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PostSubject: KM Prinz Eugen   Sat 15 Mar 2014, 9:32 am

I began work on this kit last week, the Tamiya 1/700 Prinz Eugen. I seem to have had problems holding onto the little parts of this thing. I think 'KM' stands for Karpet Monster, not Kriegs Marine. Check out the size of the little part in the photo below. I had a pair of these, I dropped the second one, three times while I was filing it before I finally lost it. Where it went I know not where. I will replace them with something similar in my spares box and I will only accept criticism from old German sailors.   

The Prinz Eugen was very active throughout the war taking part in the Bismarck incident, the Channel dash and ending the war shelling the Russians. I am doing the 'Bismarck' version. I accidentally drilled two holes in the deck - the instruction for 'only drill here for 1942 version' was written in Japanese.



And here's the rest of the sausage factory process, thanks for looking.



I am replacing the turrets with the these resin ones from Pitroad. These parts show the shrouds at the base of the guns, the shrouds are not part of the Tamiya kit. The turret set also has a nice set of brass barrels which are not able to be used because the entry point for the barrels is at the base of the turret and not the end of the shroud. So I cut the plastic barrels to size and super glued them in position.





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PostSubject: Re: KM Prinz Eugen   Sat 15 Mar 2014, 9:58 am

Man that part is tiny Chris. I'm just surprised you managed to recover it the first twice.

Your attention to detail on the barrels is impressive too Chis. Would it not be possible to cut the brass barrels to fit?

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PostSubject: Re: KM Prinz Eugen   Sat 15 Mar 2014, 10:13 am

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Man that part is tiny Chris. I'm just surprised you managed to recover it the first twice.

Your attention to detail on the barrels is impressive too Chis. Would it not be possible to cut the brass barrels to fit?

Thanks Al. I have a kit of the Prinz Eugen's sister, the Hipper. I will use the brass barrels for that one. It was easier to cut and align the plastic ones. I have a cunning plan as Baldrick would say.
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PostSubject: Re: KM Prinz Eugen   Sat 15 Mar 2014, 2:33 pm

I'll definitely exercise more control when I complain about small parts on my car models. How do you hold the parts when you are filing the bits?

Great work on the nano-navy, Chris.
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PostSubject: Re: KM Prinz Eugen   Sat 15 Mar 2014, 4:14 pm

Nice work Chris. I have the same problem with small parts for model cars. I think it is just part of the hobby.
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PostSubject: Re: KM Prinz Eugen   Sat 15 Mar 2014, 5:32 pm

This may seem odd to some but in the last couple of months I have taken to wearing a chef's style apron while handling small parts. I find it often catches them in my lap when I drop them!!!


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PostSubject: Re: KM Prinz Eugen   Sat 15 Mar 2014, 9:28 pm

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I'll definitely exercise more control when I complain about small parts on my car models.  How do you hold the parts when you are filing the bits?

Great work on the nano-navy, Chris.

Thanks Mike. I hold the parts the old fashioned way - between two fat fingers.
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PostSubject: Re: KM Prinz Eugen   Sat 15 Mar 2014, 9:34 pm

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This may seem odd to some but in the last couple of months I have taken to wearing a chef's style apron while handling small parts. I find it often catches them in my lap when I drop them!!!

I've got one in my work area, I'll try it and see if it works. Thanks.
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PostSubject: Re: KM Prinz Eugen   Sun 16 Mar 2014, 12:42 am

It won't recover them all but I'd estimate about 70% of them!!

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PostSubject: Re: KM Prinz Eugen   Sun 16 Mar 2014, 1:37 am

Great Idea Al. I will have to try that.
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PostSubject: Re: KM Prinz Eugen   Sun 16 Mar 2014, 9:28 am

Mike.... I just posted a new 'Quick Tip' for tiny parts. Check it out here

You'll look very 'fetching' in this one Buck:



  

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PostSubject: Re: KM Prinz Eugen   Sun 16 Mar 2014, 4:55 pm

LOL.

