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Topic review - Calling all Nimitz CVN-68 class Fans!
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  Post subject:  Re: Calling all Nimitz CVN-68 class Fans!  Reply with quote
Thanks - I will look into that!
Post Posted: Tue Jun 16, 2020 9:16 pm
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Try this: http://shpws.me/RUCe
Post Posted: Mon Jun 15, 2020 8:36 pm
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I've startied in on the 1/720 Italeri Theodore Roosevelt build. I've clumsily searched a little on Shapeways, but was still wondering: Does anyone (on Shapeways or elsewhere) make 1/720 (or even 1/700 if that will work) Phalanx CIWS and the dual 4-round containers of Sea Sparrow launchers? I'd like to improve on the lumps of plastic provided in the kit without having to do a ton of scratchbuilding.
Post Posted: Sun Jun 14, 2020 10:38 pm
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Mark McKinnis wrote:
Hello,

For modern (post WWII) USN Ships, I use light ghost gray for vertical surfaces and gunship gray for the decks. If you can find haze gray, that is the correct color but light ghost gray is almost identical in that scale and easier for me to get.

http://www.modelshipgallery.com/gallery ... index.html

Good luck,

Mark



That sounds good - I picked up both those colors (Light Ghost Gray and Gunship Gray) at my hobby shop today!
Post Posted: Sat Jun 06, 2020 11:17 pm
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Paints for modern USN ships are here in the Camo and Coatings section: viewtopic.php?f=69&t=104955

The third post has what you need - note they're matches for 1:1 scale, so you might want something lighter for "scale effect" if you ascribe to that.
Post Posted: Sat Jun 06, 2020 1:19 pm
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NYVet9296 wrote:
Hi everyone, I'm starting my 1/350 build of Theodore Roosevelt from early/mid 90's while I served onboard. Does anyone have any photos of the hangerbay from that time period? Since GMM has discontinued the upgrade decals for the Nimitz class carriers, does someone know where i can score pdf's of the originals or any other decal sets to help me in my build?

Thanks

I'm in the same boat. :heh:
However, I'm doing Vinson.
Post Posted: Sat Jun 06, 2020 10:22 am
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Hello,

For modern (post WWII) USN Ships, I use light ghost gray for vertical surfaces and gunship gray for the decks. If you can find haze gray, that is the correct color but light ghost gray is almost identical in that scale and easier for me to get.

http://www.modelshipgallery.com/gallery ... index.html

Good luck,

Mark
Post Posted: Sat Jun 06, 2020 4:45 am
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I have a very basic question regarding the Nimitz-class CVNs: What would be good colors for the hull/island, and the flight deck? I'll be starting the 1/720 Italeri CVN-71 Theodore Roosevelt in the near future, and I'd like to start prepping with the proper paints. Thanks! I ordered the Starfighter Decals CVN decals, and the Gold Medal Models photoetch.
Post Posted: Fri Jun 05, 2020 11:06 pm
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Skimming NARA and found 9 pages with 20 pics per on Nimitz being built at NNSY.

https://catalog.archives.gov/search?q=CVA(N)%20Nimitz

Very old school build, pics in black and white. Not sure if at some point during build process she was moved to a different drydock. She's really jammed in as the build progresses from 1968 to 1972. Sponsons and flightdeck beyond the hull were attached after the fine hull of the ship, it seems. I'm not a builder, but was an operator; flew in CVW-9 when she went around the world 97-98 and into RCOH. Shipyard doesn't look anything like it does today. Curious if anyone worked on her during construction?

With the life span of these ships, it's no surprise they've gotten a little heavy. I remember a NPS theses that discussed this. Surprised to see it online:

https://apps.dtic.mil/sti/pdfs/ADA508879.pdf
Post Posted: Wed Apr 08, 2020 10:43 pm
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Hi everyone, I'm starting my 1/350 build of Theodore Roosevelt from early/mid 90's while I served onboard. Does anyone have any photos of the hangerbay from that time period? Since GMM has discontinued the upgrade decals for the Nimitz class carriers, does someone know where i can score pdf's of the originals or any other decal sets to help me in my build?

Thanks
Post Posted: Sun Feb 02, 2020 12:04 am
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Does anyone have Nimitz's plans including hangar and elevator plans?
Post Posted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 11:41 am
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Thanks Mark. Makes sense.
Post Posted: Tue May 28, 2019 5:34 pm
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Tinner7 wrote:
Soon I will be starting my 1/350 Nimitz. One question I have (more to come) is on the elevator doors. Under flight operations, would these be shut, other then to move planes to and from the hanger? Trying to plan out my model and how much detail I need to think about with my plans to display this at sea with jets landing and taking off.



