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rolltide31
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Posted: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 08:01 AM UTC
Hi everyone, long time no see.

First, its great to see al the amazing work that everyone is presenting on these pages. I have been a silent stalker for the past year with minimal interaction but the time has come to change that.


This will be my build log for the 1/350 Very Fire USS Missouri. This will be an out of the box build so as to give everyone a clear picture of the quality and build of this kit.

---NOTE: Very Fire Released an Upgrade kit for the USS Missouri, due to this release all follow on kits will not have the PE that is included in the kit that I am building----

To get caught up, here is the link to the in-box review.

http://modelshipwrights.kitmaker.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=Reviews&file=index&req=showcontent&id=13792

I will be posting the first work here shortly. I do hope that you will follow along.

Dave



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Posted: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 08:34 AM UTC
Watching this!!

I've seen some Very Fire 1/700s I want to build but want to see their quality first!! Will be following!
rolltide31
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Posted: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 08:58 AM UTC
Hey everyone,

So here are the first pictures of the build. I started with the hull. Very Fire gives you a split hull with three braces and pins along the front, bottom and rear.







I used a combination of tape and clamps to hold the hull together while gluing. The only issue I found when applying the tape was that there is a warp on both halves of the hull which splits the aft end of the hull.



This proved a little more than tape could fix but a clamp was not an option because of the curves. So instead of gluing this portion I left it unglued for now and will readdress it once the rest of the hull is secured together.









So that's it for now but more to come soon.

Oh, if your curious that is the IJN Aircraft Carrier Shokaku and the IJN Destroy Ashigumo in the back of the picture. I have made some progress on the Shokaku but the PE alone is very taxing. Ill update the blog soon enough.

Thanks for tuning in and I hope you continue to follow.

thanks

Dave


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Posted: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 09:01 AM UTC
Charlie,

Thanks for stopping by. I'll take the moment and make an unashamed plug for my store Crimson Models and Hobbies - If your looking for the USS Montana of the USS Louisiana I have them in stock.

I did provide another modeler a USS Montana to conduct a review and build log on, will check and see where he is on those.

So far the detail on this kit is great. Really looking forward to putting her together.


Dave
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Posted: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 02:27 PM UTC
Hey all,

A rare event occurred which allowed me to get into the model room in the evening time. I went ahead and started on the foredeck.

The first step of the instructions call for connecting the two halves of the hull. The following steps call for assembly of the main guns, the 5" auxiliary guns, and some other piddly parts such as the crane. I couldn't bring myself to start those yet as I am waiting to see if I can get a hold of the USS Missouri upgrade set to incorporate into the model. So I began with the foredeck.

The first step with the foredeck calls for adding the turret rings. There are two and they are mounted underneath the deck.






So I added the turret rings. The pin holes could use with a little widening either by drill or razor tip. I discovered this after mounting them but they fit just fine with a little added pressure.





After mounting the turret rings the instructions call for adding all of the items mounted on the foredeck. Here is where I deviated from the instructions again.

Instead of mounting the ammo boxes, 20mm AA guns and the like I went a head and attached the foredeck to the hull.

The fit was good but there is a need for some clamps due to the bow in the deck.







There is a little bit of a gap but nothing major.

Well that is it for tonight, the foredeck is curing to the hull. More to follow tomorrow.

Thanks for tuning in and if there are any question, issues or criticism feel free to type it in.

thanks

Dave




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Posted: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 09:47 PM UTC
Great to see you back Dave and modelling.
Don't know much about Very Fire or their kits so I will be following along to see what you think about the kit.

cheers
Michael
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Posted: Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 12:57 AM UTC
David,

Its nice to have a good set of clamps when ship building. Very nice start to a fine build when finished.

Mark
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Posted: Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 02:39 AM UTC
Michael - Thank, it is good to be back and in the saddle. I have missed building. So far the Very Fire is an amazing kit. Exceptional detail. Really looking forward to continuing the build.

For a new company they are on the fast track with release for a lot of new kits, upgrade sets, and wooden decks. It pretty amazing.


Mark - You are spot on, having a good set of clamps is crucial.


Thanks for stopping by.


Dave
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Posted: Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 02:42 AM UTC
Hi Everyone,

I know I said that I will be moving somewhat fast on this build but I just received word from Very Fire that they are going to provide me with one of their new USS Missouri Upgrade Sets.

So in order to add that to the build I will be taking a pause until it arrives. I don't want to get too far a head and make a mistake.

Once I received the upgrade kit Ill conduct and in box review and then continue with the USS Missouri Build.

It will take about two to three weeks for the kit to get here, so for now Ill go back to working on the Shokaku.

Thanks for tuning in.

Dave
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Posted: Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 07:05 AM UTC
Nice start Dave,

Will be along for the ride.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 08:52 AM UTC
Si - Thanks for the kind words.

Looking forward to having you along for the ride.

Dave
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Posted: Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 12:23 PM UTC
Great to see you back at the bench Dave!

I'm in!

Watching with interest to see how this new brand stacks up. Knowing my luck, I'll just finish the KGV and Very Fire will release an all new tooling of her!
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Posted: Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 11:43 PM UTC
Russell,

Thanks for the kind words.

Very Fire is definitely moving along with their releases.

Their next release is the USS New Jersey, sometime this month.

Not sure what their next release will be but your probably right.

Good to have you along for the ride.

Dave
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Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 09:00 AM UTC
Hey Everybody,

I just received the 1/350 Very Fire USS Missouri Upgrade kit. I will post pictures here shortly.

On initial inspection all I can say is WOW!!!

Stay tuned!!!

Dave
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Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 09:38 AM UTC
Hey everyone, as promised, here are some photos of the Very Fire USS Missouri Upgrade set.

The Box



Contents: (Everything except the Instructions and the Wooden Deck was wrapped in bubble wrap.)



Instructions: (These are huge!! 7 Pages)





Resin Parts: (12 bags of resin parts)



40mm Bofors Mounts




Turned Brass: (Include Main Gun Barrels, 20mm barrels, 40mm barrels, and masts)



Photo Etch: (Does have the thin film protecting both sides of the PE Sheets)





Close-Up:



Wooden Decks: (Only draw back is that they are not Deck Blue)





Self Adhesive with 3M:



OK, so I just wanted to get some pictures out there. I will go into more detail as I continue the build. Ill fit it in between the IJN Shokaku and the IJN Obobro!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Dave

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Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 02:12 PM UTC
Dave,

WOW! That's a lot of stuff.

Mark
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Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 07:42 PM UTC
Very nice project! Ill be following wirh interest. I built the Tamiya kit 20 years ago, its still on my bookshelf. Itll be interesting to see the difference in molding tech since then.

Cheers!
Stefan
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Posted: Friday, August 24, 2018 - 03:07 AM UTC
Gents,

Thanks for stopping by. It is quite a bit to handle but I am looking forward to it.

I will not be using anything other than what the kit and the upgrade provide. Well with the exception of some figures to round oud out the build.

My intent is to give everyone a clear picture as to the quality of the Very Fire products. So far from what I can see they are very much on par with Pontos and a bit cheaper at that.

thanks again and stay tuned, the adventure begins this afternoon.

Dave
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Posted: Friday, August 24, 2018 - 03:21 AM UTC
WOW!! This looks great!! Definitely following this!!
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Posted: Friday, August 24, 2018 - 10:53 PM UTC
That is one upgrade set Dave,

Will be interesting to see it go down.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 09:48 AM UTC
Thanks for the pics Dave,

looks like Very Fire are serious about taking on not just the kit makers, but the AM boys too