Now the Liberty ship is finished I thought I may as well start another one, but this one is a lot more involved than the Liberty ship, Trumpeter's USS Alabama with Flyhawk Detail Set, Master 20mm Oerlikons and a Pontos Wooden Deck.
So I started by removing various parts of the plastic deck like bits etc..
One thing that won't be going if I can help it is the moulded on chain which actually mush better than the chain supplied with the Pontos deck set that looks like a bit of chain you would wear around your neck, not a small scale ships chain..
Next I sanded all the detail off the main turrets, glued on the sides then applied the PE turret roofs and turret fronts..
Then I started the most tedious bit of the build, almost 40 20mm cannons. The ones that came with the Flyhawk set are just too thin and are all photo etch, including the barrels which look 2 dimensional. The mounts are resin. I tried building one and gave it away as a bad joke. Luckily I had 100 spare Master gnus which have turned brass barrels and mounts and I started the long slow process of building them. This picture is of the barrel trunion mount and shields, which of course have to be glued together...
Then they have to be glued to the bases..
Then you take the barrel and glue it to the mount you folded earlier..
And after dropping a number of barrels on the floor due to them not being glued in place properly you then have to glue the barrel assembly to the mount which I have started earlier this evening but haven't taken a photo as yet.
I also have another PE set that I won't be using, Tom's Modelworks set for this and the USS Massachusetts.
But I won't be using it so if anyone is interested in it give me a hoi and maybe we can work something out.
That's it for now,