Zara passing Castello Aragonese Entering Taranto 1/350
A couple of years ago I won one of the monthly competitions here in imodeler. The prize was the Zara kit from Trumpeter, which I promised to build and post. Here it is! The scene is inspired by the great work of Lou Carabot.
The kit is built out of the box with some minor addition, mainly the awing stays and cables. It has enough photoetch to produce a nice model, so no after market stuff was purchased.
The castle was built from styrofoam, then covered in acrylic wall plaster. Once dry, it was painstakingly scribed to produce the bricks. (They are a bit out of scale at 1mm height but it was insane to go any smaller). It was weathered with oils and after drying another layer of plaster was placed only on the scribed lines.
The bridge and the tram were designed in Adobe Illustrator (by looking at photos, I didn't have any plans, so it is not a precise depiction) then laser cut on black card. Once assembled, like photoetch, they are very rigid.
Palm trees are made of wire and paper. The sailor figures were a first attempt at designing and 3d printing at home. They came out quite good, I just need to make more poses now.
This must have been the most challenging project to date, but I am very pleased with the outcome. Hope you guys like it!
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