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RedDuster
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Posted: Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 01:02 AM UTC
Bit more process this weekend.

Some detail added to the boiler trunking.



A bit detail painting on and around hanger deck.



All the hanger external bulkheads in place.



Forward section of the flight deck test fitted.



I am still fettling all three sections to get them to fit.

More soon

Si

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Posted: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 06:04 AM UTC
I guess itís time for me to get the the Independence off the shelf of doom, she was started two years ago, was using the eduard set but wasnít too impressed with how basic it was. Once I was able to I picked up the flyhawk set and the artwox wooden deck. Iíll get the official photos up when I can get my camera sorted. This will be dragons USS Independence CVL-22, eduard photo etch and flyhawk photoetch, resin in flyhawk set, and the artwox wooden deck. I could only find the non painted deck at the time so she will be painted with flight deck stain 21 from AK interactive. Photos soon.
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Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 12:49 AM UTC

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I guess itís time for me to get the the Independence off the shelf of doom, she was started two years ago, was using the eduard set but wasnít too impressed with how basic it was. Once I was able to I picked up the flyhawk set and the artwox wooden deck. Iíll get the official photos up when I can get my camera sorted. This will be dragons USS Independence CVL-22, eduard photo etch and flyhawk photoetch, resin in flyhawk set, and the artwox wooden deck. I could only find the non painted deck at the time so she will be painted with flight deck stain 21 from AK interactive. Photos soon.



Hi Norman,

Good luck with the camera, hope you get it going soon.

was feeling a little lonely over here.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 08:37 AM UTC
I seen that Si, Iíll have it sorted shortly, wife bought a new camera and it didnít come with a cord to transfer pictures to the computer. So we had to go get a new memory car that has the adapter for the micro and cards, waiting on it to get here then I should be able to transfer the pictures. The only bad thing about my Independence is Iíve somehow lost a prop shaft. Oh well Iíll display her on the opposite side, wonít bother me too much I hope because the Hull is already painted and the upper and lower hull is mounted and sanded, for whatever reason my hull parts were separate lengths by a few mm, that was a long sanding session. Thanks so Iíll be with ya here shortly
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Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 11:01 PM UTC

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I seen that Si, Iíll have it sorted shortly, wife bought a new camera and it didnít come with a cord to transfer pictures to the computer. So we had to go get a new memory car that has the adapter for the micro and cards, waiting on it to get here then I should be able to transfer the pictures. The only bad thing about my Independence is Iíve somehow lost a prop shaft. Oh well Iíll display her on the opposite side, wonít bother me too much I hope because the Hull is already painted and the upper and lower hull is mounted and sanded, for whatever reason my hull parts were separate lengths by a few mm, that was a long sanding session. Thanks so Iíll be with ya here shortly



I seem to remember when I built the Indy I had a similar issue. Reminds me, I have a little work to do the shaft brackets on the Intrepid before paint goes anywhere near the lower hull.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 07:00 PM UTC
Alright here is my submission for the campaign. Dragons 1/350 USS Independence. Using Eduard and Flyhawk Etch and the Artwox deck. Will be painted in Measure 14, all over ocean gray for a timeframe of her at Tarawa, in 1943 before her repaint. On to the official parts.



I will start a second thread on the build portion of the kit. Also there will be a bit of a learning curve with household 6 new camera so bear with me on it. This is also a previously started kit, so some redoing things with the etch parts will be in order.
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Posted: Monday, May 28, 2018 - 01:04 AM UTC
Good looking build so far Norman.


Nice to have some build company over here.

Cheers

Si

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Posted: Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 01:12 AM UTC
A bit of progress this weekend.

Some more hanger filling under way.



Work on the fo'c's'le deck & ground tackle. The brass sections around the front of the hanger deck are to take the paravane handling rails in place.



Neither the kit not pontos provide any anchor cable, likely as it not very visible, I am tempted just use some scrap etched cable so something is there.

quite a bit of filling on the hanger sides under way.




More soon.

Si

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Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 02:31 AM UTC


Where I left off on my CVN build. Trying to put something in there that will represent a hangar bay through the elevator openings once sealed up. Hopefully this campaign will give me the motivation to complete the build...
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Posted: Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 06:57 AM UTC
Good to have you aboard Thomas,

Looks quite impressive so far.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 02:09 PM UTC
Thanks Si. I intend to add LED lights to the hangar and have about 70 planes in the airwing. We'll see how it turns out...
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Posted: Saturday, June 02, 2018 - 10:22 AM UTC
Well the Big E has finally steamed into this campaign. Not wanting to leave the high seas to the Flattops of Si, Norman and Thomas I have a bit of catching up to do.

I will create a separate build log for Enterprise.

