Building the Samek Prinz Eugen
in 1/700 scale Part 2
by Gabor
Before the building of the aft superstructure and the mainmast, I took a diversion.

Iíve built a small diorama basic for the ship. Itís a piece of framed wood plate. The plate was painted with dark blue then I painted irregular light blue stripes to simulate the depth. The íwaterí is a piece of shower door glass. The smooth side of the glass was painted with well thinned light blue. After drying I glued the glass to the wood plate with the grainy side up. I used a special glue. Unfortunately I didnít find the proper English word, thus I try to describe this glue shortly. Itís a white gel which becomes colorless after drying. Itís used for gluing glass parts of hobby aquariums. Maybe you can get a tube in a hardver store.

After gluing I painted the grainy side of the glass with light green and after drying I glued the hull of the kit to the plate ( the hull was painted earlier ). Then I took a small portion from the above mentioned glue and spread it on the glass around the hull (see pictures). What you canít see on the pictures is the final phase. The waves will be painted with white but itíll be done later.

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The next step was gluing the bridge section to its place. I added the PE parts, made the rigging and I made a little scratchbuilding (see pictures). The rigging is made from sprue and fishing-line. The target designators  are made of sprue. Iíve tried to cut nearly equal parts.
The FUMB Ė 4, "SumatraĒ radars (see on the sides of foretop platform) are also scratchbuilt parts made from a piece of helicopter safety net (from a PE set made for 1/700 modern ships) and a small piece of resin. After gluing everything to its place I painted the unpainted parts of the bridge section, including the rigging and other stuffs.
The next was the stack. This step was very easy altough I had to create a piece of one-bar rail. I have PE rails from a German company called ABER. These are three-bar rails, thus I cut down the upper side of the rails and I got what I wanted. I glued this rail to its place and the final step was gluing the stack to its place.. 
The next step will be the building of the aft superstructure and the mainmast. Stay tuned.
For an in-box reveiw of this kit click here.

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