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Enterprise CV 6 - 1942
Cosimodo
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Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 01:15 PM UTC

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Wee-O that is a lot of planes. Looking good.

Mark



Thanks Mark. I am glad I just went for the reduced airwing rather than the full complement.

cheers
Michael
Cosimodo
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Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 01:18 PM UTC

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Nice work on the aircraft! That's what held up my Reagan build for so long. Well done so far!



Hi Thomas, I can understand why now. I figure by the time I have finished decaling I will have assembled about 1300 pieces just for the planes. It will be a while before I do another carrier.

cheers
Michael
Cosimodo
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Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 01:23 PM UTC

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Great looking airwing Michael,

That is big load of decaling to do, wich you the very best of luck with that.

Cheers

Si




Very true. I am thinking about how to do that as efficiently as possible. There is a minimum of 8 decals per plane, with different size insignia and lettering for each type. I am hoping a concentrated effort this weekend can get it done.

cheers
Michael
Cosimodo
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Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 01:25 PM UTC

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Michael,

Nice work on the tiny wingy thingy's. Do not envy you the next step with all those decals.

Dave



Thanks Dave and now you know why I didn't need any more etch for the planes. They'd never got finished.
Cosimodo
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Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 01:27 PM UTC

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you know the definition of insanity don't you Michael?

Doing the same thing over and over again but expecting a different result...

They look great though!



Ha! and this was the more interesting of the repetitive jobs that needed to be done. The guns will be next.

cheers
Michael
Cosimodo
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Posted: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 10:13 PM UTC
Well I reached Russ' version of insanity over the last few days! I will be seeing white stars on blue circles for some time to come.
I finished Air Group 10 for Enterprise, though somewhat diminished. Only 56 planes but 478 decals to get them to the flight deck. A collection of Wildcats, Dauntlesses and Avengers.

VF-10 F4F-4 Wildcat


VS-10 SBD-3 Dauntless


Torpedo 10 TBF-1 Avenger


And Air Group 10




Should be time to celebrate but it doesn't get better.
While I was waiting for the gloss coat to dry so I could start the decals, I built a 20mm Oerilkon to see how it would go.
Here the details
A sheet of etch - the middle section is what I need for this task

Plus bases and barrels

The combo gets you this


The downside being the trial run took me almost 30 mins. I have 49 to go, though I am sure practice will see that reduced. I will be back with progress on them, sometime!

cheers
Michael
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Posted: Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 03:04 AM UTC
Michael,

I don't envy your task of doing 50 of those 20mm Oerlikons - but if they all look like your test piece, the result will be magnificent!
d6mst0
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Posted: Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 03:22 AM UTC
Michael,

Your work on those planes and 20mm is awesome. They will really make your Enterprise pop.

Mark
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Posted: Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 06:08 AM UTC
Very nice work on 20mm Michael,

My technique for this sort of thing, is a production line, but in batches of ten, then I don't find it so daunting.


Great to see this one progressing again.

Cheers

Si
RussellE
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Posted: Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 04:57 PM UTC
Michael, no! 50! Good luck my friend! Small doses just like Si recommends!!!
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Posted: Monday, April 29, 2019 - 03:57 AM UTC
Hello Kiwi sailor! I really enjoy your work from start to now. Having be through IJN Shokaku (with photo etch), CV6 (with Toms model work and White ensign) CVL22 with pontos deck and l'Arsenal photo etch, I sincerely take my hat of for your labor of love. I am eagerly waiting for the next step of yours, wish you well. best regards from France.
Cosimodo
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Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 07:45 PM UTC
Thank you all for your support and merci Jean!
Well the arsenal has kept at it with Oerlikon having rolled out another 30, batches of 10 as Si suggested. Average build time down to 20 mins per gun. Here they are in their tray awaiting the final 19.

To break up the tedium of these I built a 5inch/38 Single open mount. 8 in total are required.
The breech and barrel is an effort in itself

In a surprise move Infini have retained some of the kit pieces for this, but positively dealing with some issues. The gun base had some annoying injection marks.

but a nice tread plate fixed that

It took about 2 hours to build the initial gun


After completing another round of 20mm, I built a batch of three

The etch is clever in that the breeches are held in place by tension so you can set the barrels at any elevation you like

four more of the 5" guns to go and with the 20mm that will be the last of the build repeat jobs done.

cheers
Michael
d6mst0
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Posted: Monday, May 13, 2019 - 12:20 AM UTC
Michael,

Those 5" guns look awesome, they are really going to enhance the looks of your Enterprise.

