This is my great modelling project for this year. The kit is very nicely detailed but there are still many points which can be modified (I don´t talk about the inaccuracy in the whole after part of the model - I know this and I leave it to avoid time consuming scratch reconstruction).
Some detail such as the bollards need to be replaced. As there are no proper replacement parts I started to design and produce them under the SSN Modellbau label. So I will do with other parts lacking detail which will occur for sure during the building process.
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Great start into an interesting project. I will stay tuned to this frequency. Looking forward to meeting you soon and discuss our approaches to the vietnam topic in detail.
24. April 2016 at 16:14:23
I'm in, so we have WIP's of Intrepid, Ticonderoga and Hancock - great! Sven, the cover photo you use was made on the day I was born - long time ago!
By the way, what do you mean with - the inaccuracy in the whole after part of the model? Do you mention, that the kit is supposed to be to short aft of the island s discussed on Modelwarships? I do not think the kit is to short and if so we are talking about just a few millimetres. The planes of my air wing I placed aft of the island fit well and close to the original one without having less space to place the planes.
24. April 2016 at 16:30:22
Torben knows best where exactly the inaccuracies are. I don´t care much about this because for me as for you the whole kits leaves a very good impression.
24. April 2016 at 16:57:37
Hope to have all 3 carriers on display next to each other soon!
24. April 2016 at 16:58:21
I did some research on TICO when I started with the Trumpeter kit two years ago. Usually I never check kits against drawings. I was facing a complete rebuild of the model with blistering the hull and altering more or less everything, as they did on the real thing. So extensive research and measuring was inavitable.
The Trumpeter kit is an almost perfect match to the dimensions of the class (length and beam). When the Gallery kit arrived on my desk I compared both hulls and Gallerys kit is much shorter. Well, I don´t want to kick off an accuracy discussion but I was quite confused if I did wrong on my Trumpeter rebuild. I checked all the dimensions again. I took the BuShips plans, verified all references, used Google Maps screen shots and: As all was scalel it turned out that the Gallery kit is indeed perfect from the bridge going forward, but...
Don´t care!!! If I had not started with the Trumpeter hull I would have build the Gallery model out of box. I will use a lot of this kit as it makes things much easier and the kit has very nice detailling. So just Keep on with this project and don´t mind the slight dimensional errors.
24. April 2016 at 16:59:03
I do not research it as you did Torben. I just got my information reading a thread on MW.com. For me the Gallery kit is quite accurate and ok and you can place Skyhawks, Crusaders etc. along the flight deck aft of the island without having any difference to photos of the original CV.
And my friend I'm with you - keep on with it
24. April 2016 at 18:22:36
Yes, totally agree with you Christian. The most important thing is that we have fun building our models.
24. April 2016 at 19:43:59
I second that Christian. And Torben, too, most important is the fun we have in building these models!
25. April 2016 at 16:39:38
Ah, well then.
I´ll pick myself a place and stay tuned.
25. April 2016 at 17:49:54
26. April 2016 at 16:30:53
During the week I could do the first run of filling and sanding. Next step: side walls and hangar interior
30. April 2016 at 11:30:01
The sponsons need a lot of filling and sanding to close the seam line to the hangar deck. Do you plan to add a hangar interior?
30. April 2016 at 16:44:04
I will do some minor hangar detailing. I will display the model during a UNREP situation with all hands on deck. Due to this situation and the subtropical climate nearly all doors are open but with lots of busy people handling the goods. So you won´t see much of the hangar and what you will see will be crowded with boxes, pallets, drums or a parked aircraft.
1. May 2016 at 07:44:45
Thats a great idea! You will benefit from Intrepids layout with relatively small roller doors. Intrepid and Hancock had the same hangar door configuration with much smaller doors than Ticonderoga. You will not see that much through these small openings. Some figures or material should be enough to show something happening behind the doors.
1. May 2016 at 08:41:27
sounds good Sven
You can place a plane next to the doors - guess they have some on the boat
2. May 2016 at 05:56:13
During the last days I added the side walls with its details. The hull construction will be paused for a while because I´m waiting for the PE set from Tetra. Otherwise I could have glued the port overhang into position, too.
I will now focus on the hangar. picture 14 gives a little impression how it could look like later behind the hangar doors. Of course the area will be crowded with more pallets and boxes and people.
3. May 2016 at 15:55:25
Nice progress Sven
I fill and sand most of the ejector pin marks inside of the side walls because they will be visible looking inside to take a photo as shown on photo no. 14. Don't forget, before you add all the structure parts (supports for the flight deck overhang) you should paint the hangar deck and the inner side of the support and add all the railing along the hangar deck. You'll later never reach it!
