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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 3:43 pm 
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Been visiting this site for awhile now and now have enough material on my build I can start posting something. This is the first time I have used styrene as a building medium.
I served on the Takelma from 72-75 home ported in Pearl Harbor. I started this project with a prebuilt fiberglass hull and basic deck house. Knowing what I now know I would have built my own. Since I had already bought them I am using them.
First steps were cutting off the molded bulwarks as they were to thick for scale and adding bilge keels and building the rudder.
Made some mounts with a temporary build board. Used some .060 styrene for the main deck.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 5:06 pm 
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I think you will like working with plastic over Fiberglass.

I would advise to keep on a lookout for 1/96 scale parts. Everything seems to be in short supply these days. From Kits to paint, AM parts to Testors Glue, times are tough all over.

I will be following along. Thanks for Posting this.

At first I thought her an unusual project for a Warship forum BUT she had guns! My kind of Tug.

Is she still part of the Argentine Navy?

Nino


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 6:55 pm 
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Nino, As far as I know she is still part of the Argentine navy. I have purchased a number of 1/96 printed parts but I have had to make changes to the few I have used.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2020 12:57 pm 
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Here's a picture of the Takelma to show what a ATF looks like and what I am building.
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She was 205 ft long beam of 39ft draft of 17ft complement of 6 officers and 70 enlisted.
Here are a few more photo's of my build.
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Also some of the smaller parts
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2020 1:47 pm 
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Well after finding a drawing of the Ellis anchor I was able to make up a pair.
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After which I was able to build the bill boards that held them and even than it took me about 5 tries to get them right.
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I am currently looking for Hi-Viz hull numbers and letters for this build. I know Hawk's graphics has the hull numbers and are working on hull letters. Does anyone else make hull letters in 1/96 scale? Printing them myself is most likely above my pay grade.


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 Post subject: Re: USS Takelma
PostPosted: Sat Jun 20, 2020 12:04 am 
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If you can't find the correct size letters and numbers here is a trick I learned many years ago.

I needed silver letters of a particular font and size, but no one made them. However, I did find some black rub-on letters that were the right font and size size. But those things are thick and just don't look right.

So I painted the surfaces silver and placed the rub-on letters after the paint dried. Then I sprayed on the normal surface color (black in this case), including over the rub-on letters. After the paint dried I used masking tape to lift off the rub-ons and I had silver letters of the desired font and size. Furthermore, because it was all paint, there was no shiny outline like decals or raised surface of the rub-ons. Unlike decals, the paint doesn't turn yellow with age. The letters won't peel off with time like rub-ons. And a clear overcoat isn't needed.

They are the best letters I have ever used on a model!

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2022 10:47 pm 
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Well It's about time I posted a update on my project. I have been working on it but very slowly. The first picture is of the boat davit and only took me 5 tries to get things correct
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. Still have a few things to add to it. Some other pictures of the project.
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More pictures coming soon.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2022 1:35 am 
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Nice job on the winches! On several projects I used my stencil cutter machine (Cricut like, but a different brand) to produce appropriate numbers and lettering. It was able to get draft marks down to 1:144 scale. These could be used as press applies or as stencils to get paint on numbers such as Phil describes.

Keep us posted, nice model!


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2022 8:40 pm 
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Here's a few more pictures of my project. I used some wet & dry 1500 grit for the nonskid. Oh and never mind my messy bench top.
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