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F225 Rheinland-Pfalz German Navy 1/700
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Posted: Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 11:02 AM UTC
Jan,

She is a fine looking build.

Mark
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Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 09:20 AM UTC

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...Still not perfect, but from a normal viewing distance it looks pretty cool!




Normal viewing distance = MkI eyeball... and that looks pretty darn fine to me

Nearly there now mate, looking forward to seeing how you are going to display her
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Posted: Sunday, May 24, 2020 - 02:39 AM UTC

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..Still not perfect, but from a normal viewing distance it looks pretty cool!

Jan



Jan,

Perfect would be boring, right? It looks good to me, and the miniscule Rhineland-Pfalz nameplate is even readable, even though I need my spectacles to appreciate it!

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Posted: Saturday, May 23, 2020 - 10:43 AM UTC
Looking good Jan,

The curse of modern digital photography is that it shows up flaws that the Mk1 eyeball cannot detect.

I reckon you are doing a 1st rate job on a ship that means a lot to you, and I am enjoying following your build.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Saturday, May 23, 2020 - 07:52 AM UTC
Dear all,

that's very kind, I'm glad you like both, the 1:1 and 1:700. It's just great to be underway on the 1:1, they are fine ships, going very steady and are easy to handle. Really good responding to helm and engine, in fact better than anything I know.

But this is still mainly about the 1:700, so here a small update, more (really) small stuff added:













Before



and after some touch ups.



Well, ship's name is not 100% showing, but that's with magnifying lens. Makes eye can barely read the letters...






Still not perfect, but from a normal viewing distance it looks pretty cool!
And touch ups, or full painting, has to be done on all those PE, I'll do that once most is installed later on.

Thank you all for stopping by and looking in!

Cheers
Jan
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Posted: Monday, May 18, 2020 - 10:00 AM UTC

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Ok, now very quick. First some 1:1 - but what has that picture to do with my F225?

That's a container vessel we passed on our way along the Elbe river towards the German Bight on Thursday. And the embarked pilot was so kind to send me some pictures of my 'mighty frigate' as we look from their bridge...




Well, now that made me smile! What a nice thing for the container vessel's pilot to do!

Great pictures of both 1:1 and 1:700 mate!

Both looking very fine!
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Posted: Monday, May 18, 2020 - 07:20 AM UTC
She is looking good, Jan!

Love those 1:1 shots!
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Posted: Monday, May 18, 2020 - 06:09 AM UTC
Nice pics Jan, both 1:1 and 1:700th.

The build is really coming to life with all the small bits and pieces going in.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Monday, May 18, 2020 - 05:52 AM UTC
Jan, She looks stunning!!

Model is pretty nifty as well
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Posted: Sunday, May 17, 2020 - 06:05 PM UTC
Nice to see an update, Jan!

Looks great!
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Posted: Sunday, May 17, 2020 - 05:29 PM UTC
Hi Russ,

thank you very much, Mate!

Well - somehow MSW played tricks on me yesterday, just when I pushed "ready to reply" on my update, there seemed to be problems with the server. Or something. However, the update didn't make it...

Ok, now very quick. First some 1:1 - but what has that picture to do with my F225?



That's a container vessel we passed on our way along the Elbe river towards the German Bight on Thursday. And the embarked pilot was so kind to send me some pictures of my 'mighty frigate' as we look from their bridge...







Well...still we are looking good, I think!!

And 1:700, small update, more small stuff around the bridge and forecastle. More railings, radars and the nameplates. All needs to be painted/touch ups, and I'll try to sand down the nameplates so that the name shows in brass. Hope that works...











That's it for now, I hope to get some more done over the next weekend.

Thank you all for looking and your kind comments!! That's most appreciated!

Cheers
Jan
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Posted: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 03:35 PM UTC
Just amazing nano-engineering Jan!

She's looking great, and if I didn't know better, the level of detail and finesse would suggest a much larger scale!
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Posted: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 03:16 AM UTC
Si,

thank you very much! Great to have you back!!

And a small update, more micro etch on, needs to be painted/touch ups.







Cheers
Jan
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Posted: Sunday, May 10, 2020 - 08:42 AM UTC
She is looking really good Jan,

Loving the detail in such a small scale.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Monday, May 04, 2020 - 05:11 AM UTC
Tim and Russ,

thank you very much! And it's a 'she'! (as all ships in German language)

Got even a little bit more done, now starting at the fo'c'sle, some PE work. Railing are going on better than I thought, all in all the PE is very nice.
And the helo will 'mask' the not-so-nice parts of the flight deck...

Of course, all needs to be blended in with another clear coat eventually, so that's why some areas look as if in a different color.











Cheers
Jan
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Posted: Monday, May 04, 2020 - 01:50 AM UTC
Jan,

She (he?) is definitely coming together now! Almost time to take take the helo back aboard.
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Posted: Monday, May 04, 2020 - 12:08 AM UTC
nice fixes on the decals Jan She's really taking shape now with all the fittings being added.

yep, it's definitely worth starting at the centre when fitting the railings and working your way outwards-that way you don't end up squashing any with a wayward thumb/finger
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Posted: Saturday, May 02, 2020 - 04:58 AM UTC
Ok, on with a little progress.