I wouldn't be able to see that part on the sprue Chris, let alone try to sand it!

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PostSubject: Re: KM Prinz Eugen   Sun 16 Mar 2014, 10:13 pm

Luv the aprons, they only lack the distinctive black lace that really says MANLY! Thanx for a chuckle. I once used super sticky double sided tape to help hold tiny parts for filing, or a pretty small jewelers long nose pliers held gently.
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PostSubject: Re: KM Prinz Eugen   Mon 17 Mar 2014, 2:18 am

It's me Al. I will be on the look out for one just like it.
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PostSubject: Re: KM Prinz Eugen   Mon 17 Mar 2014, 4:26 pm

Allot harder to find parts on that one.  
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PostSubject: Re: KM Prinz Eugen   Tue 18 Mar 2014, 6:46 am

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Mike.... I just posted a new 'Quick Tip' for tiny parts. Check it out here

You'll look very 'fetching' in this one Buck:



  

I've been looking everywhere for that apron. Can you return it when you are finished with it.
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PostSubject: Re: KM Prinz Eugen   Tue 18 Mar 2014, 6:48 am

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LOL.

I wouldn't be able to see that part on the sprue Chris, let alone try to sand it!

Good result for you guys in the GP today  

He got disqualified grrrrrrrrrrr............
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PostSubject: Re: KM Prinz Eugen   Wed 26 Mar 2014, 11:33 pm

Here are some updates. I know that Al has a HMS Hood in his stash that I helped him start, so I will give a summary of the assembly so far. So listen up Al!

1) I go through the sprues and build as many sub assemblies as I can, only do the ones where painting the vertical and horizontal surfaces are not going to cause problems. I then stick everything onto a piece of wide masking tape which is attached to a board. I then prime everything.

2) I paint all horizontal surfaces. The Prinz Eugen has two deck colours - I airbrushed the wooden deck in Tamiya Wooden Deck Tan. The wooden deck is the only time I used the airbrush, all other paint is applied using a paint brush. The other deck pieces are hand painted in Lifecolor Dunkelgrau.

3) The Prinz Eugen's hull is painted in Lifecolor DKM dark grey 51, superstructure in DKM 50 light grey. There are camo stripes on the hull which show this ship at the time of the Bismarck incident. I masked the hull and then painted the stripes using a paint brush.

The photos show the model at a time when I do a 'dry fit' of the pieces before gluing.





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PostSubject: Re: KM Prinz Eugen   Thu 27 Mar 2014, 12:31 am

YES SIR!!!!

Funnily enough Chris, I was showing my Hood to a friend today and thought to myself that I must get back to it.

BTW, how's the Integrale doing?  

Great stuff Chris.The last photo really does show the quality of your work on these tiny models.

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PostSubject: Re: KM Prinz Eugen   Thu 27 Mar 2014, 3:56 am

Looking good. I can't believe the little detail on this one. I have never built a ship so have no idea of scale and the such. Really enjoying following along.
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PostSubject: Re: KM Prinz Eugen   Thu 27 Mar 2014, 4:16 am

Looking great their Chris   
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PostSubject: Re: KM Prinz Eugen   Thu 27 Mar 2014, 1:37 pm

Looking good, Chris. Very clean, precise, methodical work pays off well.

And excellent brush painting also.
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PostSubject: Re: KM Prinz Eugen   Thu 27 Mar 2014, 2:00 pm

Good thinking on keeping it organized. My last ship model was Cousteau's Calypso. It was large scale enuf to add detailing and weathering. I've seen some sites that sell photo-etched ship parts like railings and I wonder if weathering and p.e. parts are used much in the smaller scale ships? Thanx!
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PostSubject: Re: KM Prinz Eugen   Thu 27 Mar 2014, 2:35 pm

A very modern looking ship of it's time - and even survived the Bikini Atoll nuclear tests.
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PostSubject: Re: KM Prinz Eugen   Thu 27 Mar 2014, 6:15 pm

Don't mention the Integrale Al. LOL
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