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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 12:22 pm 
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:jump_1: :jump_1: :jump_1: :jump_1: :jump_1: Hello all,
Im starting a new project for a friend of mine- he was stationed on the Furer during the 80s. I usually only model WWII stuff, but thought the change may be good for me :smallsmile:

The hull is from The Scale shipyard, as are he plans and some of the fittings. There isnt a wealth of research material available for her- so if anyone see's anything that doesnt look right- I'd appreciate you letting me know.

Heres the hull, all framed in, and the deck on. This is a static model, so no need for access points this time.
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heres a shot of the prop and shaft boss- these where turned on a metal lathe and made of brass
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Ive started the superstructure today- just a little bit of it done...
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Heres a pic of the MK56 Director, I bought this from JD products. Beautiful little kit....
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heres a couple pics of some fittings I got from the Scale shipyard- first the 5"/38 mount and then the asroc launcher...
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thanks for looking in!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 12:30 pm 
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Hi Brad Nice start you have made. Makes all the difference when you don't have to install any internals.
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What, 1/96 static :faint:
This i must see, static at that scale doesn't allow for many if any errors, good luck i follow with great interest :thumbs_up_1:

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The Mk 56 director is a jewell . :thumbs_up_1: :thumbs_up_1: :thumbs_up_1:

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Oh this is going to be good! Always loved these little FFGs and this one is looking great so far. Those fittings are phenominal. If you are in need of photos I'd suggest rooting around over on these two sites:

http://www.navsource.org/archives/06/0601006.htm

http://www.defenseimagery.mil/index.html
Search for "FFG-1" with the quotes (sub in the other ships as well) and you'll find some high-res shots of her class. They only have one shot of FFG-6 for some reason but its from 1984 so it should prove helpful.

http://www.defenseimagery.mil/imagery.html#a=search&s=%22ffg-6%22&chk=6cff0&guid=94feb83037b61b9ed49e997da065bb8cad4ecfec

Hope that helps a bit,
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Jim- You betcha... nice to have a little break from that- having said that though, I have a Bismarck going in the background there- that'll have all the bells and whistles.

Mike- Thanks for the webiste- that was one I hadnt used before. I managed to get a couple pics of one of her sisters that I didnt have. Thanks alot!

Richard- J+D makes some of the best stuff around- followed closely by lee at the Scale Shipyard... its Always a pleasure to open up a package from them. :smallsmile:

Heres some pics from today- have most of the superstructure built up- I didnt realize how similar the shapes where to a perry until I started building.

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Ive been looking at lots of pictures, and have a question for anyone who might know. Whats the angular piece in front of the bridge? It appears to have some connection to the asroc- but it only looks like FFG-4 and 6 have this. heres a couple pics off of Navsource- they are actually pics of my monitor, as im not sure if its proper to link to them- or to saved pictures. but maybe someone will know.

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heres one last pic- the beginings of the bridge- although right after I started this, I found a decent pic showing my window configuration was wrong- so had to scrap this piece.

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Thanks for looking in!
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I guess it's for reloading the ASROCs, similar to the pre-Ticonderoga cruisers and how their arm launchers were reloaded.

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Tim is absolutely correct about the angular piece. Knox class ffgs had this piece also. You might find some good photos with the hatches open and the process of reloading the launcher in progress.

A very interesting build, not a common subject, but a really nice one...

Keep the photos coming... :thumbs_up_1: :thumbs_up_1: :thumbs_up_1:

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As the others have said, that is indeed for reloading the ASROC launcher. In addition to the FF-1052 class look at photos of the FF-1040 class (FFG-1 class half sisters) as they had very similiar if not the exact same reloading assembly.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 10:19 pm 
The angular structure under the bridge is the Asroc magazine and the doors for the reloading system.


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Hello all,

well, finallly got a little more work in here... Finished the basic structure of the MACK, I used some PVC pipe with a styrene insert to give it the shape it needed. also, finished up some details on the hull, and installed the rudder.
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Also, my wife prepared some of the various fittings for paint- here they are before she took them away. (she never lets me touch ANYTHING that applies paint- (smart girl :big_grin: ))
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Hopefully with any luck, the hull will be ready for paint tonight- and we'll start seeing some color!
Best
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hello brad,your frigate is coming along nicely,and at a fast pace to,must be nice to have someone to look after painting for you :big_grin: .one question do you back your styrene with wood ,or do you just use heavy gage styrene.?


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:29 am 
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Hello all...

some more progress, been pretty slow though. My wife has painted the haze grey, and deck colors- and some of the fittings:
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and I have been busy soldering up the mast;
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and I got a nice shipment from Darren at the resin shipyard the other day (really really nice- if you need a set of decals Darrens the guy):
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Also, Ive been placing fittings, hatches and stuff- Got a batch of 3d printed doors from Nelson Pettys- these are really nice as well.- picked up a set of his boat davits while I was at it, hope to have those on in the next day or so-

russclark- I havent been backing this one, its just an indoor model- and I dont think Ill have any trouble with it-

thanks for looking in
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Hi Brad Good progress and looking good . I also like the decal sheet :thumbs_up_1: :thumbs_up_1: :thumbs_up_1:
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Looking good .Darren has some nice stuf as does Nelson > :thumbs_up_1: :thumbs_up_1: :thumbs_up_1:

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Hello Guys,

well, the hull made it back from the paint booth- started placing some of the smaller fittings:
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and did some more work on the stack and mast-
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and finally, finished the sps-52 radar-
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Thanks for looking in..
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Great work on the mast and radar. I can see Nelsons water tight door. :thumbs_up_1: :thumbs_up_1: :thumbs_up_1:

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 8:53 pm 
What a great job! That old GMLS Mk 22 looks great too!


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i agree the mast work and overall the model too :thumbs_up_1: :wave_1:


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Nice solder work to the mast an excellent model in the making :thumbs_up_1: :thumbs_up_1: :thumbs_up_1:
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