USS Spruance 1/200th

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  1. barry

    barry Active Member

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    Ship's whaler

    First couple of attempts with the ship's whaleboat pics are about the actual size of the thing I decided to turn off the main power of the error finder. It could do with a top strake and the bow and stern decking lengthening a little bit more. One shot of the original and the rest have reverse printing.

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  2. eibwarrior

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    Those are not bad Barry. I always have some difficulty with the ship's boats. To think that you're building these based on photographs is quite impressive.
  3. Jim Krauzlis

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    Wotcher, bazzer!:)

    Very impressive work, mate! Looks like you have the whaler well in hand. Only thing I would ask is whether the sheer you have is perhaps just a tab extreme at the bow and stern, but admittedly I really don't know these little boats all that well.

    Looking forward to seeing more, mate!

    Cheers!
    Jim
  4. barry

    barry Active Member

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    Elb and Jim

    Thanks for the comments lads


    I think the error is in the build rather than the design Jim I tried to do without the darts in the sides and there are no formers to pull up the top strakes so it does not look righr unfortunately. Might get it right one day !!
  5. Jim Krauzlis

    Jim Krauzlis Active Member

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    Wotcher, bazzer!

    It really doesn't look bad, certainly not as bad as I made it sound, I was just looking at the view from the end, I think it's the last photo link, and wondered if you pulled in the midships a bit it might reduce that sheer. If you are able to make a top rail that provides the outline of the hull when viewed from above and use that as a basis to pull the midships inwards, and use the floor template you already have, together it might help reduce the sheer (brings the sides in and up a bit) when viewed in profile.

    Just a thought from someone who knows practically nothing about model design (stating the obvious).:oops:

    Cheers!
    Jim
  6. thewoodengraver

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    Barry,I'm too lazy to read ( too busy as well) what is the length of the Whaler boat?
    I mean your model that is. Have you been adapting some of my tiny techniques?

    Looks really fabulous Sir.
  7. barry

    barry Active Member

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    Whaler MkII

    A revamped version of an American whaler I think it has the shape a bit better. I added the canvas cover because it gave more strength to the hull sides.

    @Phil

    The length is just under 2" not as small as your stuff yet.

    regards

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  8. Clashster

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    Looks good, Barry! Those little boats is why I put my last ship aside! thanks for the update!

    Chris
  9. Jim Krauzlis

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    Wotcher, bazzer!:)

    The mkII came out great; I really like the look with the canvas cover.

    You amaze me, mate!

    Cheers!
    Jim
  10. barry

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    The long slog

    Start of the deck railings long way to go but getting there top pic such as it is a coat hanger drying rack

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  11. Jim Krauzlis

    Jim Krauzlis Active Member

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    Wotcher, bazzer!

    Those rails look really good...what did you use to make them?
    Still can't get over how big this model is...HUGE!

    Keep at it, mate, she's coming along wonderfully.

    Cheers!
    Jim
  12. barry

    barry Active Member

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    rails

    Wotcher Jim

    Same old length of popsicle stick mate only this time I cut notches to catch the wire for the stanchions, the rails get easier the more you gunge the stick up with flux, they stick to it. I would not recommend licking your fingers after touching it. Next I will have to try doing a Gil and making a proper tool out of metal should wipe off a bit easier.

    The tin tray stops the shrapnel and provides a firm base to cut against when using an old Stanley knife to cut off the excess windings. The third hand on a stand helps counteract my shaky hands. Rob would have a fit but I find it easier to have a touch of solder on the tip and I use pretinned copper wire anyway (29 swg).

    The old ruler makes a good stand for the iron and I don't burn my fingers on it.

    It seems to be working better now.

    regards
  13. Jim Krauzlis

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    Well, it's clear you've got this down to a science, mate...both Spruance and the "hull without tears" have superb railing work.

    Looks like you are getting to the end on both projects very soon...wonder if you've considered what's next?

    Keep at it mate!

    Cheers!
    Jim
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    Well, it's clear you've got this down to a science, mate...both Spruance and the "hull without tears" have superb railing work.

    Looks like you are getting to the end on both projects very soon...wonder if you've considered what's next?

    Keep at it mate!

    Cheers!
    Jim
  15. barry

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    Another end in sight

    I know I said no more rails pics well I lied these are the last for Spruance.

    I added a couple of runoff pipes on the hanger sides and to me these are the daft bits that give it some life even if they are not straight.

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    @Jim

    Next up is Tarawa that will be a good laugh
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    Another end in sight

    I know I said no more rails pics well I lied these are the last for Spruance.

    I added a couple of runoff pipes on the hanger sides and to me these are the daft bits that give it some life even if they are not straight.

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    @Jim

    Next up is Tarawa that will be a good laugh
  17. Jim Krauzlis

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    Wotcher, bazzer!

    I'd say the rails came out really well on the bow...quite an impressive job, mate!

    You always seem to find those little details that really make your models come alive, well done!!

    Are you planning on making available as a kit? I'm sure there would be a line waiting for this one.:)

    Cheers!
    Jim
  18. Jim Krauzlis

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    Wotcher, bazzer!

    I'd say the rails came out really well on the bow...quite an impressive job, mate!

    You always seem to find those little details that really make your models come alive, well done!!

    Are you planning on making available as a kit? I'm sure there would be a line waiting for this one.:)

    Cheers!
    Jim
  19. barry

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    A long time no see

    I got fed up of life rafts and Spruance has been waiting for a set of props for months so I blew the dust off stuck back the bits that had got knocked and finally fitted the 5 bladers.

    She did not get finished because I was never happy with flat girder masts so as the the rolled tube ones worked quite well on Tarawa I thought I would try a really complex set for Spruance

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  20. michael09974

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    A wonderfull build Sir. As someone that has helped build the Spruance and her sister ships I have read the entire thread. A bit of information for the ship, on the antenna array on the aft vertrep station (stern) is a VLF (very low frequency) antenna, if memory serves. ( it has been about 30 years) It is used to communicate with subs underwater. The antenna array as folds down over the water when in use, at firing stations and during the vertrep process.
    Vertrep = vertical replenishment

    Michael09974