Admiral Hipper, Norway late summer 1940

Thanks Steve, good to know.

Cheers, Si

Hi Mark,

Indeed they were an ambitious design, and I believe somwhat over engineered. Without digging through the stash I cannot be sure, there might be a couple of sprues common with the Prinz, the were noticably different, ships, I know the hulls are different mouldings, that was the first comparison I made when I had both in may stash… If the upper and lower hull halves are anything to go by, which did test my knwoledge of profanities, I not expecting much from the rest of the kit.

Appreciate the heads up on the cranes, I reckon I will take a more cautious aproach before removing any moulded detail for replacement with etch. regardless of the source.

Thnaks for looking in mate.

Cheers, Si

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You mean, Russ, right, Si? :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

Hi Russ,

Apologies mate, indeed I did :pensive:

Cheers, Si :beers:

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All good mate :grinning::grinning::grinning:

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Hi Si,

great to see keel laying for Hipper! And the fit issues with upper/lower hull, particularly the stern part, are quite common for those Trumpy kits - Graf Spee, Repulse, Hood - almost the same issues. I’m still looking forward to build her! And of course following your build log!

August 1940 was rather uneventful. I dinged something out of my references, PM not to offend any copyright…

Cheers
Jan

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Hi Jan,

Thanks for the PM, very interesting, sent you over the photo I found, again not sure on the copyright.

The horizontally split hulls are a real pain, I was quite glad when Trumpy moved to single peice. I am amking progress, will post an update later this week.

Always glad to have aboard mate,

Cheers. Si

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A bit more progress, after getting the join between the top and bottom hull halves as close to invisbile as possible, sprayed with Citadel mephitson red.

The anti fouling masked and a mix of tamiya XF66 and XF19 sprayed for the base mittlegrau.

The mouled on Anchor cables removed to allow the Pontos deck to fit. the pack for the deck does

contain some very nice pre blackened achor cable.

The deck sprayed XF19 and fitted in place, the boot topping also painted in.

Cheers, Si

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Nice progress. Si - the hull looks beautiful!

Thanks Tim,

The Hippers are good looking ships, very elegant hull lines.

Cheers, Si

Hi Si,

nice to see some progress on the Hipper, and I couldn’t agree more, about the most elegant ships/hull lines I know on WW II warships.
So you are lightening the XF 66 up a little? Well, other than with RN colors, we don’t have - at least to my knowledge - no original paint chips for DKM colors. Shorts & Snyders go with best guesses there, too… For my Gneisenau I’m using XF 66 for hull, as the darker grey, and XF 19 for the lighter grey superstructure. But for you it’s only the base coat, I’m really looking forward to watch you doing the camouflage!

Cheers
Jan

Hi Jan,

Guilty as charged, I would normally use XF66 straight from the jar, but with t four other distinct shades of grey in the scheme, and some looking a bit washed out I wanted to get a touch more contrast on the hull.

I may be wrong, but I think it looks about right. I have made a start, I hope to get some photos on within the next week.

Unfortunately little time at the bench over the last week or so.

Thank you for looking in. :beers:

Cheers,

Si