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  1. Wanting to start another ship kit, I dug this one out of the plastic stash. For those interested, the historical information of the ship can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_destroyer_Z30 This kit is produced by Trumpeter, looks alright in terms of part quality, and looking for something a bit less intense than the semi-brass builds I see others doing I figured I'll do this one mostly-out-of-the-box. The only edits I'll do are to swap out the 20mm AA gun positions with these etch folded ones that I'd acquired from some long-forgotten sale. The ship needs five, the set comes with ten ... with my patented ten-thumb etch skills, the ratio sounds about right.
  2. Hi everyone, this will be a record of my attempt to complete the huge challenge that is Trumpeters Mighty MO. the addition of both pontos kits only compounds this challenge. I have almost everything. I’m just waiting on the advanced add on kit to arrive. I recently completed Trumpeters Bismarck. The MO is 4 inches longer! I won’t bore anyone with photos of every sprue, but heres the color scheme and paint chart. Now I wish I could use tamiya paints as I like them and I am comfy airbrushing them, but their color selection for the MO is horrible. so I got these 2 sets from AK interactive. I hope they airbrush ok. any thoughts? I’m also considering Model Air and AK real colors of ww2. If I can find the colors needed. I got this Eduard mini kit of hull plates. The first of the Pontos kits dry transfers theres 50 of these to build! I went with the blue deck because it looks better to me. thats all for now. The 2nd Pontos kit should be here anyday now.
  3. Hi everybody, I actually started this November of 2016. for a long time I didn't want to create a build log because all I have for a camera is an Iphone se. I didn't take many photos up till now, but I will from now on if the photo quality is ok. Even tho I'm about halfway done here are the few photos I have so far. This is the first model I have built since Revell kits 25 years ago when I was 11 years old. So you won't see anything fantastic here The first few photos is after the hull and deck have been completed. Some photo etch and deck fittings ready for paint with Tamiya Sky Grey before weathering and after weathering. this is the first time i have ever weathered. It's not a good job but it is what it is. More photo etch. Also the smallest set of stairs i have ever seen. And painted along with some guns shes wondering why I have been working on my model for 6 hours forgeting to take her for a walk These Veteran Model mini kits of the various guns are so great. The detail is amazing! my work bench And finally some railing work brings us to where i am now with the model.
  4. Folks,this model is the realization of a childhood dream. As long as I can remember, I have had a passion for submarines and more specifically for the German Type VIIc. A few years ago, Revell Germany proposed a very impressive model of the Type VIIc at the scale of 1/72 that was a nice match for their re-issue of the Matchbox Flower Class Corvette. A lot of negative things can be said about the Chinese quality and products, but in the domain of plastic scale models, they created a renewal, a revival of that discipline that no American or European companies have been able to even get close to. It started with their Bismarck and USS-Arizona in the scale of 1/200 and they have been relentlessly offering multiple models each time, bigger and bigger. The upcoming Titanic at 1/200 is another proof of their energy and commitment to this form of Hobbies. The models offered, the molding, packaging, artwork of the contents, quality of instructions and the size are absolutely unmatched by European or American manufacturers. Tamiya, being Japanese, remains in the leading group, but you pay for it. Their 1/48 U-Boat U-552 kit is probably the biggest kit that can be found on the market today, at least it is in my small collection. The following shows the box weighing 22 pounds resting against some of my pinball machines: That model is massive with a length of 1.440 meters, near 5 feet. The kit includes more than 1100 parts and is extremely well presented, packaged and molded as are the modern Trumpeter kits. All the parts are arranged into three large boxes with delicate parts carefully wrapped with bubble shields. The main hull and rear hull are located in their respective boxes, impervious to shocks and mishandling. Three booklets come with the kit: Instructions for assembly (70 pages), instructions for colors (20 pages) and a flyer for painting and assembling the 50 some crew members. on the PE side, it is very limited and spartan: However, two PE solutions are available: - Eduard with 3 sheets of PEs for the hull and conning tower - RCSubs with a fantastic offering (slightly more expensive than Eduard but ten times better and more protypical) of PEs, including the infamous Enigma machine in the scale of 1/48 - https://www.rcsubs.cz/index.php/photo-etched-sets/20-sets-for-u-boat-viic-1-48-trumpeter-06801 I have not made up my mind yet, but I am leaning very strongly towards RCSubz which allows to redo the entire deck and part of the hull, in brass. They are currently sold out but working hard to produce other PE kits. The amounts of parts is overwhelming: I have not replicated the instructions here, as it can be easily found on the Internet. Instructions are very precise, clear and are leading you step by step, towards a successful completion of that large model. The hull