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Liberty Ship SS Stephen Hopkins by schooner - FINISHED - BlueJacket

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Thanks for the link Nic.

Just out of curiosity, is BlueJacket looking at using 3-D printing for any parts? I know the upfront costs can be eye-watering.

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Yes, we have kept a close eye on 3-D printing. From a kit production standpoint, it is prohibitively expensive for not much gain.

 

However, for the modeler, it is practical. For example, if you want to get nice marine figures in 1/192 scale, shapeways has you covered. Look here:

 

https://www.shapeways.com/product/55GX8HF2S/1-192-us-navy-dungaree-set-1?optionId=61093772&li=marketplace

 

And here's one in place on the USS Kidd.

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Final Cargo Rigging

 

The booms on Hatch nr5 are configured in what was known as a “Wing and Wing’ rig, another variation on the Yard and Stay rig used on hatches 3 & 4. The Wing & Wing had the ends of both booms over the side of the ship, allowing cargo to be worked on both sides simultaneously. One feature of it is that the are no inboard guys - the ends of the booms are just lashed together for support.

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I still have to trim some tag end and add some rope coils. Next up will be the lifelines and PE railings.

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Lifelines and PE Railings

 

 

The kit supplied PE railings were too thick for me so I used some 1/192 railings from Tom’s Modelworks which I find very easy to work with. The lifeline around the fantail gun platform is brass and thread.

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Next up will be the radio antennas and flags.

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Radio Antennas and Flags

 

 

I found a 48-star flag and the house flag for the Luckenbach Steamship Co online and copied them to my graphics program, adjusted their size, copied them and flipped one copy, backed each half together and printed them out.

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In order to get the paper to hold furls I used a trick I found on some modeling site. I cut a piece of aluminum foil slightly smaller than one half of the flag. I glued it in place using rubber cement because white glue has too much water in it and it will make the printer ink run. I then placed a length of halyard rope along the fold point, folded the flags and glued them together, once again using rubber cement. The furls were made by folding the paper around a pin, alternating directions.

 

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The antennas are made from some metallic thread provided in the kit, it simulates bare wire nicely.  Both antennas run between the main and mizzen masts and are connected to the coupler tower on the flying bridge. The insulators near the ends of the antennas are just small blobs of white glue built up over several repetitions.

 

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The last thing left to add is the guns and then the big job comes - cleaning and dusting the model prior to casing it.

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Thanks Steve,but this can't hold a light to your Vance build.

It amazes me that while they share the same hull the addition of all that superstructure makes the Vance look at least twice as big as a standard Liberty

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Well, she's done. Thank you to all who have followed along, made suggestions and contributed ideas. 

Hopefully I'll be back soon with a lobster boat build that I don't think has appeared here before.

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Thanks Mike,

It IS a fantastic kit, so good that I was able to spend my time doing what I like, which is detailing, instead of having to "fix the kit"!

 

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She turned out real spiffy, I like the way the rigging turned out on the masts and cranes, a lot of additional details too. A very informative build, thanks for sharing

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Great job on a unique subject Mike.

 

You have truly made a model to be proud of. Hopefully it is located in a place where it can be admired by all.

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