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USS Arizona by normanh - Trumpeter - PLASTIC - 1:200


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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.

 

 

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Progressing steadily again have started to paint the upper hull and I have prepared the lower hull for assemby.

 

G Factor Screws ready to fit

 

Pontos pedestals fitted to the lower hull with captive nuts bonded inside the hull with some old P/S i had laying around.

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I am waiting for HMS Hood in 1:200 hopefully that will be on the cards with Trumpeter. Next to build is the Dreadnought but shes 1:350 a tad easier to move around, the Arizona has stretched my limits in both skill and space to maximum she is big at just over 36 inches long but its the level of detail as well in her. Currently I not a 100% sure on how I intend to mount the model - whether it will be on the plinth you see here or whether she will be mounted directly to the base of a cabinet yet to be purchased.

 

 

 

 

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Norman,

 

I am glad to see you reposting your Arizona build.  I have seen several of these completed kits on display at the IPMS show in Richmond, VA.  You will have a very nice model when you complete the kit and it will be really nice watching your progress.

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I have also seen a good few at the UK shows Telford and unfortuneately I dont think my version could compete with what I have seen - its a little out of my league in all honesty but has been an excellent learning curve for the next kit planned - Dreadnought.

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More progress this week, finally painted the lower hull last weekend in preparation of fixing the two halfs together, done yesterday and the upper wooden decks fitted. The decks arn't a bad fit by any means but they do need careful handling as some details are just not quiet right a number of hatches were typical 25 thou out of position as where the anchor chain pipes so a little bit of trimming was needed. the one frustating thing about the Nautalis deck is that its designed to use the plastic steps in the kit, I am using the White Ensign P/E so I have to fill several gaps in the deck. Some of the deck fittings are a bit more out to the deck and I am going to have to insert some pieces up to 40 thou wide in places.

 

Paint the anti-fouling red oxide was on the limit for mt aztech airbrush even using the largest nozzle I have for acrylic paint it is a hard job and I had to start again after rubbing it all down - Tamiya XF9. Anyone considering a hull this size it might be worth looking for a rattle can of automotive paint, the colours are very much like that.

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Hi Norman, nice to see the progress.

I think you can get spray cans in marine oxide from a boat supplier or chandlers.

 

Ben

I would be highly suprised if you could as the area that a can would cover is no more than a square yard and the paint applied would be to thin to withstand the vigours of salt water and marine life - most would simple brush it on. large areas are without doubt sprayed but this is an industrial process on a huge scale. anyone looking for rattle can red oxide would be best to look up their local car paint shop for one and preferably an acylic suitable for plastic.

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Norman,

 

Great build!! I'm very impressed with what I've seen (and we've PM'd about) here in re. the MISSOURI kit. Still haven't made a decision yet, but leaning hard towards one soon. The Pontos Detail Set will be rather expensive in addition to the kit price, but almost a given if I were to take the plunge.

 

One question - was the lower hull pre-painted red or not?

 

Thanks,

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