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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 9:44 am 
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Thanks for your patronage!

Here is the project queue (subjects in green are complete and for sale):


1. HMS Hood products (15" turrets and accurately sized and shaped funnels DONE!)
2. RMS Titanic, RMS Olympic and HMHS Britannic products (1/350 scale cargo cranes and crane pedestals DONE!)
3. United States Lines ocean liner products (deck chairs and bulkhead lamps in 1/96 scale DONE!)
4. Imperial Japanese Navy products (sets of 33 mushroom ventilators and 58 rectangular cowl ventilators in 1/350 and 1/200 DONE!)
5. Lexington class CV products (various islands and funnels for both ships, 8"/55 cal. turrets, 5"/25 ready service lockers, 20mm ready service lockers, as well as angle-back Mk.37 directors and 5"/38 cal. Mk.32 mounts for Saratoga 1942-1945 DONE!)
6. Brooklyn class CL products (6"/47 cal. turrets (not the same as Cleveland class turrets), 5"/38 Mk.32 mounts, Mk.34 directors, Mk.37 directors, 20mm ready service lockers all DONE!)
7. Cleveland class CL products ("square bridge", 6"/47 cal. turrets (not the same as Brooklyn class turrets), aft barbettes, 5"/38 Mk.32 mounts, 3"/50 cal. tubs, Mk.34 directors, Mk.37 directors, 20mm ready service lockers, and boat winches (in larger scales) all DONE!)
8. Baltimore class CA products (two types of 8"/55 cal. turrets (WWII and a different design for Vietnam), 5"/38 cal. Mk.32 mounts, Vietnam War-era enlarged, enclosed bridges for USS Saint Paul CA-73 and USS Los Angeles CA-135 and a set of Mk.34 + Mk.37 + Mk.56 directors, 3"/50 cal. tubs, 20mm ready service lockers, and boat winches (in larger scales) all DONE!)
9. New York class BB products (two types of turrets and USS Texas BB-35 forward and aft fighting tops (1944), 5"/25 ready service lockers, 20mm ready service lockers, and boat winches (in larger scales) DONE!)
10. Montana class BB products (set of four 1/700 scale 16"/50 cal. turrets, Mk.38 directors, anchors, 20mm ready service lockers, and boat winches (in larger scales) all DONE!)
11. Alaska class CB products (5"/38 cal. Mk.32 mounts, "square-back" Mk.37 directors, Mk.38 directors, anchors, 20mm ready service ammunition lockers, and boat winches (winches in larger scales) all DONE!)
12. Charles F. Adams DD class products (5"/54 Mk.42 Frog Eye mounts DONE!)
13. Graf Zeppelin class (aircraft carrier) products (SL-8 domed rangefinders and 160cm searchlights DONE!)
14. Admiral Hipper class products (SL-8 domed rangefinders, 160cm searchlights and funnel-mounted searchlight covers DONE!)
15. John C. Butler class and Rudderow class DE products (5"/38 cal. Mk.30 single mounts with rear rooftop facet, anchors, windlass, 20mm ready service lockers, and boat winches (winches in larger scales) DONE!
16. Iowa class BB products (16"/50 cal. turrets, 5"/38 cal. Mk.28 mounts, four types of Mk.37 directors ("angle-back", early and late "square-back" and Cold War "boxy"-types), two types of Mk.38 directors (wartime and post-war configurations), Cold War-era (pre-modernization) quadruped main masts, anchors, 20mm ready service lockers, and boat winches (winches in larger scales) DONE!)
17. Bismarck class products (SL-8 domed rangefinders, 38cm turrets, 15cm turrets, barrels and 160cm searchlights) DONE!)
18. Tennessee class BB products (14"/50 cal. triple turrets (not the same as New Mexico class turrets), a set of 1928-1934 fighting tops and a separate set of 1935-1941 fighting tops, 5"/38 cal. Mk.32 mounts (wartime-era), Mk.19 directors, 5"/25 ready service lockers, 20mm ready service lockers, anchors and boat winches (winches in larger scales) are DONE!)
19. Colorado class BB products (WeeVee superstructure in 1/350, fighting tops, two types of 16" twin turrets (early and late), 5"/38 cal. Mk.32 mounts (wartime-era), Mk.19 directors, 5"/25 ready service lockers, 20mm ready service lockers, anchors and boat winches (winches in larger scales) are DONE!)
20. Scharnhorst class products (38cm (15") turrets and barrels for rebuilt Gneisenau, 15cm turrets and barrels, three different admiral's bridges, short and long hangars for Gneisenau, 1/700 barbette for Scharnhorst Turret Bruno, main battery rangefinders and SL-8 rangefinders, and 160cm searchlights are DONE!)
21. Wind class icebreaker products (5"/38 cal. Mk.30 single mounts and 5"/38 cal. Mk.32 twin mounts DONE!)
22. Currituck class seaplane tender products (set of 5"/38 cal. Mk.38 "single-knuckle" and "double-knuckle" mounts, Mk.37 directors all DONE!)
23. Balao class SS products (USS Balao SS-285 fairwater in multiple scales, USS Lionfish SS-298 fairwater design in 1/350 scale, large scale ready service locker doors and hatches DONE!)
24. Benson/Gleaves class DD products (angle-back Mk.37 directors, new "ragtop" designs of 5"/38 single mounts, "dog-bone" 20mm platform, 20mm ready service ammunition lockers, torpedo mount blast hood and windlass and anchors and boat winches (in larger scales) DONE!
25. Kitty Hawk CV, Enterprise CVN, Nimitz CVN and Wasp LHD class products (life raft canisters, anchors and Phasor 90 antennas DONE!)
26. New Orleans class CA products (small funnels for Quincy and Vincennes, 5"/25 ready service lockers, 20mm ready service lockers, all DONE!)
27. New Mexico class BB products (14"/50 cal. triple-gun turrets (not the same as Tennessee class turrets), 5"/38 cal. Mk.30 single mounts for USS Idaho, 5"/25 ready service lockers, 20mm ready service lockers, all DONE!)
28. South Dakota class BB products (16"/45 cal. turrets, 5"/38 cal. Mk.28 mounts, Mk.38 directors, "angle-back" and "square-back" Mk.37 directors, anchors, 20mm ready service lockers, and boat winches (in larger scales), all DONE!)

