For me, patriotism called for a "Regia Marina" (the
navy, not the company) subject and trouble came along with it. Italian warships
of World War Two are beautiful but tough subjects to build in every aspect. In
the end, even if the model was not 100% complete, I felt like my patience was
running out. The Delphis 1:700 scale Gorizia
has been my first resin kit and the fascination that this media has had on me is
such, that I have a hard time looking at plastic kits again.
AssemblyThe Delphis instructions are vague in some steps, with
partís descriptions being slightly cryptic and one the whole, leaving a lot to
the imagination or in my case, supplementary documentation and references. Mast
and support rods for the decks on the superstructure are not provided. The
supposed-to-be openings on the decks where these support rods pass through were
barely open and misaligned. Drilling them out proved to be a thrilling
experience. Many details have been scratch-built, using resin film left when the
parts were removed. The flying bridge structure and some of the weapons were
damaged during shipping. Gun barrels are cast integral with the turret, were
slightly bent and needed a lot of sanding to achieve an acceptable shape as I
didn't have the will to replace them.
The photo-etch used on Gorizia was
a mix of Regia Marina, Gold Medal Models (figures and 1/700 Naval
ships fret) and Flagship. The supports with the inverted "V"
shapes along the main railings have been made with thin copper wire. In photos I
have seen, these posts served as supports for biminis during particular
situations and are present on almost any Regia Marina unit of the
Paint and DioramaThe camouflage has been airbrushed while the foc'sle aircraft
recognition stripes were hand-painted, all using Model Master enamels.
Weathering was done with Citadel colors inks (chestnut, brown and black)
and oil colors were used for the wood deck. The airplane insignia and shipís
flag were hand painted. The dock is entirely scratch-built, using scribed Evergreen
styrene sheets and beams. The two buildings and the crane are from Skywave.
The water is a glass pane backed with a creased aluminum foil. Oil paints were
used for the color and then coated with acrylic gloss varnish.
Two Japanese books published by Kaijinsha, whose covers are seen
below, have been my main source of inspiration. The website Regia Marina
can be seen for more historical information on the Regia Marina.