3. May 2016 at 18:37:43
Yes Christian hangar painting is the next step and then adding PE railing to the sponsons. Therefore the progress on the outside of the hull is stopped and I will concentrate on maintenance and stowing scenes for inside the hangar.
3. May 2016 at 18:46:41
Some new SSN stuff or what do you use for all that bits and pieces?
3. May 2016 at 18:50:53
Do i need new glasses or do you add aftermarket TER and MER???
4. May 2016 at 04:56:54
@ Christian: All details which I´m not pleased with and if there´s no aftermarket solution I design them by myself and if it makes sense I sell them under my SSN Modellbau label.
@ Holger: Yes there will be some true to scale aftermarket TER and MER on the planes.
4. May 2016 at 15:13:47
The planes from the kit will fill the hangar in the areas which can be seen from outside. I slightly modified them by cutting the wings and glue them into the parking position. I added a 0,2mm rod to the A-4s for the air refueling probe.
To give some more live to the model I build up some Material for the pallets. This will be casted soon in rough quantities as I will need a lot of them.
5. May 2016 at 14:39:51
Outstanding, Sven! The new products look phantastic. They will add a lot of realism to the model. I can´t wait to have the material set on my desk. Next in line are fork lifts to handle all these pallets and material.
5. May 2016 at 15:18:18
The next point I found which was not mentioned until now is the typical US Navy forklifter used in the ´60s. After some research I found a picture from which I could drew my design sketch.
This accessoire will perfectly add to the replenishment scene where the forklifters will be transporting away the pallets in the hangar bay or on the flight deck.
16. May 2016 at 07:30:33
Wohoo! Just the perfect addition to my scene, Sven! Forklifts were used in numbers on the Hangar deck and flight deck.
16. May 2016 at 08:36:30
During the last weeks I did the paintwork of the hangar bay. I airbrushed the deck with Mr. Hobby H305 FS36118
and the side walls in white. The later visible area around the hangar opening for the elevators got a treatment with several washes from AK.
I painted the aircrafts with a coat of H325 FS26440
12. June 2016 at 14:39:00
Nice painting Sven. Will keep it in my mind to leave a dark gray band along the lower wall.
12. June 2016 at 16:10:04
Very nice progress Sven. I especially like the weathering which gives a good impression of a heavy used hangar floor after a long deployment.
12. June 2016 at 18:21:20
Nice! I think I would have given the hangar deck a bit more of a color variation. But the washing and sprinkles do look very nice. And in the end with everything covered with planes and other stuff it will surely be great looking.
12. June 2016 at 21:07:27
@ Ingmar: as I don´t plan any illumination of the hangar this little weathering is ok I think. A dryfit with the flight deck on top shows a lot of shaddow inside. Therefore I also rejected to fill the ejector marks.
But you are right: on other carriers with much more view inside I would do some more detailing and more weathering.
14. June 2016 at 14:17:46
Your planned Level of Detail is freaking awesome! Even pallets in 1:350! I´, looking Forward your next steps, Sven!
14. June 2016 at 14:28:30
Sven, that sounds convincing. I also would not worry about things that you cannot see later. Also I think that the viewers attention will be drawn to all the stuff you plan to place in the opening.
15. June 2016 at 05:09:45
Last week I got a parcel with the long awaited test shots of the forklifters together with assorted cargo for my pallets and boxes. These key elements finally allow me to go on with the Intrepid build. I marked the black waterline stripe with an industrial engraving tool. The planes which I will place in the hangar bay got some detail painting.
6. November 2016 at 12:57:14
6. November 2016 at 13:25:30
Wow! This will be a very busy hangar with great looking details!
6. November 2016 at 15:21:14
6. November 2016 at 15:23:54
During the last 2 weeks I started painting the cargo boxes which will later be placed inside the hangar bay or on the pallets. I also glued the first PE parts in place, in this case 2 balconies which will later be very uncomfortable accessable for painting. So they became theirs Haze Grey colour before I glue the flight deck overhangs above them. It´s the same case for the railings around the main deck so I primed and sprayed them in Haze Grey, too.
20. November 2016 at 17:18:26
In order to avoid damaging the PEs which need to be mounted at the outside of the hull I started creating the waterplate before attaching the etched catwalks and railings.
The base is 30mm thick styrofoam. I thinned another 10mm plate to half of its thickness and I tried to cut out an irregularly pattern of smooth upsisings. These uprisings were fixed to the base with acrylic gel. After a day of drying time I trimmed the edges and cut the cutout for the hull.
27. November 2016 at 12:46:27
i am not a ship modeller, but this one looks really interesting. those pallets and forklifts are fantastic.
27. November 2016 at 15:03:38
27. November 2016 at 15:19:51
Hi Sven Looking good already at this stage...How did you creat the "waves" on your styrene base?
