Graf Spee 1/700 Trumpeter
This is my first surface ship project since doing a few in my youth. This kit has no PE or resin but it has some very fine plastic parts.
I used nearly every type of tool, glue, paint and technique I know of. The last steps were particularly interesting and challenging; constructing the spotter plane and placing the rigging. Used Uschi .01mm rigging. Beware. It's like working with very elastic hairs. If you drop a strand and exhale, its gone. I had to sharpen my best tweezers to get a grip on it and used my strongest magnifiers and lights to see it.
I finished the project by putting it in a seascape and adding the wave action along the hull. This was a fun project in which I learned a lot, especially about sculpting water. Also gained a lot of respect for avid ship modelers.
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