is provided with a grey side and a clear side: A lot has been said about that kit and numerous people have built it on the WEB. The best realization (in my humble opinion), being a French modeler who turned that kit into a museum piece with a galore of extra details. His Build Log can be found here: http://www.laroyale-modelisme.net/t20510-u-552-trumpeter-echelle-1-48 (in French): Here is another shot from a different builder, showing a beat-up and heavily rusty Type VII (Revell kit): People have been complaining about the clear acetate used to mold the Port side of the submarine and the starboard of the conning tower (mishap!!) and wished that both parts were molded with polystyrene. The Trumpeter kit insists mostly on the inside of the U-Boat and it is clearly what the Chinese tried to do with this massive kit. The Trumpeter kit is an enlargement of the Revell kit and all mistakes of the original Revell kit regarding the hull, have been carried over to the Trumpeter model. Despite these limitations, that kit remains an absolute must have (for submarine enthusiasts) and offers incredible potential for kit bashing and a level of details rarely obtained in naval plastic kits. I am not planning to start the building of this kit any time soon (other priorities to take care of) but still wanted to present it to you and perhaps get the motivation to tackle the biggest plastic model of my life. Yves
  5. Years ago I got the Anatomy Of The Ship book Bartolomeo Colleoni, and thought what a beautiful ship. So many of the pre WW2 Italian ships were, (but not that good in the real thing with other navies with Radar). The Trumpeter Zara is a new mold, with nice features and a decent upgrade sets on a slow boat from China. I got some Profile Morskie line drawings as well. I've spent the last few weeks scouring the internets for photos and references, most of the research gold is from Russian sites so my plan is to populate a lot of this build with photos of Zara that are very very hard to find.
  6. Having finished my Prince of Wales (Tamiya 1:350) I am now starting a new project. In the end of my previous build log Canute recommended Trumpeters 1:350 Hood. Thanks Canute. I have now bought that kit from my local supplier. The kit looks very nice. I think this is the first MSW build log of a Trumpeter Hood 1:350. As you can see on the box it is a long ship (75 cm) which is about 10 cm longer than Prince of Wales, i.e. 35 m in real life. Commissioned in 1920, as the last battle cruiser for the Royal Navy, the profile looks differently compared to other large WW2 ships. The mighty Hood as she was called was in service between 1920-1941 as she was sunk by Bismarck. The kit can be built as a water line model as well as a full hull. I think my Hood will be a waterline version. I have not tried that before. Maybe a diorama...... I now some pictures. Regards Henrik
  7. Going to do a simple build of the modern U.S. warship USS Independence LCS-2. Will not get bogged down in a lot of aftermarket items, just a couple of add-ons and the kit supplied photo etch. The Independence is an assault transport ship designed for littoral combat and a variety of missions.
  8. This not the start of the build but is the current stage which is about 80% complete as i have been of the model for several months now, the previous stages I am affraid were lost in the old site crash. I will be adding the picture trail from the start once I have knocked then into a suitable order. The kit comprises of the Trumpter Arizona plus upgrades from Trumpeter which includes all of the 5/6 inch barrels, Nautilus Wood deck, White Ensign P/E upgrade, Brass Screws to replace the plastic ones in the kit, White Ensign Anchor Chain Plate. One thing I have noted is that the Trumpter P/E is really soft and the stairways fall apart far to easily - anyone comtempating their use should consider heat treating them to harden the up. New anchor chain is now planned - its likely I'll purchase a self colured black chain at 16 links per inch. The main superstructure has been completed ready for locating on the main hull, the stack and ships boats are compete as is the main armament and AA Guns and ^ inch guns. The Lower hull is in preparation for paint with the "A frames and shafts located" The Upper hull has been partially painted in Grey and the black bootstrap applied - I have made that at 4 mm wide as its the smallest width tape I could easily locate. Latest news is I have been looking to fit the anchor chain plate on the forward deck but have encountered some problems with the compatibility of the 3 main components - Trumpeter forward deck section, Nautilus Wood deck and White Ensign Anchor plate. Whats transpired is that the wood is exact as far as I can tell is acurate to the moulding but the chain plate has been designed to overcome the faults in the moulding and is exact to the orignal drawings which renders its use difficult in the planned configuration I have. For the builders who count rivets to the nth degree thats fine but for those who are looking for a practical build it becomes difficult. White Ensign have been great in trying to assist in the build throughout. i have decided to make a compromise at this stage and now omit the chain plate P/E even though at first I thought I could work around the issues but in the end I have decided its not worth the effort. I intend to post the long file of pictures on the build from the start possibly at the weekend as I have been holding back until the site stabilizes having lots the 3 Caldercraft builds adding up to some 2000 posts.
