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USS Missouri (or any Iowa class) 1/350 by Joy Yard

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I just received the Joy Yard Missouri kit. A cursory inspection shows that the advertisement hype is
no exaggeration. Even the packaging is first class. The PE is in a separate box wrapped like a piece of jewelry.
The details are really outstanding. The instruction manual is full color and appears very complete. The directions
for bending a PE part specify which direction and how many degrees of bend to use.
I only hope I can do this kit justice, it will be a challenge in deed. I have to finish my Indianapolis first.

Here are some pictures to show some of the kit highlights.

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Enjoy, Harley

 

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yep, between $200.00 & $220.00 US dollars....

 

Plastic kits have become almost as expensive as wood Kits......

 

But it is the culmination of where the plastic engineering has been going for a while now.... instead of a plastic & aftermarket paradigm, all the extras, (pe & brass barrels etc.) are now being included in the kits themselves....

 

Given another 10 years or so, I'm figuring that all plastic kits will have some multimedia contained within them..... maybe the prices will come down hopefully...

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23 minutes ago, Osmosis said:

I wish I had the skill set required to do justice to one of these. I will be following this build with envy when you get started.

Me too, can’t wait to watch this take shape

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Just in case I should work up the courage to try something like this one day could you tell us where you got it it. I looked through joy-yards web site and could not find any pricing or ordering info.

 

Thanks

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9 hours ago, Osmosis said:

Just in case I should work up the courage to try something like this one day could you tell us where you got it it. I looked through joy-yards web site and could not find any pricing or ordering info.

 

Thanks

Evil Bay or BNA has it... (or claims to have it)

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Yeah me too, Personally, I will wait till it shows up at sprue bros or somewhere like that before pulling the trigger. (besides, I have the Tamiya Missouri in my stash already with extensive PE. explaining such a purchase to SWMBO would be problematic at best)

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I purchased it from BNA in Australia. The regular dealers (Squadron, Sprue Brothers, MegaHobbies etc.) don't have it. There is supposed to be a upgrade kit with a wooden deck but I haven't located that yet. Besides the deck I would wonder what else might be "upgraded"

 

Enjoy

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I thought that this kit was vapor-ware.  Glad to see that it is actually and finally being released.

 

I've always wanted a kit of the "Mighty Mo".   Will definitely be picking it up.


Thanks for the quick review, Tigerdvr!

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33 minutes ago, FlyAndFight said:

I thought that this kit was vapor-ware.  Glad to see that it is actually and finally being released.

 

I've always wanted a kit of the "Mighty Mo".   Will definitely be picking it up.


Thanks for the quick review, Tigerdvr!

I'm just a few hours away from finishing Indianapolis then Mo gets all the attention.

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UPDATE: As part of my preparation to start my Joy-Yard Missouri project, I learned that the manual has been updated. The update is available online.

I have compared the update to the original and have a list of the changes of which I found nine.

No guarantee that I caught all the changes but if someone else purchases this kit, my list of changes is available at a small fee (just kidding😊).

Be glad to share the info.

Cheers, Harley

 

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Harley, I began this kit a while back, and it is indeed awesome. Thanks also for the hint of an updated instruction manual. I had the railing along the main hull figured out from the box top, but I see that it is pointed out in the instructions now. Luckily I had it all sorted out, as it needs to be to get the bollards placed correctly.

 

Can you check the milled main gun barrel parts in your kit? I find that one of the barrels are a wee bit shorter than the rest, about a mm or so. Not much, but enough to notice, so I'm debating if I'm adding protective hoods to some of the barrel ends, or using the plastic part. I feel however that the plastic has an ever so slightly different profile than the brass part.

 

Look forward to see your progress on this. Build threads on this kit seems to be as rare as hens teeth.

 

Arild :)

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Greetings Arid,

I started working on the kit a couple of days ago. I'm interested in your opinion on a couple of things. There are not a lot of others sharing the project with us yet. 

No problems mating the deck to the hull. I found the plastic parts to be soft or supple feeling material compared to other models. Joy-Yard brags 

about being able to mold tiny pieces and they prove that. I'm working the forward deck area. Those tiny capstans got my attention right away.

One must be careful when trimming because of the density of the plastic. What were your impressions?

Harley

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Yes, the plastic is rather delicate, and the amount of flash is surprising. There's a little bit of it that must be removed from just about everywhere, and sometimes it can be confusing what is flash, and what is actual detail. As you say the plastic is quite soft. I'm still finding minute traces of flash on the hull sides which needs removing. But, I've got say that the mould quality is quite impressive, and the amount of slide moulding required must have been staggering.

