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USS Missouri by k0oky - Tamiya - 1/350 - PLASTIC - 1945 post signing of Japanese surrender

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Since my account got lost in the redesign of the site i am going to start this build log. I am building the Tamiya USS Missouri ( as can be guessed by the title). I started this a while back but took a short break to build my friend a 1/35th scale M198 Howitzer (pics below). He was an artilliery man in the Marine Corps. I am enlisting myself so i would like to see if I can finish the Mighty Mo before i ship out. :unsure:  (fingers crossed). I will add pictures soon of what i have completed but i have painted the hull and some of the super sturcture. I have also sanded down the modeled chain and bought a real chain to replace it. I have some PE kits that i hope to expand my skills with and replace some of the stock parts. I also have purchased a wooden deck to be placed over the plastic one. I stumbled upon this site http://www.worldaffairsboard.com/modelers-corner/60395-building-tamiya-missouri-super-detailing.html where someone has built the same model. He adds some REAL detail to it and i have been taking a lot of tips from this sight. Just hope it turns out half as good. I think that is it for now. More to come soon.




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Thanks guys. I'm hoping that this log will help keep me motivated to keep you guys updated with my progress. I did some digging and found some pictures that i took when i first started. I may have to break this up into a couple posts since i have quite a few pictures. I started the build with the hull. it was my first time using spray paint of any kind. i used to just brush but i have to say i like the way the spray lays on the hull.


I have a few touch ups to make on the bow but im pretty happy witht the way it turned out.


I then decided after looking at some other builds, that i didn't like the molded chain and wanted to take it off. I found one at a model shop that was the correct size and took to scraping and sanding of off the molded one.



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With the Anchor chain being finished for the time being i moved onto the super structure. I moved ahead with painting everything the light deck gray that the instructions call for. and mixed up a dark deck blue for the tops of all the guns and parts fo the decks.


afterwards i moved to applying some PE parts. This is my first time using PE so im going to give it my best effort and if for some reason it doesn't work out ill just use the standard parts that came with the model. I did notice that some fo the parts show the port holes and in wanting to make it look more detailed i drilled them out. i think this will give a nice effect when glued in place, giving more shadowing.


I did notice that most of the supersturcture doesn't have this detail however. Does anyone know how to get them measured out, or some kind of template to put them in? It will look funny if only some parts have portholes and most of the ship doesn't.


some dry fitting of the super sturucture.


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So this is the fist weekend in a long time that i have been able to sit down and just work on the Mo. I moved to the 5" guns today and realized that the paint wasn't that even since it was sitting on the table. so i devised a rig that would allow them and anyother peices that i need, to be rasied in up a little. chop sticks and shaved them down so that they would fit into the holes on the bottom of the guns. it worked pretty well.


While the guns were drying i decided to move to some photo etching. I have not done much of this if any in the past. I Started with the catapult. I am using White Ensigns Models PE set.


the base folded up nicely and as i went to put on the top of the base (the top of the catapult) i realized it would be a little more difficult to glue this peice on and have it stay flat. So i turned to another guide that I have been using, Basics of Ship Modeling by Mike Ashey. This has a lot of pictures and really good ideas that i have also been using. Anyway he suggested using evergreen strips in the inside to give it strength. So i took a .01" strip and cut some small pieces out of it. It was a little too wide to put in there and not be noticed so i cut them in half lenghtwise to place on the inside. It turned out better than i thought.


This also gave me more area to place glue and attach the top. just when i thought i was getting the hang of things i got to the railings. oh boy! but i must say for my fist attempt im pretty please with it.


the fun part will be attaching them to the catapult (and the deck when i get to that stage). I was looking at the instructions for the PE set and i don't know what this is


has anyone worked with or knows someone who has worked with this PE set and know what it is? Thanks.




