With over 1,700 parts here is a sight we don’t see everyday. The famed Kriegsmarine battleship and the lead ship in his class from Trumpeter Models in a colossal 1/200 scale is kindly presented here as a work in progress project by MkReview.com reader Terry Cornell. Terry has been very kind to share this build with all of us interested in the legendary Battleship. I suggest those interested in this project to sign up to our comments sections below via Disqus. Terry will be adding his work in progress updates thru the comments section so if you have any questions about this kit feel free to ask him. As a bonus, Terry included a few pictures of his 1/200 USS Mississippi.
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UPDATE FOR OCTOBER 2nd, 2014
UPDATE FOR OCTOBER 19, 2014
UPDATE FOR NOVEMBER 2nd, 2014
UPDATE FOR December 8, 2014
I hope you had a good Thanksgiving. It is hard to believe that it is already December. I took a couple of pics of the first deck of the superstructure. It is almost done on that level. I just have one side of the flying bridge to do. As you can see the right side is done complete with life preservers on the railings. I noticed some discoloration on one of the ladders in the back. That was touch up paint. It should have looked the same. I will have to redo that.
More to come,
UPDATE FOR December 20, 2014
UPDATE FOR January 13, 2015
UPDATE FOR February 4, 2015
I am sending two photos of the funnel. I’m only showing one side because I screwed up the railing a little on the other side. Also, I used a photo etched gangway from the front superstructure to the funnel and it turned out to be a bit long so instead of butting up against it, the gangway is actually sitting on top of the platform. Live and learn, I guess. I put hooks on the small cranes too. Next comes the boat houses and boats.
UPDATE FOR February 22, 2015
I have spent the last week in bed with a bad back. The boathouses would have been done a long time ago if it weren’t for that. Anyway, they are done now. I only have one picture of them. I took two but the one was out of focus. I will start in on the aft superstructure tomorrow. Now that I am back on my feet, I hope things will go faster.
Bismarck Boat Houses
UPDATE FOR March 5, 2015
I am sending a picture of the aft superstructure. I am not done with it yet but I thought I would send it anyway. I am right in the middle of putting on the railing around the searchlight platform. In the picture you can see the searchlight mounts in the upper left corner. I use a round metal bar to shape the railing into a curve.
Bye for now 🙂
UPDATE FOR March 22nd, 2015
The Bismarck is almost done. I am doing the secondary guns and the cranes now. I took a picture of the nameplate that I got from Medals of America. I will glue it on to the wooden base. If anybody is interested, KMS stands for KriegsMarine Schiffe or German Navy Ship. The second line is when it was Commissioned and, of course, the third line is when it was sunk. Well, I am off for now.
UPDATE FOR March 27, 2015
I wanted to thank you again for the post about the decals. We’ll see how it turns out. Well, the secondary guns and the cranes are finished. I used the plastic gun barrels instead of the metal ones for two reasons. First of all, they are lighter and so the barrels stay up where you put them. The metal barrels are so heavy that they fall down. Also, they are already aligned. When I put the metal barrels in the receivers there is so much slop in the way they fit that the barrels end up crooked. All that is left now is the four main turrets and the weather deck railing. Oh, and the flags. One other thing is that the cables on the cranes just don’t get tight enough to stretch them out. It really doesn’t look right but it was the best I could do.
George has been hosting review sites and blogging about toy collectibles, travel, digital photography and Nikon digital imaging since 1998. His first model kit build was a Testors 1/35 DODGE WC-54 in 1984.