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Argentinean Aviso Comandante General Zapiola by Mike McCabe
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An update on my build of Zapiola. I have added a lot of details so far, but have decided to do this in a slightly different way than I would usually. In this case as the colour scheme seems to be an overall light grey, I have decided to do all the building and sub assemblies first and then paint, rather than my usual method of building and painting as I go along.

I like the fact that the kit represents a generic Cherokee class tug rather than any specific one, they seem to be all different in small details so I find it is easier to add the detail required rather than remove what is not wanted. The only thing I did remove where two lockers in front of the main superstructure behind the main gun, which were not on the photos of Zapiola.

Next step is completing the mainmast, crane jib and some other minor details. Boat derricks and other minor details aren't shown on the photos, I forgot. More soon.
 
October 3, 2007
 
Probably easier to list the additions now whilst I can still see them -

Kit - Battlefleet Models USS Cherokee BFM-708A

Etch - GMM Ultrafine railings, cable reels, doors / hatches / hose reels
White Ensign USN doors, Bofors details, (not shown) boat details (not shown), ladders, railing for life raft supports anchors from Starling fret
Hasegawa IJN boat davits (ok I cheated but they look nice and a davit is pretty much a davit)


Scratchbuilt
masts, derricks, jibs, steam pipes etc from brass rod
hatches from brass sheet
piping and similar copper wire
plastic card for radars, stowage boxes, various

More soon

Mike
10/09/07
 
 
Photos of my completed model of ARA Comandante General Zapiola.  A lot of fun indeed to build and a few new things to try out including the wildlife.  Unfortunately it was very difficult to photograph this element of the model due to it's small size, I need a better camera!
 
I think this is a great kit as there are so many possibilities, as some of these ships had very long lives and I think a few are still operational. 
 
The model shows a scene in the early 1960's of a supply run to a remote Argentine research station on Tierra del Fuego, the crew are preparing supplies and unloading watched by the impatient researchers and some inquisitive sea lions, southern fulmars, cormorants and a passing black browed albatross. 
 
Mike
11/01/07

 
New Photos added 10/05/07
New Photos added 10/09/07
New Photos added 10/21/07
New Photos added 11/01/07
 
Congratulation's Mike, for winning a silver metal for your ATF diorama at Telford 2007!!!


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Here is the finished model.  11/01/2007

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