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Progress--  I don't know what the pieces that run along the deck edge midships are called. Part of the rail system I guess. If anyone can identify them I would appreciate it. Anyway the bottom of these are off the deck so water could run overboard under them.

I mixed a color to paint the spaces between the uprights so it would appear that they were, in fact, off the deck.

005.jpg.fd4b268366c8e2f151da9fde12f57705.jpgThe actual color has more blue in it 

The secondary conning station, 40mm quads, and life rafts are on board. The signal halyards are made of EZ Line.



More details and the rigging still to come. The mast uses nothing from the kit. Brass rod, PE, and misc shapes from the parts box. USS Alaska

contributed a lot of items.



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Thanks Popeye, I'm getting another chapter ready for the log. I keep on finding little details to try and add to the Kidd.

How do you learn or know when enough is enough?

Regards, Harley





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Work on small details continues. The Anti Kamikaze update replaces the seven single 20mm Orlikons with six twins. My twin mounts are from Black Cat Models and are quite good. They come in one piece so you can't realistically change the elevation. The muzzles were pointing at the gun tub walls. I glued the mounts to a strip of .27mm plastic and then trimmed the new base. 




The railing installations on the deck house seem to vary a lot. I wasn't happy with the way the railings looked at first so I cut the top rail off some areas and painted the top rail black in other areas to simulate a line in place of a rail. This simulates a line instead of a metal rail. References show that the rail systems appear to be removable to clear the torpedo tubes and main battery mounts.



Next I'm working on the rigging, paint touch up (endless), and boat davits. 







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After the rails were installed in a conventional manner I wanted to make the rails look more like cable/destroyer like. Masked the hull for protection.002.jpg.73e924a27a462095af0c66f00477afe4.jpg004.jpg.bfd7ba3739606213a154a5ca057039de.jpg

The hawse pipe was configured to accept the anchors from Blackcat


Replacement torpedo crane was fashioned from brass, PE, & plastic


New torpedo tubes from Shapeways painted and installed


Capt. Kidd's caricature, authorized by the Navy, was actually painted on a metal plate which was attached to the forward stack.  I reduced a photo of the Captain to less then a quarter of an inch.


The ship's boats and davits became a real challenge. The boats were OK but I needed to combine the kit and Shapeway davits to make it work.

Left is kit, right is Shapeways, middle is combination used                               Clay was used to position the boat while fitting the davits


PE, different size wire, and plastic completed the boat installation


                                                          Water practice, more touch up, and final details and she should be ready to ship out


Standby to cast off!


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USS Kidd-FINISHED    Named in honor of Isaac C Kidd, Rear Admiral, USN, who died aboard his flagship, USS Arizona, December 7, 1941.

Started in June, 2019. The hull, deck, and main superstructures are from the Trumpeter kit. The rest is a combination of kit, aftermarket, photoetch, and scratch built details. Main reference is USS Kidd On Deck by

David Doyle. Paint is acrylic. The screws and rudder are removed as the model will be mounted on a seascape which is under construction and encased.










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That came out great, Harley! Congrats.

Gonna have to try that ocean base myself one day. It really enhances the model (which was already super), that's for sure.

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