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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 6:07 pm 
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David, I originally used the tool in the upper right corner of the first picture here. I think it was too long, so it was difficult to adjust to the precise marking height, and it jittered when moving across the hull.
The second photo shows today's rig to mark the hull a second time. This one was made up of stacked wood pieces that fortunately worked out to the correct height for the bottom edge of the black boot topping. Adding a quarter inch piece provided the correct height for the top of the black. And it fit my hand easily for firm control, sliding across the tabletop. The bubble level and tape keeping the hull stable on the stand ensured that the hull was properly leveled for uniform results on both sides. I just made pencil marks every inch or two that I'll connect with the tape for new black stripe. Fortunately I don't need to cover misplaced black with red or gray.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:12 am 
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Progress on the stack and radar tower.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:37 am 
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More progress on the tower.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2018 7:32 am 
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Great work Mike! Fantastic build so far!!!

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2018 11:32 am 
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Here are some photos showing my progress in painting details that are better done before the decks are cluttered with stuff.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:11 am 
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Great work Mike!

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Scratch-built: 1/192 USS Arcadia AD-23
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2018 9:21 am 
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Between major projects, or in the middle of a really difficult project, a half-model can be a simple and enjoyable distraction. They are (relatively) quick to make since you're only making half, and they are generally focused on the hull without the detailed finish work. They can either be hung directly on a wall or be mounted via a board that can be decorated. They also lend themselves to display in places that would otherwise remain empty. I like to put half models above doorways.
Unlike traditional half-models which are carved from boards glued or pegged together, I make mine plank-on-bulkhead. It's what I do.
My references for the Balao class fleet sub were the Historical Naval Ships Association for a booklet of general plans, and Navsource.org for photos and the wartime letter of instruction for submarine camouflage. Information on the schooner came from Howard I. Chapelle's book The American Fishing Schooners 1825-1935, published in 1973, which I picked up at Mystic Seaport Museun in the mid-1990s. Images and information on Elizabethan galleons was from a Google search which I failed to document.
http://www.hnsa.org/resources/manuals-documents/booklets-of-general-plans-online/
http://navsource.org/archives/08/pdf/0849201.pdf


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2018 5:57 pm 
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Continuing to work through the long list of details to be added for a finished model. The watertight doors, vertical ladders, engine intake and ventilation grills, and DESRON 9 crest are all images from the 2D printer.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2018 1:57 pm 
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I haven't had much time to work on the model over the last month. Here's some progress on the details. The bitts and chocks are made from index card and scrap wood. The satcom domes are glass marbles. The main gun mount and the two radar antennas are cannabilized from FFG-62. I'll also be reusing one of the anchors, which isn't attached yet.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:37 pm 
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I am whittling a couple drogues for a refueling at sea rig. The right side of the piece is a partially completed drogue. The left side shows how it started, and will become a second drogue. The hose and pipe will be made from brass rod.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:08 am 
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Hi Mike,
nice to see that the "project ships club" is going strong ! Such good fun to see how different the results are starting from different philosophies of the thing...
My youngest son, 25, is propulsion/energy officer in the French Navy (currently on BPC TONNERRE), and I can't avoid his comments about the many shortcuts of my projects...
Please go on with your fine work : can't wait as well to see how the next one will look like !
Cheers from Omaha Beach : the US Navy is not forgotten down here for sure, and this coming sunday, November 11th, will be one more occasion to celebrate how much our countries are linked by history.
Stephane


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 2:48 pm 
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Keeping the signal halyards taut while the glue dries.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 2:59 pm 
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The USS SAMUEL B ROBERTS (FFG-63) is now complete except for PE lifelines and safety nets. Those will happen when I've experimented with technique on the previous FFG-62 model.
Time to start making some drawings for my automonous surface combatant. See viewtopic.php?f=67&t=167112


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 5:03 pm 
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Looks great! Sad to think that the Littoral Combat Ships are still being built and this is not!

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Really, really fantastic! Great job!!!

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