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Strictly speaking this isn't one of our Nef, however it's such a fantastic model that we really wanted to give it the exposure it deserves. It was made by Aaron Freed in the US who sent us the pictures completely out of the blue. Aaron's written some notes about the construction of the Louisa as well. We're so impressed that we intend to make a more conventional 1/1200th scale version as soon as time (and other projects) permit.
Aaron has also produced a PDF file detailing the life and time of the 'real' vessel - 474Kb but well worth the read.



The Königin Louisa - broadside from clouds


Dramatic banking dive


Königin Louisa in flight


Königin Louisa returning to Weisbaden


Landing in Weisbaden


Königin Louisa hard-a-port


Moving so fast the camera missed her !

The model is constructed of approximately 1 and 1/3 sheets of mat-board, which is a heavy, white paper-board usually used to make the mats for pictures and paintings (the white paper frame surrounding the picture, but not the wood or metal frame surrounding that and holding the covering glass (if any) in place).

In addition, a small quantity of balsa-wood, several small dowels, a number of plastic bottle-caps, drinking straws of various sizes, some copper wire, several Popsicle-sticks, a number of tooth-picks, several sheets of construction-paper, way too much glue were used to construct the model. Small items as one might find around the house (buttons, bits of other models or toys, e.g. small wheels, loops, bits of wire, lengths of very fine chain (as used for a necklace or bracelet, but broken), common-pins and assorted other unidentifiable bits of rubbish) gained a second lease on life as the became one with the model.

The railings on the model, as well as the rigging and radio areal wires on the mast and running from the mast to the rudders are made of dental-floss, a surprisingly stiff and wire-like material that doesn't develop all those nasty "fuzzies" that regular thread would.

The model is painted in a coat of grey primer. I'd originally intended to overcoat that with a white spray enamel, but discovered that I liked the grey so much that I decided to keep it that way. I figure that grey is probably much harder to see from the ground against a grey, whitish or even a blue sky than bright white would be. (Well, okay, the white would be hard to see against white clouds, but how often is the sky actually white?) The non-grey features are painted with water-color paints mixed with Gesso. Flags, insignia, and other fine detail were produced by printing them out on my color ink-jet printer, cutting them out and then pasting them to the model.

The "period" appearance of the model, e.g. the fact that it really does look like a German light cruiser of the period is based on my knowledge of the appearance of turn-of the century navel vessels as well as my knowledge of zeppelin and aircraft. The fact that the Konigin Louisa actually bears a striking resemblance to a German "Gazelle" class light cruiser (built in the late 1890's) is, believe it or not, fortuitous happenstance.

I guess that's about it.

Aaron.

P.S. The dental-floss is *not* used. It was fresh.


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