TY again Paul. I always value your advise. I am considering wether or not to actually use this peice as the actual model or use it to make a mold, to use for shaping hulls for styrofoam and platic, steel and so on. I think this will be a master, which Im debating how much to detail at first depending on what I'm going to mold first. I want to make the styrafoam ships as more of a toy and am not to concerned about making them highly detailed. I plan to sell them on Ebay to help fund the Model/toy-Hobby/job. So Im thinking about geting the hull shape right then using
the peice for a mold then detailing it further and using it for a more detailed mold and finally puting it all toether and detailing it to museum quality detail, like your Ship, or using the second mold to shape steel into the super detailed ship for display. If I did the later I could keep the masters in 3 peices for further molds. There is a man who lives here in my city who has made RC ships for years as a hobby, and they look good. They however lack any serious model detail, but he has always made a wood hull shape, and pounded sheet metal around it, then soldered the hull together, used body filler and painted it. built a wood deck, and wood superstructure. they are in HO train scale wich is like 1/93 or somthing like that. I have always admired his work. I have just never cared for the scale, and the lack of detail. I won't criticize it though as they are his art and mot mine. I have taken serious note to the hull detail that you and others have put on your models and I agree that I will follow suite or like You pointed out they will just look like a toy instead of a replica. On my plans I do not have locations for port holes, so I have been looking at pictures of the other KMS light and heavy cruisers for posible logical paterns and looking at the room and deck layout on the plans I do have to establish where I think they would have placed them on the ship. They ussually ran them on the 2 decks below the weather deck, and of course you would have them not where a bulkhead would be right behind them, and there is also the hope i can get further plans to the ship that might indicate where they planed on puting them. Anyway I dont mean to ramble, I have bought a small Dremal lathe to play with, but its like a mini wood lathe, for wood or plastic, and I have bided on an old craftsman 109 on ebay so cros your fingers, it would be good enough for brass and alluminium barrols. Sorry about getting long winded, just had a mouthfull to say, I'll post more pics, oh and ps Im waiting on a copy of the light cruiser book on the list you gave me, so maybee it might have line drawings of the port hole thing LOL.
Out for now, will build more and chat. Haratio.