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Jens H. Brandal

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  1. You're making pretty good progress Darren - the colour boundaries between the teak deck and grey vertical surfaces are nice and sharp. If the photoetch is quality stuff, then it shouldn't be too hard to fit. The best glue I've used for that is Gator's Grip glue. They closed down, but I understand that they are back up and running. Don't know whether it's imported into the UK at the moment though.
  2. If not, the short shots in the hull will make it sink...
  3. Interestingly, the picture I posted of Admiral Hipper is from Wikipedia...
  4. Yes, the Prinz Eugen bow is more what it should look like, but the hull of the Prinz Eugen was longer, so Trumpeter would have been wrong to use that as a basis too. Unfortunately Trumpeter chose not to provide alternative bows in the Admiral Hipper kit (inserts in the mould would have sufficed), and probably thought that Hipper was more important as she had a longer service career and carried more varied camouflage patterns.
  5. The bottom picture can't be Admiral Hipper as she had less rake to the bow profile. This Is Admiral Hipper somewhere in Norway in 1942. I'd say the lower photo is Blucher. The length at the waterline was essentially the same for Admiral Hipper and Blucher (195.5 m and 195 m respectively), so the modification to the bow is all above the waterline. The length of Blucher overall after getting the clipper bow was 205.9 m vs 205 for Admiral Hipper. As built, the numbers were 203.2 (Blucher) and 202.8 (Admiral Hipper). The paint scheme for Blucher at the time of the faile
  6. No need to cut off the bow. Extend it with a piece of plasticard - 0.5 mm should do, shape to the right profile and then add the Milliput - it will look a lot better with that proper "clipper bow" that made the German warships look so attractive.
  7. You'll be building a post-war Spitfire next...:) An acquaintance of mine once said "building only Tamiya kits makes you lazy", and sometimes we need challenges to stretch our skill sets and patience, and thereby feel you've accomplished something beyond what you thought was possible.
  8. At least the Scimitar had all four guns pointing forward:)
  9. A nice tribute to a man who left large footprints in the scale modelling fraternity. Spitfires are eligible for What Ifs too. Several countries were interested in purchasing Spitfires just before the war and shortly after the outbreak, but then the RAF decided to keep them to themselves. Estonia was on the list. And just imagine what Finland could have done with a squadron or two of Supermarine's finest... The book Spitfire International lists all the countries that used or wanted to use the Spitfire in any shape or form.
  10. I recall reading in an issue of Take Off magazine (remember those from the late 80s/early 90s?) a Sea Vixen pilot was talking about his career flying the Sea Vixen. He originally wanted to fly the Scimitar, but was posted to the deHavilland fighter, and then realised the Scimitar was, in his opinion something like next to useless, going nowhere to do nothing... But he did admit it was fast.
  11. Don't. It's crap. More specifically, when scraping it, it curls rather than chipping off like dust, so it's a nightmare to trim. We've printed PLA parts at work on our FDM printers, so have a bit of experience with it. We found it easier to print than ABS or polystyrene which is why we used it. The models were for fit checks, concepts and visualisation, so were not expected to serve us for very long anyway, and didn't need to have a good finish.
  12. Detail we would be happy to have in a 48th scale kit. Amazing in 72nd...
  13. Back in the 80s in Norway, a fellow modeller was working in the hobby section of a department store in Drammen. He used to get occasional visits from a chap who asked him to order in a sample of a railway locomotive or carriage he wanted to have a look at. Typically, it went like this: "That looks very nice indeed! Cheers!" This had a tendency to repeat itself, but no business. One day, he asked him whether he would be buying it, and the reply was "No, I just wanted to look at it as I will buy it cheaper from Germany". He was told in no uncertain terms to not show his face in the shop a
  14. Add the program series is doing nothing to change it...
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