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USS Iwo Jima LHD-7
McRunty
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Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 02:01 AM UTC

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Where you've left off the paint at the island it looks like the censors have had at it on a picture of the real thing



Speaking of the Island I have been a busy bee. Main island superstructure is built. I just need to do the masts which I am hoping to have complete today.







This was definitely one of those cases where paying the money for AM etch was worth it. I cant imagine trying to line up and measure generic railings for some of these areas.
RussellE
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Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 08:29 AM UTC
My, my! You have been a busy little bee

Looks great Rory!

Yes, I too find when AM is specifically designed for a kit, it takes a lot of the stress out of the build and also speeds it up considerably
McRunty
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Posted: Friday, January 24, 2020 - 02:22 AM UTC

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My, my! You have been a busy little bee

Looks great Rory!

Yes, I too find when AM is specifically designed for a kit, it takes a lot of the stress out of the build and also speeds it up considerably



After the slog of the hull the superstructure has been a breeze. I have really hit my stride. Only 4 radars and a derrick to build and I am done with the actual ship build. Fingers crossed I get it completed this weekend. Then can start on the aircraft and LCAC's
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Posted: Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 07:32 AM UTC

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My, my! You have been a busy little bee

Looks great Rory!

Yes, I too find when AM is specifically designed for a kit, it takes a lot of the stress out of the build and also speeds it up considerably



After the slog of the hull the superstructure has been a breeze. I have really hit my stride. Only 4 radars and a derrick to build and I am done with the actual ship build. Fingers crossed I get it completed this weekend. Then can start on the aircraft and LCAC's



Superstructure looks excellent Rory,

Good luck with this weekend's progress.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 05:29 AM UTC

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Superstructure looks excellent Rory,

Good luck with this weekend's progress.

Cheers

Si



The plan was to have it completed by the end of the weekend. Well as luck would have it I finished on Sunday morning

USS Iwo Jima is now completely built and painted. And it took less than 3 months so that's really good by my ship building standards.

All I need to do now to finish the project is the Amphibious parts and the airwing. So 2 LCAC's, 1 LCU with vehicles and around 20 or so helicopters and harriers with deck vehicles (forklifts, crash carts etc)







*edit* The photos are showing some tidemarks around one of the decals. The EEEEE thingie. I will be fixing that promptly!*
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Posted: Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 11:05 AM UTC
Very, very nice.
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Posted: Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 12:45 PM UTC
Awesome work! Well done.
d6mst0
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Posted: Monday, January 27, 2020 - 12:14 AM UTC
Rory,

Very nice finish, she looks wonderful.

Mark
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Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 08:52 AM UTC
Beautiful work Rory!

and at 3 months that's a cracking pace!

Looking forward to seeing what vehicles adorn the flight deck!
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McRunty
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Posted: Saturday, February 01, 2020 - 03:07 AM UTC
Amphibious group is completed. Only changes from the instructions was the railings on the LCU's since they didn't come with any. Used some spare PE and photos from the interwebs.

This isn't a correct loadout for an LHD as she wouldn't carry all of these. In reality she would have either 3 LCAC's or 2 LCU's. I am going to use these as a generic display group for both my Iwo Jima and my USS New York (LPD-21) when she is built.


Group shot.


LCU's carrying various HMMWV's, LAV-25's, M777 (155mm) towed artillery and MTVR's (medium tactical vehicle replacement aka trucks)


LCAC's with MTVR and HMMWV's and an M1A1 Abrams.


These were a blast to build. Went together quick an easy and the tiny vehicles are cute as hell. Painting all the tires on them was a pain though

I have also completed the deck tractors and carts but will show them once the air group go in.

Speaking of airgroup, I will be cracking on with them this weekend. I have the following to build.

4 Harriers
2 UH-1N's
2 Cobra attack helicopters
2 CH-53E's
8-10 CH-46's

Finish line is in sight!
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Posted: Saturday, February 01, 2020 - 07:38 AM UTC
Great stuff Rory,

The ship looks excellent with the island in place. The attention of detail to the land is landing craft and the vehicles is impressive.

looking forward to seeing the airwing too.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Sunday, February 02, 2020 - 06:40 AM UTC
Hi Rory,

well, that's impressive, your speed and attention to detail and a very crisp build! She looks fantastic, as does your amphibious group!

Cheers
Jan
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Posted: Monday, February 03, 2020 - 08:22 AM UTC
setting a cracking pace, Rory!

Very nice amphibious group too
d6mst0
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Posted: Monday, February 03, 2020 - 11:28 AM UTC
Rory,

What Si, Jan and Russell said! Looking awesome!