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  • 2 months later...

so after taking some time off i finally got back to working on the Mo. again. I have decided to try and finish the main batteries and all of the twin 5" batteries. I think if i finish some things up it will feel more like i'm completing the model. I spent some time taping up the edges of the 5" batteries to get that nice, crisp line of paint. all in all, i am very pleased with the out come. just needs a few minor touch ups and they are good to go.



since i was taping and going to paint the darker blue i decided to go ahead and tape the rest of the supper structure and do all the painting at once. this turned out to be a big task. tap had to be cut into small pieces and then placed along all the edges that i wanted to remain the light grey.



as you can see it took awhile to get all the inside edges taped. but again, it was well worth taking the time to do that. i could have never gotten close to the edge and not gotten paint on the walls. there a few minor touch ups with the grey that has to be done but not nearly as bad as it would have been if i had done it all free hand. here is dry fit of the super structure after i painted and removed the tape.


as you can see below i painted the bridge windows black, and im very pleased to say that i did them free hand and did not screw them up to bad. i think they look really sharp. I also attached the wooden decking that i bought for the model. it was a tight fit but it turned out pretty good. I have read that people sometimes have problems with the glue showing up through it but i didn't have that problem. take a look.


now here is where i have a question. I noticed that when i place the piece that goes over top of the decking there is a small gap.


now this gap kinda throws everything above it slightly off. I could still glue everything down and get it to sit well enough but i am not sure if i want to cut the deck so the piece sits flush with the plastic. this would take a lot of time to cut and i don't know if that would look right because the hatches would then be to close to the deck. What do you guys think?

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I built this model last year and used a wooden deck. I didn't have a gap like that so you might need to do a little trimming.



In progress:
Medway Longboat 1742 - Syren Ship Model Company -1/2" scale

USS Constitution - Model Shipways - Scale 1:76

HMS Granado - CAF Model - 1:48

HMS Sphinx - Vanguard

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This is the best picture I have of the area. You can see how the wooden deck fits around the structures. I can't remember which wooden deck it was. I want to say Pontos but I'm not 100%% sure. It was self-adhesive and also sprayed it with a white glue water mixture an it worked great. No peeling at all to date.






In progress:
Medway Longboat 1742 - Syren Ship Model Company -1/2" scale

USS Constitution - Model Shipways - Scale 1:76

HMS Granado - CAF Model - 1:48

HMS Sphinx - Vanguard

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Thanks, well it decided to cut away the decking that i put on so i could get that piece to fit properly. it fits better now (better, not perfect) and i pretty happy with the results. I did this before the holidays but just never posted it up. here are the result.





I just am getting back to working on her because i did some moving over the holidays. i really need to get better at putting time into getting this done. with that being said I am now working on completing the photo etching on the top parts of the super structure. At this point i have to pick and chose what photo etching i want to attempt and what i have time for. I don't want to sacrifice quality for speed. I hope to post some more pictures tomorrow of the progress that i make tonight after work. I am also trying to accurately drill port holes in the lower parts of the super structure. i figured out the spacing, just need to come up with a way to place it on the model. straight up measuring it out on there is not easy since the tools slip on the plastic. im thinking of placing paper on the model and measuring out all the measurements on said paper first. ill let you know how it goes.

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I got almost a full day of model work in yesterday, Yeah! although i felt like i got little done, i did make progress. i started by working on the catwalks for the funnels. As the plastic one does not have a railing on it i used the photo etched parts. This was my first taste with railings and i have to say, they suck. bending them up to 90 degrees with the catwalk was easy. making them curve and glue in place was a pain in the butt. i think this took me an hour to just do one. they got a little bent up in the process. but for my first time doing these, they don't look to bad.




i painted them but still have yet to attach them. while those were drying i moved to base of the super structure. This need to be painted and so that the wooden decking could be glued on at a latter time. after attaching the second level wooden deck i finally felt like its starting to come together. i hope to finish the funnels tonight and start drilling the portholes along the fist and second decks.





Stay moto.

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I have attached the catwalks along the top of the exhaust funnels and almost completed the aft exhaust stack. they cat walks don't look half bad. there is alot of touch up painting to do. hopefully i will be able to do this tonight. if not it will have to wait till next week because this weekend is busy.



I also started on folding the Mk8 catwalk pieces. these were a little easier to bend because they are supposed to be hard angles rather than a nice gentle bend. i painted these last night and hope to get one more coat of paint and then attach them as well.



