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1/350 Academy FFG-57 Build
JJ1973
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Posted: Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 12:07 AM UTC
Hi Bryan!

Late but nevertheless - congratulations on you commissioning of USS Reuben James!! You did an outstanding job!! She looks really great, and all the work and effort you put into her really pays off now!!

I'm really glad you re-engaged your project and finished her, it's really worth it!! Fantastic job!!

Thank you for sharing this build here and thank you for and outstanding build log!!

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Tuesday, April 04, 2017 - 11:36 PM UTC
Great job Bryan,

Have really enjoyed following this blog.

Congratulations on commissioning.



Cheers

Si
RussellE
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Posted: Sunday, April 02, 2017 - 03:03 AM UTC
A stunning build Bryan!

Yes, that little extra time you time to get all the details just right was absolutely worth it!

Hope this becomes the "flagship" of your home fleet!

Looking forward to your next build!
Blespooky
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Posted: Saturday, April 01, 2017 - 07:36 PM UTC
Thanks Tom, It felt great to assemble all the modules at the end.
Bryan
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Posted: Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 07:32 PM UTC
Nice work, Bryan! Your Reuben James has come together very nicely indeed!
Blespooky
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Posted: Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 07:12 PM UTC
1/350 FFG-57 Reuben James

Fellow Shipwrights, I am proud and pleased to present the completed Reuben James.
Thanks to all the kind words and support from everyone here on the site.

I learned a lot from this adventure and I look forward to my next project to try and apply the lessons.
Simon, any chance we can do a destroyer campaign, I have the Soviet counterpart to the James in the stash.

Anyway, thanks again to everyone, see you at the next dry dock.

Bryan



















Cheers,
Bryan
RussellE
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Posted: Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 01:26 AM UTC
Nice clean work Bryan!

Another one about to commission by the looks
JJ1973
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Posted: Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 11:01 PM UTC
Great work, Bryan!!

She looks really nice, and it's good to know that you enjoy building her again!!

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 10:46 PM UTC
Very nice work!
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Posted: Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 03:06 PM UTC
Good to see you back on this one. Bryan.

coming on great.

Cheers

Si
Blespooky
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Posted: Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 02:45 PM UTC
Thanks everyone for the support. Jan, you are right, its just falling together. I have found a couple of things I forgot, but in general the finish is in sight.

1/350 FFG-57 Reuben James

Building up the Whale boat deck. Railings, torpedo launchers and more. That spidery looking guy is the whale boat, I glued the elastic rigging to the bottom of the boat before gluing it on its berth, this made it easy to attach to the lifting crane above.



Next up I attached the components to the stern. Its fun to compare it to the unpainted photos. Looks dramatic.



Finally we started adding components on top of the superstructure. I used the past blog photos to figure out what components go where, it was easier than I thought. Ruler helped to keep everything straight.



Anyway, this is a lot of fun and Im really enjoying it.

Lots of railings on the superstructure and around the helipad left to go.

Thanks for stopping by,
Bryan
JJ1973
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Posted: Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 10:28 AM UTC
Brillant work, Bryan!! Now she is REALLY taking shape, I fully agree with Russ here, commissioning must be in sight!!

USN would call it Pilot House, but both terms make clear what you are talking about.

I'm really enjoying to see your Reuben James progressing - this is a great build log, the way you are doing it!! Glad you are full speed ahead again here!!

Cheers,
Jan
RussellE
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Posted: Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 01:19 AM UTC
Pilot House or Command Deck, both sound good to me Bryan!

She sure is looking like a ship now-commissioning can't be too far off
Blespooky
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Posted: Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 07:11 PM UTC
Russel you are absolutely right. I find myself leaving for work late in the AM and early in the PM to go just do a few little things each day. The problem is there are so many little pieces I had made I dont remember where they go.

1/350 FFG-57 Reuben James

Today the missile was added to the MK13 Launcher.


Also I completed the Pilot House, or Command Deck, not sure of the best title. Its starting to look like a ship, very exciting.



Thanks for checking in,
Bryan
RussellE
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Posted: Wednesday, February 08, 2017 - 02:15 AM UTC
Isn't it good when you come back to a build after some time away and you find all these components that you'd prepped and the build seems to 'fall' together?

