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Montag, 2. Januar 2006, 17:36

MS KREFELD / WHV / skaliert 1:250 auf 1:1000 [Fertig]

Hi, All!:)

What better way to start off the new year but with a new model? :]

I figured I would try something new with something new, so I reduced this kit to a Micromodel scale...it is a Wilhelmshaven model from the Lehrmittelinstitut series originally in 1:500 scale (this one of the KREFELD is a motor ship freighter, kit number 502), which I scanned and then printed out at 50% to give me a 1:1000 scale ship model. At this scale, as I am learning, the paper thickness has to be considered as it affects to some degree the way the parts fit together, but more on that later.

One thing I like about this series, as I'm sure many members here are aware, is the way the formers are made so as to guide the decks into place using slots, and in the larger scale there are slots cut into the deck to help in placement of the bulkheads which have tabs, but I felt it's easier to assemble to remove all tabs, so the slots in the decks were not used in construction...the formers, however, still helped if placing the decks.

Here's the hull constructed in which you can see the way the formers rise and help in placing the main deck.



Here's another view:



One thing I would do different next time is to detach the hull sides from the base part; as originally designed the sides fold up at the center area, and are glued with tabs at the bow and stern. I felt the paper thickness at this scale imparted a bit of a gap at the fold which I thought, although small, is noticeable and doesn't allow a smooth run of the joint between the sides and base.

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Montag, 2. Januar 2006, 17:37

Here you can see the start of adding the deck levels to the midship house...again, the decks fit onto the center former using a slot, and I found no problem with the paper thickness in making this joint properly.



The decks went on fairly quickly, and this is where I am after two days of working on her, in the evening hours:





The forward part of the house wraps around the midship house and fit fairly way, although I did notice a slight difference in the way it lined up along the sides because of the paper thickness...I used 65# paper, so it's not really all that thick, but the smaller scale makes it a possible factor in some parts of the construction, like with the forward house wrap around.

Here's another view:



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Montag, 2. Januar 2006, 17:38

Another area where the paper thickness factors into the scale is the inside parts of the bulwarks...the original design has the interior bulwark attached to the main deck, and they fold up and glue to the inside of the hull sides. There was a slight fitting problem because of this, and the final bulwark is thicker than it should be. In the next build I would simply remove those interior portions, opting to paint the inside bulwarks instead, and have the deck installed without the interior bulwark tabs.

Well, just two more views for today...





Not sure if I will get a lot of time today to continue, besides I'm still redoing the 36 foot pinnance on my Constitution and I want to get that done too! So many models to work on, but limited time...decisions, decisions! :roll:

Thanks for stopping by to have a look!

Happy New Year to one and all!!

Cheers!

Jim

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Montag, 2. Januar 2006, 18:11

Also solche Modelle sind mir zu klein. Da hätt ich nicht die Nerven an so einem Modell zu bauen.
Aber Respekt vor andren die sowas kleines bauen können!
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Montag, 2. Januar 2006, 21:06

Thank you, my friends!

@ Wilfried: Thanks so much for the photographs. I found very few on line, mostly black and white, but the photo of "Remscheid" in color will be valuable! Not sure how much detail I can fit into this little fellow, but I also have the 1:250 Solingen to be built later on so the photo will really help for that one.

@Fitzban: I have to admit it's a problem handling parts at times, but it's also fun...of course without clip-on eyeglass magnifiers to help I couldn't even build at 1:100 scale! ;)

Cheers!
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Samstag, 14. Januar 2006, 18:25

Hi, Gang!

Just a few more photo updates. Not much time for modeling lately, but this weekend looks to be a great one for indoor stuff, what with the rain storms and threat of a snow storm on the horizon.

I added the two aft hatches, some cargo masts and vents. I also played around with an anchor winch with chain in the forecastle. Not sure if it looks as realistic as I had hoped, but it was fun to fool around with anyway.

So, here's what she looks like so far:



This is a quartering view just to give another perspective on how she's coming along:



Looking from the other side, she's getting there slowly but somewhat surely:



Here's a look at the forward area, and the forecastle. As you can see, still a bit of a ways to go, not the least of which is figuring out how I might do the cargo booms and lines, but it's really a lot of fun working on her.



We'll see if there is more to show this weekend, but thanks for stopping by in the meantime.

Cheers!

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Montag, 16. Januar 2006, 00:49

Well, I got to do a bit more today, so here it goes....

This is what she looks like at this time...I put in the rest of the cargo masts and most of the vents, as well as the forward cargo hatches and mast house.



Here's another view from the bow:



And from the stern:



Now for the question of the day...can you tell what these are?



Well that's it for now...just moving along here. I should have another update soon, as well as the answer to the question.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.

Cheers!

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Montag, 16. Januar 2006, 02:46

freighter

Hi Jim

Looks great !!!

Your question how about a bunch of cargo winches on a string to save chasinf it round the floor as usual

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Montag, 16. Januar 2006, 07:36

hi jim,

please take a microscope :D to make the next pictrures - so we can see the details you are creating. fascinating (to speak with spock 8))

greetings from austria
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Montag, 16. Januar 2006, 16:14

Hello, everyone!

