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TOPIC: Revell 1/720 DKM Graf Zeppelin 1946 Revisited

Revell 1/720 DKM Graf Zeppelin 1946 Revisited 24 Nov 2019 20:35 #1

I began Her 10 years ago. While sorting out my Sweetie's work-from-home office, the old Revell Graf Zeppelin emerged from her storage bin.

In 1996, this was an exciting new tooling of Germany's most famous Aircraft Carrier, in not quite 1/700 scale. I had decided to do away with some of Graf's less Carrier-like features.

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First, all these portholes have got to go! Plated over, sanded. A few left open for interest. The forward barbette mounted 128mm twin gun mounts are removed. They would be useless in the heavy seas of the North Atlantic. Additional hull plating and a healthy spray shield forward should keep the worst of Seas off the flight deck. Lengthened flight deck to accommodate more modern catapults. Gone are the clumsy, inefficient launching tracks and carts.

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A start on GZ's modest island and main mast. New, weather-tight crows nest and less clunky supports for her radar antennas. My fair weather flying bridge cries out for more interesting details. Plenty of resin & photo-etched bits have been gathered to bring Revell's model to completion.

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Revell 1/720 DKM Graf Zeppelin 1946 Revisited 24 Nov 2019 20:51 #2

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Revell 1/720 DKM Graf Zeppelin 1946 Revisited 24 Nov 2019 22:12 #3

Very nice P.E. job :good

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Revell 1/720 DKM Graf Zeppelin 1946 Revisited 27 Nov 2019 11:50 #4

Nice Chris!

the Graf Zepplin certainly had some nice lines to it!

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Revell 1/720 DKM Graf Zeppelin 1946 Revisited 30 Nov 2019 11:58 #5

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I find using the lost black Sharpie trick I use when I shape a new Master for TLAR works on other people's ship models as well.
After superstructure closed up. The afterdeck hungers for some busyness I think. Stern anchor (AND MORE GUNS!!) hatches, equipment boxes and other naval what-have-you.
The Tom's Modelworks P/E set includes the bracing framework for the underside of the aft end of the flight deck.

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Revell 1/720 DKM Graf Zeppelin 1946 Revisited 30 Nov 2019 13:44 #6

Man that's some crazy PE work with those rails. :popcorn
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Revell 1/720 DKM Graf Zeppelin 1946 Revisited 30 Nov 2019 13:57 #7

Looking good! :good
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Revell 1/720 DKM Graf Zeppelin 1946 Revisited 02 Dec 2019 06:53 #8

The ol GZ is looking sharp :popcorn
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Revell 1/720 DKM Graf Zeppelin 1946 Revisited 02 Dec 2019 12:34 #9

Nice :thumbsup :thumbsup :thumbsup
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Revell 1/720 DKM Graf Zeppelin 1946 Revisited 02 Dec 2019 17:31 #10

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It was Plastic Surgeon Nathan Stevens that planted the idea of a licence-built Aichi B7A2 "Super Stuka" for Graf's Strikers. Mine will be a little smaller.

Focke-Wulf's and a few Heinkel See Banshees will make up Her fighter complement.

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Revell 1/720 DKM Graf Zeppelin 1946 Revisited 02 Dec 2019 20:40 #11

That's cool! :pilot

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