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1/700 USS New Orleans (CA 32)
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Posted: Friday, January 06, 2017 - 09:59 PM UTC
More sub-assemblies and general tidying up of parts prior to painting. As a lot of the decks stack and overlap I think it'll be easier to paint them separately and then assemble. Maybe my inexperience with ships will backfire here but this seems the way to go !



Close up of the secondary guns. These are better in detail than I expected to be honest but the hardest thing so far has been cleaning these up. I'm not looking forward to the multiple, and smaller, AA guns !

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Posted: Saturday, January 07, 2017 - 10:30 PM UTC
Paul,

just catching up with what's going on and it seems I entirely missed your build so far!! Very nice start, and very nice and crisp work! - I especially do like you little barrel-alignement-jig, that's really pretty cool!!

Looking forward to your progress!

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Sunday, January 08, 2017 - 01:40 PM UTC
Thanks Jan ! Hopefully I'll get some paint started on the sub assemblies today and sand down the waterline join on the hull. That's the plan anyway...
KelticKnot
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Posted: Sunday, January 08, 2017 - 09:08 PM UTC
For once things went mainly to plan and I had the time today to get some painting done.
The waterline join will need a little more attention in the way of milliput but that job's nearly done too.

Here's the old girl with all the sub-assemblies dry-fitted for effect!

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Posted: Sunday, January 08, 2017 - 10:31 PM UTC
Paul,
I've been off list for a while, and your progress has really moved the build forward. I can't believe that you still have to deal with guns smaller then the ones shown.

Joel
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Posted: Sunday, January 08, 2017 - 10:40 PM UTC
Joel, the smaller anti-aircraft guns are single piece affairs so nothing more difficult than slotting them into a hole. Of course, clipping them off the sprue, cleaning them up and still having the required amount after losing many will be the challenge !
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Posted: Sunday, January 08, 2017 - 11:23 PM UTC

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Joel, the smaller anti-aircraft guns are single piece affairs so nothing more difficult than slotting them into a hole. Of course, clipping them off the sprue, cleaning them up and still having the required amount after losing many will be the challenge !



Paul,
My point exactly. I moved into 1/32 scale for props as I can't see crap these days. Working in 1/700 scale I would need a microscope of some sorts to see those guns and parts

Joel
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Posted: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 08:37 PM UTC
Progress has been stop-start the past week or two but it's still moving forward.
The decks have received a wash or two to darken them to the appropriate colour and pick out the planking detail. I've been really hesitant to glue the layers of superstructure until they've been given some sort of treatment. I can't see any easy way to paint them after they've been assembled!
The secondary guns have been attached however and add a pleasing amount of small detail. Looking forward to getting the smaller AA guns and things to really busy up the whole.



*edit* the lighting and green mat are draining all the colour out of the model here. Hopefully I'll capture the blue-grey better next time.
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Posted: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 11:04 PM UTC
Paul,
The 1st thing I did was checkout the hull seam line that you had to putty with Milliput, looks great. I did have a thought a tad too late about using sprue runners to slightly widen the hull to better match the upper hull, but just the putty work took care of that issue.

Just from a modelers point of view, having the ability to paint each sub assembly off the hull is a major advantage. Attaching and gluing them into position is another issue. Can't see using Extra thin for that as it will eat right through the paint on the decks. So how do you plan on gluing them on? Or is the fit that good you can leave them just press fitted into place?

Joel
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Posted: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 11:47 PM UTC

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The 1st thing I did was checkout the hull seam line that you had to putty with Milliput, looks great. I did have a thought a tad too late about using sprue runners to slightly widen the hull to better match the upper hull, but just the putty work took care of that issue.



Widening the hull with spacers never occurred to me, live and learn ! There was only a little step to overcome and putty would have been required anyhow to make the two halves seamless.


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Just from a modelers point of view, having the ability to paint each sub assembly off the hull is a major advantage. Attaching and gluing them into position is another issue. Can't see using Extra thin for that as it will eat right through the paint on the decks. So how do you plan on gluing them on? Or is the fit that good you can leave them just press fitted into place?



I don't actually foresee a problem with gluing the "layers" of superstructure. Each one overhangs the supporting part beneath and the fit is pretty good. There's been a bit too much "wiggle-room" on all the locating points (the only failing of this kit i've found so far) but it's not really a problem as long as you eyeball everything to be straight and true.
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Posted: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 12:06 AM UTC
Paul,
Sure sounds like you have everything under control and covered to a T.

Joel
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Posted: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 09:58 AM UTC
Nice progress Paul, she looks really good!!

Painting and almost finishing all the sub-assemblies for me is the way to go, too - I've seen builds where it was done differently, and they really turned out good, but I still wonder how the paint job can be done on an almost completed ship model...

