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USS Iwo Jima LHD-7
McRunty
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Posted: Monday, March 09, 2020 - 07:13 AM UTC
Thank you for the kind words all

Currently working through a modelling doldrum. Need to get the mojo flowing again.
JJ1973
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Posted: Sunday, March 08, 2020 - 02:42 AM UTC
Rory,

Im sorry, totally missed your commissioning!!

Great work, she looks awesome and really busy with the airing and boats, and very nice with some escorts, too!

Fantastic job, and really fast! It was really fun to follow your build!

Cheers
Jan
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Posted: Sunday, February 16, 2020 - 06:35 AM UTC
Rory - congratulations on your commissioing - amazing work!!

Dave
RussellE
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Posted: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 10:15 AM UTC

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Couldn't agree more. Ironically ships are my 'mixing' things up go to. I am primarily an armour modeler



Now that's mixing it up!
RedDuster
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Posted: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 08:07 AM UTC
Congrats on a fine commissioning Rory,

Impressive build, have enjoyed following along.

Cheers

Si
McRunty
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Posted: Monday, February 10, 2020 - 09:17 AM UTC

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I hear you though: sometimes its good to mix things up with different vessels and time frames etc. Even better to throw in a few wing things from time to time...

Be seeing you over on the Big Three campaign



Couldn't agree more. Ironically ships are my 'mixing' things up go to. I am primarily an armour modeler
RussellE
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Posted: Monday, February 10, 2020 - 08:29 AM UTC

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Thanks for sharing mate, and looking forward to what you treat us to next



Its going to be a while, I have to build some wingy things for some Aeroscale campaigns. I have Douglas Bader's Spitfire MK Va and a Corsair to build. Then back to boats.

It will be something smaller that's for sure. I think I am leaning towards the USS Pegasus for the Under 1000 tons campaign. She is a 251 ton, 41m long hydrofoil. Just a tad bit smaller than the 41000 ton, 257m long Iwo Jima.

I am definitely on a modern(ish) warship kick lately. My fleet worth of WW2 ship kits is on the back burner.



Now that is a step down in size!

I hear you though: sometimes its good to mix things up with different vessels and time frames etc. Even better to throw in a few wing things from time to time...

Be seeing you over on the Big Three campaign
McRunty
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Posted: Monday, February 10, 2020 - 03:06 AM UTC

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Thanks for sharing mate, and looking forward to what you treat us to next



Its going to be a while, I have to build some wingy things for some Aeroscale campaigns. I have Douglas Bader's Spitfire MK Va and a Corsair to build. Then back to boats.

It will be something smaller that's for sure. I think I am leaning towards the USS Pegasus for the Under 1000 tons campaign. She is a 251 ton, 41m long hydrofoil. Just a tad bit smaller than the 41000 ton, 257m long Iwo Jima.

I am definitely on a modern(ish) warship kick lately. My fleet worth of WW2 ship kits is on the back burner.
trahe
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Posted: Monday, February 10, 2020 - 12:22 AM UTC
Rory, incredible work! Awesome job on the lighting. Well done!
d6mst0
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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
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
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.



Tojo72
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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: 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.
LonCray
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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.
RussellE
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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!
McRunty
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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.
RedDuster
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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
McRunty
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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.
d6mst0
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Posted: Monday, February 03, 2020 - 11:28 AM UTC
Rory,

What Si, Jan and Russell said! Looking awesome!

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

Very nice amphibious group too
JJ1973
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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: 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
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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