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Old 02-17-2024, 08:40 PM
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Beautiful Ginga!

I did not realize that Revell had produced that kit.

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Old 02-18-2024, 12:00 PM
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Hi All;

Here is a little change of pace. Back in 1976 the first attempt at serious scratch building, USS Indianapolis, came about. Back then, there was no internet, so good plans and information were hard to come by. In 1973 a fold out three view drawing of USS Indianapolis appeared in Warship Profile # 28. It scaled out to 1/275. A hand drafted set of plans was made from that and reference to photographs. During the next couple of years my first serious scratch built ship model was constructed from plastic sheet and stretched sprue from old model kits. Much to my surprise, it placed second in ships at The IPMSA Region I convention in 1979. That was Noreastcon 8.

This was the second scratch built model, hand drafted to the same scale and modified from a pretty inaccurate set of Wiswesser plans, by information gathered from photographs. It's the USS Marblehead CL-12 as it appeared in early 1942. It was ordered in 1918, launched in 1920 and commissioned in 1924. Severely bombed in the battle of the Makassar Straits, she limped away, was repaired and managed to survive World War II. The design and history of the Milwaukee class cruisers is very interesting, but beyond the scope of this entry.

The model is built using the same methods as used for USS Indianapolis. Photo 1r is a starboard side view. You can clearly see that the model has held up much better than he dust cover. I don't dare remove the cover because the model is extremely fragile after 47 years. That cover has done its job, since there is no dust inside. Photo 2r is a port side view. The ocean is a slightly textured painting. There was no attempt to make any three dimensional waves. Photo 3r was an attempt to get a forward view. The glare from the dust cover made the shot very difficult, but you can see aging of the styrene has lifted the starboard bridge wing. Photo 4r is an attempt to show the float planes. There are nineteen pieces in each one. Photo 5r is an overall view. The boats were made by carving a basswood master and vacuum forming them. The railings were thin brass stanchions strung with very fine hairs of sprue. Remember, this model was done long before photo etch came along. Photo 6r shows the detail work. The top masts are brass wire, which has held its shape very well. The rest of the masts and rigging are sprue, as are gun barrels searchlights small weapons, cowl vents and tripod mast. Oh yeah, The stacks were borrowed weapons containers from two 1/48 Mirage fighters. You can see how the starboard antenna spreader has bent due to outgassing. After 47 years, plastic is about as brittle as a potato chip. The paint was airbrushed Floquil railroad colors, mix matched to color chips.

The developmental importance of this model is that it taught the design and construction techniques used in the later design of card models and started me thinking about the ecological and medical advantages of modeling in card. There's a sort of nostalgic affection for ships and aircraft that hardly anyone has ever heard of.

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Old 02-18-2024, 01:36 PM
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Hi Don;

Actually, Revell USA didn't design the Frances kit. Some Japanese company named Takara, designed and produced the Frances and several other models. They were all pretty good kits for the time. There's a Tony lying around somewhere in the shop. Evidently Revell made some arrangement to acquire the rights to them and they were sold under the Revell Takara label. It can still be found on line, of course not for the $1.98 that was originally paid for it.

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Old 02-26-2024, 12:46 PM
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Hi All;

Here is a Revell F89-J in 1/48 scale built in the late 1980s or early 90s. The paint was airbrushed "Floquil" railroad paint. Masking tape was used for the edges of the red markings, the nose cone and the anti glare panel. When painting, it was customary to take care to aim the paint off the tape, onto the model to avoid shoving paint under the mask and making an irregular edge. To do compound surfaces a thin strip of tape, about a sixteenth of an inch, was cut with a scalpel and a steel edge ruler. The strip was nursed around the area edge and the remaining tape was used as a skirt to defeat over spray. The thin strip has more give and will do curved surfaces a lot more easily than full width tape. When the paint was dry the skirt came away easily and the edge of the thin strip picked up with a needle nosed tweezers. it gave a nice crisp edge. The texturing effect on the aluminum was done by bouncing silver, tinted with a few drops of black, off the edge of a filing card under low pressure. The model was very nicely detailed and one of Revells best efforts in either 1/72 or 1/48 scale.

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Old 02-27-2024, 02:06 PM
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Hi All;

While debating an attempt to do either CL-50, or CVL-23 as the next project, I took an old (1979) scratch built USS Helena from the shelf and removed the dust cover. One of the aircraft had fallen off its catapult and was just sitting on the deck. An attempt was made to return it to the proper location. This was just after taking the bride out for lunch. Two cups of black coffee were involved. Oh yeah. Ignore the tremors. What would usually have taken two minutes to fix back in the day, wound up taking forty five and that was dumb luck.

While the cover was off it was a good opportunity to take some pictures. Photo 1r shows the starboard SOC sitting on the deck. Photo 2r shows the plane removed. The model is scratch built to 1/295 scale, mostly from styrene sheet and stretched sprue. There is some dust since 1979, but it isn't bad. Of more concern is how brittle the plastic has become. Photo 3r is an overhead shot. It's still a handsome model. Photo 4r is fuzzy because the camera is too close to the subject., but it gives you a good idea of how small the plane is. It has twenty parts. Photo 5r is from the rear quarter. The sea is a painting. Even then research was important and good data scarce. Photo 6r is one of several pages of heavily notated plans to 1/295 scale. Photo 7r is a profile shot of the model. Photo 8r shows how the dark makes the detail of the model hard to see. The last shot shows the Seagull back on the catapult. Yeah it's pure persistence, but victory is sweet. Looks like the next project is going to be CVL-23.Never give up.