  9. Ok here we go progress so far.I undercoat with black then progress on to grey .I use Vallejo air as that’s the most consistent paint to airbrush with and I can normally get these locally.
  10. Hello. First excuse my English. Im Slovak. I had building log of my Bismarck here but from any time has been closed and not visible for everyone. Only for me when I was logged in. For this one I delete it... Between this time I finished this build and bring few slides. I dont know how many pictures I can publish...
  11. Purchase of the Trumpeter 1:200 MISSOURI kit took place the last week of Nov. 2013. I received the kit today, Dec. 05, and began to access what was needed to turn this into a model of USS NEW JERSEY (BB-62) in her 1967-69 configuration. As for reference materials, I will be using various sources in order to obtain the best information possible for this project. They include, but are not limited to: USS MISSOURI Plan Book – 1945 - The Floating Drydock Battleship NEW JERSEY – Paul Stillwell IOWA Class Battleships - Robert Sumrall United States Battleships, 1935-1992 - W.H. Garzke, Jr. & R.O. Dulin, Jr. Photoetching for the Plastic Ship Modeler - Loren Perry Dreadnaught Returns & Dreadnaught Farewell – Neil Leifer Dreadnaught 68-69 - 1968-69 USS NEW JERSEY Cruise Book – LTJG J.T. Vernallis, Editor USS NEW JERSEY – The Navy’s Big Guns – Neil Leifer Warship Data – USS MISSOURI (BB-63) Warship Data – USS IOWA (BB-61) The IOWA Class Battleships – Malcolm Muir U.S. Battleships – An Illustrated Design History – Norman Friedman USS NEW JERSEY (BB-62) Plans – Floating Drydock – Deck Plan/Sheer Elevation – 1967 – Tom Walkowiak Floating Drydock – G Series, from U.S. Navy Plan Book In addition to the plans/publications listed above, I will be referencing photos taken by myself aboard NEW JERSEY and those of Tom Fally in visits to MISSOURI (BB-63) in Pearl Harbor, HI. The model will be bashed as necessary to achieve the 1967 renovations made to NEW JERSEY at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Those include: removal of all 40mm AA batteries, removal of various HVAC ventilators and repositioning; the addition of the UHF antenna on the bow of the ship, addition of the 4 ABM Chaff Launchers (modified Zuni Rocket pods), modification to the forward fire control tower with addition of the ECM suite, modifications to the forward/aft masts and radars, addition of the helo pad on the fantail and supporting equipment, and various other minor changes made to the ship at that time. In addition to the basic kit, Teak Decking will be installed over the kit deck on the main deck and 01-04 levels as well as photoetched details will be utilized in place of plastic parts from the kit. These are or will be provided from a third party vendor. Vendors under consideration are: Pontos – Basic PE Detail Up Set w/o Deck (purchased) Scaledecks – Uncut Teak Deck sections as necessary Nautilus Models – Uncut Teak Deck sections as necessary Toms Modelworks – PE Doors & Hatches (purchased), Upright Stairs & Ladders, and various other PE deck equipment and fittings Gold Medal Models – 1:200 scale U.S. Navy Decals (purchased) At this point I've done an initial assessment of the kit and have a couple observations to make: 1) The PE provided in the kit has been evaluated for it's strength (thickness) and may be used where appropriate. In addition, the Pontos Teak Deck Detail Set may be purchased for the 01-04 Level decks and PE equipment - the main deck is not suitable for this build. Under consideration is the uncut Teak Decking from Scaledecks which will be fashioned for the main deck of the model. 