 

Btw, my part B has quite a bit of "warp" in it, ie it won't lay flat on its own. I figure it will settle when I glue the upper decks to it, applying some pressure.

 

Also, I found that the main deck got a bit flimsy in the middle after removing the sprues attached to it, so I added some supports from plastic card to make it sturdy again. Worked well.

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Overall I think the fit and detail is mostly superb, with some exceptions. The range finders on the main turrets are a challenge. There's a frame around the opening in the finder that I found impossible to get to be nice, so I cut it out and am replacing it with pieces of a PE ladder I had in the spares box.

 

As you can tell, I have been fiddling with parts all over, but I will try to be disciplined and return my attention to the hull, and get this detailed and painted up before moving on. I'll follow this thread and chime in if I have something you would want to know.

 

Arild :)

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What adhesive are you using plastic to plastic? If you have not put the breakwater on yet, it's miss-identified in the instructions. The manual says G72, it's should read E72.

Harley

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I use Tamiya Extra Thin QuickSetting, the one with the translucent green cap, for almost all my gluing these days, if I can hold the pieces together before applying glue to a joint. If I need to apply a bit of glue before placing a part, I use Tamiya Extra Thin, the one with the solid green cap. And every once in a blue moon, I use regular Tamiya glue, with the white cap. The Quicksetting stuff evaporates very fast, and leave hardly any residue at all. It is very similar to Mr Hobby Mr Cement S, which I like even more but which is harder to get where I live.

 

I haven't put the breakwater on yet, but I have cut if from the sprue to check how it would go along with the desk masking. I didn't notice the mis-labelling, as I went by its shape ;)

 

I'm planning to be cruel to myself, and go for the 32/22D scheme, and I've modified the kit deck masks, and are going to produce masks for the hull sides. Time will tell how I'll tackle the superstructure.

 

Will you do the kit scheme? It will be my plan B.

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I'll do the Ms21 or 22, I forget right now. I just built the first of the boat winches. I used my microscope to figure out

which way G81 goes on. This is making PE look easy. Going to clean up the assemblies after they are assembled so I have

something to hang onto.

Frankly I have mixed emotions on this kit so far. Hopefully things will smooth out, their are so many positive parts to it. 

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I hope you do a build log in the Kit area.  I'd love to see what's being done.

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It’s interesting how there is a few new multi media companies bringing out some great offerings now. Whilst they seem expensive it’s not that bad when you consider how many after after markets are required. With the advent of 3D printing some of the detail just blows my mind and it now is a PE / Printing aftermarket world which just supersedes Resin but the base plastic kits are still pretty damn good. 

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Just a quick note to show that I haven't quit on this project just yet, and I'm sure Harley hasn't either. There's not a whole lot to add to what has been said about the kit already, other than that we've both found the instructions still to be lacking in some respects. Quite a few errors in the printed version was sorted in the online version, but there are still mislabelled parts etc, especially with the PE. Nothing that is impossible to figure out, but one needs to plan ahead and be patient. Some of the parts, both plastic and PE are crazy small. Joy Yard do supply spares both in plastic and PE for many of these, though.

 

I've been fiddling around painting the hull for a while. Next is masking off the top edge of the waterline, touch up the red, before finishing the waterline, followed up by more touch up. Slow going, but fun still.

 

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Arild :)

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Arild,

 

I'd suggest that you start a build log in the Kit area.  That let's us look over your shoulder and also gives you a way to get help.  

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I guess I ought to, but after years of build logs on our national IPMS forum, I haven't done any for a few years and must admit I enjoy not doing them at the moment. Also, I tend to switch projects every couple of months, so a build log would sit idle for prolonged periods of time.

 

I'll chime back in here if there's anything useful to share about the quality of the kit not already covered, but as far as I'm concerned I'd easily recommend it. :)

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Personally, I would like to see a build log, but that being said with the scale of the individual parts, pics might be problematic unless you have a high quality setup......

 

I"m looking at what has been presented and it confirms my first thought when first seeing it...

 

An injection molded monster.... and I thought the Tamiya Missouri was a lot of parts....

 

For complexity, This beats that hands down....

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I am working on a report of my progress and observations with this kit. Arild and I have been corresponding about our experiences.

Beginners, IMHO, this kit is not intended for you. 

Hope to provide an updated report in a couple of days.

 

Regards, Harley

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