I still have to drill the port holes and place on all the hatches. I'm nervous about doing this, guess that is why i haven't tackled it yet. but i have to do it soon because i have to start attaching railings and can't be man handling the model much longer. haha. Stand by for updates.


stay motto.

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  • 3 weeks later...

so i can't seem to find one book that was all pictures of the iowa class battleship. So i have to ask, does anyone know what kind of hatches go where on the ship? i have 3 kinds on my PE sprus i think and i don't know what ones go where. i have only used one kind so far. anyone have a reference they can point me to? thanks.


Stay Motto

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  • 1 year later...

Well hello there. After being in training for almost a year i can finally get back to modeling. I am now at my permanent station for the next couple of years so hopefully i can finish my Mighty Mo. I have a slight problem tho. in moving the model to my new station i broke one of the rudders off and can no longer find it. does anyone have any suggestions on how to build a new rudder. Or if anyone has one or knows where i can find one. that would be awesome. looking forward to finishing this and bringing you all along for the ride. On a side note i got a new model. the USS Enterprise CV6, 1/350 scale. it is a 1942 build at the battle of santa cruz. It should be a good build.


Stay Motto



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good news. i just got in touch with tamiya and they have a rudder for me. so crisis averted. lucky me i guess. now i just need to remember where i left off. I have been thinking of how i want to display it and my enterprise when i get to her. I want to do a plexiglass case so i can keep the dust off and not ruin her when i move it. i have seen many wooden bases build and i think i want to go with that. now the stands that the actual ship will go on i am torn, here are the two options i was thinking.







what do you guys think?

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So.... i know it has been a while since i have posted and have done much on the Mighty Mo. But i don't have the room or the actually that much time being in the service. We recently had an Air Show on base and i was a bad boy and bought a few airplane models. Now i have 4 models waiting in the wings and the Mighty Mo to finish. haha. That being said, i have made some progress. I decided to go with the Threaded Brass Beaded Neck. I thought it was a little more fancy. I bought the pack of 10. saves me a little money for the next ship i do and need stands for. haha. here is what they actually look like.


So i knew i wanted a nice wooden base and then a plexiglass top to protect and keep dust of my model. and it adds a nice little touch to it. So i went to the Lowes and got a nice piece of poplar. Trimmed it down so that i would have enough space on either side. So i cut it down to 38" from the 48" that i bought. The tricky part was now getting a nice edge on it and figuring out how to get the plexiglass to stay in place. I originally thought about putting a notch in the board with a router but wasnt sure how to do that and how good it would turn out. So i decided to worry about putting a nice edge on the board first. This was my first time using a router, it was a learning experience. Thankfully i had the common sense to try it on a few test boards to see how it would react. after a few trial and error runs i figured it out and jerry rigged the crap out of the router bench. Wish i took a picture of it. here is what the edge looks like. i kinda liked the way the bit burnt the wood a lil and thought it added a little character. So i decided to keep it.





After i finished routing the edges i centered the boat on the board and drilled pilot holes through the hull and board so i would know where to drill the holes for the bolts. Drilled the holes and then got a wider drill bit so that the bolt heads would be recessed into the wood and not be scratching any surface that i place it on. Here are a few of the stands on the wood with the boat. i just wanted to see how it might look.








I wasn't quite sure what kind of stain i wanted to put on it. I knew that i didn't want it to be as white as it was. i was thinking more of a walnut color. Sophisticated and classic. lol. when i got to the store however i ended up going with gunstock by Miniwax. has a similar color but a little more red i think. I also got a clear Poylurethane to protect the wood. I put on 2 coats of each. I am very happy with how the base turned out. what do you think?


the first coat of stain:



after the second coat:







felt feet on the bottom:



Stay Moto


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Looks pretty darn good on the base,   

"The shipwright is slow, but the wood is patient." - me

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thanks Mark. does anyone know anything about white ensign's PE for the Missouri? They don't have any instructions on what railings to use for what section of the ship. am i just supposed to cut a section of railing that i need and bend it? what about ends, shouldnt there be posts? if i just cut a section of it then there wont always be a post at the end of the railing? Just looking for some clarity. thanks.


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