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USS Iwo Jima LHD-7
RussellE
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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!
d6mst0
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Posted: Monday, January 27, 2020 - 12:14 AM UTC
Rory,

Very nice finish, she looks wonderful.

Mark
trahe
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Posted: Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 12:45 PM UTC
Awesome work! Well done.
Quincannon
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Posted: Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 11:05 AM UTC
Very, very nice.
McRunty
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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!*
RedDuster
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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
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
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: 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: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 08:52 AM UTC
Cracking effort Rory!

She looks great so far.

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
rolltide31
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Posted: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 06:01 AM UTC
Rory -very nice work!! Looking forward to seing more

Dave
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Posted: Monday, January 20, 2020 - 04:21 AM UTC
The deck looks great Rory,

the safety netting on the elevators too.

Cheers

Si
d6mst0
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Posted: Sunday, January 19, 2020 - 11:19 AM UTC

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You should be happy with the way it looks. It looks splendid. Great work.



Rory,

Can't agree more..mighty nice work.

Mark
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Posted: Sunday, January 19, 2020 - 10:51 AM UTC
You should be happy with the way it looks. It looks splendid. Great work.
McRunty
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Posted: Sunday, January 19, 2020 - 09:09 AM UTC
After 2 loooooong decaling sessions I have finally completed the main hull of my USS Iwo Jima. Decals mostly went on with no issues but I did have to cut away a ton of decal film. Even then I still had some silvering issues but they are not major.

Only thing left to add to the hull is the ships boats and 2 antenna looking thingies (I will add those right before commissioning because experience has shown me those get knocked off easily)

Really happy with how she looks right now.





RussellE
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Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 09:22 PM UTC
"Rails, stairs and life raft canisters..."

Hard work I know Rory, but these are what makes the model come to life. You've done the hard yards, it'll all come together nicely from here on in. Looking forward to seeing the next stages!
surfsup
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Posted: Friday, January 17, 2020 - 04:05 PM UTC
Very impressive so far Rory. Love the Work and the Busy look to the Hanger Deck.....Cheers mark
RedDuster
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Posted: Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 08:01 AM UTC
Nice progress Rory,

like the subtle paint job on the hull.

Cheers

Si
d6mst0
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Posted: Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 12:32 AM UTC
Rory,

Very nice progress, her paint work look wonderful.

Mark
McRunty
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Posted: Monday, January 13, 2020 - 03:29 PM UTC
Update time. Build was slowed down by the holiday season and all the little gubbins I had to build and paint. If I never see another set of rails, stairs and life raft canisters it will be too soon!

That being said all the above are attached and painted. Weapon systems are built, painted and will be attached after decaling.

Flight deck and lifts are built and painted. Just need decaling before I attach the lifts.

I have had to use many hues of grey to add some variety to this ship which I think I have mostly achieved.

Next up is gloss coat and decals. Then I will tackle the island before moving onto the remaining aircraft and amphibious boats etc. My goal is to have the ship fully built by the end of January. Aircraft and amphibs will occupy most of February I think.







trahe
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Posted: Friday, December 20, 2019 - 10:56 AM UTC
Rory, looks awesome! Keep up the great work!
RussellE
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Posted: Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 08:42 AM UTC
The hangar looks great, Rory

Suitably busy and life like
rolltide31
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Posted: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 04:41 AM UTC
Rory,

Nice job on the aircraft and the hanger bay lighting. Looking forward to trying that out myself in the future.

Dave
d6mst0
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Posted: Monday, December 16, 2019 - 10:16 AM UTC

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Busy looking Hanger Rory,

Faults or not, looks good to me.

Keep up the good work.

Cheers

Si



What Si said!

Mark
RedDuster
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Posted: Monday, December 16, 2019 - 09:24 AM UTC
Busy looking Hanger Rory,

Faults or not, looks good to me.

Keep up the good work.

Cheers

Si