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  1. Here are the 3D-printed rudder and 3D-printed 5"/38 Mk.32 mounts. These are Model Monkey products which I designed, print and sell.
  2. Thanks so much! Very sorry to hear of the loss of your brother on board Sara, Ralph. My family and I appreciate and honor his and your family's sacrifice. I regret to report the model's hull was badly damaged beyond repair in an accident. But it offered a new opportunity to do better. Hull 2.0 is under construction. Here it is with the framing complete and some planking roughed in. What appears to be the flight deck actually isn't. This is a supporting deck, like the sub-floor of your house, that the flight deck planking will be laid on. Locations of flight deck
  3. Again, we see world class workmanship and rare skills. Truly magnificent.
  4. Very glad things are well with you and yours, Evan. I've enjoyed your build immensely and learned much.
  5. Thank you all so very much for the compliments and encouragement! The hull has been primed and is nearly ready for paint and further detailing. The red has been smoothed and the black will be shortly. The red is Krylon brand rattle-can "Red Oxide", a dead ringer for US Navy 121 red oxide, and will not be painted further, just mildly weathered. The portholes on the hull will be re-drilled using a pin vise since the primer has partially filled them. Straking detail is visible in the photos. The flight deck (and funnel and conning tower) has merely been placed onto the hull for photo purp
  6. Here are some photos of the conning tower and funnel painted in Measure 32 11a consistent with photos of the ship taken in September, 1944 appearing in USS Saratoga Squadron at Sea by David Doyle. There is still some adjusting and tweaking of the pattern to be done but generally it is ready for additional detailing. The colors are acrylic PolyS Light Gray 5-L, Ocean Gray 5-O and Grimy Black as a substitute for Dull Black, all applied with a 38 year-old Badger 200 airbrush. Deck Blue 20-B was applied by brush on the decks. Masking was done with Tamiya masking tape (wonderful stuff). The conni
  7. Thank you all very much! I appreciate the encouragement and interest. Some good questions asked. For aircraft, rather than make them from scratch, I intend to modify 1/350 scale Hellcats and Avengers made in plastic by Trumpeter. Overall, they have good outlines and shape but need detailing and some minor corrections for better accuracy. At the time Saratoga wore camouflage, she operated primarily out of Pearl Harbor conducting pre-deployment training exercises for various airgroups not assigned to Saratoga. So those aircraft will not have Saratoga's distinctive airgroup markings (whi
  8. More detailing done to the conning tower. The venturis and splinter shield vertical reinforcing ribs have been roughed in. They still need some tweaking but look good so far. Saratoga in 1944 had venturis on two levels of the conning tower. 1) The venturi on the flag bridge above the pilot house was rather plain. 2) The venturi forward of the pilot house was an elaborate design consisting of a simple venturi placed above a wind splitter of several compound curves. Port side. Photos of the ship during its 1944 refit show that the vertical reinforcing ribs on the splinter shielding are unif
  9. Taking a break from the conning tower and funnel, turning to heavy AA gun positions, here are some photos of initial work done on the 5-inch single mounts' and all but four of the quad 40mm Bofors mounts' positions. (Additionally, there are two twin 40mm Bofors tubs not yet fabricated.) For the AA positions arrayed within the ship's former boat bays, I've begun fabricating these multi-level structures as inserts. Although not yet complete, the major structures, composed mostly of 40mm ammunition clipping rooms and vents on the actual ship, are visible. The splinter shielding, not yet comple
  10. Taking a break from the conning tower and funnel, turning to heavy AA gun positions, here are some photos of initial work done on the 5-inch single mounts' and all but four of the quad 40mm Bofors mounts' positions. (Additionally, there are two twin 40mm Bofors tubs not yet fabricated.) For the AA positions arrayed within the ship's former boat bays, I've begun fabricating these multi-level structures as inserts. Although not yet complete, the major structures, composed mostly of 40mm ammunition clipping rooms and vents on the actual ship, are visible. The splinter shielding, not yet comple
