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Topic review - 1/96th USS Alaska (CB-1)
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Brad,

Very nice work. The catwalks will be a lot more work.

I have experimented with photo etch for the catwalks on my USS Oklahoma City CLG-5. So far my home made parts aren't up to snuff, but I know a photo etch shop should have little trouble with them.

Phil
Post Posted: Sun Jun 02, 2019 11:16 pm
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Thank you Martin! I really appreciate that!

Just a quick update, since I have internet for the evening for a change. spent a couple days making up the stack cap:

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Post Posted: Sat Jun 01, 2019 7:09 pm
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Wow! That's really impressive work.
Post Posted: Wed May 29, 2019 6:26 pm
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My latest effort for Alaska is building the aircraft cranes. I had build one of the cranes years ago.. but not the pedestal part of it.. so I finished the second one, with all the pieces for both.

I made the kingpost part, and sent it out to Lee, then after he molded it and sent it back, I chopped it up into levels, and added the individual decks:

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then here is the finished crane on the superstructure piece:
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Post Posted: Wed May 29, 2019 3:16 pm
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Awesome looking vessel. Envious of that splendid paint job you did! :heh:
Post Posted: Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:36 pm
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Looks great in the water and otherwise! Looking toward the top of the page at the 5"38 mounts, I notice one of them has the barrels at different elevations. In these mounts the barrels were locked together in elevation and could only be decoupled for for servicing and repair. Check out with your calipers vis appropriate dimensions, the barrels look too thin, there not being enough taper to my eye. Probability of my being wrong? High...

Good work! T
Post Posted: Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:20 pm
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:big_grin: Beautiful.


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Post Posted: Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:24 pm
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Rides great. Beautiful.
Post Posted: Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:03 pm
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Phil,
I bought that from McMaster carr- it fairly expensive... but it worked for what I wanted it for...

Been a while since I updated this- so heres a quick one:

I wanted to get the 5" mounts done before the Rocky mount Run, added the grab handles and baskets to the rear- and the foot rails to the tops..

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painted the 12"turrets :
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and some pics of how she looked just before we left for North Carolina:

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and- finally a shot of her in the water again:

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Post Posted: Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:24 am
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I liked the 1:192 scale for my Missouri and Alaska, but it is obvious that much more can (and has to be done) in the larger scale, roughly 8 times the mass! My current project is a Haskell class APA in 1:120. A bit of an off scale I am told, but this merely encourages scratch building!

An imposing project and nicely executed! And yes, I am sure that Song will build a worthy version of thins beautiful ship!

T
Post Posted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:22 pm
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Hi Brad,
It's brilliant your USS Alaska.
I want to follow you from wood.
Song.
Post Posted: Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:33 am
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Wow! What an impressive build! And what a major undertaking!!! 1:96 scale obviously give you lots of latitude to do some really neat stuff detail-wise, but this is way above my lever of expertise.

Super Job!
Post Posted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 10:05 pm
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Wonderful progress, as usual! Your scratch-building is a joy to watch! :thumbs_up_1: :thumbs_up_1:

Aop
Post Posted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:46 am
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Brad,

I certainly do follow your posts - and all scratch building posts. Your work is beautiful!

What did you use for the deck plating with lightening holes?

Phil
Post Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 11:03 pm
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Phil,
thank you for the reply- I was actually really starting to wonder if anyone even looks at these posts. To answer your question- yep, Im sure that its only TII. Floating Drydock has a really nice DVD of pictures that have hi res pics in them- its pretty clear. As for it not being a footrail- That's what the turret drawing calls it out as. seems odd to me that its just on that one though. the height of the other two are such that falling from any of them would make for a bad day. However- it is a pattern the navy carried over to other ships, namely all four of the iowas.


In the meantime, managed to finish off the Mk38 directors. these turned into a much bigger project than I had planned. and became mini models in their own right:

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so I dug in my "plate of parts"for stuff that still needs to be painted... and thought I'd put up some pics while you could still tell what they're made of. some are all brass, some bondo, some styrene, and some are a combo of the three. theres quite a few that have twins, and will make their way out to "Scale Shipyard" so others can get a molded version if they wish.

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heres a couple pics of what the aft superstructure looks like after the addition of doors, lockers and vents:

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and finally- some brass tubs I made for the Mk-51 directors that sit up here.

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Post Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:24 am
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Brad,

Nice work.

I suspect those aren't "foot rails" on turret 2. They may have been there to lash down life rafts, etc.

Does turret 1 have rods on the sides near the top? They would be there so canvas awnings could be attached to the turret in port. You might also find them on the superstructure above the main deck along the sides of the ship anywhere canvas awnings were strung. They were called "jack rods."

You have to look closely in photos because they can look like wiring - but the rails stand out from the bulkheads and shadows give them away.

Phil
Post Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2018 11:54 pm
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Hey guys,
its been while- but thought id like to get her a little more finished before Rocky Mount. I got a package from lee the other day containing the cast parts for the rangefinders, so thought id finish off the turrets.

This is TII- its different from the others in that it has a footrail around the edge of the turret top. (which makes me scratch my head.. why not all three- you fall off ANY of the three its gonna be a bad day) anyways..

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hoping to get some paint on them once I finish up the other two.
thanks for looking in,
Brad
Post Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:09 am
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Lovely. Thanks for taking us to school, Brad!
Post Posted: Sat May 19, 2018 6:33 pm
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Hey guys,
so I decided I needed to move in a little different direction, the Mk-8 Radar for the MK38 Directors seemed like a good choice. I tried to scratchbuild one for my Indiana, and while I was happy with it... I felt I could do better. so this is the second generation.

first off, I had to make a template for drilling all the holes in the faceplate

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then here it is after I installed all the brass rod pieces

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and then putting the something in the middle to support the waveguides

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and then finally a more finished look

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still have a little bit to do... but I thought Id share while I actually have the internet service to do so.
thanks for looking in
Brad
Post Posted: Sat May 19, 2018 5:38 pm
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Red sky at night, sailor's delight!

Nice work!

Phil
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