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Old 04-12-2018, 10:18 AM
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S.M.S. Emden (1910), HMV, 1:250

A quick trip to Hamburg this week saw me getting a new kit from the Maritime Museum. This one’s a bit bigger than my previous three, at 477 mm long. It’s also rated “Sehr Schwierig”, so in theory a bit more tricky to build too.

Any advice from those who have experience of building this model would be appreciated - can't find much about it online.





Also got the laser-cut set:

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Old 04-12-2018, 03:25 PM
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Made a start on the hull sub-structure tonight:



It’s made in two halves and assembled with overlapping joints:



Must admit, with previous builds I’ve been super accurate with this part of the structure, and taken hours to get things perfect, only to have to cut and shut the cladding panels to fit. With this one I’ve taken a less onerous approach and stuck it all together by eye. It’s a bit of a whopper compared with the others; this is current progress with the Corvette for scale:

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Old 04-12-2018, 05:41 PM
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Great start on this historic warship.

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I like your supply storage bins.
Is the glass for cutting or some other reason?
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Old 04-13-2018, 02:29 PM
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I like your supply storage bins.
Is the glass for cutting or some other reason?
The storage system is from Hobbyzone:

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Plus a few 3D printed bits specifically for stuff I use a lot. I build plastic models too, and got fed up with storing things in loads of plastic boxes.

The glass plate is to help get the hull flat while I get the sides on. I think using it for cutting would quickly blunt my blades.
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Old 04-13-2018, 06:28 PM
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Looking at the Flower class Corvette, your SMS Emden will be a stunning model when you are finished.

The modeling bench is a work of art. Could you show more of the bench?

The class plate as a construction base takes me back to the early 60's when the vast majority of card model ships were waterline models. Gluing the model to a glass or plexiglas building base was the standard method to keep the hull from distorting.

I'll be watching this build.

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Old 04-14-2018, 02:57 AM
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Looking at the Flower class Corvette, your SMS Emden will be a stunning model when you are finished.

The modeling bench is a work of art. Could you show more of the bench?

The class plate as a construction base takes me back to the early 60's when the vast majority of card model ships were waterline models. Gluing the model to a glass or plexiglas building base was the standard method to keep the hull from distorting.

I'll be watching this build.

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Thanks Jim!

Here's another picture of my work area. I've still got boxes of spare parts, materials, decals and paints in a cupboard underneath, but what I use most often is within those units:




I printed this drawer; it fits within some wasted space below a standard unit, but there's enough room for scissors, tweezers, and my favourite steel rule to hand on a protruding shelf...

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Old 04-18-2018, 01:48 AM
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Made some progress with this one by cutting out a few of the deck pieces and dry fitting them:

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Old 04-19-2018, 01:43 AM
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The bulkheads and main decks are glued in place now. The rear upper deck is being test fitted:



I can’t help thinking the tolerance stack on all these pieces is going to lead to a few headaches very soon.
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Old 04-19-2018, 12:16 PM
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Maybe not. You never know until......

Emden is starting to shape up nicely.
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