USS Tarawa LHA1 1/200

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  1. barry

    barry Active Member

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    Thanks Russel just as well I did not glue it down as I got it wrong but the new redraw should allow me to glaze the panes. I think you are right about the colour needing to be darker.

    regards
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    Wet dock doors

    Added the wet dock doors and winding housings plus the aft hanger lift section fits together quite well. Not much detail on the lift platform underside could not any photographs it's pretty dark in there just shows as a black hole.

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    Last pic shows John's flight deck quite well just a fluke the deck plates looked flat without being glued.
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    Foremast

    The guy who designed this must have looked at his dog I think. It is just rolled paper tubes cut to length over a pattern of the sides it's a bit of a fiddling job but it looks like the plan. I did the usual trick of punching a hole the of right diameter in a stout piece of card to get uniform thickness. i have always cursed that when gluing your carefully rolled tube the damn thing expands on you. This time I left the tube in the hole carefully ran pva down the join then pulled it through the hole sticks really well and evenly.

    Should have done Spruance this way

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    New bridge front rear ops cabin

    It is fairly easy to draw a 3d picture but to convert it to a sensible card assembly is something else. I tried all sorts of designs on the bridge front most never even got printed and it took a long time to get my brain round it apart from screwing up the measurements countless times. I had to glaze the bridge to match the aft flight ops cabin The glass is selotape sticky side out, gives it that dusty look.

    1 final design
    2 heading for the bin
    3 bridge not looking like a road accident too many folds in the others card starts to disintegrate
    4 rear ops

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    AV 8b

    Attempt at AV 8b got a long way to shrink

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    CH53e fuselage

    Updated and properly scaled CH53 with CH46 for comparison. 160gsm paper needs another former in the top fairing maybe the 8th one will look good hopefully.

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    Those are awesome Barry.

    I don't know which is better... You're massive ship or your micro choppers.

    Excellent.
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    Tarawa

    Barry:

    This is a great model. Please market it!!
    Sincerely,
    Jim
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    ch53 blades

    Like a big insect basking in the sun parked rotor blades this is a complicated system which this current model does not capture properly the rotor head has some very thin joints which enable the blades to park but are too weak for card.

    We shall see if it can be simulated

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    Elb and Jim Jim thanks for looking I will try and publish her I get confused with files there are so many of them.
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    Deck glued

    Not sure whether to blow a fanfare of trumpets or sit down and take deep breaths and take the pills but for better or worse it's laid and it looks reasonably flat needless to say the worst joint I have made is in it, tastefully covered in choppers.

    John in real life and on a good sunny day it looks twice as good as this, a spectacular job you did there mate.

    Still a lot to do and bits to reglue etc and what seems hundreds of life raft containers and I think 24 choppers and 8 AV8a

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    Barry I'm speechless. That is one remarkable ship and to think this is a scratch-build/design effort.

    Amazing. I'm really looking forward to some the smaller details you're about to take on.
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    Barry,
    Wow what a fantastic ship...excellent job!!!.....call out the band and lets celebrate this momentous occasion!!!

    balloon6:band1:balloon6
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    Thanks fellas you will have to wait quite a while I think had to send the camera off for repair
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    AV8a

    Quite pleased with looks of the AV8, shape is such you can get away with a lot sorry no closeups my borrowed camera is not up to it. Added some rolled cigarette paper lattice work to the masts and built the forward ops cabin which is held together with selotape sticky side down as glazing lets you cut the thin top bars.

    A belated thank you to Elb and Bob for the kind words.

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    Those are great shots Barry.:thumb:

    How many more of those tiny choppers are you going to build? Are you going to fill the flight deck?

    Those can be a project all to their self.
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    choppers

    Thanks Elb there are 32 on board guess that should fill the decks adequately carriers look very forlorn with everything below decks.
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    Barry,
    Nice to see that you also are seeing what it's like to have to fill that carrier deck:eek:....I still really have to make about 6 more Zeros, Vals, and Kates....I may complete this someday!:p:p:p....You're doing a great job...I loving watching you complete this behemoth!!!:thumb::thumb::thumb:
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    Beautiful ship. Barry! I am very envious of your gorgeous hull! I bet all the guys say that, though. sign1 Seriously, you have given me some great ideas for my own project. Thanks for sharing this with us.
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    Chopper line

    Ch46 production line it is sort of evolving as I go along got to do something more with rotor heads.Takes 5 formers to hold the fuselage straight in the CH46 and a build time of about 6 hours I'm getting slo these days.

    @jasco @ bob glad you like it

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    WOW!:eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:
    GRRRREAT JOB!!!! BARRY!!!