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Old 03-07-2024, 02:40 PM
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Hi All,

Old is a pretty relative term. It could mean stuff done by someone who is old, or it could mean it's an old model. OK, enough already! This is the battle cruiser SMS Seydlitz, scratch designed and built around 2016 in 1 /250 scale. Some of you have seen it before. These pictures were taken today. The model was taken off the shelf and the dust cleaned off of the case. As usual, the lights played havoc with the camera. The first photo shows it in front of CL-52. The ocean is textured. Seydlitz looks fairly clean because the anti torpedo nets were discarded when the ship was repaired after Jutland. They were discarded from capital ships, about that time because if they were hit in action, they threw metal splinters all over the decks. Not very comfortable if you happened to be outside at the time. Photo 2rs is a port profile. The build is a little cleaner because the tremors weren't so bad eight years ago. Photo 3rs is an overhead shot. To defeat the reflections I turned the case on its side. That allowed some better shots. Photo 4rs shows the forward part of the ship. For what looks like a clean simple design, it was a bear to design parts, because of compound curves. The main and barbette guns rotate and elevate. Photo 6rs is a stern shot. The reflections make it difficult to see that the weather deck is planked, but the upper deck was covered with linoleum. 7rs is a little better you can see the deck planks more clearly. The last shot shows the bridge area. The circles on the turret tops were a signal for friendly aircraft not to bomb the ship.

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Old 03-07-2024, 03:00 PM
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It is a pleasure to see images of your Seydlitz.
The main turret/gun layout on the German warships at this time is well thought out.
Allowing a huge arc of fire for those central turrets.
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Old 03-09-2024, 01:06 PM
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Hi All;

Mention that CL-23 is going to be a big model prompts a "Crocodile Dundee" response. "You call that big? This is big." About 54 inches big. It's The USS Alaska CB-1 scratch built from styrene back around the mid 1980s. Good research information was hard to come by and the plans were hand drafted. Encased it took two people to carry it. The model took up too much room in the shop, so I gave it to a friend with a large apartment. Shortly before he passed away, he passed it on to a kid who loved the model and came from the apartment down stairs, to admire it every chance he had. So It's still out there somewhere. It has a good home. I think his father knew how much it is worth. Hey, it took up too much shelf space. You should see the Susquehanna.

Photo 1r shows the finished model. The only thing on it that isn't scratch built is the anchor chain. Photo 2r shows the start of the planking process. Photo 3r shows the basic modules set in place. The detail work is yet to come. Photo 4r shows the forward main turret fully detailed and painted. Photo 5r shows the stack module ready to be mated to the hull. Photo 6r shows the forward section of the completed model. Before any one complains about the paint scheme, that gaudy splinter camouflage was deleted as soon as the ship was sent into action. The last shot is the center section from above. All those railings, the cranes, catapults and antenna are stretched sprue. Always loved that model. Oh yeah, that last one is Susquehanna.

Regards, rjccjr
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Old 03-15-2024, 12:22 PM
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Hi All;

This is a 1/48 scale Tamiya Mitsubishi Type 1 Model 11 G4M1 Betty. It was an excellent kit and a joy to build. It is in the markings of the commander of the Kanoya Kaigun Kokutai, one of the aircraft that sank HMS Repulse and HMS Prince Of Wales. I was about four and a half years old at the time that it happened, but can remember family members talking about it.

This model spans about nineteen inches and was built in the early 1990s. Photo 1r shows the model just off the shelf, with dust strings hanging off the stabilizer. Photo 2r shows the forward section still dusty. Photo 3r is an attempt to show the instrument panel detail after partial cleaning. This kit was so well designed that extra detailing was unnecessary. Photo 4r shows the underneath with torpedo. The plate for the bomb bay has pushed the fuselage seams apart over the years. photo 5r shows the port side. The white decals have yellowed a bit, but are still presentable. Photo 6r shows an attempt to stress the panel lines. Actually, this is inaccurate because the air frame was riveted and join lines were hardly visible from any distance. The accenting was done after the paint was well dried. Drawing ink was washed over the area, then cleaned off with a damp paper towel. After everything was dry again the model was over sprayed with semi-gloss , which gave it an even sheen and waterproofed the ink. Photo 7r is the other side. Japanese paints did not weather well and the cowling edged show that with very dry brushed platinum mist. Photo 8r shows the upper surfaces after cleaning. The rudder markings could use another going over with a swab. The last photo shows the upper crew compartment detail. The aircraft was a handsome machine, but had a bad tendency to catch fire with the least provocation.

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Old 03-16-2024, 01:59 PM
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Belated feedback - All great models, but I am particularly impressed by your scratchbuilt Helena. I would have loved to have had the skill and talent to build a model like that.

I also note that by coincidence, your Mitsubishi Type 0 G4M1 Land Attacker, tail number K 310, is the same airplane that Nobi recently released as a 1/72 scale paper model and CMDRTED is building even as we speak (Tale of 2 Bettys in 1/100 scale).

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