Gentlemen, this build reached its finish line! I painted and glued both flags on top of the masts and painted some about 30 figures for the ship. I could have painted 300 for a more appropriate crowded look at deck but my patience will surele leave me here. I manned mainly the outlook posts at bots masts and the upper decks.
I used men from Northstarmodel`s US Navy figure sets 1 + 2. The quality of these tiny figures are outstanding though difficult to work with as they are very closely together at their carrier which let me break some figures during sawing off some figures. Two crewmembers are also still MIA because of the carpet Monster and are not to be seen again until now.
This is the final result now of my efforts:
View to the ship´s stern
2nd upper deck
frontal detail view
The guys with the red topped hats are officers - the guy in the middle with the yellow sleeves is the Admiral.
detail view of the compass platform
detail view at the frontal barbette
detail view at the frontal main mast
All in all it was a very enjoyful build for me and I had a lot of fun to poke around at the chinese Internet sites to find some more facts about this ship. The difficult side at it was that there are many different photos and drawings of the ship at different times and everywhere you can see different Details. Also BRONCO´s and BLUE ADMIRAL´s instruction let you sometimes scratch your head as the instructions are sometimes contrary...
Is the model 100% historical realistic? I really don´t know but the end result is very satisfying for me. And if the audience had as much fun watching as me building everything is surely worth all efforts.
I want to thank again all spectators who watched and also commented this blog - you kept my Building Spirit high at all times. I hope we meet again at my next blog.