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Academy/Minicraft U-Boat

U.S.S. Yorktown CV-5

Coral Sea 
May 7-8, 1942

This is the Revell 1/480 scale USS Yorktown CV-5 with a photo-etch railing and detail set from Gold Metal Models. The kit comes with 20 Dauntless aircraft, but to represent the aircraft compliment, I added F4F Wildcats and TBD Devastators from White Ensign Models. The model was painted using Scalecoat USN paints, also from White Ensign.

Model built for Alan in London, Ontario


Academy/Minicraft U-Boat

The Mighty Hood

Airfix's 1/600 HMS Hood as she appeared in the early 1930's. Additions to the kit included a photo-etch detailing set, a weapons set and the tiny resin Fairey IIIF with PE details all from White Ensign Models. I replaced the eight 15" gun barrels with stainless tubing and used 2lb monofilament fishing line for the rigging wires. The blast bags on the main and secondary guns are made with Squadron White putty and for paint I used Tamiya acrylics. The white ensign is a "fold in half" decal from Arrow Graphics with a small piece of aluminum foil in the middle, and the Vice Admiral flag was drawn on my computer using CorelDraw. 

Model built for Alan in London, Ontario


Academy/Minicraft U-Boat

This is the 1/150 scale Type IX-B U-Boat from Academy/Minicraft that is meant to be built as a motorized submarine that will dive, come up to the surface and then dive again. I had read quite a few discouraging reviews about this kit before I started it (one was downright nasty), and after building it, I agree with them all!!
For a static model, some parts must be discarded and a lot of openings covered-up or filled-in with putty then sanded smooth. Some of these openings had no apparent purpose at all!
The markings provided were of the self adhesive variety, and represent U-124. Gunze acrylics were used to paint the sub after which I added anti-fouling cables made from fine thread and then small drops of cyano glue were used to represent the floats(?). The flag and nameplate were made on my computer.
For more information about the career of U-124 or U-Boats in general,
I recommend the excellent "uboat.net" website.

Model built for Alan in London, Ontario


Airfix 1/600 Bismarck

This model is Airfix's 1/600 Bismarck.
I used the Gold Medal Models photo-etch detailing set on this ship which included items like railings (it used 5 feet of them!), stairs with hand-rails (16), ladders (lots), a funnel cap, 3 radars, even hooks for the two cranes and oars for the small boats!
During construction I made other improvements like replacing the eight 38cm main gun barrels and the twelve 15cm secondary barrels with hypodermic tubing, representing the anchor chains with very fine chain and all exposed searchlights with small clear jewels (from my model-railroad spare parts box). I drilled out all the portholes and many of the windows. Also the main mast had to be partially rebuilt as the kit mast was missing a few important pieces and then 2 lb nylon fishing line was used for the rigging and cables for the two cranes.
The tiny Arado 196 float plane was a model in itself as it is composed of more than 30 items - 4 plastic, 5 photo-etch, 2 other (for the antenna mast/wire) and 22 individual decals (the correct codes for one of Bismarck's Arado was pieced together from some HO scale model railroad reporting marks and the two-part national insignias came from a decal sheet for 1/285 scale Micro Armor). All this on an aircraft that has a wingspan of only 3/4" and fits neatly on a penny!
I used my computer to create the swastika markings on the deck and the German naval ensign, also for the nameplate on the base. The image of the ships name was captured from actual film footage of Bismarck's launching ceremony showing this sign hanging off the bow railings.
I used Gunze Flat Red and Tamiya Light Sea Grey for the hull, Tamiya Sky Gray for all upper works, Tamiya Dark Gray for the steel decks and Tamiya Deck Tan for the wooden decks. Very little weathering was needed as this Bismarck model is painted as it appeared during the autumn of 1940 just after her commissioning in August.

To visit The Battleship Bismarck Website, a website dedicated to the memory of all those brave German sailors who served and ultimately gave their lives aboard the battleship "Bismarck" during the course of Operation "Rheinübung"..... click here.

Model built for Alan in London, Ontario


Revell's 1/570 Titanic

Revell's 1/570 Titanic

Model built for Alan in London, Ontario