That said, I have completed my modifications to the Shapeways model to add some details and give it a better look. Here is a photo of my modified model followed by photos of the real ship and the unmodified model.
|Real Type 056|
In Area 1 (at the bow) I added the 76mm gun and raised the forward bulwark so the deck isn't just flat. In Area 2 I added a block for the fire control radar (along with the FC radar), added some details around the mast (including a search radar), and the 30mm guns outboard of the mast. In Area 3 I extended the aft deck to meet the funnel and added some SatCom antennas.
Overall, I'm pretty please with how the modifications came out. I figured out early on that you can't really sand the Shapeways material, at least not with the sanding equipment I have, so I would be able to smooth out the forward deck, but I decided to not worry about it too much and press on. Zap-A-Gap glue worked well for adding the details to the model (I wasn't sure how the glue would stick, since I've never worked with this type of material). The mast modifications and scratch-building of the 76mm gun turned out pretty good and I was able to scavenge some other kits for the fire control radar, search radar, 30mm guns, and Sat Com antennas.
It should look pretty good when I get it painted up. Here are a couple more photos so you can see the modified areas from different angles.
|This angle shows off the 76mm gun and mast changes|
|This view shows off the deck extension, 30mm gun, and forward deck work|