[GALERIE] HMV MS Mellum

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Sonntag, 20. Februar 2011, 17:38

HMV MS Mellum

Hello Friends,

I regret not taking photos during the course of construction. Prehaps these pictures of the finished Mellum will be of use to future shipwrights (at least to not make the same mistakes I did!). Many thanks to Lars W and the other members who submitted most excellent build reports which greatly eased my construction.

This is my first HMV kit and my first model at 1:250. I was fortunate enough to pick this particular copy up directly from Benjamin and Ulrik at last year's Hobby-Model-Speil in Leipzig. They are extraordinarily nice people. I can only say buy more HMV kits!

I found the Mellum to be most rewarding to build with ample opportunities to add detail. Of course this leads to problems with my little fantasy scene below. Mainly, I've built a Mellum that combines features of the original commisioning, several refits, and some features (like the gangway) that may be entirely incorrect. I hope you will indulge me in these errors.

Additionally, I used the lasercut detail set which was very accurate with good fit. However, even disregarding my fat' clumsy fingers was VERY hard to work with. I can think of few things that have tried my patience as much as building the stairs. I am glad I was able to secure photoetch sets for my Bremen, Altmark and Cap Arcona. Still, the benefit of colored paper is hard to ignore.

The base is 2mm cardboard laminated with watercolor paper. The water was then painted on and clear aquarium sealant used to texture the water. The foam was added with flat white paint. If you add the foam, wakes etc. before the sealant dries it will give a nice effect.
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Sonntag, 20. Februar 2011, 18:07

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Sonntag, 20. Februar 2011, 18:10

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Sonntag, 20. Februar 2011, 18:39

Hi Cris,

you did an amazing job with this impressive Mellum!

Congratulations!

How much time have you spent with this work?

Regards

Peter
Parallel im Bau:
Großlinienschiff S.M.S. Baden , HMV, 1:250
Hafenanlage Neu-Ulm , diverse Verlage, 1:250

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Sonntag, 20. Februar 2011, 20:52

Hello Pitje,

Thank you for your kind words. I bought the kit in October and began construction towards the end of November. I suppose in the range of 300 hours altogether but I am slow :)

Of the 300 hours about 250 were putting the lasercut steps together. OK not really, a joke of course. I am really curious to see how you fair with the steps. I believe our Mellum's will be the first (published) with the new Lasercuts.

A lot of time was spent detailing: the fire nozzles, the waveguide for the radar, extra antennas, the bridge, the gangways etc.

Regards,

Cris

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Sonntag, 20. Februar 2011, 22:45

Hi Cris,

to make my point - GREAT !

Very nice built.
I especially admire your thematic interpretation of the diorama.
Really nice.

Rgds
Peter

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Montag, 21. Februar 2011, 14:55

Peter,

Thank you for the compliments they are much appreciated especially considering the many beautiful works on display here. I enjoy making small scenes as you can see in my other posts. I am excited about starting on the Hamburger Hafen next.

Kind Regards,

Cris

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Montag, 21. Februar 2011, 17:23

Hi Cris,

thank you so much for sharing these pics with us!
Great work, especially as the "Mellum" has been placed in a diorama. I simply love this.

Always a very intriguing perspective: The look from the main deck to the bridge/mast. It climbs higher... and higher... and higher... simply amazing.

As for the lasercut-steps: I'm glad that i didn't have to work with them yet; photo etched parts are so much easier to assemble and (in my opinion) give a more realistic look.

I wish you much fun with the Hamburger Hafen and would love to see a report about it here ;)
Maybe, if you have the time...?

Kind regards

Lars
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Fertig gestellt: Forschungsschiff "Maria S. Merian"
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Kontrollbau fertig gestellt: Feederschiff "OPDR Lisboa"

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Dienstag, 22. Februar 2011, 09:49

Hello Friends,

I forgot to add the bridge pictures I took some weeks ago. What I was trying to show was a large map and some navigation manuals scattered about the forward bridge console. I'm sure there must be some paperwork involved in replacing Buoys? However, aft they are playing cards and drinking coffee, so maybe not so much work after all.....

@ Lars: I was very happy to share my work with everyone. I have enjoyed many hours browsing your and other members posts. And of course I think we are able to take away and share our ideas and techniques this way.

I will start a thread on my Hafen scene soon and look forward to much discussion.

Kind Regards,

Cris
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Dienstag, 22. Februar 2011, 10:24

Hi Cris,

great! Did you build the "Mellum" with a removable "top" to show the bridge? Or did you take these new pics just before adding the top deck and the funnels?

Kind regards

Lars
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Dienstag, 22. Februar 2011, 10:48

Hello Lars,

I tried several different plans to open the bridge area. I think the method you used is probably the best (short of major re engineering). However what I found in my test was the lasercut railing just simply would not support repeated removal and installation.

I have by the way, experimented with several methods of strengthening the railings in particular (I REALLY wish Benjamin had elected to go just one gauge thicker...but I am sure he had good reason) but all gave unsatisfactory results.

So I sadly closed it up.

Regards,

Cris

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Samstag, 14. Januar 2012, 10:26

Hi Chris,
seeing Your pictures I only can say: topmodelling in perfection.

With the best regards
Ulrich

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Samstag, 14. Januar 2012, 13:04

Hello Ulrich,

Think you for your kind words! I can however say with the utmost sincerity the same about your many threads. I generally grin like a small child when looking at the wealth of details you provide. I hope to someday achieve the level of scratch building you routinely accomplish.

Best Regards,

Cris

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