2) Kit provided decals are deemed not suitable for this build - GMM decals were purchased and will be incorporated throughout. I am still looking over choices for solvent based paints to be used (Haze Grey/Deck Grey). I've decided on Gundam Mr. Color #29 – Hull Red (Bottle) and GSI Creos Mr. Color Hull Red (Spray) for used on the models bottom (paint purchased). So, for the initial "eyes-on" of the kit, I'm fairly satisfied with what I've seen so far. There has been some discontent by other modelers as to the hull of this model and whether or not it's underside faring aft of the skege keels down towards the inboard shaft skegs is correct. I am not going to get into this argument at this time - there's a lot of other decisions to make before deciding that the hull needs revamping - a major task to be sure. Once my shop area has been policed, inspected, Field Day held, and all scallywags, drifties, slackers, and any other riff-raff taken to the brig, construction will commence. Hank
  12. I got this second hand quite cheaply in the suburb next to mine via an online seller. I’ve yet to purchase the Pontos upgrade set which I’ll order this week. The reason I’ve nominated Feb 1944 is that it was just before it’s only WW2 upgrade where it recieved it’s dazzle camo and a few other alterations, such as catapults which I can’t replicate and I want to weather her heavily (Sorry). it’s going to be quite the build as I want to do the interior hangar deck.
  13. Well, at the urging of yvesvidal, I'm starting this build log on my Trumpeter 1/48 scale U-Boat. I had wanted to build this kit after watching SkipperTed's build videos on YouTube. I had been out of model building for about 40 years (that seems to be quite common these days). I've always liked a challenge and this kit delivers that in spades! I love superdetailing my models and, as this is a full cut-away, it's a detailers dream. Little did I know what I was getting myself into. First, a little background on the kit and the particular boat I chose to model. If you're unfamiliar with the kit, it's like many Trumpeter kits as it is heavily detailed in some sub-assemblies and woefully short of detail in many others. It definitely feels like a "designed by committee" kit. While the Engine Room has a fantastically detailed diesel engine, the Conning Tower is sadly vacant of detail in any amount. However, if you enjoy adding lots of little fiddly bits, it's a perfect kit for this. Several detail parts suppliers, primarily on Shapeways, have some wonderful pieces that make huge improvements to the model. There are also 2 very large PE sets available. Unfortunately, all of the details available are for the exterior of the boat and, if this were a closed hull model, that would be more than sufficient. However, creativity can make up the shortcomings. Don't get me wrong, built straight from the box this builds into a very impressive model but, with the added details, it can easily be built into a museum level display. As for the boat I'm building, the kit is a Type VIIC U-Boat. This was the most common type built during the war and my boat, U-371 was commissioned in March of 1941. I picked this boat at random from the list of all of the Type VIIC boat numbers. It was simply because I liked the number. It was the first one I picked and it turned out to have a very long career, by U-Boat standards anyway. She patrolled the Atlantic off of the French and Portuguese coast during her early career, then made the passage past Gibralter into the Mediterranean. She would patrol there until 4 May, 1944 when she was sunk. During all but her last patrol, she was commanded by Kapitanleutnant Waldemar Mehl. His personal insignia, a dragonfly riding torpedo, is the only positively identifiable photo of U-371.
