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The italian job - heavy cruiser ZARA 1:350
surfsup
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Posted: Monday, June 10, 2019 - 10:59 PM UTC
Lovely work on the Turrets and Guns Thomas.....Cheers mark
Black_sheep
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Bayern, Germany
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Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 03:58 AM UTC

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Thomas,

Those turrets are looking mighty fine. That 37mm is awesome and I hope you have the patience to finish the other three.

Mark



Hi Mark, yes if I am biting into something I wont let off until I am reached my aim
Black_sheep
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Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 03:58 AM UTC

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Very fine work on the Armament Thomas



Thank you very much Russell
Black_sheep
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Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 03:59 AM UTC

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Lovely work on the Turrets and Guns Thomas.....Cheers mark



Thank you, too Mark!
Black_sheep
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Bayern, Germany
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Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 04:08 AM UTC
I made it! I did all four twin AA-guns. It was no easy task but as I´ve seen my one finished compared to the kit ones there was no choice for me

As I gained momentum I also tackled the four twin 13.2 mm AA guns. These consisted each of 6 PE parts and two miniscule turned barrels. Guess now I could go for a new career as a brain surgeon if I am not getting blind after this session

The small AA guns look like this


Now all piled together awaiting airbrush painting. I hope all stay complete during the paint process


Cheers
McRunty
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Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 06:37 AM UTC
Watching with interest. I have one of these in the stash
d6mst0
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Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 11:24 PM UTC
Thomas,

My hat is off to you for finishing a tough assembly. Those AAs are looking sweet.

Mark
Black_sheep
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Posted: Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 04:44 AM UTC

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Watching with interest. I have one of these in the stash



Hi Rory, welcome aboard! You will have a good time building this ship. In my opinion this ship class does look very elegant with its sleek shape and the red - white - blue deck colors
Black_sheep
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Posted: Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 05:04 AM UTC

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Thomas,

My hat is off to you for finishing a tough assembly. Those AAs are looking sweet.

Mark



Thank you Mark Yes I had to force myself a bit to try my hands at these miniscule parts (the 13.7 mm twin guns were even more demanding because of the more smaller size). But in the end, if I compare the etched guns with their turned barrels compared to the kit ones the difference is quite visible. In addition the etched guns look more like the real one in contrast to the kit´s plastic ones:



Cheers
Black_sheep
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Bayern, Germany
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Posted: Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 06:46 AM UTC
I did spraypainted all the AA guns, the two funnels, the three remaining main gun turrets and some small vents. I glued them in place and everything Looks right to me







After this, no rest, I continued with all the lifeboats. NAVAL SHIP YARD give you also some etched parts and real wood to improve the boats. The decks are all not yet glued for a better detail painting later:









Loading the airbrush again...

surfsup
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Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 09:18 PM UTC
You are displaying some beautiful and Clean work Thomas. Lovely Build so far.....Cheers mark
d6mst0
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Posted: Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 11:44 PM UTC
Thomas,

Very nice looking AAs as well as the secondary weapons. Nice paint work, she is really shaping up nicely.

Mark
Black_sheep
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Bayern, Germany
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Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 12:07 AM UTC
Barcas di salvataggio finito!

Just finished the motor barges, cutters ans sloops. They were almost kits of their own with all the extra parts and paintings. But it was quite some fun.

First I gave them their barley grey cote. I then painted the interiors offwhite, the wooden floors tan and the lower hull in that special italian green.


After finishing the painting process I glued the wooden decks on and treated the surface details with black glaze and glued the ships onto their jacks. In the end I just had to simulate the windows with kristal klear. These are the boats before Installation onto the main ship.
These are the two biggest barges:



The second biggest:



My favourites (they look most elegant to me):



And finally the two small sloops at the ships stern together with their oars:



Final impressions of the installed boats onto the mothership:




May I feel a bit proud of it already?

Continue with the stern mast section now
MartinJQuinn
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Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 01:43 AM UTC
She's looking great - very crisp and clean.
McRunty
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Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 04:59 AM UTC
Like I said earlier, I have this very sexy ship in my stash and I am thinking of getting a wooden deck.

How concerned are you over the transition between the wooden deck and the painted deck? Looks like a definite step there.
Black_sheep
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Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 05:31 AM UTC

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She's looking great - very crisp and clean.



Martin thank you for stopping by and your comment - appreciated
Black_sheep
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Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 05:38 AM UTC

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Like I said earlier, I have this very sexy ship in my stash and I am thinking of getting a wooden deck.

How concerned are you over the transition between the wooden deck and the painted deck? Looks like a definite step there.



Rory I had two wooden kit sets - one is from Wood Hunter which was in my kit inside already when I bought it from Ebay. But unfortunately it doesn´t fit properly for ZARA as it is proposed for POLA. So I did used the wooden deck from MODEL SHIP YARD. This was nice, too though the laminated protection foil was somehow dried and the deck needed to be glued with superglue.

There is a slight step indeed but, in my humble opinion, not much visible in this scale. the outside step will also be obstructed later by the ship´s railings. So not much of These steps will be visible later. I´ve made you two maximum zoom pictures of the wooden deck transitions so judge for your own:





Cheers
McRunty
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Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 08:26 AM UTC
Thank you for the pictures Thomas! Definitely doesn't look to be much of an issue so I will be going ahead with getting a deck.
GazzaS
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Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 03:11 PM UTC
Thomas,
She is really looking excellent! Your attention to detail is making for a very neat, clean presentation.
surfsup
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Posted: Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 01:28 PM UTC
Ditto. She is starting to come alive Thomas.....Cheers mark
RussellE
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Posted: Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 11:54 PM UTC
Beautiful work Thomas
Black_sheep
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Bayern, Germany
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Posted: Sunday, June 23, 2019 - 05:05 AM UTC
Thank you Gary, Mark and Russell for your positive feedback

Finished the aft main mast today. It was a small and fiddly work with some small parts and calm and steady hands were necessary here but the work was worth it:




I am just not satisfied with the top railings. I struggled with the shape of the platform which was very difficult to bend for me. I had to shorten the railing a bit for a better fit and during bending and installation / glueing I did damaged it a bit but this was the best I can do with my abilities.
d6mst0
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Posted: Sunday, June 23, 2019 - 09:27 AM UTC
Thomas,

That mast looks great. If you didn't mention the railing I would have never notice it.

Mark
Black_sheep
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Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 06:36 AM UTC

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Thomas,

That mast looks great. If you didn't mention the railing I would have never notice it.

Mark



That calms me down
Black_sheep
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Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 06:43 AM UTC
I did painted the mast yesterday and installed him today. Had an hour of horror as I forgot where I did placed the four finished and painted twin AA-machineguns. I already thought they were lost but finally found them safely laying on top of a paintbottle near my desk

The mast was painted in the usual barley grey again and the floors in navy blue.




After all of it finished I fixed it at the ship. This was a very sensible affair in order not to break any parts of the mast and/or funnels.


Zoom of the stairway to the mast


Complete view of the ship´s actual look


Starting the bridge compartment now