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Mikasa 1902 with Pontos 1/200th.
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Posted: Monday, March 16, 2020 - 07:55 AM UTC

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Awesome work, Si!



Thanks Gaz,

It is a little challenging, but also one of the most interesting builds I have worked on so far.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Monday, March 16, 2020 - 08:03 AM UTC

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Lovely work on the Searchlights Si......Cheers Mark



Thanks Mark,

They do go together neatly, In the larger scales the extra details stop them looking toy like.

Cheers Si.
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Posted: Monday, March 16, 2020 - 08:17 AM UTC

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Si,

Those searchlights look sweet.

Mark



Thanks Mark,

I am really getting into 1/200th scale, the extra level of depth with parts of just about manageable size.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Monday, March 16, 2020 - 08:22 AM UTC

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The light looks perfect!

Those ladder rungs on the mast add a lot as well. Layer by layer, you are putting together something special!



Thankyou Tim,

Very kind of you to say so. This build has really captured my enthusiasm, It Is the detail, both in the kit, and the Pontos upgrade is excellent, leaves little for me to add.

Appreciate you looking in.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Monday, March 16, 2020 - 08:24 AM UTC

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The light looks perfect!
Those ladder rungs on the mast add a lot as well. Layer by layer, you are putting together something special!



what Tim said



Thanks Russ,

running out original replies, just totally enjoying this build.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 05:59 AM UTC
Last weekend's progress.

As the Pontos upgrade is designed for the 1905 kit, it does not have enough 47mm guns with short pedestals, a comparison.



The solution, pedestals cut from the one part plastic guns, fixed to the etched base plates,



All eight guns assembled.



The kit shields bent to shape, these are not easiest to handle, but they came out ok.

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sprayed white.



a bit of detail painting on the guns.



Shields fitted.



Fitted to the tops.







More soon.

Cheers.

Si
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Posted: Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 09:46 AM UTC
Couldn't imagine being exposed on those fighting tops during action then expected to hoist ammo up as well...

Very nice rendering of the guns though
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Posted: Friday, March 20, 2020 - 08:57 AM UTC

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Couldn't imagine being exposed on those fighting tops during action then expected to hoist ammo up as well...

Very nice rendering of the guns though



Thanks Russ,

Cannot have been fun. Which is likely why the did not last long, that and topweight, they came off less than three years after the ship commissioned.

The etch for those guns is so well designed, three pieces of etch, excluding the shield., and one of those is the base plate.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Friday, March 20, 2020 - 11:42 AM UTC
Great looking fighting tops, Si! They must have been quite heavy mounting four guns apiece.
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Posted: Friday, March 20, 2020 - 09:23 PM UTC

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Great looking fighting tops, Si! They must have been quite heavy mounting four guns apiece.



Thanks Gaz,

Not only were they heavy, I don't think they were practical, a very small space, with four gun crews up there as well.

They did not last long, they were taken off prior to the Russo - Japanese war, and the guns moved down on to the upper and lower bridges, also all the gun-shields were removed, from all 3inch and 47mm guns on the open decks.

Cheers

Si

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Posted: Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 01:14 PM UTC
Si,

Nice work on those guns. I would never have imagined they would be on the mast tops. Seems like it would be real pain to be an ammunition passer for those guns.

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Posted: Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 09:25 PM UTC

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Si,

Nice work on those guns. I would never have imagined they would be on the mast tops. Seems like it would be real pain to be an ammunition passer for those guns.

Mark



Thanks Mark,

I am not sure how they got the ammunition up there, there an oval access point, if you look at the second to last picture it is visible between the two nearside guns. I would assume a tackle is rigged from one of the attachment points for the stays, and cases of shells hauled up from the maindeck.

The guns in the mast tops was quite common during the pre-dreadnought era. France and Russia in particular went in for some fancy structures on the masts.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Sunday, March 29, 2020 - 05:08 AM UTC
Great work on all the small stuff and weapons, great PE work as always! That really brings her to life!

Cheers
Jan
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Posted: Sunday, March 29, 2020 - 05:35 AM UTC
Si,

I remember putting small guns on the mast tops on my predread USS Olympia, but those larger ones with shields and all on your Mikasa are delightfully absurd! They must have had no end of problems with them up there.

Nice job modeling them though - they look about ready for tiny crews to come up and fall all over each other trying to service them!

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Posted: Sunday, March 29, 2020 - 06:33 AM UTC

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Great work on all the small stuff and weapons, great PE work as always! That really brings her to life!

Cheers
Jan



Thanks Jan,

They were quite enjoyable to put together, very nicely designed etch. Pity they have shields, doesn't show them off so well.

Appreciate you looking in.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Sunday, March 29, 2020 - 06:36 AM UTC

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Si,

I remember putting small guns on the mast tops on my predread USS Olympia, but those larger ones with shields and all on your Mikasa are delightfully absurd! They must have had no end of problems with them up there.

Nice job modeling them though - they look about ready for tiny crews to come up and fall all over each other trying to service them!




Hi Tim,

I think the shields exaggerate the size, they are 47mm, but those shields must have made them very awkward to handle, giving the crews less room to work.

Can't have been the best duty for a gunner, up there. Not surprised they lasted about two years before they came off.

Thanks for looking in.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - 07:52 AM UTC
A little progress at in the new workshop.

The rigging going to the to top the starboard side of the mainmast.





Bit more rigging to do next.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - 08:40 AM UTC
Wow, Si, I like that rigging. Rigging is when a ship model really starts coming together!

One thing you might consider is reducing the size of your images on Imgur. The pic you posted is very large:


...but if you reduce the pic to 800 pixels, it looks clearer when posted on Model Shipwrights:

Anyway, your build is first-rate!


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Posted: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - 09:49 AM UTC
great to see this one back up and running Si
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Posted: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 02:52 AM UTC
Wow Si,

splendid work, and great to see progress! I assume it's your special kind of copper work once again?

Cheers
Jan
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Posted: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 04:49 AM UTC
Si,

Very nice start on the rigging. Did you use line and not rods this time? If so I believe this is the first time I seen you use line.

Mark
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Posted: Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 06:13 AM UTC

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Wow, Si, I like that rigging. Rigging is when a ship model really starts coming together!

One thing you might consider is reducing the size of your images on Imgur. The pic you posted is very large:


...but if you reduce the pic to 800 pixels, it looks clearer when posted on Model Shipwrights:

Anyway, your build is first-rate!





Hi Tim,

Thanks for looking in, I quite enjoy the rigging, when I get into the zone that is.

Appreciate the advise re picture sizes, I shall put that into practice.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 06:16 AM UTC

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great to see this one back up and running Si



Thanks Russ,

it is great to back, and in a better space. It has not been fun in lockdown with place to build.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 06:21 AM UTC

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Wow Si,

splendid work, and great to see progress! I assume it's your special kind of copper work once again?

Cheers
Jan



Great to be back, the rigging has a little copper in it, at the ends, the main sections are a heavier silvery coloured wire, came out of a heavier duty cable.

Sits in well for the stays.

Thanks for looking in.

Cheers

Si