  14. I wanted to build the “Anti-Kamakasi” upgrade of a Fletcher class destroyer. The kit is The Sullivans DD-527, offered by Trumpeter. The Sullivans was not upgraded to the Anti-Kamikasi configuration during the war. The USS Kidd did have the upgrade so I'm making the necessary changes to the Trumpeter kit. Referred to as the Anti-Kamikaze Mod (AKM), the main upgrades include replacing the midship 40mm twins with 40mm quad mounts. The Mk 51 directors for the quads are moved from the rear stack to a structure where the forward torpedo tubes had been. The four midship 20mm Orlikon singles are replaced by four 20mm double mounts. Two twin 20mm mount replace the three single mounts on the fantail. There were other various electronic/radar/jamming installed. Each ship varied in their configurations The Kidd was named after Rear Admiral Isaac C. Kidd who perished on the bridge of the USS Arizona at Peral Harbor. The Kidd is a National Historic Landmark berthed on the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge, LA. The Trumpeter kit has components for a 1943 and a 1945 version. The instructions clearly define each version. As usual it’s important to go through the instructions particularly to avoid mixing up the 43 and 45 parts. The kit is supplemented with photo etch mainly from Gold Medal Models. The GMM PE supplies parts compatible with the Trumpeter and Tamiya Fletcher models. Master Model.PL, Alliance, Black Cat, Infini, White Ensign, and the parts box all provide additional details for this project. Main reference: Classic Warship Publishing #45 Square Bridge Fletcher Ready to start I intend on mounting the Kidd on an ocean base so the hull was formed in a full hull configuration rather than the optional waterline configuration. This gives me more room for the water effects. The rudder and screws will be left off for now. The lip(?) around the hawse pipe got sanded away while working on the bow. New ones were formed from plastic parts from the scrap box. After the hull was assembled the deck was secured to the hull. The anchor detail was sanded off. The anchor gear will be replaced with real chain and a new capstan. The bollards and chocks are removed. The bollards will be replaced and the chocks are part of the PE railings--- More to follow
  15. My latest project is the Trumpeter 1/200 USS Iowa, without a doubt my all-time most favorite ship, and FINALLY a ship that I've actually had the opportunity to see in full scale. It was quite the emotional experience for me to board the Iowa; without getting too wierd and spooky I'll just say there's A LOT of "energy" on that boat. I honestly felt like I've been there before too... maybe it's all in my head but the impressions I felt that day have stuck with me. Anyway, back to models... First off, this model is HUGE, even by my standards. There is a wealth of aftermarket details available and huge amounts of potential. Much has been said about Trumpeter's innacuraces and I intend to remedy them all! I started a USS Missouri last year but I waterlined it and didn't care for the results so I set it aside. Oh well, but that also means I've got a head start on AA guns for the Iowa: The quad 40mm bofors are from Veteran Model and are absolute jewels and models of their own; each gun is about 30-40 parts and takes me about 2-3 hours to build. The 20mm oerlikons are from Pontos. I'll have to modify the 20mm shields for the iowa but it shouldn't be too hard to do. The single greatest accuracy error of the Trumpeter kit is the shape of the hull around the stern. It is off so badly that the only good solution is to get rid of the offending section and rebuild it from scratch... so that's what I'm doing. Who says you have to choose between wood and plastic? I'm planking it now; after that I will cover the planking with auto body putty and smooth it out for a (hopefully) flawless stern. More to come, thanks for looking!
  16. When I saw this Pontos set come out and Mr K's Build of the Momsen, I had to give it a try (he's already done the hard work). There are several variables for the DDG and I'm going to do the USS Spruance.
  17. Ok, here's a quickie reboot of my Bismarck thread as requested: At the moment this is jut about the biggest, scariest (in more ways than one!) chunk of plastic that you can pick off the shelf at your local Rob-E-shop. Here's the hull next to a 1/350 Tirpiz (Bismarck's sister-ship): The kit is fairly impressive "out of the box" but it has it's problems. The first thing that worried me about the kit was the sorry shape of the porthole molds. Trumpeter molded all the portholes straight on the broadside angle and also molded the major superstruture pieces whole, rather like lego blocks This means that every porthole on the hull that is not directly broadside is warped. For example: There are plenty of curves on this ship... which means a awful lot of portholes to fix. The hull is also extremely thick plastic... great for strength and stability but after drilling out the portholes it made them look like little round cave openings instead of ports. This was my first attempt to fix the warped portholes with putty and drilling; it did't turn out the way I wanted. Also, it turns out the hull shape is wrong below the waterline and has too much of a "banana" shape to it which makes painting a waterline and boot top a bit challenging as it is not marked off with scribing or raised lines like most plastic ship models. More to come...
