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  1. USS Kidd-FINISHED Named in honor of Isaac C Kidd, Rear Admiral, USN, who died aboard his flagship, USS Arizona, December 7, 1941. Started in June, 2019. The hull, deck, and main superstructures are from the Trumpeter kit. The rest is a combination of kit, aftermarket, photoetch, and scratch built details. Main reference is USS Kidd On Deck by David Doyle. Paint is acrylic. The screws and rudder are removed as the model will be mounted on a seascape which is under construction and encased.
  2. If you use real used oil you will have a new height in realism--smell, odor like only an engine room can have.🛠️ Then the bolt counters will be able to discuss weather it smells correct⚔️ A really marvelously detailed engine. Cheers, Harley
  3. Thanks Popeye, I'm taking your advise regarding space left on the deck and desired results. Working on a seascape for her then she will get the "Finish" tag.
  4. After the rails were installed in a conventional manner I wanted to make the rails look more like cable/destroyer like. Masked the hull for protection. The hawse pipe was configured to accept the anchors from Blackcat Replacement torpedo crane was fashioned from brass, PE, & plastic New torpedo tubes from Shapeways painted and installed Capt. Kidd's caricature, authorized by the Navy, was actually painted on a metal plate which was attached to the forward stack. I reduced a photo of the Captain to less then a quarter of an inch. The ship's boats and davits became a real challenge. The boats were OK but I needed to combine the kit and Shapeway davits to make it work. Left is kit, right is Shapeways, middle is combination used Clay was used to position the boat while fitting the davits PE, different size wire, and plastic completed the boat installation Water practice, more touch up, and final details and she should be ready to ship out Standby to cast off!
  5. Is there some correlation between model builders and medical problems? Maybe hunching over a workbench for hours on end or scrambling after a microscopic piece of PE isn't good for us older folks. Will that stop us? No! Just slow us down a bit. 🤕 So at 81 with previous open heart surgery, hip replacement, shoulder cuff surgery, and engaging in every activity that can screw ones hearing up, I think I'll tackle a 1/200 plastic monster or finish my Confederacy. Hope you all feel better and can find the answers to your pain problems. Cheers- - -
  6. Work on small details continues. The Anti Kamikaze update replaces the seven single 20mm Orlikons with six twins. My twin mounts are from Black Cat Models and are quite good. They come in one piece so you can't realistically change the elevation. The muzzles were pointing at the gun tub walls. I glued the mounts to a strip of .27mm plastic and then trimmed the new base. The railing installations on the deck house seem to vary a lot. I wasn't happy with the way the railings looked at first so I cut the top rail off some areas and painted the top rail black in other areas to simulate a line in place of a rail. This simulates a line instead of a metal rail. References show that the rail systems appear to be removable to clear the torpedo tubes and main battery mounts. Next I'm working on the rigging, paint touch up (endless), and boat davits. Cheers---
  7. Thanks Popeye, I'm getting another chapter ready for the log. I keep on finding little details to try and add to the Kidd. How do you learn or know when enough is enough? Regards, Harley
  8. Progress-- I don't know what the pieces that run along the deck edge midships are called. Part of the rail system I guess. If anyone can identify them I would appreciate it. Anyway the bottom of these are off the deck so water could run overboard under them. I mixed a color to paint the spaces between the uprights so it would appear that they were, in fact, off the deck. The actual color has more blue in it The secondary conning station, 40mm quads, and life rafts are on board. The signal halyards are made of EZ Line. More details and the rigging still to come. The mast uses nothing from the kit. Brass rod, PE, and misc shapes from the parts box. USS Alaska contributed a lot of items.
  9. A lot of subassemblies have come together so I will attempt to bring the log up to date with some kind of order. Hopefully the photos will help. The mast aft of the torpedo tubes became an interesting little project. I don't know what the proper nomenclature would be for that mast. I replaced the kit mast with a combination of brass rod and other spare parts. Triangular gussets from Alliance Models have come in handy in various applications on this project. The deck on the aft Mk51 director position was raised by filling the tube with Perfect Plastic Putty. All the Mk51 directors are aftermarket. The right picture below shows the kit mast and the replacement. The depth charge racks are Gold Metal which most of the PE is. The depth charges are cut from 1mm plastic rod. The K-guns are kit. Kit cranes(?) were replaced with brass rod. It's easier to load the depth charges in the rack if you glue them to a thin strip of plastic. Then you load the rack like a stripper clip into a rifle. The stern racks and smoke projectors are installed. The aft 20mm gun tube was modified to follow the configuration per references. Closing with some shots of other additions. The midship 40mm director platform was constructed like the aft mast by adding items to make it look like the reference photos. I'm making the backup conning station which is not part of the kit.
  10. Wow, simply Wow! May ask what you used for the rigging? Thanks for sharing with us mere mortals of our hobby. Cheers, Harley
  11. Greetings,

    I am contemplating building the treaded 1/200 Missouri by Trumpeter. If you can spare the time, I would appreciate

    you fielding a couple of questions on this kit.

    I know how long the model is but how high is it from keel to whatever is highest. My commodore has asked "where am I going to put it" A reasonable request.

    How would you rate the kit 20 & 40mm guns compared to Veterans (or others) PE?

    When I was building my 1/350 Alaska I accumulated a pretty good amount of aftermarket PE and, as you know, that supply can come in handy on other projects. I don't contemplate more than one 1/200 build so I'd like to be a bit more selective on aftermarket purchases.

    Thank you for your time and sharing all the helpful information in your building logs. You set a high standard to follow.

    Regards, Harley

  12. Nice project choice. I've been contemplating a carrier build next. Now I can sit back and enjoy watching your worthy efforts. If I may, what is your impression of the Trumpeter kit? Thanks, Harley
  13. I've tried all the systems for finding wayward pieces but to no avail. It was probably the authenticity saint that saw I was using double racks instead of singles which would be correct for the Kidd at this time period. I'll probably just make up a set of singles. My admiral suggests tying a piece of line to the part to make it easier to find when it flies 😜, a good laugh was had by all.
  14. Greetings Steph, I don't wish to add to your dilemma but studying your pictures is stirring my little brain up. If I recall correctly, another member building the same model described how he had to make the middle piece fit. I would try to find that log before spending so much on a second set. Is there not a good chance that the second kit would suffer from the same misalignment? If, as you said, the bow and stern sections line up OK, why not adjust the midship piece? Hope you have clear sailing once you get this big challenge out of the way. Cheers, Harley

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