SLOMAN ALSTERTOR / HMV-Scratch / 1:250

Discussion in 'Ship & Watercraft Models' started by Hi-Torque, Nov 18, 2012.

  1. Hi-Torque

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    Hello Friends,

    I have always been a fan of HMV Models HMV - Hamburger Modellbaubogen Verlag | Facebook I find the quality of the paper, printing and associated lasercuts to be top notch.

    The Reefer SLOMAN ALSTERTOR Deutsche Handelsmarine is one of their latest offerings. The model itself has quite a contentious history. First designed by Dr. Henning Budelmann of Passat-Verlag Passat-Verlag - Khlschiff PEKARI as the PEKARI (one of several vessels of this class produced by Howalt Deutsch Werft).

    While the model was exceptionally well received (indeed all of Passat Verlags models are somewhat collectors items as they do one issue of 500 serialized kits for each model) but had the reputation of being very difficult to build due to the unique hull.

    Together, Dr. Budelmann and Mr. Peter Brandt (Of Wilehelmshaven, Jade Mowe and HMV fame) slightly redesigned the model and released it in its current state.

    The SLOMAN ALTERTOR and her sister the SLOMAN ALSTERPARK were the last two vessels of this type produced and were the end product of nearly 100 years of specialization. Shortly after the start of their careers, Containerization became the industry standard.

    During the course of my research, I found an interesting account by a crew member who served on her during her 1969/70 world cruise. I intend to show the SLOMAN ALSTERTOR transiting the Panama Canal.

    Kind Regards,

    Cris

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  2. Hi-Torque

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    Hello Friends,

    Progress on the framework.

    Kind Regards,

    Cris

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    Hello Friends,

    Completing the Framework and starting on the decking.

    Kind Regards,

    Cris

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  4. PaperAir

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    good job so far
  5. Zathros

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    A beautiful ship! I look forward to seeing this come together! :)
  6. Hi-Torque

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    Hello Friends,

    Thank you for your kind words!

    I neglected to mention that the model is comprised of 1645 parts with a completed length of 56cm or 22.5 inches.

    The additional lasercut set has about 65 parts printed on colored medium and heavy cardstock.

    Offhand I am guessing around 300 parts for the Canal base.

    So the decking is complete. The last picture shows the hull plating prior to being cut out.

    Kind Regards,

    Cris

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  7. PaperAir

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    can i buy one of these models in the US.
  8. Hi-Torque

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    Hello PaperAir,

    Please PM me.

    Regards,

    Cris
  9. Zathros

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    I believe, as the formers look thin, you will have to glue strips on the end to prevent the bulkheads from giving the "skeleton" effect throw the sides. Or you will have to use thick hull skin sidings. You could "sister" the ends of the formers to allow the distribution of the glue and create a wider surface for the skin to hold onto. In any event, it's something to watch for on such a beautiful model! :)
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    Hello Friends,

    Some progress on the hull. The most nerve wracking part of the entire model lies just ahead...

    @Zathros: For waterline models nearly all of the German publishers use a technique where the angles formed by the base plate and the decking form the hull bond line. The hull rests against the frames but no attachment is made. For full hull models below the waterline generally the hull plating is perpendicular to the main axis in which case the hull does attach to the frames.

    Of course none of that will prevent me from making a right disaster of the hull :)

    In the second picture even though its very hard to tell, I use thin foam sold in stationary stores or large discounters or craft stores in the Scrapbooking section to assist in forming the hull sections. This technique also works well with small cylinders.

    Kind Regards,

    Cris

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  11. Zathros

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    I have done models that call for the same method, but I always use a very thick, high viscosity glue so that while the formers may not be pulling or pushing through the hull, they are aiding in the rigidity by binding to the surface.

    The lines looks so sharp and clean. It's going to be a beauty. Dust is the great enemy of these creatures. You going to have to get a display case! :)