Mark
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Posted: Wednesday, February 05, 2020 - 01:14 PM UTC
This will hopefully be my last update before completion. I have spent the last several days fighting with transparent brittle plastic to build up my airwing. I am going with a loadout from approximately 2012 so has organic CH-46's and Harriers as well as UH-1N's. I also have some other aircraft (SH-60's/V-22's) which I have seen on deck during that period. Not sure if they were assigned or just visiting but they are there.




The on deck airwing will consist of the following assigned aircraft:

4 Harriers
2 UH-1N's
2 Cobra attack helicopters
2 CH-53E's
8 CH-46's

Visitors:

2 V-22 Osprey
1 MH-53E 'Sea Dragon'
2 SH-60F's
1 SH-60H Rescue Hawk

For a total of 24 aircraft. Throw in the 10 that are in the hanger and my USS Iwo Jima will have 34 aircraft aboard.

Now just to paint and decal them.
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Posted: Thursday, February 06, 2020 - 06:11 AM UTC
Nice start on the airwing Rory.

I am not a fan of the clear plastic moulding for aircraft, a lot of small brittle clear parts.

looking forward to seeing them done.

cheers

Si
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Posted: Thursday, February 06, 2020 - 06:41 AM UTC

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I am not a fan of the clear plastic moulding for aircraft, a lot of small brittle clear parts.




Agreed. I actually really liked the approach Bronco took with their MH-53 helicopters. Just the fuselage is clear while all the other parts are regular plastic and PE.

Unfortunately I didn't enjoy how overly complicated the kit was. Trumpeters CH-53's has 6 parts to the helicopter. Broncos had a 6 step, 2 page instruction sheet and included landing gear that went up and down. Way over engineered and complicated.
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Posted: Thursday, February 06, 2020 - 08:39 AM UTC
I have to agree guys: clear plastic for small scale a/c's is not fun: not only is it brittle; it's darned hard to see when cleaning up!
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Posted: Friday, February 07, 2020 - 02:19 AM UTC
Trumpeter's first generation 1/350 aircraft WERE in regular plastic, multicolor even. Their early F-14's had grey fuselage and wings, clear canopy and black landing gear and engine nozzles, all on a single sprue. It must've been too expensive or hard to mold because they switched over to all-clear pretty quickly. You can still see the little sprue connectors that connected the black to the gray to the clear pieces even now on some of the all-clear ones. I really wish they'd switch back - the clear is hard to see, hard to use, and brittle.
McRunty
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Posted: Friday, February 07, 2020 - 02:46 AM UTC

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I have to agree guys: clear plastic for small scale a/c's is not fun: not only is it brittle; it's darned hard to see when cleaning up!



The way I did these was to hit it with some primer on the sprue, put the fuselages together and cleaned them up. Once that was done I actually went back and cleaner the primer off with alcohol. That way once I actually started to layer on primer and paint it was all smooth and even.
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Posted: Friday, February 07, 2020 - 07:16 AM UTC
This is so cool,just love it,great work.
McRunty
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Posted: Sunday, February 09, 2020 - 04:42 AM UTC
Commissioning day has arrived for USS Iwo Jima.

After a week of building/painting/decaling aircraft I can finally say she is completed. Build took just over 3 months. Started on 6 November 2019 and completed today 9 February 2020.

I really enjoyed this build (except the helicopters). She went together well, PE and Decals behaved and the instructions were mostly accurate. Don't think I will be building another carrier anytime soon though

I have her fitout roughly as she would have been on 27 September 2007 when she began flying ops with MV-22's in small numbers.

Anyway, here we go!









To throw in a bit of variety I threw on a SH-60H Rescue Hawk and an SH-60F in green livery alongside one in standard grey. I also have 2 MV-22's and an additional MH-53E Sea Dragon Mine Countermeasures helicopter. I found some pictures of it in a darker Sea Grey so did it that colour to make it stand out.





USS Iwo Jima being escorted by USS Ticonderoga and USS Freedom.



RussellE
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Posted: Sunday, February 09, 2020 - 11:51 PM UTC
Stunning work Rory!

Congratulations on a fantastic commissioning!

Definitely worth a few to be drunk in celebration!

Great to see her alongside with Ticonderoga and Freedom!

Thanks for sharing mate, and looking forward to what you treat us to next
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Posted: Monday, February 10, 2020 - 12:21 AM UTC
Rory,

Congratulations on the commissioning, she look awesome and ready for business. Your work is first class.

Mark