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  1. Hello again Model Ship World forum - I was planning on doing another Bluejacket Shipcrafters model after completing the Revenue Cutter and Spray kits last year. My wife came across this older kit of the USS United State frigate in a garage sale, and picked it up. I must admit I was not as excited about it initially (because of it being plastic), but after researching some nice versions that others have made with this kit, decided to make it the next one on the bench! I have been working on it for a few months now, so I am going back to January images to start piecing together the build...to get back to current. Here's the first few set up pictures, and painting out the hull - -
  2. The United States was a passenger liner launched in June 1951 but didn’t enter service until June 1952. 53329 gross tonnage 1928 Passengers 301.8 meters overall length 4 Westinghouse steam turbines producing 240,000 HP Crew of 1093 My first step was to identify every part and sheet and compile a notebook with plastic sleeves to keep every thing organized. This kit has been on a shelf for 4 years. I was getting tired of carving whaleboats for my C W Morgan, so I started her about a week ago. Waited until the hull frames were in place before staring photographing. One reason for choosing this kit was that it is on card stock and doesn’t need laminating.
  3. Having finished my Titanic kit I wanted to build the SS United States as a size comparison. The Glencoe kit is one step above "bathtub toy". I intend to replace the decal hand rails with photoetch.
  4. Hello, I just starting my first ship, the "Black Prince" by Mamoli. I was lost until I found your planking for beginners article. Thank you. My great x X Grandfather was Joshuah Humphreys , coined the father of the US Navy, having designed the first USN six frigates. Previously he armed Benjamin Franklins merchant ships during the revolutionary war. One was the "Black Prince". I am having fun, learning and again thanx in appreciation. Marc
  5. Hello all, as promised I'd like to show my actual project: USS United States. First I have to mention that this is a really worse kit by means of historical and technical correctness. So let's have a close look at the kit and the ship itself: USS United States has been one of the "Original Six" frigates authorized 1794 by the Congress. They've been built under supervision of Joshua Humphreys. Her service history is shown on threedecks.org and Wikipedia. There's very few evidence about her appearance. It IS evident that she had a raised quarterdeck purchased by her first CO, Cpt. John Barry, shown in Chapelle's "History Of The American Sailing Navy": In these times she also had a figurehead showing the Goddess Of Liberty. Lloyd McCaffery shows us how it may have looked like: According to Osprey's "American Heavy Frigates" the figurehead disappeared around 1808 and scrollwork took place at the bow. The raised quarterdeck influenced the ship's behaviour so it has also been removed. I think this happened about 1810 during refit. Here we have another nice picture of USS United States with quarterdeck, figurehead and 2 rows of stern windows (??): Please note that there are no portholes shown... OK, that's what we have by research. Now let's have a look at the kit. HERE (Link) you'll find a very good description and some pictures (German language). Following topics have to be criticized: Scale: obviously NOT 1/150 but very close to 1/220 Outboard: portholes, closed bow, lids of gunports are parted, no hammock nettings Stern: clearly the stern of USS Constitution in the 1870s until today Inboard: no fiferails along the breastwork, gratings too simple, round skylight over Captain's cabin Equipment: only one cutter on the main grating, no clamps or ringbolts Rigging: all masts are molded as one part including yards that are molded in 90 degrees to the ship's direction, double dolphin striker In fact, you get a simplified "Constitution" kit which is miles away from USS United States. So you've got the choice either to build USS Constitution or have fun with a nearly correct USS United States... guess my choice I further decided to build her in a kind of 1842 configuration. Advantage is, the closed bow, bulwarks, gunlids and portholes can remain. I think these features have been added somewhere in the 1820s or 1830, maybe 1828 during her extensive repairs at Philadelphia Navy Yard. So let's have a walk-around: I sheathed the kit's stern with a self designed one made of cardboard, choosing a simple 5-window configuration: All gratings were replaced by self made ones. I used paper strips. Also the skylight was replaced, fiferails were made out of cardstock and wire, bitts out of cardstock, wire and parts of toothpicks. The boats were another challenge. I also made them entirely from card and paper. I also added hammock nettings and hammoks from tissue, wire and thread and put some crew members and US Marines into place. The paintwork is entirely made with acrylics, note that the bow decorations are not guilded and the white gunport belt is painted to the bows. This can be seen on older pictures of USS Constitution and USS Constellation. Now let's have a look at the pictures: I built the masts completely new, the following pictures are showing the kit's condition right now. The tops are parts of the original kit. OK, that's it for today. Looking forward to your comments. Regards Alex
  6. For those of you with curiosity concerning how the first US Frigates were equipped for sea, you may find a ten page listing of the sundries received by the Frigate United States in 1798 at the following link: http://wardepartmentpapers.org/document.php?id=27521 There are some interesting items - including the quantity of powder (268 barrels), grape shot (3,705 2lb grape), compasses (several), 6 panes of glass, 99 gal sherry wine, 48 3/4 gal port wine, 62 gal molasses, and 462 gal of vinegar.
