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Thursday, May 3rd 2012, 7:21pm

MT Elbe / Scaldis / 1:200 [Fertig]

Hello Friends,

Well, I had intended to begin construction on JSC's 1:400 Bredford Dolphin and incorporate it into a diorama with the Willift Eagle. But then on the first day of BHV, I found the 1:250 reprint version of the Bredford Dolphin which of course led to more even better diorama ideas...And THEN on the last day of BHV, the beautiful Maria S. Merian was handed to me direct from the Master's Hands. I am suddenly rich!

So, in order to give my poor brain a rest and let it simmer on some ideas, I have started construction on the MT Elbe , a Schlepper with a long and active history.

The Elbe was built and launched in 1959 in the Netherlands. After a long career including TWO sinkings, she is being returned to her original specifications and colors. More info and pictures here and here.

The Elbe will be a little unusual for me in that I will build the underwater hull, it is a simple project, and the fact that she is in 1:200 scale. All images copyright.

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Thursday, May 3rd 2012, 7:39pm

Hi Cris,

my best wishes for your construction. I will wait for many pictures of this Schlepper. Do you built a diorama, or only the complete ship with underwater hull?

Kind regards from Hamburg
Holger

PS: Once more: congratulation for your first place!!!
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Thursday, May 3rd 2012, 8:15pm

Hi Crins

Wow, cool!
Today I looked the Models of Scaldis and saw the "Elbe" I am thinking about buying this too. But now, I will fallow your construction before I buy it by my self.

I wish you good luck and thanks that you show us your construction!

Best regards
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Friday, May 4th 2012, 11:25am


Wow, cool!
Today I looked the Models of Scaldis and saw the "Elbe" I am thinking about buying this too.
Hoi Peter,

Sehr interessant ist die 1:100 Sonderausgabe,

groetjes,
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Friday, May 4th 2012, 2:31pm

Hello Friends,

Today I assembled the Hull frames, laminated the main decks and started on the winch house. The model includes the towing winch, but as it is fully enclosed by the winch house and further hidden by the towing bitt, I chose to detail the hatches and port holes.

@ Peter: Deutsch Sprache Antworten sind OK :) I think you would like any of the Scaldis line. They are clean and easy to assemble. Like MDK, they allow plenty of room to detail. However, with several hulls behind you now, maybe you would consider an HMV or Passat ship? The required precision level in my opinion is a little higher.

@ Holger: Thank you for your kind words! It was such a pleasure to meet and talk with you at BHV. Mia and I spent two additional days in Hamburg which were not enough! Such a beautiful city with a completely different atmosphere from the other large cities such as Frankfurt and Munich that I am more familiar with.

@ Gert: Is this your construction Gert? Its very nice, I like the little scene.

Best Regards,

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Friday, May 4th 2012, 3:17pm

Hello Friends,

Here is an interesting site (only in English, sorry!) that has vast amounts of information on towing, lines, cables and deck machinery. Towing Vessels Association

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Wednesday, July 18th 2012, 2:28pm

Hello Friends,

After a long work enforced break, I would like to show you some progress on the Elbe. I have certainly missed all of you and hope not to have many more of these long breaks in the future.

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Wednesday, July 18th 2012, 2:32pm

And more showing the hull above the waterline
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Wednesday, July 18th 2012, 2:37pm

And more showing the completed working deck and superstructure
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Wednesday, July 18th 2012, 2:41pm

Here are the forward and aft masts prior to painting
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Wednesday, July 18th 2012, 2:45pm

I want to show the Elbe making headway in heavy seas. Here is the progress on the baseplate.
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Wednesday, July 18th 2012, 4:22pm

Hello Friends,

Here are some historic pictures of the Elbe and several more from her ongoing restoration.

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Wednesday, July 18th 2012, 5:25pm

Hi Cris,

Good to have you back again! Seems that besides work you managed to find some time for the really important things in life ... nice progress on your ELBE!
I'm eager to see how the model goes together with the base plate, can you show us already?

