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Mark's USS Hammann 1/700

Postby Mark » Fri Dec 06, 2013 5:30 am

I thought I'd do something a little different this year. Presenting Tamiya''s DD412 Hammann. This is one of their 1/700 scale water line series, and it's a brand new tooling. Here's the box art.

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You get two sprues in the kit, some polycaps, so the guns rotates (I hate moving parts on tiny models - it only encourages people to touch them.) and a small sheet of transfers. The mouldings are beautiful, complete with a nicely cambered deck. I am considering the possibility of adding handrails, but etched parts are out, so it's either the thinner wire I can find, or possibly swiping some of SWMBO's hair :think: Then again, I might be satisfied with the model without handrails - have to try out the options on a piece of scrap first.

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Re: Mark's USS Hammann 1/700

Postby morrigan » Fri Dec 06, 2013 6:20 am

Oohh, we got a tiddler!
Wonder if stretched sprue would work for the handrails?
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Re: Mark's USS Hammann 1/700

Postby Paul » Fri Dec 06, 2013 10:12 am

Hi Mark,
It certainly is a small kit! K for starting the build :D :D :D
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Re: Mark's USS Hammann 1/700

Postby number1 » Fri Dec 06, 2013 6:00 pm

Looking forward to seeing this build, have a couple of 1/700 scale destroyers myself so know how small they are!
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Re: Mark's USS Hammann 1/700

Postby Paul » Fri Dec 06, 2013 6:46 pm

number1 wrote:Looking forward to seeing this build, have a couple of 1/700 scale destroyers myself so know how small they are!

Thinking of putting one of them up Les for the Xmas Comp ?! :) :) :)
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Re: Mark's USS Hammann 1/700

Postby Mark » Sat Dec 07, 2013 5:51 am

Time to make a start :D

The first thing I have to admit, is that I generally use an airbrush because I'm not very good with a traditional brush ! Little bit of a problems with things are too small and fiddly to mask off ! And this kit fits into the too small and fiddly to mask off very neatly :angry-banghead: Plenty of colours to paint as well. The hull is a basic grey with two different colours for the camo pattern. One for the hull, and one for the superstructure. The deck is a completely different colour as well. Oh, and black at the waterline as well, just for added interest. Having given this a good looking at, I've come up with the following plan of attack. The deck and tops of the superstructure will be sprayed first. The fore deck is separate which makes things a little easier. The sides of the hull and superstructure will be sprayed the base grey angling the airbrush up so (hopefully !) to deck won't need masking. Then the camo pattern is painted by hand. What could possibly go wrong :think: :think: :angry-banghead: :angry-banghead: :laughing-rolling:

Anyway, on to the kit. The fit is superb. I reckon I can get away with painting the base black, the main hull and deck and foredeck as above, then bring them all together and not need any filler :pray: No flash or mould lines to speak of, apart from a tiny bit of flash on the torpedo launchers.

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There are poly caps held in place by the barbettes (dunno if that's the right word as they are smaller than the guns ?) which were glued in first. One on the stern, one on the fore deck (you can see the hole above) and two on the superstructure.

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There are two side walls (bulwarks) to go on. Only one is fitted here. Really fiddly little blighters as they are small and don't locate positively.

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I can fiddle about with some sub assemblies, but can't do much until I get some paints.
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Re: Mark's USS Hammann 1/700

Postby morrigan » Sat Dec 07, 2013 7:33 pm

I bet Murphy's on standby for this one!
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Re: Mark's USS Hammann 1/700

Postby GrantJ » Sun Dec 08, 2013 5:21 pm

Great subject Mark!

Looking forward to see the railings go on :lol:

In about two weeks I wil be joining you in Xmas comp but until then work rules :D
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Re: Mark's USS Hammann 1/700

Postby Paul » Sun Dec 08, 2013 5:50 pm

GrantJ wrote:Great subject Mark!

Looking forward to see the railings go on :lol:

In about two weeks I wil be joining you in Xmas comp but until then work rules :D

It'll be great when you can Grant, apart from that I,m not too sure if Mark just might go off the rails with this one ! :)
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Re: Mark's USS Hammann 1/700

Postby Mark » Sun Dec 08, 2013 6:03 pm

I keep thinking about the hand rails. Every time I do, the thought "don't be so blooming stupid" keeps flashing through my mind :laughing-rolling:
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Re: Mark's USS Hammann 1/700

Postby number1 » Sun Dec 08, 2013 10:29 pm

Mark wrote:I keep thinking about the hand rails. Every time I do, the thought "don't be so blooming stupid" keeps flashing through my mind :laughing-rolling:


go for it Mark, the smallest railings I've used were 1/400 scale, makes a lot of difference to the finished model.
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Re: Mark's USS Hammann 1/700

Postby morrigan » Mon Dec 09, 2013 4:50 am

Mark wrote:I keep thinking about the hand rails. Every time I do, the thought "don't be so blooming stupid" keeps flashing through my mind :laughing-rolling:


I have that thought all the time when building a model and have learned this..
"Resistance is futile"
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Re: Mark's USS Hammann 1/700

Postby Mark » Mon Dec 09, 2013 5:54 am

I've got some 1/700 etched railings, which look hard enough to use, and they are a banned substance anyway :laughing-rolling:
Still trying to think of something I've got (or at least can get easily) that might look right and not be too difficult to apply.

Needs to be something as fine as possible, but still stiff for the stanchions, and then something as fine as possible for the rails. Not necessarily stiff, but glueable.....

I'm open to suggestions....

I have some 0.3mm brass tube, but that's a bit on the thick side.
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Re: Mark's USS Hammann 1/700

Postby number1 » Mon Dec 09, 2013 7:04 am

What about a strand of wire from muticore electrical wire? Just a thought.
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Re: Mark's USS Hammann 1/700

Postby Mark » Mon Dec 09, 2013 8:35 am

That had crossed my mind as well, but I think one my daughter's electrical toys might have to break first ........ :whistle: :whistle: :whistle:
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Re: Mark's USS Hammann 1/700

Postby Paul » Mon Dec 09, 2013 1:29 pm

Mark wrote:That had crossed my mind as well, but I think one my daughter's electrical toys might have to break first ........ :whistle: :whistle: :whistle:

Is that before or after Christmas day ...... :? :shock: :laughing-rolling:
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Re: Mark's USS Hammann 1/700

Postby Paul » Mon Dec 09, 2013 1:33 pm

How about old metal guitar strings for the rails? :think:
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Re: Mark's USS Hammann 1/700

Postby Mark » Mon Dec 09, 2013 1:58 pm

Got possibilities Paul :think: how easy are they to cut ?
I assume you mean the top E, not the bottom E :laughing-rolling:
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Re: Mark's USS Hammann 1/700

Postby Paul » Mon Dec 09, 2013 2:05 pm

Hi Mark,
Depending on the gauge, either the top 2 or 3 strings could do the job.
Used would be better as already stretched and all are v easy to cut :)
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Re: Mark's USS Hammann 1/700

Postby Paul » Mon Dec 09, 2013 2:12 pm

Hi Mark,
I've just found some old strings, if you'd like to try them, can you just PM me your address please :)
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