  18. So, the next major build and my first aircraft carrier. Trumpeter 1/350 Graf Zeppelin, with the MK 1 design detail up set which is significantly more complex than the Infini set. Extras such as more aircraft, range finders etc. The history, well, it never fought, but, after a lifetime of reading history, I’m now a bit of a fan of alternative history now. Setting the stage for where this build will lead; Just imagine, no Operation Barbarossa. No 2 front war with the Russian bear, France held captive, England slowly strangled, no diversion of resources from the Middle East to support a Nazi seizure of middle eastern oil fields; Egypt overthrows British hedgemony blocking the Suez Canal and become a Vassal state. Spain isolates Gibraltar, Malta, under constant barrage from Italy and Germany, catipulates, the Mediterranean becomes an Axis Lake. The US continues supporting the UK but Japan’s atrocities in Hawaiian islands see political passion aim at Japan first. Germany does not declare war on the US. Soviet Russia invaded China, joining the Axis in 1942, sending hoards of men to the edge of their nation to blockade and US footbridge near Alaska. Hitler had flown to Moscow that year, seeing nothing he wanted, Living room could be achieved elsewhere. The buildup begins to defeat Japan but the Royal Navy struggles to keep trade lanes open, their vast armies of the commonwealth now in India having been blocked from returning home and not strong enough to force the return to Australia. Tirpiz, and the aircraft carrier Graf Zeppelin attempt to strangle the trade routes to the UK, decimating undefended or poorly defended convoys with air power and Uboats. The new Aircraft carrier Peter Strasser comes online and with the pocket battleships Hipper and Scarnhorst, England is incredibly isolated. US escort carrier pilots now face elite multiple aces from the Luftwaffe. Summer, June 6, 1944, worn from continuous operations in the North Sea, DKM Graf Zeppelin, Along with the other carriers, Elbe (ex passenger ship Potsdam), Seydlitz , Peter Strasser and Gneiseau, prepare to send a hoard of near obsolete Ju 97’s to sink the last British aircraft carriers as they return to try and block Sealion 2, with BF109T’s for top coverage. And it starts
  19. A sister to my previous G-class, build from the same box, with a few adjustments to hull and deckstructures. I'll be using some 3D printed parts to replace the original kit ones as well. The box ... not so much different as the other, both derivates from Trumper's Eskimo kit ... (just print another box's cover and you're done ) Colour scheme will be either Athabaskan or Iroquois
  20. Hello all, My present project is building the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) at the start of her World Cruise in March of 1983. I am using Trumpeter's USS Nimitz 1/350 scale kit. I started this project in May 2017. Since I started this in May, I will make a series of posts to bring everyone up to date. The estimated completion is late December. For this conversion I will be using Gold Medal Models and White Ensign photoetch for the ship and Tom's Modelworks for the aircraft. I am also using 3-D printed accessories from Shapeways and resin accessories from Veteran Models and Black Dog. Many other areas like the CIWS sponsons and the hangar deck are scratch built. Many of the hangar bay decals and aircraft decals were made by myself. This ship will also feature fiber optic lighting (over 500')and 40 LED's to illuminate it. I served aboard the Vinson with VA-37 during this deployment. In 1985 the Vinson went through a huge retrofit so many of the details are from personal photos and foggy memories (LOL) Here is the a picture of the start of the project.
  21. For my 3rd plastic kit build, I've chosen the 1:350 Trumpeter USS England (DE-635) Destroyer Escort kit. Background: USS England DE-635 Length : 93.2 m (305.77 ft) Beam : 11.2 m (36.7 ft) Displacement : 1400K (1.377 Long tons) The USS England was one of 142 turbo-electric (TE) series destroyer escorts commissioned between April 1943 and March 1944. Named after Ensign Charles England who was killed onboard the Oklahoma (BB-37) on 7 December 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. She was commissioned on 10 December 1943, arrived at Espiritu Santo on 12 March 1944, from where she was engaged in escort duties. Between 19 May and 31 May 1944, England, in company with George (DE-657), Raby (DE-698), and Spangler (DE-696), stalked and sank six Japanese submarines. with MK-10 "Hedgehog" Projector and Depth Charges. Following the successes against the six submarines, England continued to operate as convoy escort and was involved with operations against Leyte, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. In the end of the war, England was decomissioned on 10 December 1945. The kit includes PE Brass depth charge racks, and I've also purchase the Tom's ModelWorks PE kit for this model. I will be painting it with the WWII "razzle-dazzle" camouflage, using as a reference the actual museum ship, Destroyer Escort USS Slater (DE-766), which is on display just north of me in Albany, NY. Obligatory box photos: Included PE Tom's ModelWorks PE alongside the kit supplied PE The "razzle-dazzle" camo scheme: Photos from the USS Slater website