  7. this is the Revell 1:96 scale kit. I had built this kit some time ago. the model was short lived though and met it's demise at my hand. I had been looking for another one for quite a while. I got a tip that there was one on E-bay........didn't think I would suceed......but I managed to get it. it spent a long time in the closet, until one day, when my curiosity got the best of me. I had seen Daniel's build of the Victory here on the site, and wondered if I could pull something like that off. so here it is.....in it's infancy. Now, when Revell came out with this series of large scale models {there we several in the series}, quite a bit of evidence pointed towards the reasoning of the grouping in the series. The Cutty Sark mimicked the thermoplyae.....the C.S.S. Alabama mimicked the U.S.S. Kersarge.....the U.S.S. Constitution mimicked the U.S.S. United States....the only one that didn't seem to have a clone, was the Spanish Galleon. these kis may have.....or probably were, molded from the same molds. whoever came up with this idea was a genius, in my view. outside of a few minor discrepancies....they came out with some of the best kits that revell had ever done. sadly, the Constitution was the only one to survive the discontinual chopping block. my rebuild of this fine vessel is going to be a bit different.....I plan to replace all that I can do with wood. I don't think I'll be able to go as far as Daniel did on his build {which is exsquisite, by the way}, but I'll do what I can. the one thing I want to defeat.....are those nasty separation lines that cursed these decks. the decks on these particular kits are done in sections. when put together in the build, you can't help but see these section lines. I have seen other folks try many ways to hide them.....some are pretty good, but I think doing the decks in wood will totally erraticate them once and for all! what started this build sounds kinda silly......just playful banter on the site. I decided to bring out the cannons to put on the Gothenborg......as a show of force, and to defend the wharf. It opened a can of worms.......it got me thinking of the deck idea again.....and so I went for it. I spent quite a bit of time making the barrels for the cannons I did manage to do a little painting on them. the parts are in pretty good shape....not a lot of flash, or deformaties. there are some things that were not put into this kit, that are in the Connie kit. the aft quarters, for one thing. I'm going to try to add the parts for it in here.....I think it would make for a nice addition
  8. Hi everyone - as I mentioned in my "New Member Introduction" post, this is my first time truly building a model ship. I normally build figure kits, sci-fi, fantasy, super heroes, dinosaurs, monsters, etc. And my only experience with rigging was the Wright Brothers' model plane. But I was at a garage sale and picked this kit up for an amazing $5! And it was 100% complete. I felt like a thief. But I took it home. So here is my build log. I'm super excited to be embarking on this voyage but slightly intimidated by the rigging. Note: As this is my first kit, I will likely build it pretty much out-of-the-box without a lot of modifications. (Unless I get inspired to do some customizing). I hope to gain a lot of wisdom from this community during this process. Anyway, here is the kit in these photos. Thanks, George
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