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PostSubject: KM Prinz Eugen   Sun 06 Apr 2014, 4:06 am

Here is the Tamiya 1/700 kit of the German Heavy Cruiser Prinz Eugen. It is painted in the scheme it wore during the Bismarck episode. This was a very active ship that took part in many memorable actions including its part with the Bismarck, the Channel Dash with Scharnhorst and Gneisenau and finished the war shelling Russian positions and and helping in the evacuation of Germans in the Baltic area. With these smaller scale kits I am happy to complete them without PE and rigging. I used AK Interactive washes to highlight some of the detail. Thanks for looking.







There are some 1/1 scale water drops on this ship. Overcast day in Sydney!

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PostSubject: Re: KM Prinz Eugen   Sun 06 Apr 2014, 4:19 am

Beautiful shipbuilding, Chris. And I think I have problems getting decals right on a 1/72nd scale aircraft. I would lose my mind trying to do that tiny one.

Great job.
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PostSubject: Re: KM Prinz Eugen   Sun 06 Apr 2014, 4:24 am

Great job Chris. How about showing us just how you create the water. That has always been baffling to me.

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PostSubject: Re: KM Prinz Eugen   Sun 06 Apr 2014, 4:37 am

JohnJ wrote:
Great job Chris.  How about showing us just how you create the water.  That has always been baffling to me.

Ditto...

...and how did the plane get on and off the ship, crane?
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PostSubject: Re: KM Prinz Eugen   Sun 06 Apr 2014, 10:52 am

That's another fine job Chris.   Those decals on the aircraft must be mega tiny!!  

She had a short but interesting history post WWII:

Service with the US Navy

On 27 May 1945, Prinz Eugen and the light cruiser Nürnberg were escorted by the British cruisers Dido and Devonshire to Wilhelmshaven. On 13 December, the ship was awarded as a war prize to the United States, which sent the ship to Wesermünde.[51] The cruiser was commissioned into the U.S. Navy as the unclassified miscellaneous vessel USS Prinz Eugen (IX-300). A composite American-German crew, under the command of Captain A. H. Graubart,[57] then took the ship to Boston, departing on 13 January 1946 and arriving on 22 January.[51] There, the ship was extensively examined by the US Navy.[55] Her very large GHG passive sonar array was removed and installed on the submarine USS Flying Fish for testing.[58] American interest in magnetic amplifier technology increased again after findings in investigations of the fire control system of Prinz Eugen.[59][60]

The ship was then allocated to the fleet of target ships for Operation Crossroads in Bikini Atoll. Prinz Eugen was towed to the Pacific via Philadelphia and the Panama Canal.[57] The ship survived two atomic bomb blasts, Test Able, on 1 July 1946, and Test Baker on 25 July. Prinz Eugen was thoroughly contaminated with radioactive fallout, but suffered no structural damage from the explosions.[61] The irradiated ship was towed to the Kwajalein Atoll in the central Pacific, where a small leak went unrepaired.[62] On 29 August 1946, the US Navy decommissioned Prinz Eugen.[61]

By late December 1946, the ship was in very bad condition; on the 21st, the ship began to list severely.[57] A salvage team could not be brought to Kwajalein in time,[61] so the US Navy attempted to beach the ship to prevent her from sinking, but on 22 December, Prinz Eugen capsized and sank.[57] Her main battery gun turrets fell out of their barbettes when the ship rolled over. The ship's stern, including her propeller assemblies, remain visible above the surface of the water.[62] The US Government denied salvage rights, on the grounds that it did not want the irradiated steel entering the market.[61] In August 1979, one of the ship's screws was retrieved and placed in the Laboe Naval Memorial in Germany.[4]

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PostSubject: Re: KM Prinz Eugen   Sun 06 Apr 2014, 11:10 am

An Excellent model, and good diorama work as it 'sails' against the tide.
  
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PostSubject: Re: KM Prinz Eugen   Sun 06 Apr 2014, 12:07 pm

Neat little model.
Nice bit of history regarding it's fate, Skid. Thanks.
Chris, I was wondering how you store all of these dioramas. Bo you have some kind of rack set up? Like bakery racks, for instance?
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PostSubject: Re: KM Prinz Eugen   Sun 06 Apr 2014, 1:18 pm

Great job, Chris. Just looking at a 1/700 ship makes my eyes cross. I can't imagine building one!

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PostSubject: Re: KM Prinz Eugen   Sun 06 Apr 2014, 1:28 pm

Thanks everyone for you support.

Thanks John, I will do a tutorial soon. The water is made using artists medium gel which can be found in art supply stores.

Sam, the plane sits on a catapult which does what catapults do when an aeroplane sits on top of it.   

The model is not attached to the water diorama. I have a number of display bases for my ships. I use them when I photograph them. The ships are on display, side by side, in a cabinet, without the diorama bases.

Mr Dadooronron, it was clever of you to notice that the ship was sailing against the tide, thats what I was trying to show when I made it a few years ago.

Al, thanks for the extra history on the ship, it had a very interesting career.

The plane is small, about the size of a thumb nail.
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PostSubject: Re: KM Prinz Eugen   Sun 06 Apr 2014, 5:33 pm

Amazing to me. I am not sure I could work with anything that small. I was also wondering about the water. How is it made and is it used with more than one model. Now I know.
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PostSubject: Re: KM Prinz Eugen   Sun 06 Apr 2014, 6:21 pm

Very nicely done model, i like the sea effect ... nice and flowing.
Artists Gel seem like a great method.
Ive seen the water effect done with clear bathroom sealant to an excellent standard too
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PostSubject: Re: KM Prinz Eugen   Tue 08 Apr 2014, 7:27 am

Nice one Chris. I've a battleship stashed here somewhere...........
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PostSubject: Re: KM Prinz Eugen   Tue 08 Apr 2014, 1:08 pm

Re: water creation, there are a few You Tubes on creating water effects for ships and some for pools, lakes and waterfalls in the area of model railroading. I agree that making realistic water is a rare skill learned thru error and error and error until success.
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