  22. Started on some small bits with PE. I don’t know what this is and can’t find a reference, maybe someone can help.
  23. A brake from the syren. so am doing a side prodjekt, am building a lcm3 landing craft and some other stuff , I will also build a LCVP from Italeri all this will be put in a diorama based on operasjon Overlord (D-day) Am not there yet on how the diorama wil look at this time, and how big. but I think there wil be some waves and bomb to it. am using airbrush for the painting , the pain I use is from tamiya, washes /pigment from AK The truck is not finished yet! Svein.erik
  24. For my next PE Plastic kit I've chosen the 1:350 Trumpeter model of the Liberty Ship S.S. John W Brown. The PE Brass is from Tom’s Modelworks. One of two surviving fully operational Liberty ships preserved in the United States, S.S. JOHN W. BROWN is the product of an emergency shipbuilding program in World War II that resulted in the construction of more than 2,700 Liberty ships. Liberty Ships were a class of cargo ship built during World War II. They were old-fashioned, utilitarian vessels that could be built in a hurry. They got the name Liberty ships because the first one built was named S.S. PATRICK HENRY. The S.S. John W Brown is based in Baltimore MD Inner Harbor and is open for tours and sails. Description Class: EC2-S-C1 Type Liberty Ship Launched: September 7, 1942 At: Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard, Baltimore, Maryland Length: 441 feet, 6 inches Beam: 57 feet Draft: 27 feet, 9 inches Displacement: 14,245 tons Gross: 7,176 tons Capacity: 8,500 long tons Armament: Three 3-inch/50 caliber guns; one 5-inch/38 caliber gun; eight 20mm guns. I had a chance encounter with the ship some years ago while taking my Granddaughter, who was 6 years old at the time, on a tour of the Science Museum. While in the museum we saw the S.S. John W Brown pull up to the dock that was just outside the Museum's main entrance. Unfortunately it was late in the day and being a 6 year old she was tired and not too interested in climbing around an old ship. So we just took some dock side photos and planned to return at a later time. Photos of the actual ship: The obligatory box photos:
  25. For my next build I have chosen to “go rogue” and join @RGL, @COG, @Canute, @Old Collingwood, and @Popeye the Sailor and build a plastic kit with Photo Etched Brass. The kit is 1:350 scale Trumpter model of the Fletcher Class destroyer The Sullivans DD537. The PE Brass is from Tom’s Modelworks. The Sullivans is a United States Navy ship named in honor of the five Sullivan brothers (George, Francis, Joseph, Madison, and Albert) aged 20 to 27 who lost their lives when their ship, USS Juneau, was sunk by a Japanese submarine during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal on 13 November 1942. This was the greatest military loss by any one American family during World War II. She was also the first ship commissioned in the Navy that honored more than one person. After service in both World War II and the Korean War, The Sullivans was assigned to the 6th Fleet and was a training ship until she was decommissioned on 7 January 1965. In 1977, she and cruiser USS Little Rock (CG-4) were processed for donation to the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park in Buffalo, New York. The ship now serves as a memorial and is open for public tours. I chose The Sullivans partly because I have visited it while visiting my daughter in Buffalo and I can easily obtain detailed photos of her as needed during the build. DD-537's specifications are: Length: 376 feet 6 inches Beam: 39 feet 8 inches Draught: 17 feet 9 inches Crew: 329 Displacement: 2,050 tons Max Speed: 35 knots (40mph) Fuel Capacity: 492 tons of fuel oil Range: 6,500 nautical miles Original Armament: Five 5 inch 38 cal gun mounts Ten 40mm Bofors AA cannon in five dual mounts Seven 20mm Oerlikon AA cannon Two 5 tube 21 inch Torpedo Tubes Two 24 round Hedgehog Anti Submarine Mortar Projectors Six Depth Charge Projectors Two Stern Depth Charge Racks Current Armament: Four 5 inch 38 cal gun mounts Four 40mm Bofors AA cannon in dual mounts Four 20mm Oerlikon AA cannon Two 3 tube Mk32 Torpedo launchers Two 24 round Hedgehog Anti Submarine Mortar Projectors One Stern Depth Charge Rack Power Plant: 4 Babcock & Wilcox oil fired boilers powering 2 General Electric steam turbines driving 2 screws with 60,000 Shaft Horsepower Launching Date: April 4, 1943 at the Bethlehem Steel Company, San Francisco, CA The obligatory box and contents photos follow:

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