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jorge rivas krause
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DKM Bismarck 1/700

September 26, 2020 · in Ships · · 13 · 3.4K

A couple of months ago I came back to the hobby after a long seven years without modelling anything...

Since I got into model making I always wanted to build the . 13 years ago I purchased Revell's 1/350 scale kit, back then the best and most complete kit you could it have. Unfortunately soon after I moved across the world and I couldn't bring it with me. Then years later I got Trumpeter's with a bunch of aftermarket detailed sets but then again, after my daughter was born I was not able to build it because of lack of time and I put it aside with the hull and turrets done. But this year when browsing online at my local hobby shop I stumbled upon this AMAZING kit. I got the deluxe FH1132S version which comes with 8 plates of photo etched parts and metal barrels. Because this was my third attempt to build it and motivated to do the best possible I've also got a wooden deck and detailed metal mast by infini models. And finally, exactly after a month of working every day I've finished.

I chose to build it as seen on the 21 of May of 1941 when at the beginning of operation Rheinübung, Bismarck and Prinz Eugen stopped briefly in Grimstadfjord, southwest of Bergen in Norway. The baltic camouflage on the superstructure was no longer there but it is still visible on the hull with the sailor starting to paint it over.

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  1. That’s really well done. Especially on the photo etch parts.

    • Thank you John. They were lots of photo etched parts. Probably the only down side of the Flyhawk kit we’re the terrible diagramed, odd formatted and illogical set of instructions in particular the one for those parts.

  2. This looks stunning, Jorge!

  3. I agree STUNNING! You did an incredible job on that it looks like it should be at sea!

  4. Awesome job, Jorge (@jark). It is hard to believe this kit is 1/700. All of the extra work with the photoetch makes this model look like the real thing. I have a couple of Flyhawk kits sitting on the shelf, but every time I take them down I look at the tiny photoetch and decide to build something else. Well done.

    • Thank you George. Yes you are right. The level of detail the Flyhawk kits have is amazing for the scale. In fact I don't even think the new tooling Trumpeter in 1/350 offers this amount of detail in the box. The downside of Flyhawk kits are the instructions, which is why are so intimidating to look at. Odd vertical format, no step logic, and a couple of omissions.

  5. Pretty damn impressive. The busyness of the whole thing is amazing. Outstanding modeling Sir.

  6. "Stunning" is definitely the right word. I've seen 1/350 Bismarcks that don't look like this in the detail work. Just a serious Wow!

  7. Hi Jorge, I remember your wonderful work of the Z-31 in solomaquetas many years ago, a beautiful example of the Bismarck.

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