The start. The hull is in one piece which I always think is nice. There drawbacks to that of course and that is where I have started. Cleaning up the seams and sharp edges.
The length of the hull has a prominent join mark

The insert for the screws and rudder also has a seam

And the stern is a bit too sharp I think.


So I have tidied that all up and set too the 3 piece hangar deck and fore piece. Fit is not bad but there are gaps.

Out with the Tamiya filler

And then the cleanup

So several hours work and I have assembled 3 pieces. Don't think June 2019 is doable!

cheers
Michael
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Posted: Saturday, June 02, 2018 - 11:45 PM UTC
Michael,

Jointing the deck to hull always seems to take the longest of all assemblies when building. Like in armor is is always the road wheels assembly that takes the longest. If you have a older ship model kit they always seem to used the most putty to fill the gaps.

I hope it is clear sailing from here.

Mark
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Posted: Sunday, June 03, 2018 - 08:23 AM UTC
Hi Michael,

Good start, had the same problem with intrepid with the hanger.

Great to see another deck under way.


Good luck.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Sunday, June 03, 2018 - 01:57 PM UTC
I just found this thread and will try my hand at a float thing. Don't have a clue what I will enter yet. Love what Ive seen so far.

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Posted: Monday, June 04, 2018 - 07:46 AM UTC

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I just found this thread and will try my hand at a float thing. Don't have a clue what I will enter yet. Love what Ive seen so far.

Bob



Hi Bob welcome aboard plenty of choice out there, looking forward to hearing what you go for.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Monday, June 04, 2018 - 08:52 AM UTC
Quick update.

Sanding of the hanger sides done,



moulded on walkways removed from the flight deck edge.



brass starting to go on.



Nice that the cladding will hide the join.

More soon

Cheers

Si



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Posted: Monday, June 04, 2018 - 11:37 AM UTC
Si,

Nice start on the deck, what type of glue are you using to hold those large PE pieces?

Mark
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Posted: Tuesday, June 05, 2018 - 07:40 AM UTC

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Si,

Nice start on the deck, what type of glue are you using to hold those large PE pieces?

Mark



Hi Mark,

I tacked them in place with a slower setting superglue, once in the right place, some extra thin gator glue run around the edges.

as the catwalks will be fixed to these I need to know the joint is secure.

Thanks for looking in mate.

Cheers

Si

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Posted: Thursday, June 07, 2018 - 07:56 PM UTC
I ordered (2) 1/700 kits, Lexington and Enterprise. I will build the Lexington since there is an Enterprise.
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Posted: Thursday, June 07, 2018 - 11:41 PM UTC

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Si,

Nice start on the deck, what type of glue are you using to hold those large PE pieces?

Mark



Hi Mark,

I tacked them in place with a slower setting superglue, once in the right place, some extra thin gator glue run around the edges.

as the catwalks will be fixed to these I need to know the joint is secure.

Thanks for looking in mate.

Cheers

Si




Si,

Thanks for the reply. I figured superglue or epoxy glue. Have you used the gel type superglue and if so what are your thoughts on it. I haven't tried the gel glues yet. Sometimes the slow drying thick superglue I use, the bond strength seems inconsistent. Most times on these large PE pieces, joining metal pieces or when doing masts I use epoxy for the longer set times and added strength to take on the rigging.

Mark

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Posted: Friday, June 08, 2018 - 04:47 AM UTC

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Si,

Nice start on the deck, what type of glue are you using to hold those large PE pieces?

Mark



Hi Mark,

I tacked them in place with a slower setting superglue, once in the right place, some extra thin gator glue run around the edges.

as the catwalks will be fixed to these I need to know the joint is secure.

Thanks for looking in mate.

Cheers

Si




Si,

Thanks for the reply. I figured superglue or epoxy glue. Have you used the gel type superglue and if so what are your thoughts on it. I haven't tried the gel glues yet. Sometimes the slow drying thick superglue I use, the bond strength seems inconsistent. Most times on these large PE pieces, joining metal pieces or when doing masts I use epoxy for the longer set times and added strength to take on the rigging.

Mark

Mark




Hi Mark,

I have used Gel type superglue, their advantage is that they tend to grip very quickly and a little gives a strong join, good for parts with a small contact area, fitting the cradle to the pedestal on 1/350th 20mm for example, or pompom / 40mm barrels,.


Cheers

Si
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Posted: Saturday, June 09, 2018 - 02:32 PM UTC
Adding the Reagan's forward starboard and port weapon sponsons from Shapeways...



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Posted: Saturday, June 09, 2018 - 08:24 PM UTC
Nice progress Thomas,

They are some serious sponsons, pardon my lack of knowledge, but what would she carry on them?


Cheers

Si