Trumpeter 1/200 Bismarck Build

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Jim Lauser
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Trumpeter 1/200 Bismarck Build

Post by Jim Lauser » Tue Sep 15, 2015 3:00 pm

Hi everyone.
This is my first posting to the SOS forum.
A little bit of history. I have been building models for a while, for my HO train set, but got interested in quality ship modeling a few years ago, after I retired. My first wooden model, just to see how it felt, was the Blue Shadow. I liked the result and moved on to the Wasa. I was happy with that, and then tried my hand at the Santisima Trinidad. Comparing my work to the museum quality of Donnies build, it comes in favorably in 2nd place. I did one thing different with the Santisima build in that I rigged the ship backwards, ie, I tied all the rigging lines to the belaying pins, etc. before pulling them up to their ultimate tie off point. Since I had found that tieing off to the belaying pins was a pain in the ... as the rigging progressed, doing it backwards eliminated that problem.
About a year ago, I saw the Trumpeter Bismarck in one of the catalogs I get. It has been a long time since I worked with a plastic model, but the ship caught my eye and I bought it, along with the detail kit that was optional. I had no idea of what I was in for. Working with 1/200 scale photo etched parts is an exercise in patience and working with tweezers and magnifying glasses. But I have patience and got it done. Right now the ship is almost finished, I have a few details to add, but I will start posting pics for those of you who will appreciate the detail and effort.
I have attached a picture of the box cover to give you an idea of it's size, the hull is 50" long.
Jim
Completed builds: Blue Shadow
Wasa
OcCre's Santisima Trinidad
Trumpeter Bismarck with KA Models add-on
Trumpeter Missouri with Pontos add-on

Current Project: The Trumpeter VIIC Submarine

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Re: Trumpeter 1/200 Bismarck Build

Post by Jim Lauser » Tue Sep 15, 2015 3:05 pm

Pic of the box cover
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Completed builds: Blue Shadow
Wasa
OcCre's Santisima Trinidad
Trumpeter Bismarck with KA Models add-on
Trumpeter Missouri with Pontos add-on

Current Project: The Trumpeter VIIC Submarine

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Jim Lauser
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Re: Trumpeter 1/200 Bismarck Build

Post by Jim Lauser » Tue Sep 15, 2015 5:02 pm

This is a pic of one of the forward superstructure pieces. The quality of the Trumpeter castings was superb. There was very very little flash to remove. However, many of the small details on the castings, like the porthole covers and the life preservers had to be removed, to be replaced by brass photo etched pieces. This removal was accomplished prior to any painting, as I decided to leave the brass unpainted. While this is historically totally inaccurate, I reasoned that it made no sense to me to remove the plastic, replace it with the brass, and then paint over it, the extra details in the brass would be lost. So I followed this method throughout the entire build.
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Completed builds: Blue Shadow
Wasa
OcCre's Santisima Trinidad
Trumpeter Bismarck with KA Models add-on
Trumpeter Missouri with Pontos add-on

Current Project: The Trumpeter VIIC Submarine

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Jim Lauser
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Re: Trumpeter 1/200 Bismarck Build

Post by Jim Lauser » Tue Sep 15, 2015 5:11 pm

All of the portholes in the hull had to be drilled out. Also notice the holes for the ladder rungs were also drilled.
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Last edited by Jim Lauser on Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:15 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Completed builds: Blue Shadow
Wasa
OcCre's Santisima Trinidad
Trumpeter Bismarck with KA Models add-on
Trumpeter Missouri with Pontos add-on

Current Project: The Trumpeter VIIC Submarine

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Jim Lauser
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Re: Trumpeter 1/200 Bismarck Build

Post by Jim Lauser » Tue Sep 15, 2015 5:16 pm

All of the water inlet openings in the hull had to be drilled out. These openings would later be filled in with gratings
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Last edited by Jim Lauser on Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:16 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Completed builds: Blue Shadow
Wasa
OcCre's Santisima Trinidad
Trumpeter Bismarck with KA Models add-on
Trumpeter Missouri with Pontos add-on

Current Project: The Trumpeter VIIC Submarine

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Re: Trumpeter 1/200 Bismarck Build

Post by Jim Lauser » Tue Sep 15, 2015 6:58 pm

Next came the painting. Another investment in a compressor and an airbrush. And then a number of practice sessions to get comfortable with airbrushing. All pf the pieces that were going to painted were first primed with a grey primer. I then applied a line of black paint, which I then covered with a strip of masking tape, where the water line would be.
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Last edited by Jim Lauser on Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:16 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Completed builds: Blue Shadow
Wasa
OcCre's Santisima Trinidad
Trumpeter Bismarck with KA Models add-on
Trumpeter Missouri with Pontos add-on

Current Project: The Trumpeter VIIC Submarine

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Jim Lauser
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Re: Trumpeter 1/200 Bismarck Build

Post by Jim Lauser » Tue Sep 15, 2015 7:03 pm

I then masked the area above the water line and sprayed the bottom with the red.
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Last edited by Jim Lauser on Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:17 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Completed builds: Blue Shadow
Wasa
OcCre's Santisima Trinidad
Trumpeter Bismarck with KA Models add-on
Trumpeter Missouri with Pontos add-on

Current Project: The Trumpeter VIIC Submarine

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Jim Lauser
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Re: Trumpeter 1/200 Bismarck Build

Post by Jim Lauser » Tue Sep 15, 2015 7:07 pm

More masking. Then the upper section of the hull was painted, this time with two different shades of grey.
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Last edited by Jim Lauser on Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:17 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Completed builds: Blue Shadow
Wasa
OcCre's Santisima Trinidad
Trumpeter Bismarck with KA Models add-on
Trumpeter Missouri with Pontos add-on

Current Project: The Trumpeter VIIC Submarine

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Jim Lauser
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Location: salt lake city, ut
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Re: Trumpeter 1/200 Bismarck Build

Post by Jim Lauser » Tue Sep 15, 2015 7:11 pm

The camouflage stripes on the hull and superstructers had to be masked for a white stripe and then a black stripe. This pic shows the typical masking needed.
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Last edited by Jim Lauser on Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:18 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Completed builds: Blue Shadow
Wasa
OcCre's Santisima Trinidad
Trumpeter Bismarck with KA Models add-on
Trumpeter Missouri with Pontos add-on

Current Project: The Trumpeter VIIC Submarine

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Jim Lauser
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Location: salt lake city, ut
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Re: Trumpeter 1/200 Bismarck Build

Post by Jim Lauser » Tue Sep 15, 2015 7:14 pm

And finally, here is the completed hull.
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Last edited by Jim Lauser on Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:18 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Completed builds: Blue Shadow
Wasa
OcCre's Santisima Trinidad
Trumpeter Bismarck with KA Models add-on
Trumpeter Missouri with Pontos add-on

Current Project: The Trumpeter VIIC Submarine

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