OK, I get how you would plan the build of the structure and the Diorama, but all the equipment, stock, tools, logs and all the hundreds (Thousands?) of little detail pieces?
It looks like you assembled all of the detail parts first, how do you even begin to work out how much you need, or do you just over-do it and put any excess in the stash? Seems I would find the need for the detail parts as I went, which makes for a long build.
28. June, 03:36
Michael Franz Many thanks at all! I have built structure by structure, then added the interior to each structure before adding its roof. All the small parts are made of resin or white metal and primed with a spray can in brown (wood) or rust (metal), then all small stuff painted at once in many different colors .... then weathered with chalks and alcohol .... then placed all around the scenery
Bart Goesaert impressive vehicle, clean build too... how will yu display it, with the bridge extended?
8. January 2019, 10:07
Neuling Looks good so far. I also had this kit on my wishlist, but in the end refrained from buying it because of a review which said the bridge is of minor quality. Is this true?
8. January 2019, 10:15
Michael Franz Yes that's true. The parts of the bridge and the loading mechanism are not that high than the M48 itself. Also the plastic seems to be different (much harder), poor details and fitting is far away of the high standard of the M48 itself. If I had knew that before - I wouldn't have bought it.
8. January 2019, 10:43
Michael Franz Not yet sure how to dispaly it. Will decide it when the bridge is finished and I'll know the space needed for the whole thing
8. January 2019, 10:44
Neuling Thank you Michael. Carry on! I am coping with a similar problem while building the "Diamond Wrecker" (Mirror Models). It shure is a good kit, but the plastic material does not glue firmly, so I have to add aditional structures and use instant glue to stabilize the build.
8. January 2019, 14:46
Michael Valentan Nice kit...built the same bridgelayer on a Centurion in full scratch...including the bridge. Looking forward how this one is detailed. So i will stay tuned in...
Brian Eberle Cancelled? Sad news. Your build is farther along than mine and looks very good so far. The launcher needed slot of work. Seam lines need significant work. What are you doing with your cancelled project?
19. March, 11:12
Michael Valentan Why cancelled? Sad to hear, the build went good so far as i can see on the pictures...ok, details on the launcher are poor, but do the originals have more??
Michael Franz Many thanks! The kit is good ... a smaller gap between the two halfes of the fuselage on top behind the cockpit but this gap is hidden under other parts - no problem here. One small mistake in the instructions (it shows the two ammo boxes behind the pilot seats - no space left for the machine gunners then. I did not know that and made it wrong here)
But the kit itself is fantastic!
16. September 2019, 15:00
Dariusz Szopiński Hi Michael, I just came across the gallery of your MH-60L model, great work! I have a question because I see that you haven't used two M230 rifles on your model. Do you plan to use them in another set? If not and you still have them, I will gladly buy them from you. These rifles are the F and G frame parts twice F13, F26, F27, F45 and G30. Greetings,
Slavo Hazucha Cool build - the details in the resin cast & the PE´s look really crisp - particularly the open doors & front hatch, but also the gun barrel & cable and all the rest looks really good.
I must say I also very much like the tilted pose without the stand - looks like it´s cutting through the water entering a high-speed emergency turn - somehow much more interesting as a standard upright pose - the "fast" profile of the ship comes to live much better in this angle... just my humble opinion
3. September 2019, 10:20
Michael Franz She will get her final place in a small water diorama which I will try to make with clear resin ... a first try
Treehugger Q: How long is the finished model? Maybe palm size? Uh, 1,5 x palm perhaps.
16. September 2019, 08:55
Michael Franz The whole base is about 30cm long ... the ship about 20 ....
16. September 2019, 09:11
Slavo Hazucha Nice take on the water! Actually looks exactly like arctic waters with fragmented ice - AFAIK the Russians fancy this kind of operational theaters, so well struck .
Q: Isn´t she standing a bit tall in the water? Do they rise at speed like foils? Or is there any other intention behind it?
16. September 2019, 09:48
Michael Franz She lies a bit crookedly in the water ... on the left side much deeper then on the right side - as if she turns in high speed Hopefully (That's my intention behind it ... we will see if it will work in the end
Tim Cool. Looking forward to seeing this built. I bet not many people gave thus kit, and not many people makes civil ships. Good luck. Keep the photos coming.
23. March 2019, 19:32
Michael Franz Many thanks. Will do It is a great ship - I love it. And the kit is fantastic as well!
26. March 2019, 10:00
Thomas Bischoff I'm in! The Normandie was one of the most attractive liners!
8. April 2019, 15:53
Michael Franz Oh yes she was .... and the shape of this kit does that too!
9. April 2019, 07:04
Łukasz Gliński Wow! I don't think we're going to see many build of that set. Will follow
9. April 2019, 18:38
Michael Franz Next step .... drilling a "few" holes .... portholes all around the hull.... only the cornered windows remain closed and will be black painted later .... all round windoes will be drilled open now ....