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PostSubject: Chevy Gneisenau   Sun 04 May 2014, 8:29 am

This is the Tamiya 1/700 German battlecruiser Gneisenau. The kit is a waterline 1975 vintage model. The Gneisenau and her sister the Scharnhorst were the bad guys in the early part of the war. They were big, bad beautiful and fast. A modern day metaphor for these two would be to picture a couple of hitmen with sunglasses, trenchcoats and a fast getaway car. They created havoc, sinking the British aircraft carrier HMS Glorious amongst other things. Sorry for the misleading title, I'm just an attention seeker.















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PostSubject: Re: Chevy Gneisenau   Sun 04 May 2014, 11:07 am

Man you build these little guys quickly Chris.

Back in WWII, these were the Darth Vaders of the Atlantic.

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PostSubject: Re: Chevy Gneisenau   Sun 04 May 2014, 4:58 pm

I am not very familiar with this genre of modeling so I have to ask questions. Why the yellow gun turrets? What is a waterline kit?
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PostSubject: Re: Chevy Gneisenau   Mon 05 May 2014, 2:42 am

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I am not very familiar with this genre of modeling so I have to ask questions. Why the yellow gun turrets? What is a waterline kit?

In the late 1960s, 4 Japanese model companies - Tamiya, Hasegawa, Fujimi and Aoshima banded together and began making model warship kits in 1/700 scale. What made these kits different was that the lower part of the hull (the part that is underwater) was replaced by a flat plate at the waterline. The ship could be displayed as if it was in water.

The Gneisenau had the top part of its turrets painted yellow in the early part of the invasion of Norway. I think it was to let German aircraft know that this was not the one to bomb.
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PostSubject: Re: Chevy Gneisenau   Mon 05 May 2014, 3:20 am

Thanks Chris.
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PostSubject: Re: Chevy Gneisenau   Mon 05 May 2014, 3:59 am

Looking good Chris   

That ain't no stinking Chevy   
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PostSubject: Re: Chevy Gneisenau   Mon 05 May 2014, 10:42 am

Just like invasion stripes on allied aircraft then Chris!

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PostSubject: Re: Chevy Gneisenau   Mon 09 Jun 2014, 6:14 am

'C' turret still survives in Norway.

http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums/showthread.php?87940-German-WWII-coastal-battery-Austr%E5tt-fort-Norway

Somewhat under gunned with an 11" main battery. For some of the actions Gneisenau was involved in see this link. http://www.battlecruisers.org/battlehistory2home.htm

And you got my attention too ! I was "WTF is this"
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PostSubject: Re: Chevy Gneisenau   Mon 09 Jun 2014, 12:17 pm

So it's not a Chevy "Nice? AND HOW!" We all learn things and this one is another. One good thing about somewhat standard scales is that aftermarket parts for changing/improving ships are available. I wondered about all the sizes I've seen, thanx.
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PostSubject: Re: Chevy Gneisenau   Mon 09 Jun 2014, 12:21 pm

WOW ! interesting photos !!!
Hard for a layman to understand just how involved each gun turret was, let alone the whole procedure !!' Thanks for that link.
  
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PostSubject: Re: Chevy Gneisenau   Wed 11 Jun 2014, 7:55 am

Thanks Chris for sharing that link. Those pictures were really interesting.

Here are some updated photos. While I waited for some decals to arrive I started work on Gneisenau's sister ship Scharnhorst.









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PostSubject: Re: Chevy Gneisenau   Wed 11 Jun 2014, 10:21 am

Great stuff Chris.. You're becoming a building machine!!!

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PostSubject: Re: Chevy Gneisenau   Wed 11 Jun 2014, 5:25 pm

Trying to figure out what you mask and painted red. I will have to wait for the mask to come off.
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PostSubject: Re: Chevy Gneisenau   Wed 11 Jun 2014, 7:01 pm

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Trying to figure out what you mask and painted red. I will have to wait for the mask to come off.
if i'm right there'll be a white circle in the centre of the red bit .....
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PostSubject: Re: Chevy Gneisenau   Thu 12 Jun 2014, 5:14 am

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Trying to figure out what you mask and painted red. I will have to wait for the mask to come off.
if i'm right there'll be a white circle in the centre of the red bit .....

And a swastica inside that?
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PostSubject: Re: Chevy Gneisenau   Sat 05 Jul 2014, 9:00 pm

Could have been a Morris Oxford ship Chris.........LOL
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PostSubject: Re: Chevy Gneisenau   Sat 05 Jul 2014, 11:02 pm

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Could have been a Morris Oxford ship Chris.........LOL

  
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