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F225 Rheinland-Pfalz German Navy 1/700
JJ1973
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Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 08:00 PM UTC
Gentlemen,

thank you very much for following along and for all your kind comments! That's really encouraging - and yes, it is struggling with those small parts, and optivisor allows me only rather limited bench time at a piece without getting a headache. But still the model is great and fun to build!

Ok, here's the latest progress:

All five HMG .50 cal machine guns done. One a little shorter than the others - the one sitting above the flight deck does not have a tilting mechanism. I just sanded one of the parts a little down...





And the two 20' containers, I choose the PE parts. Very fine detail, and I like them better than the resin alternatives offered in the kit.
Those containers can be used basically for anything you can put in a 20' container that you can think of - right now they serve as deep freeze storage for or food supply, since the original deep freeze storage of the ship is not ready for use yet.



















That's it for today, real life is taking over again for the next weeks, so I have to apologize for another pause here...

Thanks for looking in,

Cheers

Jan
RedDuster
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England - South East, United Kingdom
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Posted: Thursday, August 08, 2019 - 05:21 AM UTC
What the guys said!

even with an optivisor I would struggle with those tiny details.

Great work Jan.

Cheers

Si
GazzaS
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Posted: Wednesday, August 07, 2019 - 07:55 PM UTC
Fantastic progress! Tiny details!

Gaz
RussellE
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Victoria, Australia
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Posted: Wednesday, August 07, 2019 - 09:07 AM UTC
Jan! OMG! Everything is SOOO tiny!

But you've handled it all with skill and dexterity, my friend, and she's coming along very nicely indeed!
d6mst0
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Posted: Tuesday, August 06, 2019 - 08:43 AM UTC
Jan,

Sweet, very nice work with all of those tiny parts.

Mark
JJ1973
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Posted: Tuesday, August 06, 2019 - 07:33 AM UTC
Gentlemen,

thank you so much for your kind comments and even more for your interest in this ship / build log! Thats really appreciated, I hope you'll help me to overcome the challenges sure to come up with this tiny model.

But I managed a little progress - just a little bit at a time, I spent an hour with the optivisors today resulting in some headache, I should not do more than half an hour or so at a time...

But here's the results from the last days:

All four BUSTER boats.







The 5"/64 main gun from Leonardo (before Oto Melara):





Test fitted on board







And together with the other finished parts. The gun and the barrel have very nice details, really fun to work with!



Then the 27mm MLG (Marine Leichtgeschuetz - Naval Lightweight Gun, this is basically the nose gun of the TORNADO aircraft navalized). Now it gets really tiny...

















Again, very nice and crisp detail that I can only see with magnifier glasses on.

And the first of five HMG - referred to as Heavy Machine Gun, which is not really correct, since they are LEONARDO weapons named "Hitrole Machine Guns", and we added what we call a Virola that allows to tilt the guns over the side as to minimize the "dead zone" around the ship and enable engagements almost directly next to the ship. The guns are .50 cal heavy machine guns, fully automated and remote controlled.









Somehow I managed to bend the "barrel" a little during installation, I'll try and fix that. I just saw it on the pictures. And, only four more to do...

This kit continues to be fun, the PE is excellent and easy to handle, the resin parts fir excellent. If it only was a little bigger, like 1/350...

Cheers,
Jan
surfsup
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Queensland, Australia
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Posted: Sunday, August 04, 2019 - 10:16 PM UTC
Beautiful work Jan especially in the Madness Scale.....Cheers mark
d6mst0
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Posted: Monday, July 29, 2019 - 09:12 AM UTC
Jan,

As before your PE work is great, nice to see you made progress. Look forward to your next post.

Mark
RedDuster
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Posted: Monday, July 29, 2019 - 05:26 AM UTC
Hi Jan,

Very nice optivisor, I could likely do with something like that.

Great work with then tiny etch mate, the Rhib looks great in it's bay.

Cheers

Si
RussellE
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Victoria, Australia
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Posted: Sunday, July 28, 2019 - 10:01 AM UTC
Absolutely gorgeous work Jan!

I remember just how difficult 1/700 was, so hat's off to you my friend!

funnily enough, I too, just bought a new optivisor with an LED light in it, since my young bloke broke my desk lamp and lighting had become a problem

Hm, we do have to wonder just how much the "Chinese" do know about us. I heard rumours there was even an unrelated security "scandal" involving Huawei!
JJ1973
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Posted: Sunday, July 28, 2019 - 07:45 AM UTC
Gentlemen,

thank you all for your kind comments and for following along!!

Thomas, no, not like a hawk, more like a fish meanwhile, I can't do anything without proper magnifiers. And my accustomed ones simply weren't sufficient to do the job, so I got those here a week ago:



Needs a bit training and especially with this hot weather not very comfortable but the lenses are good and combined with the LED it helps me getting along. And I, too, would wish for a 1/350 scale kit, but I doubt we will ever see one. Anyway.

A little more progress today, before there will be the next break. I started with the BUSTER boats.
Once again, the resin and etch parts are just amazing, everything fits together perfectly so far, so despite it's size this model is fun to build!







Detail is amazing. And somehow I ask myself, while I am happy as a modeler, is it a good thing that a Chinese company knows everything down to the propulsion (two water jet engines) of the boats? Hm...











Test fitted on board, looks spot on.





And with the huge dime...



That's it for now, one or possibly two weeks break, I hope you are patient as always with my builds.

Thank you for looking and cheers,
Jan
Black_sheep
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Bayern, Germany
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Posted: Sunday, July 28, 2019 - 12:00 AM UTC

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Jan,

Those Harpoons launchers look wonderful. Very nice PE work, I'am not sure if I could work with it at that scale.

