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Nikos Kosmadakis
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Smit Frankrijk diorama – Revell 1/200

March 21, 2019 · in Ships · · 21 · 3.4K

The old / kit revived with a bit of spare phototetch and a lot of scratchbuilding...

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21 responses

  1. Amazing work in this scale Nikos, mbravo!

  2. Just wow, amazing model, congratulations on a masterpiece

  3. Nicely done Nikos, great detail work.

  4. Stellar workmanship, Nikos...very nice job !

  5. Wow! Outstanding. A great level of detail became even greater when compared to the paint bottle. Very well done.

  6. Great idea and amazing build! I love it!

  7. Thank you everyone, I really appreciate it!

  8. Amazing work and incredible detail @ 1:200!

  9. Just beautiful! The froth of the water is just fantastic!

  10. Excellent! Fantastic details, especially for the scale.

  11. what a really cool little diorama. Really has that boatyard feel. I don't think I could pull that off in any scale, let alone one that small. Really love the whole feel of that scene - you absolutely nailed it!

  12. Fantastic work Nikos, and you made a lot of very nice details. The guys on the boatyard have a lot of work on their hands by the look of it.

    Maybe intresting to know, Smit had a whole fleet of these harbor tugs in use in the port of Rotterdam on various locations. They all had country names like the "Frankrijk" (France) and where mainly used to tow the deepsea vessels to and from the quayside in Europort and Maasvlakte port area. The biggest deepsea vessels like crude oil tankes and post Panamax containerships were their main business.

    The "Frankrijk" was built in 1981 on a shipyard near Rotterdam as part of a series of these tugs, and worked in the Port of Rotterdam until 2000. Then was sold to a tug company in the Flushing area were she worked until around 2009. Sold via Italy she now works in the Greek waters under the name "Christos XL". Some technical details: 2 x 6 cylinder Stork-Werkspoor diesel engines producing 1339 Kw of power. 2 propellors in thrusters, with a pulling power of 30 tons.

    I,ve worked for many years in the Port of Rotterdam and these tugs were to be seen in action daily.

    1 attached image. Click to enlarge.

  13. Beautifully conceived, constructed, and presented. You have managed to create an atmosphere- a fine art, Nikos.


  14. 🙂 … Greetings … 🙂 :
    A diorama very nicely achieved Nikos. Very goo attention to details. I coincide with Charles on the comment made of the froth … very well rendered. Nice work.

  15. Nikos, Amazing detail and fun to look at, Well done !

  16. Everyone thank you very much for the much appreciated comments!

  17. What they said! Fantastic demonstration of ability!

  18. This is an incredible piece of work that truly elevates itself into the extraordinary. How did I miss this when it first came out?

  19. Guys you make me blush! Thank you very very much! All it takes is a little patience and some oil paints...

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