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Graf Zeppelin

Started by beowulf, June 13, 2011, 07:31:18 AM

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beowulf

so since the rules say that it must be a whiff either of your own invention or a real project that failed to get built or enter service i can do the Graf Zeppelin  ;D

been looking for a reason to do a ship for a long time............only ever done one before and that wasnt the most successful

makes life easy for me........did plan on a battle-carrier but things have conspired against me and i wasnt going to join in on the GB but this is just a whiff-in-a-box.....................just need to work out how to build the darn thing!  :lol:


.............hes a very naughty boy!
allergic to aircraft in grey!
The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time........Bertrand Russell
I have come up with a plan so cunning you could stick a tail on it and call it a weasel. ......Edmund Blackadder

sequoiaranger

I am glad you are doing this. I have heard that the kit is crude, but GO FOR IT! Though I am fully aware of the real Graf Zeppelin's shortcomings as an aircraft carrier, the *THOUGHT* of a German carrier on the high seas has always excited me. I "whiffed" an even better GZ in my "Furashita's Fleet" ("cleaned" it up aerodynamically, changed armament, etc) and in a game I played it was a "star" performer, hitting the Panama Canal, going 'Round the Horn to the Pacific to join up with the Japanese etc.  See:

http://www.combinedfleet.com/furashita/grafze_f.htm

if you are interested.

I'll certainly be watching this one!!  :cheers:
My mind is like a compost heap: both "fertile" and "rotten"!

beowulf

#2
thanks for that...i will have a read of that later  :thumbsup:

as for the kit being crude, i really cant say cos i have very little experience of doing ships.............only other one i have done was airfix's hms fearless and at first glance this is streets ahead of that!!...........but we shall see  :lol:
.............hes a very naughty boy!
allergic to aircraft in grey!
The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time........Bertrand Russell
I have come up with a plan so cunning you could stick a tail on it and call it a weasel. ......Edmund Blackadder

Thorvic

Welcome aboard, yes the Graf Zeppelin is quite valid for the GB as it never did enter service, its also a prime candidate for whiffing.

Cheers

Geoff
Project Cancelled SIG Secretary, specialising in post war British RN warships, RN and RAF aircraft projects. Also USN and Russian warships

beowulf

slow progress today...........not had much time to tickle the styrene  ;D

hull halves glued together..............keel filled and sanded



my hat gets tipped to however works in this scale.............i have trouble with 1/72 at times!

heres the Me109's  :o



now i have had a proper look at whats in the box i can certainly say its far better than the only other ship that i have built (airfix).......some tiny short shot on a couple of the stukas but that will get hidden anyway cos im planning on folding the wings on a couple....virtually no flash............i think the hardest thing is going to be painting it
.............hes a very naughty boy!
allergic to aircraft in grey!
The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time........Bertrand Russell
I have come up with a plan so cunning you could stick a tail on it and call it a weasel. ......Edmund Blackadder

sequoiaranger

>my hat gets tipped to however works in this scale.............i have trouble with 1/72 at times!<

Hope your hat doesn't fall off when I tell you my current ship whif project is 1/2000 (Ship GB thread).

At 1/720 scale it may not be worth it to "rectify", but the Bf-109T's slated for the Graf Zeppelin had extended wings with squared tips. If you send me that sprue of 109's, I can return them with the "Traeger" wings for you. maybe two with their wings folded, too!
My mind is like a compost heap: both "fertile" and "rotten"!

beowulf

lol.....thanks but im already buggering about with the 109's and stukas..........im not too bothered about the wings being 'right', thanks  :lol:

its weird......i will happily scratch 1/24 dizzy's and make plug boots out of single lengths of usb insulation (and fit them to 28ga wire plug leads!)  but this is a new world to me.....think its just cos i have never seriously done a ship before......couldnt work in 1/2000...that would do my swede in  ;D
.............hes a very naughty boy!
allergic to aircraft in grey!
The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time........Bertrand Russell
I have come up with a plan so cunning you could stick a tail on it and call it a weasel. ......Edmund Blackadder

beowulf

bit more done...........


.............hes a very naughty boy!
allergic to aircraft in grey!
The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time........Bertrand Russell
I have come up with a plan so cunning you could stick a tail on it and call it a weasel. ......Edmund Blackadder

Taiidantomcat

nice progress and a great pic showing those interesting angles off  :thumbsup:
"Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality." -Jules de Gaultier

"My model is right! It's the real world that's wrong!" -global warming scientist

An armor guy, who builds airplanes almost exclusively, that he converts to space fighters-- all while admiring ship models.

dumaniac

can you get some nice 262's in the correct scale - now that would be nice

TomZ

Reality is an illusion caused by an alcohol deficiency

beowulf

Quote from: dumaniac on June 17, 2011, 11:45:16 PM
can you get some nice 262's in the correct scale - now that would be nice

it would indeed.........it seems white ensign no longer do them  :-\

ive been thinking about colour scheme for this..............cant decide what to do to it, 2 tone grey i think...........and im really not sure how im going to do that black cheat line on the hull  :unsure:..........not got any tamiya tape at the mo so might have to improvise
.............hes a very naughty boy!
allergic to aircraft in grey!
The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time........Bertrand Russell
I have come up with a plan so cunning you could stick a tail on it and call it a weasel. ......Edmund Blackadder

Thorvic

WEM have wound down their Resin Airstrike range but you can get the Skywave Luftwaffe sets that might fit the bill:-

https://www.whiteensignmodels.com/c/1700+Aircraft+Sets/81/1/

Check on ebay re tape as you can get fine roles down to a milimeter and less so you can do a black waterline mask it and then spray the hull red and then hull greys

G
Project Cancelled SIG Secretary, specialising in post war British RN warships, RN and RAF aircraft projects. Also USN and Russian warships

beowulf

i saw them.....unfortunatly at the mo the model supplies budget is severely restricted............but i have some ideas ...just not sure 'when'
.............hes a very naughty boy!
allergic to aircraft in grey!
The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time........Bertrand Russell
I have come up with a plan so cunning you could stick a tail on it and call it a weasel. ......Edmund Blackadder

Weaver

Nice project!  :thumbsup:

I've got some 0.5mm masking tape from ebay: good for doing the canopy frames on 1/800th Tomcats.... ;D
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