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Old 05-27-2010, 01:54 PM
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Ryan, I didn't know that Utube has such great coverage of the few remaining historic ships. I got sucked in for a couple hours of fun viewing....the various video tours of were fascinating....more clutter now saved on my harddrive. By the way, yesterday the mailman delivered a copy of Battleship Texas by Hugh Power, purchased used from Amazon (for less than the postage!). Terrific book, and has some great photos. I agree that the WW I configuration would be a quicker design project.
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Old 05-30-2010, 11:24 AM
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Just wondering if anyone has taken up this suggested paper ship design...I wish I knew enough to design the kit, but would love to be a beta builder of this model!

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Old 05-30-2010, 12:54 PM
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yep, i've doing a little bit of research on the intended version. i'm away at the moment but i'll be visiting the ship this next month. it will be a relatively easy build for children yet should still represent the vessel fairly accurately.
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Old 05-30-2010, 01:29 PM
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jim ju52man has made one it is in the downloads section now its simple and nice
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Old 05-30-2010, 06:27 PM
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oh good...lol! that should save me the trouble. thank you jim. :-)
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Old 05-30-2010, 07:04 PM
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hi ju52man made it
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Old 05-31-2010, 02:20 PM
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Thank you, Mchale; I have the ju52man download, but it's rather difficult to figure out the proper placement even with the deck plan that I have. I might try it at some point.

I still look forward to Nebel's design, which, as he said, will be fairly accurate.

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Old 05-31-2010, 11:01 PM
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oh good...lol! that should save me the trouble. thank you jim. :-)
I'm still up to make you trouble if you're willing... Somewhere between that (nice) design and at least a bit more detailed and hopefully bigger.
Mchale, what do I need to do to have permission to use that kit on a page to encourage people to donate to the USS Texas fund? Maybe we can have a "tiered" approach where ANY donation gets the simplest model, larger donations get a nice FG style semi-scale, semi-detailed model, and if we ever get a real masterpiece, that can be offered for a larger donation or sale.

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Old 06-01-2010, 08:34 AM
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no problem. i still have the collected research, just in case. it looks like i might be in new orleans for a day or so and i'm hoping to visit the D-day museum. maybe they'll have some more BB35 info...
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Old 06-01-2010, 12:05 PM
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Time to come out of the closet. Ryan contacted me a few weeks ago about taking on the Texas as a design project. Since then it has been like one of those tunes that, once it imbeds in one's brain, just won't go away. So, although it looks as if it is really going to push the envelope of my design ability (the Colorado is only the first model that I can really claim as a "from scratch" design attempt vs a re-engineer of an existing kit...and was greatly aided by existance of a BS Profile Morskie booklet of the Colorado), I'm going to jump into the big leagues with this project. My thoughts of the moment are to put as much detail into the beast as is within my own humble micromodelling building ability. Between my copy of the warship pictorial on the Texas, the Utube "Texas tour" videos, and the HNSA blueprint file on the Texas, I have enough to get started, but am needing a lot of assistance from you guys who have been dreaming about this project. One thing that I will very much need is a ton of still images of the details of the ship...anyone reading this who has photos of the Texas, I would really, really appreciate if you would send me an electronic file of them....pm me for the email address to get them to me. And, if anyone is planning on visiting the Texas in the near future, please take along your trusty digital camera and fresh SD card and do a 'walk-around' type photo shoot of the nooks and crannies and small details of the accessible areas of the ship (and, maybe if Ryan can sweet-talk the powers that be, even some of the inaccessible areas....at least of the command deck level of the island). My most immediate need is photos of the small structures on the main deck area where the 5/51 guns were moved to and of the exterior bulkheads of the main structures so I can get an idea of porthole (in some cases, windows) and hatch locations, annotated with location info if not obviously identifiable. Longer term need is photos of the compartment interiors, at least of the main deck level of the island, and maybe even of the next level down. There is a method to my madness....Chris has been a bad influence on me regarding some of the project aspects I'm considering. Along with the 1:200 model of the full ship, I'm thinking that a 1:87 companion model of the island command level (and maybe of that portion of the next level down) would be possible....and maybe even of some of the upper levels. A 1:35 scale model of the conning tower interior isn't out of the question given enough detail photos. And, really going for pie in the sky, a walk-around type tour book is also a possible product from this humble little task. So, if you do contribute documentation images, publication permission would be greatly appreciated, just in case dreams come true.

Now, with respect to the crass financial aspects. This task has all the appearance being of the "chicken heart that ate Detroit" nature, and is going to take a big portion of my life away for a significant length of time. The design blog thread is liable to overtake Koolik's Big Boy thread for size and duration. So, I intend reserving rights for commercial distribution of any paper model kits that may emerge at project's end, but will grant the USS Texas restoration project unlimited and unconditional (but not exclusive) permission to use any and all intellectual properties that may result. Hopefully, this little project will stay in the realm of fun hobby and not that of "frikkin' job."
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