Gruß,
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Friday, July 20th 2012, 5:48pm

Hello Friends,

More progress on the Elbe. The hull has been fitted to the baseplate and I have started on the rigging. Note here I have used Wonderwire on the aft most flag hoist. Compare it to the alternate I have used for the rest of the rigging. Obviously the alternate is of a larger diameter but still very easy to work with. I estimate about an hour for the rigging accomplished thus far.

Being cold and rainy here, I have note posted the best pictures. More to follow soon.

Best Regards,

Cris

@ Wolfgang: Thank you my friend!
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Friday, July 20th 2012, 6:12pm

Hi Cris

Very nice work, great and powerful scene!
Great that you're back!

regards
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Tuesday, July 24th 2012, 4:57pm

Hello Friends,

With the installation of the upper aerials, ensign, pennants and house flag, the rigging is complete and I can move on to the lifeboats and davits.

Best Regards,

Cris

@ Peter: Thank you my friend for your kind words!
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Tuesday, July 24th 2012, 9:41pm

Hi Cris,

This is so beautiful, what a scene!

Just one thought, maybe a very stupid one - it seems that the tops of the waves are breaking towards the ship's front. Can it be assumed that the wind, or storm rather, would also come from behind? If so, what about the direction of the flags?

However, I simply enjoy your build (as usual ...).

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Tuesday, July 24th 2012, 10:10pm

It's great, Cris !

Don't worry about the flags - may be the tug is a little bit faster than the wind... ;)
Bis die Tage...

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Wednesday, July 25th 2012, 8:46am

Hi Cris,
another wonderful and precise wrok of yours - simply great to look at...
Regards
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Wednesday, July 25th 2012, 11:12am

Hello Friends,

@ Wolfgang: Thank you for pointing out this glaring error. I knew when I was putting the final touches on the base that something was off, but being focused on mounting the ship, I guess I put the waves backwards, thus ruining the illusion. I will have to put some thought into how to fix it.

@ Helmut and Kurt: Thank you friends for your kind words. I particularly enjoyed building the masts on the Elbe as Scaldis similar to JSC, only provides templates. I also enjoyed adding many details such as the Bridge Sun Screen, handrails, and the support ribs.

I will have a talk with Mother Nature to see what can be done about the disastrous reverse storm.

Best Regards,

Cris

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Wednesday, July 25th 2012, 3:42pm

Hi Chris,
nice scene! I hope, that nobody is seasick on bord!
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Wednesday, July 25th 2012, 9:32pm

Moin Cris,
very well done... waves from behind and the wind...maybe there are turn-arounds like Mother Nature... 8o

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Friday, July 27th 2012, 2:29pm

Hello Friends,

With the installation of the lifeboats and davits, the Elbe is complete. I can not think of a way to "fix" the waves, we will just have to assume some very odd winds...and I will pay better attention next time! ;(

I very much enjoyed building the Elbe and highly recommend the model to anyone else. Scaldis leaves a lot of room for detailing and building scratch parts.

So, I know many of you are interested in the Wonderwire. I have tried several times to make contact with the couple that distributes the product but have had no luck. Is there no interest or discussion on the alternative that I have used here?

Thank you as always for your kind comments and helpful criticism. It is always appreciated.

Best Regards,

Cris

@Jochen und HaJo: Thank you both for your kind words!
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Friday, July 27th 2012, 2:39pm

Hi Chris,

another masterpiece, thank you for sharing it with us,



About wonderwire: may you can open a new thread and describe the other product.

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Friday, July 27th 2012, 3:39pm

Hi Cris,

congratulations on your new master piece! Really beautiful and "lively".

Concerning the alternate rigging material:
Compared to the Wonder Wire (WW) it's a little bit too thick, in my opinion.
But it depends on the rigging area, i guess it has its uses somewhere.
By the way: Too bad that the WW-supplier can't be reached :(
Maybe sometime in the future....

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Friday, July 27th 2012, 3:40pm

Hello Cris,

what a beautiful model!
As Robi wrote: A masterpiece!

I also would be very interested in the alternative of "wonderwire".
Bis die Tage...

Helmut


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Sunday, July 29th 2012, 7:42pm

Hello Friends,

Vielen Dank für das Lob! Although considering some of your beautiful projects "masterpiece" may be a little much :rolleyes:

Mit freundlichen Grüßen,

Cris

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