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USS Duluth - A Cleveland Classic

Duluth was a late " square bridged" Cleveland class cruiser. The Duluth was laid down at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. November 9, 1942.After her commissioning, September 18, 1944 she served as a training ship until March 2, 1945. Sent to the Pacific theatre she joined 5th Fleet in May but before any action her bow was damaged by a Typhoon. Following repairs Duluth assisted in screening US carriers in the final strikes against the Japanese mainland. Placed out of commission in July 1949 Duluth was sold for scrap November 14, 1960.

Pit Road's kit (W23) comes molded in light gray styrene. All moldings are clean with no flash. Loren Perry's Gold Medal Models photo etch set for US cruisers DD's and DE's will be used to detail the ship.

The first thing I like to do with waterline kits is trace the outline if the hull onto masking tape applied to the base. After I cut out the ship the base is begun by painting the water, waves and wakes. (photo 1) I begin the ship by assembling the major sub assemblies, not gluing the deck levels together until after painting the complex camouflage pattern. The hull is painted the base color-light gray, then the pattern is lightly drawn on with a pencil, the light gray areas are covered with masking tape and the Ocean Gray areas sprayed. Finally the Ocean Gray is masked and the dull black is sprayed on. Deck blue was then brush painted on all decks and the Ocean gray camouflage pattern was painted on after that had dried. A barrier of Future floor wax was then sprayed over the entire hull and superstructure parts to act as a barrier between the acrylic deck paint and the enamel I would use on the bulkheads. At this time the hull was attached to a piece of cardboard so I wouldn't have to handle it while working. All gun barbettes and deck fittings were then painted Light Gray. The bulkheads were then painted with Floquil's light Gray enamel.

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About Mike Taylor (modelguy2)


Mike, Lol....darn I was hoping to fool you completey. Just kidding. Thanks for the compliment. The photo is proof of your good work. I can see why a lot of us are interested in your water effects also as they are quite convincing. It must be hard to store all these bases though. Do you have a special shelving unit or something? Jim
APR 13, 2002 - 05:49 AM
Jim all of my children have left home : ( Meaning these are all for customers..Mike
APR 13, 2002 - 06:45 AM
Mike, Ah...well I saw your 1/350 Bismark on SteelNavy so I would imagine that after a few big ones like that you would run out of space fast. Some day I really need to just realize my dream of being filthy rich. That way not only will I be able to have all the room I need to build my stuff, but I can commission work from master builders (like you) and have sort of a military model museum in my 4000 sq. ft. basement. hehe Hmm....on second thought I might need to share that space with my Star Wars collection too. On another note, it seems like the Ship building community is a lot more likely to display images of a build rather than images with an article. I am glad there are some people, like you Mike, who are willing to write down some of what's involved with a project. This topic would make a whole book on it's own but I really can't say enough about this kind of "passing on the knowledge" effect. I personally credit Shep Paine with getting me involved in armor modeling as a youth. It was his well wrtten yet straight forward inserts in Monogram models that made the idea of painting, detailing, and building dioramas a reality for me. Bottom line....I wish more ship modelers were like you. Cheers, Jim
APR 13, 2002 - 07:04 AM
Nice article! Currently I'm looking for more how-to on building ships than about water. I think one of the more difficult things about ship building is making the small model look 'big'. I believe (someone correct me if I'm wrong) that floating vessels (for lack of better name) that are less than 200 feet in length are classified 'boats'. Vessels that are longer than 200 feet are called 'ships'. YodaMan
APR 19, 2002 - 12:40 AM
Being a submariner, the only thing called a boat is a submarine. Anything else is a ship...errrrr...actually a target! :-)
APR 19, 2002 - 12:46 AM
A superb job Mike. I really like the realistic looking water!
JUL 06, 2003 - 07:38 AM
I may be mistaken, but, if a vessel goes into or on another vessel, the smaller vessel is a boat and the larger veesel is a ship. capnjock
JUL 12, 2003 - 10:27 AM
That's how I've always heard it too...... a boat is something that goes on a ship, though they do refer to submarines as boats....probably due to the Germans calling them U-boats
JUL 12, 2003 - 11:11 AM
Mike, excellent work on the Duluth! You can be proud, and thanks for adding it to Armorama!
JUL 12, 2003 - 02:56 PM
JUL 18, 2003 - 03:05 AM