The finish line must be in sight Bryan!
Blespooky
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Posted: Tuesday, February 07, 2017 - 01:40 PM UTC
Thanks for the support everyone, its feeling very good to see some progress.

1/350 FFG-57 Reuben James

So a new method of waking up 30 min earlier every day before work and getting 1 or 2 little steps done has lead to some steady progress.

Painted the propeller which we scratch built years ago and pinned the rudder. Final attachment:


Working on the bow of the ship, added the railings and all the little pieces we had built so long ago. Portable lifting derricks, a raised hatch. A stowed derrick. Finally some anchor chain painted grey. I put a metal piece painted black under the chain to protect the deck. A detail I had seen on many FFGs. The only lacking detail for this area of the ship is the MK1 Missile on the rail. Im sure we will get around to that as well.



Thanks for checking in,
Bryan
JJ1973
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Posted: Monday, February 06, 2017 - 10:23 AM UTC
Hi Bryan,

I could not agree more with what was already said - sometimes it simply need a break, and definitely great to have you back and working on that fine model!!

I really missed you and your Reuben James on here!!

Now I hope you have your enthusiasm back and finish here, I am really looking forward to follow you along!!

Cheers,
Jan
RussellE
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Posted: Sunday, February 05, 2017 - 01:26 AM UTC
Great to see you re-commence this one Bryan

Sometimes a break is what's needed to relight the fire of enthusiasm!
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Posted: Friday, February 03, 2017 - 08:49 PM UTC
Good to see this back on track. I too have several ships sitting, waiting for some "inspiration" to continue.

Great looking PE work.

Blespooky
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Posted: Friday, February 03, 2017 - 08:23 PM UTC
1/350 FFG-57 Reuben James

Well it has been 353 days since I updated this post, but I again find myself returning to the Reuben James. I had never burnt out building a model until this one. I think it was mainly a lack of definition on my part. Defining how to go about this build story, how much detail to add to each ship competent and more. In order to get back to normal, I built a Tamyiya 1/48 Crusader tank and an AFV Type B IJN submarine as a scene. These models were basically Out of Box.



So now that things are in proportion and we love modelling again. We are going to finish the Reuben James in all her ASW/Tom Clancy/1980s glory.

I openened up the boxes of pieces, components and of course the ship itself. Everything had been wrapped in a sheet so the desert dust hadnt latched on. With a bottle of whiskey I made of a to do list to try and make sense of what had stopped all the detailed progress. The answer I found in a single railing that was bent only once and then left. On the instruction it was marked for 1 purpose, but renewed study showed that it was actually on the main mast. I think this little mismatch had caused me to box up the model so long ago. Pushing forward, I used both the MK1 and Academy PE to apply all the railing to the ships components.

Main Mast:


Pilot House:


Lookouts and Radars


In addition I gave a coat of Klear to the ship and gave a light black oil wash. It really gave a lot of character to the overall look of the ship. Less plain grey and a little more shadow.



Next steps:
-Wash for deck components
-Propeller and Rudder attachment

Cheers,
Bryan
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Posted: Monday, February 15, 2016 - 05:57 PM UTC
The level of perfect made details is amazing. The helicopter is a small kit in its own right for example.
Its also tempting to get a more modern warship on the bench.
RussellE
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Posted: Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 01:56 PM UTC
Bryan, I couldn't say it any better than Jan!
JJ1973
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Posted: Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 10:17 AM UTC
Hi Bryan,

first of all let me say -it's great to have you back here!! I really was missing you and your work and updates on your fine frigate!!

And congratulations on all that you achieved in the meantime!! Certainly sounds like a busy - but good! - time!

Your Reuben James looks fantastic, it's really coming together!! All your super-detailing and creative work pays off!
Very nice SH 60 as well!

Looking forward to see you approaching the finishing line!!

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 03:22 AM UTC
Welcome back to the bench Bryan! Fine bit of work bringing things up to speed! Fantastic looking Seahawk! Details really pop nicely!!
Blespooky
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Posted: Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 02:06 AM UTC
Todays Progress: the ships Seahawk Helicopter complete with Chalks and tie downs for the rotors. It probably the most colorful thing on the whole ship.



Thanks for Looking, until next time,

Bryan