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Old 09-08-2020, 10:56 AM
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Gerry Paper Models - new models from ships collection

Dear friends, I have established a new thread, where I will present my ship models. The first one I will present here is a set of 10 variants of the famous American PT-Boats. Scale as usual 1/400, the models are waterline and of course free. You can find the download link in my catalog
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Old 09-08-2020, 12:53 PM
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Big thanks Gerry for these little jewells
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The Galloping Ghost of the Java Coast

I present to you my new model, which is the famous heavy cruiser USS CA-30 Houston in the version in which she fought her last hopeless fight in the Sunda Strait.
The basis for my model is a 1/600 scale model, authored by Clifton McCullough, that can be downloaded from Papermodelers download page. As in the past, I rescaled this very nice model to 1/400 scale, completely redrawn it and, above all, improved it with new details that fit better on a larger scale.
I spent several hours on documentation, plans, photographs, and discussions in specialized forums to make the model as close as possible to the appearance of Houston at the time of the Battle of Sunda Strait. All of the Northampton-class sister ships were quite different in detail, and these differences were even greater as time went on. But I think I found out the details of Houston as best I could.
The same challenge for me was the reconstruction of the camo. After a thorough study of the materials, I can consider it almost certain that Houston wore Measure 1 camouflage during the Java battles, but the original 5-D Dark Gray color was replaced by an emergency shade, unofficially called Cavite Blue. Measure 1 had superstructures above the tops of the chimneys painted with 5-L Light Gray, but according to the photos, this color at Houston (probably by a misinterpretation of the regulations) began at the level of the captain's bridge. Just before the outbreak of war in the Pacific, the horizontal surfaces were to be painted with 20-B Deck Blue, but the ships in the Philippines and Java were given, again in an emergency, Cavite Blue paint. This coating of the decks was relatively well preserved, but the original coating of the hull, superstructures, chimneys, etc. was already heavily weathered and damaged during the battles for Java.
I tried to put all these details into my model. I hope that you will like it. I will inform you in time when it is completely finished.
And, of course, I plan to convert Houston to its sister ships.
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Old 01-25-2021, 12:30 PM
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Heavy Cruiser CA-26 Northampton

So after a long fight, I finished (I hope) the second model of cruisers from the Northampton class. I started from the beginning and the first was the CA-26 Northampton. My idea that it would be a few easy adjustments soon proved to be very wrong. In my estimate, at least 75% of the pieces are modified or completely new. I even had to change the hull and decks (the first three ships of the class had a short bow deck and the front chimney stood on its own superstructure, while the rest had a deck extended to the chimney ...), the superstructures, details, equipment changed ....
So there was a lot of work, but I am very pleased with the result. The ship is as she looked at the time of her last battle at Cape Tassafaronga on November 30, 1942. She carries camouflage Ms 11, ie vertical surfaces in 5-S Sea Blue, horizontal in 20B Deck Blue.
I'm currently putting together the materials for Chester. :-)
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Old 02-16-2021, 12:42 PM
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Heavy cruiser CA-27 Chester

If I sweated while making the USS Northampton, it's nothing against what awaited me at the USS Chester. If I do not count the effective, but demanding "dazzle" camouflage, then I had to remodel the superstructures again, add new stations, bridges, firing positions .... a horror. But so far I am very satisfied with the result. But the worst is yet to come. I would like to make the fourth sister ship USS Louisville in the 1945 version. It will mean a completely new bridge, mainmast, rear superstructures ... The only thing that comforts me is the fact that I have the best materials for it and I will not have to rummage through it. dozens of indistinct photographs, and a much simpler camouflage Ms.22.
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New superstructures for Louisville are already being prepared ... ... ;-)
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Another step was done ....
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Undoubtedly the worst work in creating a new model is the numbering of parts and instructional drawings. At Louisville, I have to do all the numbering basically again. The only unchanged parts are the inner skeleton of the fuselage. How I hate this job ...
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You[re really putting a lot of work into this project. Thanks for your efforts.
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