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  1. After debating whether to build one of the new tank kits I just acquired, or an aircraft, car or ship model kit, I decided on one of the tanks. I am building the Tamiya 1:35 scale US Medium M4A3 Sherman 105 mm Howitzer Assault Support tank as it appeared in December 1944 at Ardennes or the Battle of the Bulge, (see box art below). The kit actually comes in two version, the second being 1945 Germany. I chose this version more for the paint scheme than any other reason. The other version is a plain olive drab overall color. The kit comes with 9 sprues, tank body 2 halves, and 2 tank treads. It's molded in a dark green, olive drab, color. There are also 5 figures with the kit, tank driver and commander, plus 3 infantry figures. I have not decided yet on how I will display this when done. Maybe a diorama, but who knows. Anyway, the journey begins.
  2. I decided to dig into my stash of plastic 1:35 scale kits and do the Tamiya M6 Multiple Gun Motor Carriage or half-track and the Verlinden Church ruin kits together as a diorama. The Verlinden kit is cast hydrocal plaster and is now out of production since Verlinden retired some decades back. I picked up the last two kits my local brick and mortar hobby store had just before they closed their doors forever. I will be doing the diorama somewhat similar to what is shown on the Verlinden box art with some additional Tamiya figures/accessories from my collection of completed Tamiya kits. Box art and contents shown below Verlinden Kit Tamiya Kit The Verlinden kit consists of two large castings of two walls of the church and 3 smaller castings of rubble from the church walls. To assemble them I used 5 minute epoxy
  3. Hi all, I'm new to this forum, and relatively (re)new to model building. Like many of us, I built plastic kits as a pre-teen in the 70's, dropped it, then returned to the hobby in my 50's. My motivation was mostly liking to do stuff with my hands (I also build furniture) and a growing interest in WWII history, particularly naval aviation and, for that reason logically, particularly the Pacific war. Until now I've been doing only airplanes, moving up through 9 or 10 of them in increasing complexity to try and build some skills. The most recent was also the most complex, an Airfix 1:48 Supermarine Walrus (which as a flying BOAT I guess is legit to at least mention here) with the full Eduard PE treatment inside and out. Plus, this was my first foray into rigging a biplane. Wanting to keep ratcheting up the challenge level, I decided that now was the time for a ship. The specific choice of escort carrier Gambier Bay (CVE-73) was a combination of seeing the Hasegawa kit on sale for a very good discount and having recently read the excellent Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors by James Hornfischer, which describes the heroic fight put up by Task Forces 1, 2, and 3 in helping to repel a much more powerful Japanese fleet from entering the Leyte Gulf and wreaking havoc on MacArthur's famous landing there. Gambier Bay was lost in that engagement, as were several other USN ships. I also purchased the "detail-up" PE kit that Hasegawa sells for Gambier Bay. In addition to a bunch of little details for the deck ordnance and such, this kit completely replaces the kit plastic for the masts and radar hardware (really most of the superstructure), and will without a doubt be the most complex PE construction job I've yet tried. So far I have made a basic assembly plan, and started building the hull. The assembly plan is basically to ignore a lot of the Hasegawa sequence, which bounces around between hull, deck, and planes/ordnance before tackling the superstructure, and do this instead: 1. Build out the hull, deck, and lower superstructure (the plastic part) separately, adding none of the deck hardware and ordnance, and only as much PE hull detail as lies within a solid color area of the complex Measure 23 camo scheme. 2. Separately make any PE parts that will get the measure 23 camo colors but cross color boundaries and can't be masked over. 3. Paint everything above the lightest hull grey color (I will use Gunze Mr Color lacquers for all of it), then paint the Measure 23 camo (which requires mixing colors, so I want to do it all at once so I don't have to match) on everything, going lightest to darkest color. I plan to grey out all the darker colors a bit to give the "scale attenuation" effect. 4. Paint all the PE bits that go on the camo areas separately, then glue them on. 5 Spray the main deck with deck blue, and probably brush paint all the other deck surfaces to work around the molded-in hardware that needs to be light grey. Use the decal sheet to guide masking off and spraying the ship number and landing strip lines on the deck (no way are decals going to settle over that texture). 6. Build and paint all the deck hardware and ordnance, then install it. 7. Take a deep breath. 8. Build the PE superstructure, and paint it. 9. Take a second deep breath. 10. Try to do a decent job of rigging it with EZ-Line. 11. Build and paint the aircraft that are provided (9 total).
