I've always loved container ships. Their massive size and effect on the global economy has always fascinated me. When I got back into model making I was disappointed to find out there there were no container ship models on the marker. Thankfully, Revell came to the rescue earlier this year by releasing the 1/700 Colombo Express container ship model.
I really like the new color Revell instruction manuals. The instructions are in the same style of the old manuals, but for some reason the color adds a lot.
There is a decent amount of detail too, given the scale. Most of the sprues are for the containers, which makes sense given that half of this model is containers.
Construction starts, as it does with may ships, by gluing the two halves of the hull together.
There are two internal braces to keep the hull from flexing. The fit is decent, but not perfect.
The hull was clamped togeher while the glue cured.
The seam needed to be sanded and filled. I used a some Mr Surfacer 500 to fill small gaps.
I used some sprue glue (bits of sprue added to the remnants of some Tamiya Extra Thin) to fill the larger gaps that Mr Surfacer couldn't handle.
I glued on the main deck and weighed it down with a few 1-2-3 blocks. The deck is a long piece and I was worried about it warping while the glue cured.
1-2-3 blocks were used again to weigh down the baffles between the stacks of containers.
I didn't take photos of the bridge construction. You build it up deck by deck. Its pretty solidly engineered. The photos below show the bridge after a coat of white paint.
And that takes care of the construction for the ship. I'll cover painting of hte ship in the next post, followed by construction and painting of the container blocks.