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 01:49 PM UTC

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Nice progress Paul, she looks really good!!

Painting and almost finishing all the sub-assemblies for me is the way to go, too - I've seen builds where it was done differently, and they really turned out good, but I still wonder how the paint job can be done on an almost completed ship model...

Cheers,
Jan



Thanks Jan
I've pulled out the paintbrush in preference to the airbrush once the base coat was down. I quickly gave up on any idea of masking the gun shields for instance when I painted the darker deck colour.
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Posted: Monday, February 06, 2017 - 07:40 PM UTC
Nearly two weeks since my last update ? How time flies...
Not a great amount of work to report but making steady progress.

I'm starting to attach the smaller assemblies:
The funnels are on and the fore superstructure is climbing higher.
Some of the tiny Oerlikon AA guns have been installed too.

She's also a bit shiny now after a coat of Future to aid in a bit of wash shading to pick out details which in turn need a bit of tidying up and then maybe a drybrush to highlight.

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Posted: Monday, February 06, 2017 - 07:42 PM UTC
haha, I looked at the above picture and had that panic moment.... did I place the fore and aft funnel back to front????
Phew, no !
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Posted: Monday, February 06, 2017 - 10:51 PM UTC
Paul,
She's really coming together. I forgot just how small 1/700 scale is, but laying that Exacto knife next to her really drivers that point home.

Joel
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Posted: Monday, February 06, 2017 - 11:08 PM UTC
Paul,

definitely agree with Joel! Great job and she's really coming together! And yes, the scale thing...
Painting looks really good, too!!

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 06:31 PM UTC
Another two weeks pass ! I had thought this would be a nice quick build but hobbies must all too often take a back seat.

Now that the main structures are in place it seems to be a matter of placing the final bits and pieces...

The searchlight tower is there between the funnels and the masts are in place which give a better sense of the overall ship.
The ships boats are in place on the rear upper deck and await a bit of painting. I scraped the keels flat on each one so they had a much better gluing surface. Other small bits such as ladders and radar are dropped in place too.

I've been painting almost everything before adding to the model as I'm adverse to trying to get paint into tight areas

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Posted: Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 08:36 PM UTC
Paul,

She is coming along splendidly. I am always amazed at the work you guys do on such a small scale. I wish my eyes could handle 700 scale.

Not long now and she will be ready to take her place in the harbor.

Dave
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Posted: Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 08:53 PM UTC
Thanks Dave, I'm enjoying the change of pace of this scale but I'm already itching to get back to a 48th scale aircraft , and potentially a big one where I can have fun scratchbuilding!
Something this small doesn't lend itself to major conversions.

I'm getting close to thinking about a bit of rigging and a watery base though so that should force me to try some new things !
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Posted: Friday, February 24, 2017 - 02:07 AM UTC
Paul.
Sure looks like you're in the final stages of the build now, and she's looking mighty good.

If you think that 1/48 scale is a detailing scale, take a look at 1/32 scale. In this case, bigger is certainly better.

Joel
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Posted: Friday, February 24, 2017 - 03:38 AM UTC

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Paul.
Sure looks like you're in the final stages of the build now, and she's looking mighty good.

If you think that 1/48 scale is a detailing scale, take a look at 1/32 scale. In this case, bigger is certainly better.

Joel



I dont doubt it but I haven't the room to model giant bombers in 32nd scale ( although i'd love to get my hands on that upcoming HK models Lancaster! )
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Posted: Friday, February 24, 2017 - 04:45 AM UTC

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Paul.
Sure looks like you're in the final stages of the build now, and she's looking mighty good.

If you think that 1/48 scale is a detailing scale, take a look at 1/32 scale. In this case, bigger is certainly better.

Joel



I dont doubt it but I haven't the room to model giant bombers in 32nd scale ( although i'd love to get my hands on that upcoming HK models Lancaster! )



Paul,
Me neither. My bombers have and will continue to be 1/48 scale, and even 1/72 for those big 4 engine Bombers. My move to 1/32 for WW11 fighters and small jets is strictly an eyesight issue.

Joel
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Posted: Monday, February 27, 2017 - 03:02 PM UTC
Amazing what getting a new model will do to my motivation to finish my current project.
As I abide by the strict rule of no stash and finish one before starting the next, I've probably achieved more this week than in the rest of the month!



The construction phase is nearly over with the notable exception of adding the catapult launched seaplane.
As for rigging, I have some fine thread that I'll try out to represent the more prominent lines.
A coat of matt varnish will lighten the colours a little as she's quite dark at the moment.

After that it's just a simple matter of making a water diorama base.
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Posted: Monday, February 27, 2017 - 10:19 PM UTC
Paul,

Amazing work. Looking forward to seeing your water base and the addition of the seaplanes.

What is your new project going to be?

Dave