As I recall when I was on Nimitz, the weather more or less dictated whether the doors were open or not. Heavy seas would probably get the doors closed, nice calm seas they would be open. I did not do a North Pacific or a North Atlantic cruise so they may close them for bitter cold weather regardless of the seas. I do not believe that flight ops was a consideration. Keeping the hanger bay cooled down and ventilated was the most important thing I think.

Good luck,

Mark
Post Posted: Tue May 28, 2019 3:47 pm
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Soon I will be starting my 1/350 Nimitz. One question I have (more to come) is on the elevator doors. Under flight operations, would these be shut, other then to move planes to and from the hanger? Trying to plan out my model and how much detail I need to think about with my plans to display this at sea with jets landing and taking off.
Post Posted: Sun May 26, 2019 4:22 pm
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roym,

I will wait. I might spend my time instead fixing the problems in the Italeri Forrestal class carriers.

Bill
Post Posted: Mon May 20, 2019 5:52 am
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William, if you can wait a bit I'm working on that exact project. I hope to have a thread on here showing what needs doing to each Nimitz class ship to make a decent representation from the cheap'n'cheerful Italeri kit.

All I'm using is plastic card, spare islands and spare parts of kits and PE. So far my only outlay was plastic card, GMM and Starfighter decals, and an extra copy of the Ronald Reagan kit for spares.

I've done one Reagan island using two kit islands cut'n'shut, and two more using plastic card. It's easy enough just time consuming, but sorta satisfying...

More later, stay tuned....!
Post Posted: Fri May 17, 2019 3:36 pm
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http://www.modelerjoe.net/shipmodellist.html#ItalNimitz
Post Posted: Sat May 11, 2019 5:50 pm
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The [i]Detail and Scale[i] books about the USS [i]Forrestal[i], USS [i]Enterprise[i], and USS [i]America[i] each provides a detailed analysis of the model kits available for these ships. Although not very flattering, these analyses include the Italeri kits. Coupled with the extra effort on the part of the modeler, decent models can be made. I am looking for the same type of information about the [i]Nimitz[i] class ships.


I am sticking with the 1/720 scale range because it is only one of two scales in which the entire fleet of U.S. Supercarriers can be found, and I inherited the kits. The other scale is 1/800, the Arii, Otaki, et. al. carriers models are arguable better than the Italeri range (except for the paired Aegis panels on the [i]Nimitz[i] class islands).

Does anyone know of such listings?

Thanks!

Bill
Post Posted: Sat May 11, 2019 4:15 pm
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William wrote:
Greetings!

I recently inherited the complete Italeri 1/720 line of US Supercarriers. Not being "expert" in carriers since I served my24 year Navy career in the Submarine Service, I began researching these kits. It seems that the Nimitz class kits are generally only 70% to 75% accurate according to various reviews but no reviews go into specifics. It is obvious to me that neither the G.W. Bush or the R. Reagan kits contain accurate islands, and that the islands found in each of the other kits are the same. That said, can anyone here point me in the right direction to find a summary of exactly what needs to be done to these kits? I really want to do them justice!


Thanks for any help!



Well,

If you are really interested in accuracy, sell them and use the funds to build a couple of the 1/700 Trumpeter Kits. The Italeri kits can be made into a nice kit but it would take a lot to correct them for each ship for an accurate build. There were subtle and not so subtle differences in Main Mast, Sponsons, Radar Masts, and the way the SATDOMES were arranged over the years. Ray's DVD picture albums are an essential reference for building any of them for an accurate model of the various ships of the class.

http://stillmotionsphotographics.com/-/ ... D=1&row=15

Good luck,

MM
Post Posted: Fri May 10, 2019 7:03 pm
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task force 58 wrote:
Would the 1/700 Trumpeter CVN-72 or the CVN-74 kit be a better starting point for the USS George Washington during the final A-6 cruise?


I planned on using the Lincoln kit. I researched this a while back and I think:

Trumpeter Roosevelt = Carl Vinson
Trumpeter Lincoln = Washington
Trumpeter Stennis = Truman

Reagan and Bush require a new Island (1/700 & 1/350 for the 3D folks:) and I have not looked at the sponsons. Bacon Fist does sponsons for both in 350 scale and a Reagan Mast. No Islands yet.

Check your references since you are doing a 1996 ish build for a last A-6E cruise and the Lincoln kit has all of the domes for 2002. They did not sport as many in the mid 90's.

Good luck,

MM
Post Posted: Fri May 10, 2019 6:53 pm

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