27. November 2016 at 15:28:34
Hi Norbert, I took another plate of Styrofoam and cut it to this shape and then glued it on the base.
27. November 2016 at 17:08:01
27. November 2016 at 18:47:51
Yesterday I placed a first layer of plaster onto the styrofoam waves. I will have to smooth down it and correct some minor issues before applying another layer.
I also decided to make a change in my colour choice. Instead of Gunze H305 I will now use Vallejo 161/836 London Grey for all horizontal surfaces because they are more easy to paint with the brush where I have to in some corners. It´s said they have the same FS number but actually Vallejo´s colour is lighter and more bluish. The contrast to the vertical applied Haze Grey (Vallejo Medium Sea Grey 158/870) is much better now.
And then I finally went on with some assembling. Now the stern is neraly completed.
4. December 2016 at 15:50:09
your water surface looks very promising so far! Dis you use plain plaster? Don't you expect to get cracks in the plaster if the styrofoam bends for some reason?
Regarding the colors: I used MC70990 Light Grey on my Arleigh Burke. MC70870 was to dark for my liking. But I'm no color expert. I just compared some colors and used what I found to give the right look - for me.
4. December 2016 at 16:32:26
Thank you Ingmar! I used Motofill. This plaster doesn´t bend the styrofoam and normally doesn´t crack from shrinking. I got some cracks because I took off the ship too early and because the plaster also adheres to the side of the model. Normally there is some gap between water and model anyway which I always fill with acrylic gel and paint in water colour when finally placing the model to the base.
4. December 2016 at 17:05:21
Mhh, seems to ma an unusual technique. Just like Ingmar I would be worried about any cracking of the plaster, even it is Moltofil! Anyhow, I guess time will tell
Is there any sanding necessary or is it that smooth to add paint until the plaster is dry?!
The tanks on the stern platform – some new stuff?
4. December 2016 at 18:36:15
Hi Christian, I thought it would crack actually 30mm Styrofoam is stiff enough. I will place the base later on a wood plank because I want to take it toexhibitions and it needs a stand for the plexi case.
Sanding of the plaster depends on how good the mixture was. In this case I mixed 3 cups that´s why there are different surface qualities and why I´m not so happy with it and want to apply another layer. But I will do the next layer from papier mâché.
The tanks are actually the transport boxes of the jet engines. They were stowed next to the 5" guns and also on the stern. These ones are prototypes. I´m still testing and cannot estimate if they become a new product.
4. December 2016 at 19:07:10
Hi Sven, thx for the explanation! Be careful using papier mâché, I tried it several times on a Styrofoam board and it warped heavy once the papier mâché was dry!
4. December 2016 at 19:12:40
Thank you for the hint! So I will have to cut the wood plank tomorrow at work before doing more on my base.
4. December 2016 at 19:16:20
Hi Sven, your Sea Scape looks great. Did you ever use wall paint? It's more "elastic".
5. December 2016 at 05:01:20
Hi Norbert, thank you! I´ve used wall paint one time but was not happy with it. The paint I used was a cheap one and got lots of cracks.
5. December 2016 at 18:03:33
Mhh, that depends on a layer applied to thick. The substrate could be also a reason for cracks. I had some bad experience with wall paint stippled on a wooden base. I choose than to a styrene covered MDF base and now use only Styrofoam normally in use for house insulation.
But anyhow, there's more than one way to skin a cat. Modelmaking lives from different experiences and trial and error. I much like to follow all the different ways on Scalenmates and to learn from different experiences. So I'm looking forward to the final result.
6. December 2016 at 19:14:59
Yes you're right. It's more than interesting that there are several ways to create good sea scapes. Up to now, I only tried silicon, with good results, but i think only when there isn't a rough sea. But lets see what Sven result will look like
6. December 2016 at 20:20:16
So, after a while I came back to my Intrepid. Because the first water didn´t turn out as desired I built a new one. First I had to cut off the old styrofoam and apply a new one. After shaping the waves (a little bit smaller now) and cutting a opening for the hull they got a coat of plaster stone. With a little sanding I smoothed it the seascape and applied another layer of plaster this time an air drying type.
Because I want to get a good fit of the hull I first textured the plaster on one side of the hull and after a day of drying the other side.
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10. June 2018 at 17:59:02
I am going to buy this kit one day despite having no space for it.. The build is going nicely! Nice job on the hagar floor weathering!
10. June 2018 at 19:11:20
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11. June 2018 at 11:21:53
A large project it is. Like the rest I'm curious how she'll end up. The start looks very promising
11. June 2018 at 12:15:11
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Thank you guys for your comments! It´s still a long way to go. Yesterday the plaster wasn´t as dry as expected so no work on it. Hope to find some time during this week.
11. June 2018 at 15:18:09