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Old 02-04-2019, 07:47 AM
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USS Maryland BB-46 (1944)

I've been thinking about some kind of new scratch project for quite a long time and finally I found the subject.
When I had registered to Papermodelers, I said that ships of the Pacific War are my favorite subjects. And that's true. Unfortunately there're not too many rare, interesting and unique examples available in paper.

As the title says I'll build USS Maryland BB-46 (as it appeared in 1944) completely from scratch. I don't really like these old American battleships in their original look but I love them from WWII period, after modernizations.

I'm not sure about the scale yet... Probably 1/800 or 1/900.
BB-46 will be a waterline model with small base/diorama.

I'll keep you informed about the WIP and I hope to make first serious steps in the coming days.

Wish me luck with this project.

This should be also a good source of informations:
Battleship Photo Index BB-46 USS MARYLAND
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Old 02-04-2019, 08:20 AM
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This is a formidable project. Good wishes!

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Old 02-04-2019, 08:39 AM
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fly model does a 1/200 WW2 California which is very similar. if you can get hold of an old Watson kit there are a few similar 1/350 or so scale ships that you can use for ideas. good luck
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Formidable project for certain.
Looking forward to watching your work.
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Good choice on the post 1944 refit appearance -- building the cut down cage mainmast that existed from 1942 to 1944 would have been tedious. She was damaged twice in 1944 after the refit, so pay attention to any additional changes performed when she was in repairs. For instance, the AA battery was modernized in November of that year, though in your chosen scale that might not be so apparent. Good luck!
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Interesting project.We will be attentive.Good luck Kacper!
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Old 02-05-2019, 07:32 AM
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if you can get hold of an old Watson kit there are a few similar 1/350 or so scale ships that you can use for ideas
What is this Watson? I tried to look for it yesterday but didn't find anything.

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Good choice on the post 1944 refit appearance -- building the cut down cage mainmast that existed from 1942 to 1944 would have been tedious. She was damaged twice in 1944 after the refit, so pay attention to any additional changes performed when she was in repairs. For instance, the AA battery was modernized in November of that year, though in your chosen scale that might not be so apparent. Good luck!
I'll have to carefully examine pictures from 1944. That's probably the best thing I can do to notice all differences.

Anyway, here's the first obvious step - blueprints/drawings.
It was pretty easy to find them. I've printed 3 copies. 2 identical(black&white) and 1 with more visible details. Both versions should be useful.

I scaled them to 1/1000. That's the definitve scale of the model. Real ship was 190m long so in 1/1000 it has 19cm.
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Old 02-05-2019, 08:55 AM
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the Watson models were more of a wargaming cardmodel kit. they are near extinct but once in awhile they pop up on ebay. one of our members converted some of the battleship kits to more model than war gamming kit. can't remember who but or what ship, maybe tennesee? I know they were the same general class as yours.
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Old 02-05-2019, 03:28 PM
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Thanks for the explanation CMDRTED.

Here's the little WIP update. I've started working on the first parts - decks. After examining pictures from 1944 I noticed that BB-46 didn't have those "balconies" with AA weapons on the deck at that time. My blueprints show Maryland in 1945 so I had to make little corrections.
I marked these "balconies" on one photo.

Tomorrow I'll try to cut lines on these decks to make planks visible.
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Old 02-07-2019, 11:25 AM
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Small detail but gives a good effect.

Now I have to make internal structures.
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