Freidrich Wilhelm Zu Perde 1/48 scale by Euro Model

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Freidrich Wilhelm Zu Perde 1/48 scale by Euro Model

Post by neptune » Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:26 pm

I was chatting with Brian and he mentioned he had built one of these kits, so I thought I would post my build log of it that was deleted on another forum,

I have put it in the kit section although it is mostly scratch using the kits castings.

This is a Euromodel kit of The Friedrich Wilhelm zu Pferde, I believe it translates as Fredrick William on Horse back, I started this kit quite a few years ago, and due to many things I am only just getting round to finishing it.
When I received the kit and checked it over, there were a few things that did not seem right, the four middle bulkheads were approx 4inches apart, which seemed to much, also when I dry fitted the bulkheads to the keel and ran a strip of wood along to check the alignment there was an obvious bulge where bulkhead four was, when I checked the plans and line drawings I found that they had drawn and cut bulkhead five twice, so after re cutting one of them to the size of bulkhead four, the strip of wood then ran fair, but I still did not like the spacing of the center bulkheads, so I decided to scratch build the hull with full frames, this was my first attempt at lofting and cutting frames so you will probably pick out a few mistakes, :angry-banghead: :banana-rock: ,
these early pics were pre digital camera so I only took a few because of the cost, see following pics,
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View of the hull in frame. Luckily they gave a good set of drawings including the body plan and water lines, so I tried to place the frames between the ports to make things a bit easier, I decided on my frame thickness and drew the lines between the ports taking the lines down over the water line plans and with the help of the body plan I redrew the frames.


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another view.


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Bow shot


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Looking down on the orlop deck, I must emphasize this is scratch built, not boasting or anthing, just want to make sure so you do'nt buy a kit thinking this is what you get.


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Full length overhead


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Transom, in hind sight the timbers are too large, wide.


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view through the transom.


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This was my objective to build a fully framed hull with cut aways so that you could see inside of the ship.


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The lower gun deck being planked.


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In the top left corner, these parts make one double frame, and below these will make four frames.


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Close up of the orlop deck.
 
 
 
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Re: Freidrich Wilhelm Zu Perde 1/48 scale by Euro Model

Post by neptune » Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:33 pm

This is how the model was left when I last worked on it, quite a number of years ago. I did keep and use their castings which were quite good.

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Re: Freidrich Wilhelm Zu Perde 1/48 scale by Euro Model

Post by neptune » Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:50 pm

She was rather dusty when I took her down from the shelf

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Re: Freidrich Wilhelm Zu Perde 1/48 scale by Euro Model

Post by neptune » Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:56 pm

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Starting to clean off the dust, from now on I will be using a dust sheet to cover her, seems to be scrubbing up ok, I will refresh with a new coat of varnish
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After the clean up, starboard side.

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Re: Freidrich Wilhelm Zu Perde 1/48 scale by Euro Model

Post by neptune » Mon Aug 07, 2017 11:09 pm

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Looking in through the side, I made a rudder and was not happy with it but could'nt bear to throw it out so I stowed it in the hold, they would have a hard job getting it ou


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main hold.


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main hold again.


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The cable tier.


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And the poor old cook, he looks a bit worse for wear, probably been on the grog.
 
 When I was in the Merchant Navy, one time there was a shortage of beer due to a strike or something,
  and beer was rationed to two cans a man per day, so everyone was pretty sober except the baker,
  who was drinking a lot of what we thought was Coke, turned out it was Coke but he was adding 
  Vannilla Essence which is used in cake making and highly alcoholic and which he had plenty of.


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Cant frames and hawse pieces.

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Re: Freidrich Wilhelm Zu Perde 1/48 scale by Euro Model

Post by neptune » Mon Aug 07, 2017 11:24 pm

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The building board, I just built her upright on the board.


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Trying out the head rails.


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Another view.

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Re: Freidrich Wilhelm Zu Perde 1/48 scale by Euro Model

Post by Brian077 » Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:27 am

John,
a huge improvement over the standard kit with heaps of scratch building I see.

I have a soft spot for Italy, and I wish Euromodels would update their kits. They seem to be stuck in a time warp of 40 years ago when they were first produced, and they have not kept up with new technology of other model ship manufacturers. Having built Friedrich Wilhelm zu Pherde and H.M.S. Royal William, I feel I can speak from experience.
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Re: Freidrich Wilhelm Zu Perde 1/48 scale by Euro Model

Post by neptune » Tue Aug 08, 2017 1:40 am

I agee Brian, they do make beautiful models but as you say they could do with a bit of an upgrade, the plans are pretty good.

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Re: Freidrich Wilhelm Zu Perde 1/48 scale by Euro Model

Post by Brian077 » Tue Aug 08, 2017 1:55 am

John,
the plans are dated from 1975 when they were drawn, and I reckon thats when the kit was produced.

Seems to me its remained in production all these years without modernisation. For example the awful cast metal gunport hinges and rudder hinges just don't cut it against other manufacturers with superb photo etch.
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Re: Freidrich Wilhelm Zu Perde 1/48 scale by Euro Model

Post by janos » Tue Aug 08, 2017 3:45 am

John,
your FWzP looks very good! High time to continou!
At one stage I was thinking of buying a Euromodel kit but at the end I did not - fortunately!
Yes, those European and American kit builders are stuck in the past. They still think that they can sell those models which they developed 30-40 years ago, without any modification and unfortunately they still manage to sell it in lack of any real competition. Now they can start scratching their heads as some really nice kits are on the market. Amati (Victory models) have some better kits thanks to Chris Watton but otherwise everything is the same as it was in the 80's!
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