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USS Wasp LHD 1

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USS WASP LHD 1 REVELL 1/350 SCALEÖ

The model was completed in approximately a year. The White Ensign photoetch set was used to further detail the model.

The Island.....

Works on the island include complete new piping and trunking. The island was sanded clean and all piping was reworked using various thicknesses of copper and telephone wire. All the window panels in both the aft and stern bridges, and thatís quite a lot, were hollowed out as lights were to be installed in same. After painting and weathering, clear acetate plastic with a greenish tint was put in place to simulate the green window panels on the bridges. This is very effective with lighting.

The Hangar.... .....

This was again detailed and vehicles openings were cut out and opened to accommodate the tractors and gear....different coloured Lighting, using silicone coloured sleeves, was also added and I wanted to a simulate busy activity by including equipment...figures and aircraft .A scratchbuilt ceiling was fashioned out of 20 thou plastic sheeting and different grades of telephone wire to simulate air ventilations systems, ducting and trunking

The Flooding Well Deck... .....

Again this was detailed adding piping and trunking. A green diffused lighting was added and again deck was populated with armoured fighting vehicles and figures to simulate a disembarking operation.

The Hull and Top Deck..... .....

The Hull was detailed, weathered and painted. The Top deck was also painted and weathered and decals applied. Once both sections were finished, the deck was glued on the hull, no easy task as wiring kept getting in the way. The island was then attached to the top deck, again very fiddly as had to connect the wiring system of the three different components. The fitting of all components werenít that brilliant.

Air wing.... .....

I only used the Ospreys provided by the kit....The rest of the air wing were resin offerings by Iron Shipwrights which incidentally are very good.. These were detailed by opening hatches, engine panels etc. I also made some engines for the Sea Knights. Most of the air wing was reworked for further accuracy, note the swept wing of the Osprey. Fuel tanks were fashioned out of toothpicks and all ordnance was scratchbuilt. A Navy Sea Dragon was thrown in to make the scene more interesting. This was converted from a Sea Stallion

Deck Gear.... .....

The Tilley Crane was totally scratchbuilt as the kit offering was nowhere near the real thing. More deck gear was added again courtesy Iron Shipwrights to make the action more realistic and busy.

The LCACíS and LCUís.... .....

I used these provided by the kit. Again these were further detailed and more vehicles and personnel were added, some scratchbuilt, including a clearing tractor. There are quite a few figures. I used a mixture of LíArsenal, Goffy, and Fujimi.

The model was painted and weathered using a mixture of enamels, acrylics and oils, applying deep shadows and highlights

All in all not itís quite a good kit and I enjoyed the build.

Reference...Aircraft Carriers by Chris Bishop and Chris Chant and many pictures from the web.

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About the Author

About louis carabott (loucar)
FROM: MALTA

I am 61 and have been doing scale modelling since I was 12 years old. I had a go at practically everything in this beautiful hobby, namely aviation, figurines, AFV 's ,aviation dioramas in 1/72 scale always with wartime Malta as a setting and finally Shipbuilding which has given me the most enjoym...


Comments

Mr. Carabott, You MUST feel that this is your best work to date. The apex of a stellar career in modeling. I would call it a "dioramic masterpiece" and a benchmark for both art and workmanship. A fine example of talent, attention to detail and patience. The world will notice, kind sir.
JUN 22, 2012 - 07:46 PM
Cracking Build! Well done indeed! Cheers, Guido
JUN 23, 2012 - 09:17 AM
while this is outstanding work on so many different elevations of the build, each craft heli and even crew highly detailed, what does Lou have to say about his build ? Is this the best you have built to date ? I feel this isn't so much a diorama, but a master piece of work that each element could be removed and you'd still have a great looking USS Wasp, a combo of other dioramas are seemingly screaming out, air sea rescue, landing craft and hover craft skipping over the sea, strapped by space and time this dio could easily expand into a world all of its own, and there'd still be something to be seen. Without placing my head on the chopping block, when I look at a diorama, a dockyard or flat top, I mentally remove those item to see the ship and what it would be like sitting on its own. Believe me I get disappointed, especially from those that have been in this hobby a good few years (each to their own eh) I'll stick by my guns and say, in this case of this dio, the air arm and smaller craft could be whipped off and you'll still have a great looking subject, the green light just gives it more of something special. You're going to cut square holes in resin in one go, chop things up and re-build in an instant, then put everything together and go ''cocked that up'' in this case its strangely gone from strength to strength. I believe this isn't something to be pleased about, rather proud I'd say. Well done sir, nar, its much more then a well done !
JUN 24, 2012 - 10:40 AM
Beautiful work!
JUN 24, 2012 - 02:27 PM
I only just noticed this and it's absolutely fantastic! I'm speechless... One day there has to be a Louis Carabott Museum and I'd go to Malta just for that!
AUG 30, 2012 - 03:52 AM
Unbelievable, just like the USS Enterprise in the Smithsonian in 1/100 scale, yours needs to be in there with it to compliment each other. All the best, John
NOV 28, 2012 - 01:16 PM
verry nice i really like the detail.
DEC 15, 2012 - 04:47 AM
I believe that some of us are still trying to find words for this Louis, I know mine certainly fall short. I'll have to leave it at simply stunning
DEC 15, 2012 - 03:23 PM
Spectacular! The water is the best I've seen. Is there a "how to" on this aspect somewhere?
OCT 27, 2013 - 09:06 AM
That is one hell of a model! Great Job
OCT 28, 2013 - 06:08 PM
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