Digital Navy 1:250 USS Arizona 2004

Discussion in 'Ship & Watercraft Models' started by OldSalt, Jul 3, 2005.

  1. OldSalt

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    I ordered this after seeing the construction photos on the DN website. After printing everything out and laminating enough 1mm for the hull parts I just sat and stared at the pile of paper for awhile. No matter what nit-picking comments I may have as things go together, this is an amazing piece of model engineering! The back-printing is brilliant and Roman is to be congratulated for taking what was a perfectly good model and redesigning it from keel up!

    I started construction with the above-waterline structure thinking that I might complete it as a waterline model. The only hiccups were parts 8, 12 and 21 whose slots were not long enough. Another problem was encountered when test fitting the after deck to the hull structure. A slot is needed at the centerline forward edge to accomodate the "spine." I glued the #25 tabs in place on the #25 stringer pieces before installing the stringers.

    I assembled the below-waterline structure on an extra waterline plate I printed out on plain (24 lb) paper. This allowed me to get spine and formers aligned properly. After I had completed that much of the assembly I discovered the "Another warship gets its keel laid..." thread and saw the great photos of wunwinglow's constuction. the gussets are a great idea and I'll use that procedure in the future.

    There is nothing special in the photos here - I have a few of the glueing "cheat" strips on the lower hull and have been trying to decide whether i should put pieces 30-34 in place before marrying the upper and lower hull assemblies.

    I discovered that the main deck pieces are apparently considered "hull structure" since they are supposed to be 1mm thick. I need to get those laminated before I end up with a "thin deck" like on my Shipyard Dutch yacht. More later as things progress...
  2. wunwinglow

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    Hey OldSalt, looks like I am following in your wake! Interesting to see you found a couple of the same glitches as me, I was going to drop Roman a line but maybe he'll pick them up here. I have to say everything otherwise has fitted like a dream.

    Back to the shipyard,

    Tim P
  3. OldSalt

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    Tim,

    I think you got a better breeze on the last tack and are out in front again. I just hope that when the skins are on them no one will see my slop job on the inside - :(

    It is interesting that we each went at it from opposite directions though. If I had it to do all over again (wait a minute - it's on CD - I DO!) I'd build each half on a .5mm baseplate and then glue the assemblies together. I'm just hoping my old out-of-practice hands and eyes can do this beauty justice.

    Your choice of posting the photo log of construction on your own site has me considering the same sort of thing - I have an unused site at the moment (left over from my miniatures painting days.)
  4. NYC Irish

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    I just recieved my copy of the Arizona..wooo hoo what a kit

    You have really out done yourself this time Roman...best one around

    John John
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    Hull halves joined, bottom plating done. I started the side plating in the bow area then read the instructions again and discovered I was supposed to start amidships and work fore and aft in order to maintain proper alignment of the waterline boot topping (black stripe at waterline.) <sigh> 50+ years of model-building and I still 1. cut, 2. glue, 3. read instructions...you'd think I would learn! :oops:

    Plating so far, connecting strips in progress, many plating parts to go. The fit of all hull plates has been excellent!

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    Decks have been laminated to 1mm but not yet glued in place.

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  6. NYC Irish

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    IM at about the same stage, and I have to say that as a total amatuer in ship building the fit on the underside of the hull is top notch...I did manage to read the instructions and have plated the center line from bow to stern and have the Starboard Torpedo Bulge done....I am so very very greatful that the fit is so easy as I didnt want to do a waterline kit...

    Best of luck tp everyone else assembling this masterpiece.... :shock: :evil:

    Roman...Thanks ...Just thanks so much,......

    John John
  7. NYC Irish

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    greetings people...
    Im not hijacking this thread I just really really need some help with this kit..

    I love this kit, its amazing and I am having the time of my life with it. I want to do it justice so Im trying to find railings for it. I have printed it out on 13x19 inch paper scaled up by 170% which means I think its in 1/144 scale...But I cannot find any railings. The double sided printing is a great idea but, I think it could only be my own fault, its not centered properly so nothing overlaps properly for the canvas covered railings...anyone got any suggestions?
    Thanks John John
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    greetings people...
    Im not hijacking this thread I just really really need some help with this kit..

    I love this kit, its amazing and I am having the time of my life with it. I want to do it justice so Im trying to find railings for it. I have printed it out on 13x19 inch paper scaled up by 170% which means I think its in 1/144 scale...But I cannot find any railings. The double sided printing is a great idea but, I think it could only be my own fault, its not centered properly so nothing overlaps properly for the canvas covered railings...anyone got any suggestions?
    Thanks John John
  9. NYC Irish

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    Hi could someone please tell me where the 2 pieces # 89 a+b go...I cannot seem to find them in any instructions...

    Thanks John John
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    Hi could someone please tell me where the 2 pieces # 89 a+b go...I cannot seem to find them in any instructions...

    Thanks John John
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    John John, try printing the rails on inkjet printer transparency film. See the "Tufor" and "Helena" threads to see how the railings look installed.
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    John John, try printing the rails on inkjet printer transparency film. See the "Tufor" and "Helena" threads to see how the railings look installed.
  13. NYC Irish

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    hmmm...thanks for that option...Ill see what happens,

    IM looking into a set in brass that is special for a 1/144 Arizona...but I only need the railings....

    thanks John john
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    hmmm...thanks for that option...Ill see what happens,

    IM looking into a set in brass that is special for a 1/144 Arizona...but I only need the railings....

    thanks John john
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    looking for battle ship map and instruction

    hello
    please guide me how can i take map and instruction files of battle ship
    such as missouri or uss arizona aufortunatly in iran i can't buy any of them
    if it's possible mail to "najedy_b@yahoo.com"
    best regards