Barry, you are, as usual, right on! Those are indeed the cargo winches. I find it easier to build such things in a sequence, giving me a better chance to have them all turn out looking about the same.

Here's a view with them installed on the mast houses and on the deck.



Having them on the strip makes it a lot easier to build, I have found...and fewer end up on the floor!



This view shows a bit of the forecastle, where you may see I added the forecastle access hatch.



This view shows her from the starboard quarter.



And this is an almost bows on view...starting to look more like a freighter, I hope.



This view of the stern area hopefully shows the emergency steering station on the poop deck.



Now it's time to start fitting the booms...which should be in the next update.

Raimund, I will try to include a few better close-ups in the next installment, but as I have found those type of pictures are difficult to get in proper focus...but I'll try and see what I can do, my friend.

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a look!

Cheers!

Jim

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Montag, 16. Januar 2006, 22:09

Hello Jim,
this is unbelievable - what a tiny lovely ship. Just great =D>
I am looking foreward to see more.
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Montag, 16. Januar 2006, 22:32

Hi Jim,

The biggest benefit to build ships at this size, is to make pictures from the complete ship without any size problems.

For all other operations it is a handicap.

What´s you profession?

Goldsmith?

It must be one of this professions with a high need of precision work!

In any case a great job. Congratulation.

regards, Herbert

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Dienstag, 17. Januar 2006, 15:32

Many thanks to all who have stopped by and provided such kind comments about my little ship.

No, Herbert, I could only wish I were as skilled as a jeweler, but am only a lowly Maritime Attorney...not as much modeling time as I would like, but making ship models when I can helps me to relax a bit.

I have been thinking of trying to reduce all my future model ships to the same scale just for sake of comparison, but after this one I don't think I will adopt the 1:1000 scale! More likely 1:600 seems to be a nice size for a collection, I think.

Thank you, Jurgen, and I hope this update does not disappoint.

I finally got the cargo booms on the ship, except for the heavy lift boom at number 2 hatch (that should be in the next update). I also added a little more detail, this time putting in the radar mast and the like.

This is what she looked like yesterday afternoon...I had trouble with my host server for my photos, so these are about 24 hours old.



Here's another view, from the port quarter:



Here is an attempt to provide a close-up shot, but it's not as sharp as I would have liked...hope you can see the radar mast in this one:



And, a final shot, from the starboard bow:



I've already started to work on the cargo rigging, so hopefully by next installment I can have something worth looking at. In the meantime, thanks for stopping by and taking a look.

Cheers!

Jim

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Donnerstag, 19. Januar 2006, 21:50

I was able to get a little more done yesterday, and the cargo booms are now rigged. I used a little jig to set up the lines and glue on tiny discs to represent the blocks, then painted the blocks while still on the jig.

First, I set up the heavy lift cargo gear, using a simple jig again for setting up the line and blocks. I added a small hook and then painted the assembly before installing on the heavy lift boom. This is how it came out:



This is the jig I used in setting up the cargo rigging:



Pretty simple concept, actually, but I found using the strip of paper on the end to glue the line to first really helped keep things tight. Then it was a simple matter of adding the little discs, and finishing with acrylic paint.

So, this is how she now looks as of this afternoon:



Here's a closeup of the starboard bow showing the forward cargo area:



You'll notice I added the radio aerial too at this point.

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Donnerstag, 19. Januar 2006, 21:57

continued...

Here's a view from the starboard quarter:



This is a close-up of the midship area, trying to show the radio aerial...hope it comes through clearly:



Here's another view, this time from the port bow:



And, finally, a look at her from the port quarter:



Hope I'm not putting anyone to sleep with so many photos, but I figured you would like to see her from different views.

Next up, the lifeboat stations, the bollards and, unless I can't get it to work, some railings...but that last one is a big IF because it might be a bit too small to render properly. I fear it might come out too bulky, so if I can't figure it out, no rails.

Anyway, thanks again for stopping by and taking a look!

My best to you all!
Cheers!

Jim

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Freitag, 20. Januar 2006, 07:40

hi jim,

brilliant - and inspiring gem - next ship will be a ship in a walnut ;) ?

best wishes from austria
raimund

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Donnerstag, 26. Januar 2006, 01:54

Hi, everyone!

Gosh, no, Raimund...don't think I can get that small! Well, what a minute, maybe I can try? No, on second thought, this is small enough and taxes my eyesight enough.

Well, here's an update...

I installed the life boats and bollards. Took a bit of doing as I added to the lifeboat davits a bit, made the tackles and boats, which took a little time.

This is what she looks like now:



Here's a view from the port bow, hopefully you can see the bollards which were added:



This is a closer in look at the midship house area, hopefully giving you an idea of what the life boat tackles, etc., look like:



Here's another view, slightly from above, to hopefully reveal the bollards a bit better:



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Donnerstag, 26. Januar 2006, 01:57

This pic shows the midship house from the starboard side:



Another view from a little above, this time from the starboard bow:



Looking at her from the starboard quarter:



And, finally (wake up!), another overall view:



I'm still playing around with making railings, but it's slow going, so it might be a while before those are in any shape to consider putting on the model. I'll post more when those are done, which will probably be the end of this build.

