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1/700 Kombrig Maine + Random PE


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First, a little background on this build:

 

I intended on proving to a friend that one could complete a highly detailed 1/700 scale model in one week. Things were on schedule until real life took hold about five days in.

 

Here's where I am: Sea scape is painted (no pictures) and the model, minus some PE railing, crew, and boats is done.

 

Decks are hand painted. I'm keeping any weathering minimal as these ships were kept VERY clean.

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Added the base of the masts here. The crow's nests were too high and later lowered.

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Beginning sea scape. Note that MOST of the resin has been added. I still needed to complete the masts.

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View of deck.

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AND... masts. Note that the water, in these stages, still needed to be totally mated to the hull. Cotton swabbing and some Elmer's will easily fix this issue. I'd rather have to fill a tiny gap than wash a bunch of plaster off a hull.

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Stern railing was a MONSTER.

 

I'll take a picture or two more when I get home of her current status. Our move has caused her main mast to topple, though that'll be an easy fix once I get my workstation set up at the new house. Truth be told, this is one of the MOST pleasant little 700 scale boats I've ever worked on. The in-box PE is good and the resin is near flawless.

 

Note: Masts are brass and a combination of rod stock and Five Star Models' tapered masts.

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This is how she stands before we move. I was able to paint the water and add the rest of the railings on one side. Unfortunately, transport knocked off the main mast. Still, easy fix....

 

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Considering these old ships had coal-fired boilers, I'd sure hate the duty of lookout on the aft crow's nest as the black sooty smoke from the funnels engulfed me for the entire duration of my watch when the ship was under way. Does smoking coal dust cause cancer. A sign that was NOT posted: THE SURGEON GENERAL HAS DETERMINED THAT LOOKOUT DUTY IS HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH.

 

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WHELP, Maine was severely damaged in the move due to puppy actions. She kicked it over. I'm unsure if I'm gonna repair it, junk it, or box it for now...

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Dog was almost gone, then I looked into her puppy eyes and decided she was too small to cook for dinner.

 

My new workshop is +- 70% done so I'm hoping to get her back up and running this weekend.

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  • 4 months later...

Speaking of the Maine, a bunch of years ago I tried my hand at scratch building one as there was, at the time, no kit. I got a hold of a paper model one and used it for dimensions and lay out, dug out some bits and bobs from the scrap box and had some very old IPMS PE railings that had no bottom rung, and had at it. Got the dimensions wrong on the distance between the center and front deck houses, but all in all, it generally looked like a Maine.

 

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Scratch work still scares me man.


Launches are mostly done and I've rearranged some of the deck details to mask stuff that was lost due to attack by my hyperactive tribble.


I'm going to get the ratlines installed today as well as her crew. I'll probably repaint the water, sand the wood down a bit, and might even get started on her rigging proper.


I WILL have this done by Friday.


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Is it my best? Nope. Still, it'll be a nice looking little boat that's survived this:


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The black/white one. She's Spartan in size and utterly insane. 80% sure someone replaced her heart with a damned ghost pepper.

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Very close to finished on this one. I need to add a little more of a bow wave and seal the wood. I also need to put a border down between the water and wood. Beyond that, I'm pretty much done.

 

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I shall follow up with some nicer photographs when it's done.

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To think today that we were herded into war with Spain over the disaster that befell the Maine without any proof that Spain had anything to do with the great explosion seems all too familiar with the way our nation has been duped and sent to war in several subsequent conflicts. Coal bunker fires were not uncommon on the early steel navy ships. On the Maine, the coal bunker was separated from the munitions bunker by a simple steel bulkhead. Coal fires could turn the steel white hot. Gunpowder does not like such heat. No nation in the 1890s had a torpedo or underwater mine that could penetrate a hull and cause the munitions bunker to explode. This "modern battleship" was little more than an experiment in naval armament using new materials and design theories. In just five decades we had the Iowa class battleships, and the Maine, had it survived, would have been scrapped into razor blades.

 

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Yeah... she was an interesting design, for sure. She was pretty useless even when she was lost.

 

I'm done, minus a border between the water and wood.
Here is the result:
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The water/wood interface will be covered by a border to hide the nasty spots there. Minus that, she's done and I couldn't be happier for a ship that, work wise, took 2.5 weeks from start to finish.
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