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Old 10-15-2018, 04:59 AM
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USS Saratoga (CV-3) - 1:200 - GPM

Hello all,

I'm still here in Ghana and building steadily, but haven't gotten around to posting updates for a while. So here comes the new project: the rather large (1.4 meters) 1:200 model of the USS Saratoga (CV-3), one of the first purpose-built US aircraft carriers (although originally laid down as a cruiser hull). A big, difficult project with lots of detail and fiddly bits. Just my thing. Stay tuned!
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Old 10-15-2018, 05:05 AM
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So let's get started with the internal framework. I am using the lasercut set.
Just to be clear - this will be large!
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USS Saratoga (CV-3) - 1:200 - GPM-p1000341.jpg   USS Saratoga (CV-3) - 1:200 - GPM-p1000342.jpg   USS Saratoga (CV-3) - 1:200 - GPM-p1000343.jpg  
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looking forward to this build. She however was not a purpose built carrier, her and Lexington were battle cruisers cancelled by the Washington Naval Treaty and like Akagi and Kaga converted into carriers.
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Old 10-15-2018, 05:55 AM
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looking forward to this build. She however was not a purpose built carrier, her and Lexington were battle cruisers cancelled by the Washington Naval Treaty and like Akagi and Kaga converted into carriers.
That's correct - but the battle cruiser build was halted when the was 28% complete, and thus the design could be altered well before she was an actual battleship (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Saratoga_(CV-3))

That being said, her hull was later modified for improved stability - this modification will become clear during this build.

This version by the way is the configuration from 1945, with camouflage colours.
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Sara and Lex though converted from battle cruiser hulls were sleek and cool looking. it took a nuke to finally sink the Saratoga. will be watching this build coming to life.
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Old 10-15-2018, 10:25 AM
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only a small build ???? wish you well on this looks good will be watching for more pics
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Old 10-15-2018, 07:03 PM
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Please ramble on talking about your methods and techniques! No insite is too trivial! This will really help with my LEX (prewar) build.
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I also built the Lexington from GPM, essentially the same as the Sara. Mine was the "as built
in 1926" version. It is a well designed kit and it comes together well.

I hope you enjoy building it as much as I did.
cheers Jim
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Looking forward for a deck crowded with planes!!!
Any estimated time?
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Thanks for the interest! The contrast with the 1926 Lexington will be very interesting to see. The instruction images for this model are a bit sparse, don't know if that's the same for the Lexington.
I will be building her with 35 Grumman Hellcats on deck, so that should look good.
I'm catching up a bit here - here is the flight deck. I have built the hangar to make the structure sturdier, but I will build her with a smooth, level deck.
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