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PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 8:56 pm 
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Hi guys,

well... Me, my hull, my superstructure, and my workshop have all been in separate places of late. Tonight is the first night that we have all been together in quite some time :)    so.. I finally was able to put all the painted fittings on the deck:

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Traci discovered that I didn't carry the Black pattern up far enough on this one.. hopefully that'll get fixed tomorrow

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heres all the stuff that is awaiting painting... (thankfully.. I have a beautiful wife that's pretty handy with an airbrush.. and I'm thinking I may just be able to sweet talk her into painting some tomorrow)

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and finally, all the stuff positioned on the model.  

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thanks for looking in!
Brad


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2018 9:30 pm 
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Hello all,
been a while, but I'm back at the Alaska- hoping to finish her soon. This week I made the Mk37 directors..

I started out by hollowing out the directors- Might not save a crazy amount of weight, but.. every little bit helps down the line.

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made the portion of the support for the radar that you see here. I use the piece in Scale shipyards photoetched Mk12/22 set- but cut away the leg portion, replacing it with .020 legs.

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then move on to placing all the supports:

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after this is all done, I built up the radar screens:

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and then installed them on the directors:

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and here it is, sitting on its barbette- which needed a visor installed over the peep holes. (which for some reason looks HUGE in this picture...)

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well- thats it for now- thanks for looking in!
BRad


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2018 12:28 pm 
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Brilliant! :big_grin:

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 8:38 pm 
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Hey guys,
Made a little progress- not a whole lot, the ice onthe lakes has been awful still- which seriously cuts into any free time I may have. but, did get these few items done.

first- the shell collection bins for the some of the aft 40mm tubs. these where pretty complex, as part of them are curved to match the gun sheilds:

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Heres the radio antenna trunks- kinda of a neat little part- I had fun making this one:

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and finally- the boat crane stowage cradle (and the boat crane itself- dont think ive put a picture of that up yet either)

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and last- a sunset from the other night. hope that spring may actually be coming

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thanks for looking in
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Red sky at night, sailor's delight!

Nice work!

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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2018 5:38 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


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Lovely. Thanks for taking us to school, Brad!

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:09 am 
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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,
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 08, 2018 11:54 pm 
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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.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:24 am 
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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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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 11:03 pm 
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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?

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Wonderful progress, as usual! Your scratch-building is a joy to watch! :thumbs_up_1: :thumbs_up_1:

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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!

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Hi Brad,
It's brilliant your USS Alaska.
I want to follow you from wood.
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