  4. Scratchbuilding USS Saratoga CV-3, 1944 in 1/350 scale. This model will depict Saratoga late war with asymmetrical hull, cut-down funnel, and heavy AA fit. It is NOT being converted from the Trumpeter kit. Jim Russell did convert the Trumpeter kit into a 1944 Saratoga beautifully. You can see his conversion here: http://www.shipmodels.info/mws_forum/viewtopic.php?f=59&t=39515&start=0 Actual ship length overall: 910' - 1-3/4" Model Length: 31.205 inches (79.26 cm). Material: Evergreen polystyrene sheet, strips, tubing, rods, H-sections, etc. Hull construction method: double plank on frame Plans and References: 1. US Navy Booklet of General Plans dated 1942 (implemented following Kamikaze damage sustained on February 21, 1945), available from Floating Drydock 2. US Navy Booklet of General Plans dated April 23, 1936 (implemented during a refit in December, 1943, plans updated Aug., 1944 to include cross sections - vitally important for this build). 3. US Navy Booklet of General Plans for USS Lexington CV-2, dated 1936, for comparison 4. detail photos and comments posted by Tracy White (invaluable) 5. photos from USS Saratoga Squadron at Sea by David Doyle (Tracy contributed much to that effort). 6. hull sections for USS Lexington CV-2, drawn by Thomas Walkowiak, available from Floating Drydock. Technique inspiration: Paul Budzik's masterful scratch-built USS Enterprise CV-6 http://paulbudzik.com/current-projects/Enterprise%20Scratch/Enterprise_Scratch.html Finish inspiration: Martin Quinn’s exquisite prewar USS Lexington CV-2: http://www.modelshipgallery.com/gallery/cv/cv-02/350-mq/mq-index.html Your advice, constructive criticism and comments are most welcome and appreciated.
  5. Hello everyone I'd like to start a new log for the Yamato. This kit is the one DeAgostini brought out a couple of years ago here in Belgium. I was able to buy this kit from anoter shipmodeller who had lost intrest in building her. He let her go for only 50 € so this was really a bargain This is what i got : I must admit i'm a little terrified of the adventure ahead of me, after watching the the superb logs and builds of Greg's Yamato and Carl's Musashi. The latter being the Yamato's sister ship. I hope i can do her credit by building a nice model of the greatest warship of her time.
  6. Good evening fellow ship modelers, I'm new to the forum here, introduced myself the other day in the new member forum. I've been working on Bluejacket's 1/192 Samuel B. Roberts Destroyer Escort. However, I've chosen to model DE-404, USS Eversole, which fought at and was sunk during the Battle of Leyte Gulf in October 1944. I chose to model the Eversole for two reasons 1) I love reading about the Battle of Leyte Gulf, and 2) dazzle camouflage fascinates me. Choosing the USS Eversole allowed me to research both the battle and the camouflage, all the while having fun. When it was sunk, the Eversole wore Measure 31/2c. All paint colors are mixes of Model Master enamels matched to paint chip color charts I used as part of a research project in college. This is an impressive solid wood hull kit that supplies plans, styrene, brass rod, brass photo-etch, and great detailed metal fittings, as well as rigging supplies. To the kit contents, I've added 3D printed 5 inch gun turrets, 5 inch gun turret mounts, 40mm Bofors, and a couple other little odds and ends like life preservers to liven up the ship even more. Also additionally, I've been using Tom's Modelworks 1/192 US Naval Doors, 1/192 Portholes, 1/192 Vertical and Horizontal Ladders, and 1/200 Premium 3D railing. I may or may not add Tom's 1/192 Depth Charge Racks, Flotation Racks, and Destroyer Radar. This build log will commence from maybe 30% complete, as that's where the Eversole stands today! I've been painting by hand with oil paints which shows in the up-close pictures, but that's okay by me as I don't have access to or space for an airbrush setup right now. This kit has been great for improving my scratch-building skills, adding little details shown on the ship's plans provided in the kit here and there. I acknowledge there are some odds and ends that need fixing, filling and repainting. I'm slowly but surely getting to them. Finally, on to pictures: (Image source: http://www.navsource.org/archives/06/404.htm) (Image source: http://www.usndazzle.com/Destroyer Escorts Drawings/339 2C.jpg) Thanks for looking, and happy modeling! -Andrew
  7. Greetings, This is a rebuild of my first build lost after the server crash, as luck would have it I only lost a few photos. Over the next day or two I'll be adding the photos along with a short write up for each. I welcome any comments, because this is my first major build and the first as an on-line build. Thanks, Tim
  8. This thread is for shortcuts to programmes of interest Please drop a shortcut to a programme and the title of the programme to which it refers The first one is The Ghosts of the Mary Rose http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCmuMQLBoog Battle Stations - H.M.S. Victory http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRXgMcyWcFU

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