|Originally I wanted to have my model of HMS Warspite finished in September 2013 for the 70th anniversary of the Fritz-X attacks. However, the
completion of the model was delayed because I relocated two times during this time. As HMS Warspite had the same fitting during the Normandy
Invasion, when she was used to shell landing targets, I took this special occasion to present my model.
My wife gave me the Academy kit as a Christmas present two years ago. About one year later the Pontos detail set became available. After having a
look at the planning schedule for anniversaries on Modellmarine, I decided to build my Warspite after she had been hit and crippled by German guided
bombs and limped back to the Grand Harbour in Malta.
A first look in the Pontos set is a little scary, but soon after starting the assembly I noticed how well designed this after-market set was. For example
you can easily assemble a subcomponent like the funnel with its platforms in about an hour. As I started building the model before the model exhibition
in Wilnsdorf 2013, I was able to get some hints from my fellow modeller Frank Spahr, who already had finished his kit. But he only underlined my
opinion about the set.
Assembling the injection parts was not difficult, so I soon reached the point where I needed to paint the model. Painting British warships of WWII was
new to me. Stefan Labich, another modelling friend, lent me some colors of his WEM range from which I made some paint samples. I then searched
in my stash of Tamiya and Gunze colors for some matching paints and tinted and mixed them to get appropriate results. Finally I decided to use H338
as 507C and a mixture of XF2 and XF50 by a ratio of 1:1 for 507B. I applied the colors corresponding to the painting guide.
As usual I used white and dark grey oil paint to generate patina on the vertical surfaces. Therefore I set small dots and washed them downwards away
with a brush dipped in white spirit. Below the hawse pipes and some fairleads I also used dark brown oil paint to simulate rust.