· SCRATCHBUILDING THE CRUISER A.R.A. LA ARGENTINA

This time I will build the cruiser ARA La Argentina (C-3), which served in our Navy between 1939 and 1974. The chosen scale is 1:700 and the mostly used material are plasticard sheets of different thicknesses. Also I will use White Ensign Models accessories and some home made resins and photo etched parts. The vessel will be represented in its original configuration, shown since commissioning until 1947 and according to the plans acquired at the National Naval Museum, in Tigre.

Building the hull
As mentioned above, the used material is basically plasticard. To build the waterline hull I used sheets of 1mm and 0.3mm. Furthermore, to prevent the buckling of the hull, I glued two wooden strips to the base.
Superstructures
This ship superstructures are formed mainly by the bridge, turrets, funnels and masts, among other minor components, most of them build in plasticard, except for the masts.
White Ensign Models Accesories
To detail the model I used White Ensign Models accessories. They consist of two PE sets and resin lifeboats. The photo etched sets correspond to HMS Penelope, an English cruiser of the Arethusa class, from which derives the light cruiser La Argentina, and the other one is a set for pre-1950 British ships fittings.
The following pictures show these accessories already placed or presented in its final position.
Home made resin and photo etched parts
For some pieces was necessary to build a master and then copy them in resin, and thus not have to build several similar pieces from scratch. Also I copied parts from the kit of the HMS Prince of Wales from Tamiya, in 1:700 scale (small rafts, one of the boats and searchlights). Among the home made pieces are the main turrets, gun directors and the casemates of the 101.5mm guns. The platform of the anti-aircraft guns as well as high bridge openings were home made etched parts, because I was not happy with those made with plastic.
In the photos below you can see the model with most of the pieces presented to get an idea of what the ship will look when finished. The Walrus seaplane also corresponds to the HMS Prince of Wales kit from Tamiya. Only remains to start with the painting process.
Paint
The following images correspond to the model with the base paint already applied. In this case I used Humbrol enamels for the hull and superstructure (Light Grey 64), adding 25% of white to get the scale effect. The deck was painted with tan yellow acrylic base and then red and green enamels applied highly diluted to simulate teak. The Walrus seaplane, also was painted with Humbrol colors (56 and 69). Then I airbrushed glossy acrylic floor wax for protection before the weathering process with oil paints, finishing the job with a coat of matt varnish.
You can see the finished model by CLICKING HERE
Santiago Ezcurra