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PostSubject: Re: Trumpeter 1/700: Zerstorer Z-37 (Kit # 05791)   Fri Mar 31 2017, 08:59

Trumpeter is probably a bit more difficult than a 1/700 Tamyia or Airfix kit. Working with larger kits is just as satisfying though. Can't wait to see what you have!

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PostSubject: Re: Trumpeter 1/700: Zerstorer Z-37 (Kit # 05791)   Sat Apr 01 2017, 01:15

Thanks Tom. Very Happy

First I apologize for the lackadaisical nature of my review of this kit. It isn't laziness, but is more a result of doing something new and getting caught-up in the build. Tom mentions that the Trumpeter kit "is probably a bit more difficult than a 1/700 Tamiya or Airfix kit." But the kit was well engineered, the instructions were good, and the painting instructions were quite decent. I think that with a little experience with plastic model building you would be good to go with it. I would definitely recommend investing in a good side-cutting sprue cutter, tweezers, lighting, and a clean and clear workspace (this I didn't do well with and, as a result, spent many minutes looking for tiny parts which fell from the sprue after cutting). And if you're an "older" guy (like me!), consider getting some magnifying glasses (as seen in a previous post Laughing ). And be sure to save the many parts that are left over as they will make good interior parts for the spartan airplane cockpits we sometimes run across.

So here's my first ship build (sorry for the quality of my pics, the camera Gods weren't with me tonight):










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PostSubject: Re: Trumpeter 1/700: Zerstorer Z-37 (Kit # 05791)   Sat Apr 01 2017, 08:27

Wow! Excellent looking ship! The ship design is a sleek, cool design and you definitely captured that in your build. The detail is amazing for such a tiny model. Your painting work really sets off the detail and lines of the ship.

What did you use for rigging material? My earlier builds have sewing thread..lol..which needs to be replaced someday! More recently, I preferred stretched sprue for ships, but I will be trying EZ line next time. Your rigging is perfect...just enough but not too much.

Try a Graf Spee model next! It would make a great companion to your destroyer. Here are a couple good kits for example, from EBay...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/AMT-Admiral-Graf-Spee-Model-Kit-NIB-Sealed-1-700-scale-715H-4404-/272582100289?hash=item3f7728c541:g:gA4AAOSwu4BVqNl7

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Admiral-Graf-Spee-1-700-Matchbox-40161-/252773067445?hash=item3ada72eab5:g:FIYAAOSwsFpWSUeZ

They are simpler kits that look great when built. You may want to shop around for better shipping prices, but these older kits are great. I built them as a kid...numerous times, lol.

Again, great work and welcome to the fleet!

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PostSubject: Re: Trumpeter 1/700: Zerstorer Z-37 (Kit # 05791)   Sat Apr 01 2017, 08:55

That does look really good PW and I agree with Tom regarding the rigging: it looks just enough for the scale. I like this so much I've just ordered my first 1/700 ship kit (though when I'll get around to building it is anyone's guess...)

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PostSubject: Re: Trumpeter 1/700: Zerstorer Z-37 (Kit # 05791)   Sat Apr 01 2017, 09:31

Great job Bret!  Small scale, tiny ship, lots of fine details - what a challenge!  Still, your first ship model effort is fantastically done and you'll only get more comfortable as you go along.

Seems opening the forum to ship builds is paying off.  We seem to be branching out as kit builders.  I need to get myself a modern warship model - I just haven't decided what to get.  1/720 was my favorite scale when I was a kid.  I'm not too sure I want to go that small yet.  This model and Propwash's effort may just push me along.

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PostSubject: Re: Trumpeter 1/700: Zerstorer Z-37 (Kit # 05791)   Sat Apr 01 2017, 09:42

I agree PM, it's good to try different genres, though my choice of vessel is a bit of a compromise: this is the ship I've just ordered – comes with Mavis and Emily flying boats, and a funky camo scheme. Shocked

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PostSubject: Re: Trumpeter 1/700: Zerstorer Z-37 (Kit # 05791)   Sat Apr 01 2017, 20:57

TomMarkert wrote:
Wow! Excellent looking ship! The ship design is a sleek, cool design and you definitely captured that in your build. The detail is amazing for such a tiny model. Your painting work really sets off the detail and lines of the ship.

What did you use for rigging material? My earlier builds have sewing thread..lol..which needs to be replaced someday! More recently, I preferred stretched sprue for ships, but I will be trying EZ line next time. Your rigging is perfect...just enough but not too much.

Try a Graf Spee model next! It would make a great companion to your destroyer. Here are a couple good kits for example, from EBay...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/AMT-Admiral-Graf-Spee-Model-Kit-NIB-Sealed-1-700-scale-715H-4404-/272582100289?hash=item3f7728c541:g:gA4AAOSwu4BVqNl7

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Admiral-Graf-Spee-1-700-Matchbox-40161-/252773067445?hash=item3ada72eab5:g:FIYAAOSwsFpWSUeZ

They are simpler kits that look great when built. You may want to shop around for better shipping prices, but these older kits are great. I built them as a kid...numerous times, lol.

Again, great work and welcome to the fleet!

Tom

Thank you for your kind comments, Tom. Very Happy For the rigging, I used nylon thread my wife got for me at a fabric store. The spool doesn't have any useful information on it to give you, but is something that should be readily available (I used it for 1/72 airplane model rigging until I learned of EZ-Line - which, I've read, doesn't come in a small enough size for 1/700 ship models to look believable).

I think you're right it needs another capital ship to run escort for (even if it is 1/700 again affraid Wink ). Thanks for the links and suggestions. Historically speaking, Z-37 did escort the battle cruisers Scharnhorst and Prinz Eugen from Kiel, Germany to their posting in Norway. Maybe those too. What a Face
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PostSubject: Re: Trumpeter 1/700: Zerstorer Z-37 (Kit # 05791)   Sat Apr 01 2017, 20:59

Migrant wrote:
That does look really good PW and I agree with Tom regarding the rigging: it looks just enough for the scale. I like this so much I've just ordered my first 1/700 ship kit (though when I'll get around to building it is anyone's guess...)

I really look forward to seeing it when finished. Have you built ship models in other scales than 1/700?

Thanks for commenting Mike. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Trumpeter 1/700: Zerstorer Z-37 (Kit # 05791)   Sat Apr 01 2017, 21:02

pmmaker wrote:
Great job Bret!  Small scale, tiny ship, lots of fine details - what a challenge!  Still, your first ship model effort is fantastically done and you'll only get more comfortable as you go along.

Seems opening the forum to ship builds is paying off.  We seem to be branching out as kit builders.  I need to get myself a modern warship model - I just haven't decided what to get.  1/720 was my favorite scale when I was a kid.  I'm not too sure I want to go that small yet.  This model and Propwash's effort may just push me along.

pmmaker

Thanks a bunch PMM. You and Tom are responsible for my getting into this I am happy to say.

I cannot agree more with you in regard to opening the forum to shipbuilding (and other models). It has really injected new life into the forum. cheers
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