Anyway, thanks for coming by and taking a look, and I hope it was worth your while!

Cheers!

Jim

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Samstag, 28. Januar 2006, 04:34

Hello, everyone!

Well, maybe the rail installation is not going to be done so quickly as I had hoped...it took me a few evening sessions to build up just a few lengths of railing. At least I seem to be learning from my earlier models and have stopped trying to wrap the thread around the jig but to use glue stiffened threads...it does make it easier to position the rails components and everything doesn't spring from the jig when I cut them off. It was a bit more difficult to get the paint on the thread without clogging all the little holes between the threads, but using thinned out paint helped a lot.

Anyway, here's a look at the jig used for the railings with the railings all painted up and ready to be removed from the jig:



And having spent about an hour putting on the railings on the forecastle, this is what I have to show for my efforts:



It was a little difficult positioning the railings just right, and measuring off the right lengths, but fitting before gluing is a big help. Here's another view:



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Samstag, 28. Januar 2006, 04:39

Here's another view of the railings showing the opening for the ladder...that was a bit difficult to account for, but it is what it is at this point.



Maybe from this view the set up on the forecastle is a bit clearer:



This view is just for the heck of it!



Well, that's all I was able to accomplish so far. I think I will have to make up another jig's worth of railings to finish this one, so it's going to take a bit longer than I figured on to get there.

Anyway, thanks for stopping by and taking a look at how she's going...slowly but surely.

Cheers!

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Montag, 27. Februar 2006, 03:25

Well, after a bit of a delay, she's finally done...at least as much as I plan to do with this build.

It took a while to get the railings worked out, and I should have put some rails on the house area, but there's just too much rigging in the way. So, I just added the railing to the stern area. Here's a look at how the stern section came out:



Here's a view from the starboard bow showing the finished model:



This is how she looks from the starboard quarter:



I really had a lot of fun playing around with this small lady, and I hope you enjoyed seeing her develop along the way. This is the final picture, showing how she came out overall:



Thanks to all who stopped by to take a look!

Cheers!

Jim

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Montag, 27. Februar 2006, 07:14

Hi Jim,

very nice build - and a lot to learn, too.

Let me tell you that I made the same experience: When space is tight, a dab of thinned paint most of the time is easier to handle than glue - and it works perfect, not even making glue stains ;)

I wonder what's next. A merchant fleet in 1:1250?

best regards,
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Mittwoch, 1. März 2006, 22:21

Hi Jim,

One last question:

Where did you buy this monster sized coin?

Or do you really think we belive that this detailed ship is build in scale 1:1000?

You are revealed !!!



Now seriously, very nice ship. Hardly to do a better performance at this size.

I allways followed you building report with great interrest.

What´s coming next?

regards, Herbert

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Donnerstag, 2. März 2006, 00:45

Greetings, my Friends! :)

Thank you so very much for the kind and generous words about my little lady! I have to say many of the things I used to build her I learned her from many of you, and for that I must thank you all again. One of the many joys of having a forum such as this is one can see how others tackle similar problems in a build and try to use or adapt them in ones own build, which is what I did with this ship...not to mention the huge inspiration I get to even consider trying a project like this from seeing all the superb models everyone builds here. I only wish I had more time in the day not only build models but to visit this forum more often...alas, the limitations of a 24 hour day and the need to work, eat, sleep and enjoy my family. :]

@ Jörg: Thank you, my friend, I do appreciate the very kind words...the rigging didn't quite come out like I wanted it to, however...I was trying to give it a bit of slack like on a real ship and I fear it looks a bit unshipshape as a result, but many times we second quess ourselves a bit, so if you think it looks nice, that pleases me very much.

@ Michael: You are so right, mate, it seems with each new build I learn something new, and gain some new ideas that I can use on the next build...and this is no different with this build. Although the railings gave me a bit of a problem at times, it was a good exercise in getting using a technique I tried a few times before, just on a smaller level. I did learn, unfortunately once again, not to rush in the build because I really should have added some railings to the house before I went forward with the cargo booms and such which blocked access to those areas later...live and learn! While I would love to build a merchant fleet, and have every intention of doing so, it may be a while before I try something at this scale again, and I want to try and keep my ship builds in the scale of 1:600 as much as possible so they can each be compared to one another size-wise...so, a small fleet is definitely in the works, just not this small. ;)

@ Herbert: Thanks, my friend, I am so happy to hear you enjoyed this thread and perhaps some of my other builds...only wish I could build more frequently than I do now, but I am firmly taken by this paper model bug so rest assured I will do some other builds shortly, and hopefully finally get back to my Constitution which has been sadly sitting idle for too long a time while I tend to other projects, work, etc. I have some long term plans on other ship models, even one scratch build that I have been playing around with off and on for a few months now, but I am still a bit away from getting that one underway.

At the moment, besides getting back to Constitution, I have a few WWI airplanes in the works that I want to build, in 1/72 scale, and a few merchant ships from JSC (that I want to reduce to 1/600 scale) to build as well.

Thanks again to all who stopped by for a visit! I appreciate your coming by... :)

Cheers!
Jim

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