Repairs to the decals with hairy stick, and touch up to the sprayed lines.





Platforms for the 27 mm automatic guns amidships. They are just standing a little bit over the deck, which is correct. Amazing this was accounted for in the scale. (And with those platforms, some flaws on the red decal lines almost disappear...)







First set of railings. I started midships. (I don't know if that was smart, as in this position I might well damage them...but they were easy and straight, so a good staring point.)
And the two 27 mm (so called MLG) guns installed.



Some more stuff shipped, like the RAM launchers; that's where I stand (well, and the subassemblies, of course).

















Thank you very much for looking in! And all your help and advise on the way, that's most appreciated!

Cheers
Jan
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Posted: Saturday, May 02, 2020 - 04:39 AM UTC
Thanks guys for all your advice, that should be helpful for the next time - this one is history - what decals come off again I'll have to paint...

Tim, I will watch out for that Erdal stuff, should be able to find it in my local store. Erdal - that's normally known for shoe shine...But what you recommend seems to bee some floor finish...well, why not.

I'll have an update later on, well yes, that's a learning curve with those decals, but they are small enough that you hardly see the flaws with the naked eye, unless you look for it

Cheers
Jan
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Posted: Friday, May 01, 2020 - 12:55 PM UTC

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Think of it like trying to apply a sticker to a glossy car versus a matt cotton t-shirt...



Good analogy Russ! Jan, if you want to try a clear coat I can recommend Future floor polish. You you can find a substitute in Germany for this product under the name "Erdal Rex Glänzer" or "Aldi Stodil".

I usually apply it right out of the bottle as a gloss coat, put on the decals, then apply another coat with Tamiya acrylic Flat Base added to seal it in and restore the matte finish. Works great!



Ditto!
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Posted: Friday, May 01, 2020 - 09:40 AM UTC

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Think of it like trying to apply a sticker to a glossy car versus a matt cotton t-shirt...



Good analogy Russ! Jan, if you want to try a clear coat I can recommend Future floor polish. You you can find a substitute in Germany for this product under the name "Erdal Rex Glänzer" or "Aldi Stodil".

I usually apply it right out of the bottle as a gloss coat, put on the decals, then apply another coat with Tamiya acrylic Flat Base added to seal it in and restore the matte finish. Works great!
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Posted: Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - 09:48 AM UTC

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do you apply a gloss clear coat before applying the decals?



I did not - well, a little late to ask, but, is it better to do so?
Seems I spent lots of time contemplating in which order to do what (PE, install subassemblies, applying decals) but did not really think about (or better check) how to best apply those decals. Never did any decals on my 1/350 fleet other than the flags/ensigns. But other than the flight deck it seem's I've been lucky...



yes mate! Absolutely! Decals go onto gloss surfaces much better than matt ones. Even dry transfers will perform better gloss surfaces...

Think of it like trying to apply a sticker to a glossy car versus a matt cotton t-shirt...
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Posted: Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - 12:17 AM UTC

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do you apply a gloss clear coat before applying the decals?



I did not - well, a little late to ask, but, is it better to do so?
Seems I spent lots of time contemplating in which order to do what (PE, install subassemblies, applying decals) but did not really think about (or better check) how to best apply those decals. Never did any decals on my 1/350 fleet other than the flags/ensigns. But other than the flight deck it seem's I've been lucky...
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Posted: Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - 09:25 PM UTC

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Hi Russ!


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Hi Jan

howcome you want to mask over the decals after the clear coat?

The clear coat is to seal the decals in and stop them flaking off...



Well, that was because of the flight deck decals, which I partly lost (forward part of the flight deck towards the hangar). So in order to fix the lost stuff, it seemed easier for me to spray the relevant part of the flight deck in white, mask the white lines, and spray dark grey. And to not impact the 'good' decals (aft part of flight deck, around the landing grid) I thought it smart to fix them with clear and then mask them. Well, partly smart only, apparently...
But well, should be able to fix that, too...somehow...

Cheers mate

Jan



ah, now I follow mate

And yes, we can always paint our way out of trouble

PS. May I ask: do you apply a gloss clear coat before applying the decals?
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Posted: Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - 08:22 PM UTC
Hi Russ!


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Hi Jan

howcome you want to mask over the decals after the clear coat?

The clear coat is to seal the decals in and stop them flaking off...



Well, that was because of the flight deck decals, which I partly lost (forward part of the flight deck towards the hangar). So in order to fix the lost stuff, it seemed easier for me to spray the relevant part of the flight deck in white, mask the white lines, and spray dark grey. And to not impact the 'good' decals (aft part of flight deck, around the landing grid) I thought it smart to fix them with clear and then mask them. Well, partly smart only, apparently...
But well, should be able to fix that, too...somehow...

Cheers mate

Jan