How to Build a Battleship Model from Scratch:
The S.M.S. Pommern

Part VIII: Completing the Aufbau (Superstructure)
This stage of the build which was started in Feb 2009 and completed in Dec of the same year, documents the completion of the Aufbau (Superstructure). In this installment you will find 30 pages covering 59 individual steps of the build with 122 photographs. Except for some disasters (as expected), this part of the build was pretty straight forward, just classic fabrication. The primary components made were: masts with platforms, front funnel searchlight platforms, railings, ship's cranes, davits, stairs, stairwells, upper bridge platform above the Fore (front) Kommandoturm (Command Tower or Armoured Bridge), canvas, and the compass platform above the Aft (back) Kommandoturm.

Of note, this instalment of 'How to Build a Battleship Model from Scratch: The S.M.S. Pommern' contains the 500th on-line photograph for modellers to use in this reference. Photographs now total 571.

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In this section, As you read through, you will see how the Aufbau (Superstructure) went from what it looked like in Feb 2009 as shown on the left, to the completed version on the right eleven months later.
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"NOTE* I was privileged to be one of the first to use some of the new photo-etched details from PLM Marinedetails (Peter Lienau Modellbau Marinedetails) on my SMS Pommern. These parts and how I utilized them is described in the text and the difference they made is incredible. By far, PLM Marinedetails produces the most accurate, perfect and detailed photo-etched parts for marine modelling I have ever seen.

To make it easy to navigate, at the bottom of each page links to all major sections to allow you to jump ahead or back. Like always, the "Back" and "Next" buttons at the bottom of each page will take you through the steps chronologically.

I hope you find this section interesting or useful and as always, comments or questions are always welcome. Thank you for sharing my pain. Please click the "next" button below to start the tour. Tony

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Aufbau completion Intro / Three Deutschland-Klasse Versions / Masts / Funnel Searchlights / Railings and Canvas / Ladders / Gangways / Compass Platform & Davits / Fixing 8,8 Gun Platforms, Funnels, & Doors / Rain covers / Searchlights / Crane / Air Vents / Final Product