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Hobby Boss 1/350 USS Alaska
Cosimodo
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Posted: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 07:52 PM UTC
Nice progress on the hull. It is looking good.

cheers
Michael
d6mst0
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Posted: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 11:50 PM UTC
Steve,

Agree, nice progress on the hull. I am really liking the detail on the main deck. I haven't built a American warship yet so I am now thinking about taking on my Alaska kit after I finish my current build.

Mark
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Posted: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 07:52 PM UTC
Good to see the old girl coming Steve.

Nice progress

Si
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Posted: Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 12:41 PM UTC
Looking good, I have the wood deck for this from artwox and plan on getting the ship with the very fire update set. Thats a maybe, Im interested in this build. I may end up selling the deck though since I wont be able to talk the mrs into letting this box through the door lol.
sdk10159
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Posted: Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 12:41 PM UTC
Thanks, guys.

A bit more deckwork. Just let me say that I hate PE.
I added the forward 40mm gun tub. Bending the PE base wasn't too bad.



THen, I sat and stared at the instructions. Most of the remaining deck fittings have tiny PE screens.



I decided to move on to something else and save this for later. Large PE parts aren't as trying as the smaller items, especially the screens and particularly when they need to be curved instead of just bent.

So, I moved on the forward superstructure. Yes, some small PE, but no tiny screens! Lots of gun tubs!

Still work to do on it and I see that I'll need to add some filler.



More updates to come and I'll eventually get to that PE.

Steve
d6mst0
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Posted: Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 11:42 PM UTC
Steve,

She coming along nicely. Agree making curve PE is a challenge. It is one thing that befuddles me trying to get the curve correctly.

Good luck.

Mark
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Posted: Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 03:28 AM UTC
Agree with Mark,

Curved PE can be a pain, but a very tidy job Steve.


Cheers

Si
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Posted: Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 05:56 AM UTC
Nice work on the old girl!
TimReynaga
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Posted: Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 02:25 AM UTC
Steve,

Your Alaska is coming along nicely - the etch really adds finesse.

Do you know the purpose of the step on the bow near the waterline? My first thought was that it was a molding error on the model, but looking at your close up pic, it seems to have been put there intentionally...

sdk10159
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Posted: Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 03:38 AM UTC
Tim,
I have no idea and wondered that myself.
I saw a line drawing of the Alaska online and it showed that step in the stem. Odd.

Steve
Dangeroo
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Posted: Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 07:54 AM UTC
Steve,

Great start on an interesting topic!

Too big for my cave, so I'm still hoping for a 1/700 example... Will be following with interest!

Cheers!
Stefan
sdk10159
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Posted: Saturday, August 04, 2018 - 11:16 AM UTC
Thanks for the positive comments, guys.

Small update, sort of....

I've spent the last week or so, off and on, doing PE work. I am about 50% done with the PE on the forward superstructure. I'm at the point, I think, where I'll need to mount this on the deck before I do any more, lest I start snapping off the PE. There are some intricate railings that need to go on the first level.





Thanks for looking.

Steve
RussellE
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Posted: Sunday, August 05, 2018 - 01:15 PM UTC
Looks great Steve!

Just one question though: how you gunna paint it? Looks tricky!
sdk10159
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Posted: Sunday, August 05, 2018 - 04:23 PM UTC

Quoted Text

Looks great Steve!

Just one question though: how you gunna paint it? Looks tricky!



Good question.....

No clue,yet

Steve
d6mst0
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Posted: Monday, August 06, 2018 - 01:04 AM UTC
Steve,

The PE is really making the superstructure pop. Nice work.

Mark
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Posted: Monday, August 06, 2018 - 09:02 AM UTC
Hi Steve,

What Mark said, superstructure is looking good.

cheers

Si
sdk10159
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Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 10:18 PM UTC
There is still a lot more work to do on the forward superstructure, mainly lots of PE railings. Russell asked a good question in how am I gonna paint it. I figured that I better work is subassemblies, paint them, then add them all at the end.

Here is the stack with lots of PE. THis is about a weeks worth of work (Off and on). Some of it still needs to be bent into the proper shape and I'll get to it later.





Thanks for looking.
d6mst0
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Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 11:17 PM UTC
Steve,

Can I send you my PE and have you bend it for me...LOL. Again nice PE work and getting it into place. All of those turns and circles are a real challenge.

Mark
RussellE
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Posted: Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 09:39 AM UTC
Very tidy work with the PE Steve

In painting terms, I'm the first to admit that I try to assemble as much as possible before painting, but where I come undone is when there are areas such as decks that require a different colour. Masking PE railings or near them I've found to be nearly impossible
sdk10159
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Posted: Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 03:10 PM UTC

Quoted Text

Steve,

Can I send you my PE and have you bend it for me...LOL.

Mark



Hahahahahaha.......
sdk10159
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Posted: Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 05:57 PM UTC

Quoted Text

Very tidy work with the PE Steve

In painting terms, I'm the first to admit that I try to assemble as much as possible before painting, but where I come undone is when there are areas such as decks that require a different colour. Masking PE railings or near them I've found to be nearly impossible



I hear ya. I may put off attaching further railings. I'll paint them while still on the fret and put them on later.
JJ1973
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Posted: Sunday, September 02, 2018 - 06:57 AM UTC
Very nice start and progress so far Steve!

I'm joining in late but I am watching an following! This is a very interesting ship you are building there, and I am looking forward to follow. Your etch work really looks great!

Cheers,
Jan
sdk10159
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Posted: Sunday, September 02, 2018 - 03:50 PM UTC
Thanks, Jan and welcome to the party.

I've paused most of the construction while I figure out how to paint the MS-32/7C camouflage. I have some assemblies done and I'll be posting them soon.

Thanks for looking.

Steve
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Posted: Tuesday, September 04, 2018 - 08:08 AM UTC
Hi Steve

That funnel is some structure, looks great.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 07:54 AM UTC
I am also building this model I've nearly finished the main structures section 40 but the gun directors from section 29 PE parts C3 are so flimsy I've had to replace them I used these from model monkey

https://www.shapeways.com/product/KHSJTZGMA/1-350-mk-38-directors-7-sided-enlarged-shield?optionId=61879930&li=ostatus