
Si,

great work on the launches. Just amazing what the 1/200 scale offers...

Great work as always,

Cheers,
Jan
RedDuster
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Posted: Thursday, August 08, 2019 - 05:24 AM UTC

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Si,

great work on the launches. Just amazing what the 1/200 scale offers...

Great work as always,

Cheers,
Jan



Thanks Jan,

This is a great kit to build,

I am sort of getting hooked on the larger scales, much more room to tinker and add details.

Always glad to have you look in.

Cheers

Si


Cheers
RedDuster
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Posted: Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 12:37 AM UTC
I managed to find some turnbuckles at Telford, alright they are not quite the right ones, but they are, looking at the photographs, about the right size. They are from Gaspatch, the metal ones design for 1/32nd scale aircraft.

This will give an idea of the size.



The first stay prepared for fitting.



Fitting under way.



More progress, wires going in place, this shows the stays crossing between the funnels, it was fun getting them in around the vents.



The aftermost stays in, with the centreline boat test fitted, that seams to work ok.



Hopefully will get some more done before too long.

Cheers

Si
d6mst0
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Posted: Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 06:06 AM UTC
Si,

Those turnbuckles were a good idea, they do enhance the detail.

Mark
RedDuster
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Posted: Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 07:25 AM UTC

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Si,

Those turnbuckles were a good idea, they do enhance the detail.

Mark



Hi Mark,

I think it was worth the delay on the build to find them.

Thanks for looking in.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 01:41 PM UTC
The Turnbuckles are a great Idea Si and looking very good also....Cheers Mark
RedDuster
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Posted: Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 06:52 AM UTC

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The Turnbuckles are a great Idea Si and looking very good also....Cheers Mark



Hi Mark,

I must admit I am rather pleased with them, will be getting some more the 1/200th Bismarck, next one in this scale on my list.

Thanks for looking in.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 02:25 PM UTC
That's some fine work Si, super small detail but came out really nice.
RedDuster
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Posted: Monday, November 18, 2019 - 12:24 AM UTC

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That's some fine work Si, super small detail but came out really nice.



Thanks Ned,

The turnbuckles worked out rather well, nice clear holes in both ends, the real fun was bending the fine brass rod to make the shackles at the bottom end.

Cheers

Si
RussellE
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Posted: Monday, November 18, 2019 - 11:52 AM UTC
Good to see the Mikasa getting some "love", Si.

The turnbuckles look great! Nice workaround!
RedDuster
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Posted: Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 06:31 AM UTC

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Good to see the Mikasa getting some "love", Si.

The turnbuckles look great! Nice workaround!



Hi Russ,

I must admit that I am quite pleased with the way the turnbuckles have worked out.

It is good to be back on this one, boats next, lots of them...

Thanks for looking in mate.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 10:49 PM UTC
Did a bit on Sunday, finally found some time to sit and update the blog.

The forward funnel rigged.



Both funnels done.



close up of the front end of the fwd funnel.



The boats painted, and a wash put over the covers.



Lower boat in place, with the lashings, although they need a coat of paint yet.



Upper boat test fitted in place.



Next job, more boats, some railings and ladders.

Cheers

Si