Mark



Hi Jan, agree with Mark: wonderful work there - you must have the eyes of a hawk. That ship in 1:350 scale would be tempting for me.

Horridoo

Thomas
d6mst0
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Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 10:02 PM UTC
Jan,

Those Harpoons launchers look wonderful. Very nice PE work, I'am not sure if I could work with it at that scale.

Mark
GazzaS
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Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 08:22 PM UTC
So tiny! I applaud your efforts!
JJ1973
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Niedersachsen, Germany
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Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 08:04 AM UTC
Dear all,

thank you so much for your kind comments! And it's great to see that this build attracts your attention!

I managed a little more today, just working on the sub assemblies - don't feel ready for the big thing yet.

So here are the Harpoon launchers. Every launcher consists of eight parts - the four missiles as resin, and four PE parts.
Dodo included 10 Harpoons, and that is really good!! I launched one from my tweezers, it did not ignite nor explode, but I could hear it land somewhere, but all efforts to recover it were useless...



















Somehow I always knew that Dimes are just huge coins...







Cheers and thanks for looking in,

Jan

d6mst0
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Posted: Friday, July 26, 2019 - 09:17 AM UTC
Jan,

The mast work look great, nice and clean.

Mark
GazzaS
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Posted: Friday, July 26, 2019 - 09:14 AM UTC
Nice looking mast!
RedDuster
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Posted: Friday, July 26, 2019 - 06:29 AM UTC
Nice work Jan,

That etch looks so fine,.

It has been a bit uncomfortable over here too, not as bad as mainland Europe, but it does take the shine of bench time when you have sweat dripping into your eyes.




Hope it eases off for you too.

Cheers

Si
RussellE
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Victoria, Australia
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Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 09:35 AM UTC
totally understand the problems you're facing with the heat, Jan!

it's not fun when it gets that hot, especially when you're working over a hot light with an optivisor on

Fingers crossed it cools down soon mate
JJ1973
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Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 09:11 AM UTC
Dear all,

as I said - slowly....

There seems to be something in the way for me the last months when it comes to good bench time. Now it is neither real life nor any personal issues, time would be perfect. But then somebody sent a heatwave over Germany, that - at least for me - makes it almost impossible to work on my shipyard. Every few minutes have to wipe sweat away, drops falling from my forehead into the optivisor, and not starting to talk about keeping a steady hand and temper... In northern Germany, were I live, houses are built to sustain cold weather, but not heat...

Anyway, within the occasional few minutes I managed at least a little progress...and 1/700 IS small and fragile...

Still the RAS / UNREP mast, etch from Dodo is brilliant!















If it cools down a bit - forecast says so - there should be another update soon...

Cheers,
Jan
RussellE
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Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 09:29 AM UTC

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Dear all,

thank you very much for looking in and following, even though progress is - and will continue - to be slow. Next weekend I'm busy, but the weekend after eventually should give me the opportunity for some more bench time.


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"Micro-update" I see what you did there mate!

Looking good. Definitely recommend you get hold of a magnifying head band, and preferably one with a LED light for working at this scale. Alternatively a desk mount magnifier could do the trick, and possibly also a set of helping hands with a magnifier may be helpful

Otherwise this is a great start...



Russ, all those goodies are in place, mate. I already need most of those for my 1/350 scale work, I realize that eyesight just is decreasing.
The magnifiers I use have three different lenses you can use, x1.5, x2.5 and x3.5. The 1.5 is not really enlarging anything. The 2.5 is the one I use, it provides still some depth of focus that makes it pleasant to work with. But for the 1/700 I need the x3.5 set, and depth of focus here is really small, so that need quite a bit of adjusting and just training on my part. So far, after half an hour or so I feel I need a break..

Cheers,
Jan



Right there alongside you, mate with all the same gear. 1/2 hour is about as much as I can do before the eyes need a rest.

Currently have a magnifier without lighting so looking to upgrade in the next week or so to one with a LED built in!
JJ1973
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Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 12:17 AM UTC
Dear all,

thank you very much for looking in and following, even though progress is - and will continue - to be slow. Next weekend I'm busy, but the weekend after eventually should give me the opportunity for some more bench time.


Quoted Text

"Micro-update" I see what you did there mate!

Looking good. Definitely recommend you get hold of a magnifying head band, and preferably one with a LED light for working at this scale. Alternatively a desk mount magnifier could do the trick, and possibly also a set of helping hands with a magnifier may be helpful

Otherwise this is a great start...



Russ, all those goodies are in place, mate. I already need most of those for my 1/350 scale work, I realize that eyesight just is decreasing.
The magnifiers I use have three different lenses you can use, x1.5, x2.5 and x3.5. The 1.5 is not really enlarging anything. The 2.5 is the one I use, it provides still some depth of focus that makes it pleasant to work with. But for the 1/700 I need the x3.5 set, and depth of focus here is really small, so that need quite a bit of adjusting and just training on my part. So far, after half an hour or so I feel I need a break..

Cheers,
Jan
RedDuster
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Posted: Monday, July 15, 2019 - 08:07 AM UTC
Hi Jam,

Good to see the build under way, the etch looks very fine.

Cheers


Si

d6mst0
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Posted: Monday, July 15, 2019 - 02:10 AM UTC
Jan,

Off to a nice start with the PE.

Mark
RussellE
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Posted: Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 11:06 PM UTC
"Micro-update" I see what you did there mate!

Looking good. Definitely recommend you get hold of a magnifying head band, and preferably one with a LED light for working at this scale. Alternatively a desk mount magnifier could do the trick, and possibly also a set of helping hands with a magnifier may be helpful

Otherwise this is a great start...