Mark
Cosimodo
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Posted: Monday, May 13, 2019 - 12:20 PM UTC

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Michael,

Those 5" guns look awesome, they are really going to enhance the looks of your Enterprise.

Mark



Thanks Mark. I certainly hope so. I am looking forward to the day I can site them but I still have to build the gun tubs.

cheers
Michael
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Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 03:41 AM UTC
Michael,

Amazing work on the 20mm and the open 5"er's. I finally had the chance to get my Enterprise on order. It will go in the stash pending completion of the Shokaku and the Nagato.

Looking forward to seeing more of your build.

David
Cosimodo
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Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 12:54 PM UTC

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Michael,

Amazing work on the 20mm and the open 5"er's. I finally had the chance to get my Enterprise on order. It will go in the stash pending completion of the Shokaku and the Nagato.

Looking forward to seeing more of your build.

David



Thanks David. If you get Enterprise will you go with the Infini set? It is an amazing collection of brass and photo-etch but it is daunting once you're into it.

cheers
Michael
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Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 09:30 AM UTC
Michael,

I will definitely go with the Infini set. I have two in stock at the moment so if one is still on hand when I finally crack open the box I will keep it for myself.

I have the Pontos set for the Nagato which is also pretty daunting, a good practice preparing for the Enterprise.

David
Cosimodo
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Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 12:37 PM UTC

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Michael,

I will definitely go with the Infini set. I have two in stock at the moment so if one is still on hand when I finally crack open the box I will keep it for myself.

I have the Pontos set for the Nagato which is also pretty daunting, a good practice preparing for the Enterprise.

David



I didn't know Pontos did a set for Nagato. I have that Hasegawa kit but the Flyhawk set, which I think I got off you some years back
Once E. is finished it will be a while before I attempt another one of these mega etch sets again. Next one will definitely be out of the box.

cheers
Michael
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Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 07:33 AM UTC
Ahoy Michael

Amazing work on those planes.

I love all the extra detail you are investing in this build.

No doubt this build will keep you well & truly occupied over winter.

Cheers


Sean
rolltide31
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Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 12:17 PM UTC
Michael,

Pontos released the IJN Nagato kit earlier this year. It is amazing, the only thing that takes it above the Flyhawk kit is all the turned brass.

If Flyhawk would begin adding more turned brass to their kits, that is more than just the barrels, they would remain a top level maker of upgrade kits.

Right now Infini, Very Fire, and Pontos are giving Flyhawk a run for their money.

David
Cosimodo
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Posted: Friday, May 17, 2019 - 08:48 AM UTC

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Ahoy Michael

Amazing work on those planes.

I love all the extra detail you are investing in this build.

No doubt this build will keep you well & truly occupied over winter.

Cheers


Sean



Thanks Sean, though I hope I get it finished before winter is complete as there are builds I would like to start.

Cheers
Michael
Cosimodo
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Posted: Friday, May 17, 2019 - 08:54 AM UTC

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Michael,

Pontos released the IJN Nagato kit earlier this year. It is amazing, the only thing that takes it above the Flyhawk kit is all the turned brass.

If Flyhawk would begin adding more turned brass to their kits, that is more than just the barrels, they would remain a top level maker of upgrade kits.

Right now Infini, Very Fire, and Pontos are giving Flyhawk a run for their money.

David



I think what would be good is for Infini etc is to get the hull znd superstructure from the kit makers and sell those as a combined kit, so you can go oob or full monty. There is so much plastic left over in this Merit kit that I don't know what to do with it.

Cheers
Michael
Cosimodo
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Posted: Friday, May 17, 2019 - 08:55 AM UTC
And I've got to 40!....20mm's that is.
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Posted: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 05:52 AM UTC
Superb! The level of details from Pontos is just unbelievable ! Keep it up! Cheers
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Posted: Monday, May 20, 2019 - 10:07 PM UTC
Amazing stuff Michael!

Your persistence and determination are paying off