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Hobby Boss 1/350 USS Alaska
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Posted: Saturday, July 07, 2018 - 01:05 PM UTC
Good evening all,
I have been fascinated with cruisers and destroyers for a long time and my particular favorites have been the USNís heavy cruisers and especially the Baltimore class. I knew about the aborted Lexington class of battlecruisers but always thought the class died with them. Then in 2002, from a book about WWII cruisers, I found out about the Alaska class of ďLargeĒ cruisers developed to counter the IJNís battlecruisers. I never heard of them before. I have been fascinated with them ever since. Imagine my surprise when I found out that HobbyBoss marketed a kit of them! I had to get one.


Iím primarily an armor modeler, but have always loved ship models and cut my modeling teeth on them in the 60ís. I watch this site often, marveling at the detail in so small a scale. You guys do wonderful work.

So, here I am, back to my roots with the USS Alaska in 1/350. Iíll also be using the Master Models USS Alaska/Guam armament set.





And here is the start. The hull is one piece and required minimal clean up on the mold seams. The main deck is two pieces.



I havenít done the shafts, screws or rudder as yet, as Iíll probably break them off while handling the hull. Iíll save them for just before I paint the hull.
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Posted: Saturday, July 07, 2018 - 04:30 PM UTC
Steve,

I been preparing to start my own build of the Alaska so I will be following your posts to see how you are progressing.

I just laugh every time I hear her called a heavy cruiser. At 30K tons that is one heavy cruiser, twice the weight of the HMS Dreadnought which had the same main armament. At full load she is bigger than the German's pocket battleships, which is why she was built in the first place. Perfect example of the arrogance of the admirals of the US Navy at the time and their opinions of the British Navy. They were not going to have any battle cruisers in their fleet no matter how big we build our cruisers.

I just purchased 3D printed 20mm single barrel mounts from Blue Ridge. They look dare nice and a whole lot nicer than the 20mm that come with the kit.

Looks like you are off to a good start. Have fun.

Mark
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Posted: Saturday, July 07, 2018 - 04:56 PM UTC
Back about 1956 or so I made my first visit to the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. When you came through the Broad Street entrance to the yard,the reserve basin is on your right. The basin met a low stone wall along Broad Street and in those days the wall was lined with cruisers of the Cleveland Class bow on, while the first ship you passed was moored with its stern facing the wall. Hawaii, the incomplete sister of Alaska and Guam, was the ship moored stern first, and I will tell you that with only a tiny bit of hyperbole that Hawaii made the Cleveland's look like PT boats by comparison,
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Posted: Saturday, July 07, 2018 - 06:13 PM UTC

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Back about 1956 or so I made my first visit to the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. When you came through the Broad Street entrance to the yard,the reserve basin is on your right. The basin met a low stone wall along Broad Street and in those days the wall was lined with cruisers of the Cleveland Class bow on, while the first ship you passed was moored with its stern facing the wall. Hawaii, the incomplete sister of Alaska and Guam, was the ship moored stern first, and I will tell you that with only a tiny bit of hyperbole that Hawaii made the Cleveland's look like PT boats by comparison,



I hear ya!

I"ve seen an aerial shot of Alaska and Guam tied up in Bayonne. THere were some light cruisers also tied up near by and they look puny!

This is one big ship!
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Posted: Saturday, July 07, 2018 - 06:14 PM UTC

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Steve,

I been preparing to start my own build of the Alaska so I will be following your posts to see how you are progressing.

I just laugh every time I hear her called a heavy cruiser. At 30K tons that is one heavy cruiser, twice the weight of the HMS Dreadnought which had the same main armament. At full load she is bigger than the German's pocket battleships, which is why she was built in the first place. Perfect example of the arrogance of the admirals of the US Navy at the time and their opinions of the British Navy. They were not going to have any battle cruisers in their fleet no matter how big we build our cruisers.

I just purchased 3D printed 20mm single barrel mounts from Blue Ridge. They look dare nice and a whole lot nicer than the 20mm that come with the kit.

Looks like you are off to a good start. Have fun.

Mark



Thanks for the advice on the 20mm - I'll check them out.
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Posted: Sunday, July 08, 2018 - 12:47 AM UTC
So will I. My USS Gregory early Korea requires them and I can't understand why Trumpeter did not include them in their DD537. Of course you can do that kit two ways, but the one way does require 20mm twins.
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Posted: Sunday, July 08, 2018 - 03:14 AM UTC



Steve,

That's one beautiful hull - I can't wait to watch your progress with this one!
d6mst0
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Posted: Sunday, July 08, 2018 - 05:22 AM UTC

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So will I. My USS Gregory early Korea requires them and I can't understand why Trumpeter did not include them in their DD537. Of course you can do that kit two ways, but the one way does require 20mm twins.



Blue Ridge also makes 3D printed 20mm Twin Barrel mounts also.

Mark
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Posted: Sunday, July 08, 2018 - 06:48 AM UTC
Yes I know Blue Ridge makes both and my train of though when posting was why the heck did Trumpeter do this to me, when as far back as the old Aurora Bennion it was commonly known that the late war Fletcher refit swapped out single 20mm's for twins. Of course Bennion never received that refit, but I did not know that at the time.
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Posted: Sunday, July 08, 2018 - 03:36 PM UTC
Alaska is going to be a very interesting build to follow. It wasn't all that many years ago that any of us expected to see a model like this produced in plastic.
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Posted: Monday, July 09, 2018 - 08:05 AM UTC
Hi Steve,

Got this one in the stash, couldn't resit her beautiful lines when I saw the kit.

Will be following along for tips.

Cheers

Si