  11. Some overall views so far. Work on the funnel continues. The conning tower, funnel and flight deck are not yet fixed to the hull. The resin Twin 5-inch Mount and resin Mk.37 Fire Control Directors are by L'Arsenal and likewise are not yet fixed. As mentioned in the post above, the resin directors will be modified. The L'Arsenal directors are of the latter flat-back type and Saratoga carried the earlier angle-back Mk.37s. Work on the incomplete funnel top is the present focus. The funnel uptake exhaust grills ("Grand Arches") on the actual ship are much more complex than depicted by Fujimi, T
  12. Building the conning tower and funnel continues. Splinter shielding has been added to the various conning tower decks. A venturi (wind deflector) will be added to two of the bridge decks soon. The funnel is under construction around the uptake casing. The circular structure on the funnel's forward side is a quad 40mm Bofors mount tub. The mount's director will be placed in a small tub on top of the boxy structure seen here aft of the Bofors tub. Some overall views at this point:
  13. Here are some photos of the uptake casing placed on the flight deck. Around the casing will be built the funnel. The casing replicates the real ship's four enormous boiler uptakes (the words "uptakes" and "smoke pipes" are both used in the Navy plans). It is essentially a compartmentalized box made from 0.040" Evergreen V-groove sheet styrene. The thickness provides the funnel with internal strength and stiffness while the V-groove helps with alignment. The four, large rectangular openings at the top are the uptake exhausts and will be open with visible interiors when the funnel is complete.
  14. Conning tower work continues. The Navigating Bridge (with Pilot House up front) is now on top. Two more levels upwards to go. Port side: Starboard side:
  15. Here the lower three levels of the conning tower's hatches have been opened up. Since open hatches make any major interior features visible, it was necessary to build and install the barbette for a twin 5-inch mount and its associated radial bulkheads. Each of the four bulkheads has a passage cut into it. The real ship had six bulkheads but two will not be visible when the conning tower is complete so I omitted them.
  16. Starting to work on the Conning Tower. The base and internal stiffener are .40 thou. styrene sheet for strength. The sides are .20 thou V-groove with the horizontal grooves on the interior of the tower. I have found that using the grooves as guides helps assure aligned portholes, platforms, hatches, etc. If you look closely at the top row of portholes on the starboard side, you will notice that I cut the aft-most two portholes a bit elevated compared to those forward of them. This is deliberate and consistent with the actual ship. On the exterior of the real conning tower side, ther
  17. Flight Deck. This is the flight deck with major structures in place but still very rough. Much cleanup to be done but you can see 1. complex planking patterns. 2. the location of the floatplane tracks consistent with available photos. 3. the deck-edge waterways are installed. Bow. Deck-edge waterways are present. The deck-edge cutouts are clearance for quad Bofors mounts positioned one deck below on sponsons. The major structures are all in place. It needs some cleanup and seam-filling. The elevation of the floatplane tracks needs to be evened out and matched to the planked flight deck
  18. Here's an excerpt from the 1936 design showing the asymmetrical hull to good effect as well as the proper, and structurally logical, location of the docking keels. The hull bottom is not flat but has a subtle deadrise. Notice the starboard stability blister. Here at midships, the outboard blister side is vertical and extends a considerable distance from the side of the hull. Also note that the starboard side has no bilge keel. The port side bilge keel is present.
  19. Here you can see that chocks and hawse pipes have been roughed in, docking keels have been installed, and the hull has been primed. In 1942, Saratoga's starboard main anchor hawse pipe had been conspicuously plated over. Next installations include propeller shaft housings and port-side bilge keel (no starboard-side bilge keel after the installation of the large starboard side stability blister). Taking a break from further detailing the hull, Flight Deck work has begun. The flight deck's major structures and details for 1944 have been penciled on the styrene deck. Plans for the 1944
  20. Compare the 1944 flight deck plan laid on top the model with the 1945 post-Kamikaze refit flight deck plan. During repairs following the Kamikaze strikes, the forward elevator was replaced with a much-anticipated larger elevator. The aft elevator was deleted. The model is being built according to the ship's late 1944 appearance with two aircraft elevators.
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