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That’s over the top! Incredible work.

 

I think one of the hard things about documenting small scale builds is that to capture the intricacy of detail, one loses a sense of scale. But to get the sense of scale one loses the fine detail. I prefer the ‘wow, that’s a lot of detail’ pics, with the occasional picture to remind me, oh yeah, this whole ship is roughly the length of and significantly narrower than a loaf of bread... 

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Thanks gents, there is a lot Of PE, and yes, I’m going to paint her in the 1942 camp pattern just to torture myself with different oil canning. Her next refit had added more AA guns. 

 

Next build will will be a monster. 

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I was wondering: is it the way the resin reflects the light, or are the edges slightly less defined than in the plastic parts?

Btw that radar is incredible.... just for comparison:  can we have a ruler or something next to that radar?

 

Jan

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I could be wrong, not that uncommon, but it looks a little more like the Hornet to me.

 

Doesn't seem to have the right looks for the Yorktown. Admittedly the stack of the forward destroyer is blocking the bow so it could be possible either way. Greg knows where he got the picture possibly they identify it there.

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Those are DE's not DD's in the above photo, no Fletcher's in it. Now this is a Fletcher getting setup to bury her bows, square bridge but I suspect that the Fletcher's bridge was upgraded after entering service. The one I rode was the Ammen DD 527.  

 

 

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24 minutes ago, jud said:

Those are DE's not DD's in the above photo, no Fletcher's in it. 

The two escorts in the photo both have four 5" mounts, single funnels, and round bridges, which are all characteristics of Sims-class destroyers. There were five Sims-class vessels in Destroyer Squadron 2 constituting Task Force 17's (Hornet) screen at the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands on 26 Oct 1942, Morris (DD-417), Anderson (DD-411), Hughes (DD-410), Mustin (DD-413), and Russell (DD-414). Perhaps the ships in the photo are two of these?

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3 hours ago, ccoyle said:

The two escorts in the photo both have four 5" mounts, single funnels, and round bridges, which are all characteristics of Sims-class destroyers. There were five Sims-class vessels in Destroyer Squadron 2 constituting Task Force 17's (Hornet) screen at the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands on 26 Oct 1942, Morris (DD-417), Anderson (DD-411), Hughes (DD-410), Mustin (DD-413), and Russell (DD-414). Perhaps the ships in the photo are two of these?

Could be, have never seen any Sims Class Destroyers, I see on the net that 12 were built and commissioned in 1939-1940, all survived the war but were scrapped after the war, rate as 1500 Ton Destroyers, the Fletchers were rated at 2100 Tons. I jumped to conclusions that the vessels in the photo were DE's because of their single stack and raised foredecks. Photo from the net, it proves me wrong about the two vessels in that photo being DE's.dd_uss_buck_dd420.jpg 

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Love the build and I am learning a lot with your comments (as well as everybody else's additions)  I am very curious to see how you will paint the camo pattern.  Will you mask over the PE and railings?

 

Greg

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2 hours ago, RGL said:

So next, think Ikea flat pack but with this as the sum total of instructions

That should be enough if you are a fervent Ikea modeller ...

 

59 minutes ago, RGL said:

I’d hate to think what would happen if this was someone’s first PE set! It’s quite hard. 

They just would have to cope now, wouldn't they ... When I look at Musashi (old tool) with FlyHawk and Pontos PE sets, that would be about the same, instruction-wise that is.  You just start at the beginning and muddle through. A bit like every model you've made ...

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Ah ha! Cog’s back! 

 

Nearly every PE instructions I have seen have some type of beni g instructions not the finished product that just mentions the part numbers. 

 

For instance, the rear end of the torpedo types require rolling then wrapping around a drill bit to even come close to being right, and I’m yet to see any instructions for that. 

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