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USS Essex by RGL - FINISHED - Trumpeter - 1/350 - as she appeared in February 1944 -finished

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I am guessing, but it appears to me that the pipes go from the galleries and down into the ship at the point of joining the pipes.  The pipe on the left of the picture appears to have a slope of approx 3-5 degrees, which is the slope recommended for draining.  So I would gues that these pipes are used to capture rain water, thus increasing the water availability for say personal grooming during long voyages?

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Port side catwalks. I’ve added details like microphone boxes and speakers, with controls for the arrestor cables, fire hydrants and gasoline stations to be added later after painted off ship. I’ll probably do the gasoline pipes on this side next before moving to starboard as they have some somewhat “complex” radio towers which I need to figure out how to sling outboard. These is a LOT of detail to go yet. 

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6 hours ago, RGL said:

The level of detail is somewhat limited by how much reference I can find. 

that's the problem with some projects.  but we all know that your microscope dials in more than most ;)   with what your adding right now.......it's the most impressive model I've seen!

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Starboard side aft radio array, the Pontos stuff is lovely but does not factor in that they need to be lowered for flight ops. Not overly accurate but a small piece of plastic under lets it sit properly. 4485CACD-6225-47A8-BC42-A706C016D92F.thumb.jpeg.6df21036756aa1830971b0537ea08023.jpegB7ED0C7E-9F37-4335-9ABB-0EE8B059A4F3.thumb.jpeg.d0b1e031956b4e6cf0f7b2a031273b8a.jpegDB1AD1FE-9ED7-4518-AF86-FDF94630C021.thumb.jpeg.f367934d06643073402fcde6e405b857.jpeg

Also these photos from life magazine show them down as well as a shot of the Essex fully loadedCC5142A7-C51C-4739-A12C-82223E8E652B.jpeg.77534577978a8808bc92ee62874bbcb0.jpeg1D761640-F107-419A-AF8F-A2E6DD4C12C9.jpeg.750ed805a847e76a20f75f0c6e95c36f.jpeg6248F93C-3284-4050-A942-04A8B3ADF178.thumb.png.af7dfb2af6015762adfd85afc221461c.pngA0BEDC43-A582-40BE-8DA7-EA38B2C58D00.jpeg.005f691bc5a578a3172867376e01c79b.jpeg

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Finally finishing the catwalk structures. Every platform has individual gussets beneath. Whilst there are lots of ladders and other details such as floater baskets to be added to them, these are now  good enough to stick on the sides of the flight deck. My intention is to prime them first to look for glaring errors then paint them off model so as I can add as much detail as possible then, as the deck will of course be a nightmare to stick on so I don’t want to have to do it with all this tiny fragile stuff. 

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Here are a couple of possibilities out of several:

https://freetimehobbies.com/1-350-white-ensign-photo-etch-us-stowed-floater-nets/

https://www.whiteensignmodels.com/p/WEM+1350+US+Stowed+Floater+Nets+PE+35110/5179/#.XfbNbOhKi1Q

 

But it might be just as well to put some glue globs onto lengths of thread, or wire and when dry paint, cut, and stuff into the baskets. But even empty, that many baskets will be impressive.

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As part of my USS Kidd project I looked into a number of commercial items available to load the floater net baskets. The commercial items were all PE thusly very thin and required some creativity to make the basket look loaded. None of them worked for me even though I only had seven baskets to fill. Pictures of the real baskets show the gear was usually a lot of different stuff without much uniform distribution.  I just cut up some plastic rod of what appeared to visually simulate the basket's contents, painted some items slightly different colors, and loaded the baskets. I don't know if that would satisfy your well known desire for accuracy, but from a normal viewing distance, I'm happy with the overall impression.

Your idea of crimping wire is certainly worth a try IMHO.

Great work on the Essex.

Harley

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