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Tamiya 1/350 Bismarck. 30 Sep 2019 17:28 #1

First off, I need to apologize for my absence lately. The Summer modeling drag turned into a major shop refit, which turned into back problems which is leaving me high and dry.

My son has settled at Webb and is living large (If you consider living in a mansion on the ocean, sailing and shooting skeet almost daily, large. I sure do). Part of the perks of a school like that is they attract guest lecturers than are deep into the subject of ship design. A few weeks back, the speaker was the author of what's considered the definitive book on the Bismarck, a man who not only interviewed surviving crew and Kreigsmarine higher ups, he was involved with James cameron and finding the wreck. He got to sit down and ask a bunch of questions, including if he thought the two behemoths were a waste of resources that could have been better used for U-boats (that's my boy!). Of course I had to order the book.


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Another perk of a school focused on just dual degrees (Naval Architecture and Naval Design and Engineering), they all have the same classes and schedule, so they're given big work stations and the professors come to them. So he has plenty of space, he's taken all my Clay Blair books on subs as well as everytime else I had WWII naval related for his desk.

I'm thinking about building a Bismarck for him to display, whether it's at his space or somewhere else at the school (they have an English pub that they brought over in pieces from the UK).

So my question is, does the Tamiya build up nicely without having to get all the AM or would I be better off with the 1/200 Trumpeter?

These are naval people, not modelers so I don't think small inaccuracies are too big of a deal, but I want to also build a nice rep or the ship (or the Tirpitz).

Thanks!
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Tamiya 1/350 Bismarck. 30 Sep 2019 18:35 #2

Thats sounds like an inspiring build and the background story is just fascinating!
Unfortunately I know bumkis about which kits is better, but since I'm a tamiya fanboy I would say go with them...if that helps.

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Tamiya 1/350 Bismarck. 30 Sep 2019 20:54 #3

I have the 1/200 Arizona from Trumpy and can say it misses the boat on accuracy all over. It can be fixed with a LOT of work. As to the 1/200 Trumpy Bismark, ask Laurence (White Wolf) as he has one in process, though it seems that it has issues as well.

I currently have some 1/350 kits that I want to sell and would let you have then reasonable. Three battleships, Old Tamiya Yamato and Missouri and a Trumpy Alabama, 2 carriers, Trumpy Hornet and Yorktown, and the Titanic. Send me a PM if you are interested.
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Tamiya 1/350 Bismarck. 30 Sep 2019 21:07 #4

What Paul said, let's check with Laurence. :popcorn
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Tamiya 1/350 Bismarck. 01 Oct 2019 09:58 #5

I say build which ever one you want to. No one is going to care if the number port holes in the hull is wrong or the deck planking pattern is wrong. All kits have flaws. The eternal search for the perfect kit is like tilting at windmills. Go big I say!

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Tamiya 1/350 Bismarck. 01 Oct 2019 14:05 #6

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I say build which ever one you want to. No one is going to care if the number port holes in the hull is wrong or the deck planking pattern is wrong. All kits have flaws. The eternal search for the perfect kit is like tilting at windmills. Go big I say!

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Tamiya 1/350 Bismarck. 01 Oct 2019 15:21 #7

Thanks Gentlemen,

Looks like he'll need a bigger shelf...
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Tamiya 1/350 Bismarck. 02 Oct 2019 05:47 #8

I heard me having a go at the 1/200 Trumpy Bismy was mentioned :bgrin

Now, I agree with the gentlemen here, go big if you can.

I did my research and still doing it, whenever I come across something, I usually save it for future reading. There's a website k-bismarck.com or something similar, with information and photos. As with everything else, Bismarck's elements, shapes, forms, colors (in particular) have been the subject of much debate and, at times, clash of personalities and claims on who has more expertise in the field. Some folks, who published materials on the Bismarck would refuse to even listen to other opinions. Bitter, really ....

The point of all of the above is this - personally, I am doing all the due diligence thing, do research, get the idea, information etc, without getting bogged down in pointless arguments about the shape / size and color of the tiniest piece of something on whatever I am building.

For the 1/200 version, Trumpeter has done a good job, however, if you really want it a stunning model, I would suggest to get the aftermarket kit containing a ton of pieces, most important ones being all the gun barrels. With a thing that is over 1,000 mm long, the big guns stick out big time, everyone will see those and a turned barrel is the best option.

There is very little in terms of rigging for example, and your patience and skill will definitely be challenged - you cannot imagine the amount of PE in the kit and the aftermarket if you go for it.

Either way, should be fun. It certainly is for me, even though I had to put this on hold, due to us relocating to another city. Some photos attached, to give you an idea of what you're up against in the 1/200 adventure.


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The kit comes beautifully packed - hull is in one piece (except for a small part at the bow (strange)see below.


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Some of the PE in the MK1 aftermarket.



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SOME of what's ahead in the build :bgrin


With all this being said, it's all worth it, well, at least I think it is ...



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Good luck !!!


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Tamiya 1/350 Bismarck. 02 Oct 2019 09:19 #9

Sold!

Thanks Laurence.

Yeah, this'll be displayed at his workstation (or elsewhere) at one of the US's top Naval Engineering schools, not a time to skimp.

Side note, he was hanging out at the school pub Monday night and the president stopped by with his dog (both live on campus). They were talking and it turns out his dean when he went there was a lead scientist on the Manhattan Project.

Pretty impressive place. Now that Naval Architecture was deemed the most valuable degree to get in the US, I think my kid lucked out. Not that it was easy, this year was the largest group of applicants to date, but I have a feeling it's no longer under the radar, being listed in the top ten tuition free colleges, the applicant pool is going to be huge. I questioned him hard on turning down Cooper Union to go here, but boy did he make the right move. He's currently setting up his internship in January at Electric Boat. He's hooked on subs.
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Tamiya 1/350 Bismarck. 02 Oct 2019 10:04 #10

How long is the kit?
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Tamiya 1/350 Bismarck. 02 Oct 2019 17:35 #11

JSteinman wrote:
How long is the kit?

Somewhere around 50 inches I believe.
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Tamiya 1/350 Bismarck. 02 Oct 2019 20:11 #12

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. Go for it Jeff!


I'll be watching.


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