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Justin Rogers
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Bismarck Fun

June 13, 2019 · in Ships · 8 · 4.6K

Hello folks, This is my take on a very infamous WWII German Battleship Bismarck... This is the Old Lindberg 1/350 kit and I read and was told by others that this was originally released as the Tirpitz.. I'm no expert in ships or history on ships really at all.. I did however have a lot of fun building this big dust collector.. I wanna say I spent a long time filling and sanding on this thing. More time filling and sanding that anything else on it! I really just tried to make it look the best I could with what the kit is.. I still plans on going back and adding the hand rails at some point.. I did do some scratch work on it here and there.. Range finders and radars were scratch made with spare photoetch and Tamiya grille screen from older armor kits.. the smoke stick grill is all scratch with spare photoetch and more Tamiya screen material.. the main communication mast had to have some scrap styrene rod added to give it a more correct look and the blast bags on the main guns also we're scratched in with tissue and white glue.. The two Arados we're actually pretty fun to build and paint, I actually masked and sprayed a splinter cammoflauge scheme on them and added the German cross decals and tried to hand paint swastikas on the horizontal stabilizers.. one of the cross decals messed up so I made a maintenance tarp from adhesive foil and laid it over the wing.. Rigging is EZ line fine place with CA glue.. portholes drilled out with pinvice and most of the deck guns also drilled out as well.. Paint is Vallejo model air, Tamiya acrylics. Weathering is artist oils and Tamiya weathering master sets.. Display base is home made stained wood.. I'm no great ship modeler but I really enjoyed bringing this old Lindberg kit from the 60's to life. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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  1. Very nice Justin. And splinter camo as well! I like it.

  2. Another nice build!

  3. Fine lookin' ship, Justin!

  4. 🙂 … Greetings … 🙂 :
    Nice one Justin, brings back memories. I used to have this one, I gave it years ago to my neighbors kid.

  5. Looks great! it reminds me of the old Ringo models Graf Spee.

  6. Well done, Justin. Great to see some more ships on here.


  7. Nice looking ship, especially using the Lindberg kit.

  8. Excellent work! I bought two kits from Ollies at about $12 apiece. Now seeing your model I am motivated to build one. Thanks!

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