29. "Age of Sail" products such as cannons for HMS Victory and USS Constitution, etc. (Royal Navy 32-pounder carronades, 32-pounder cannons, 24-pounder cannons and 18-pounder cannons all featuring King George monograms as well as US Navy 32-pounder carronades, 24-pounder cannons and 18-pounder cannons, capstans DONE!, other cannons and fittings coming)
30. Nameplates with decorative nautical rope border 3D-printed in real metal (brass, bronze, silver, 18k gold-plated, 24k gold-plated or rhodium-plated) DONE! for over 300 specific ships (custom name requests welcome)
31. Essex class CV products (1943-1944 "short-bridge" island, several Korean War-era and Vietnam War-era islands in multiple scales, 5"/38 cal. Mk.32 twin mounts, four types of Mk.37 directors ("angle-back", early and late "square-back" and Cold War "boxy"-types), Phasor 90 antennas, 3"/50 cal. tubs, 20mm ready service ammunition lockers, and boat winches (in larger scales) DONE!, 1944-1945 "long-bridge" islands are in design now)
32. Forrestal class CV products (USS Saratoga CV-60 islands (1958, and 1970-1975), USS Independence CV-62 island (1965-1971), 5"/54 Mk.42 "Frog-Eye" mounts, anchors, life raft canisters, and Phasor 90 antennas DONE! Saratoga Desert Storm island, coming)
33. Pennsylvania class BB products (Mk.19 directors, various Arizona and Pennsylvania superstructure designs through 1941, anchors, fighting tops, 5"/25 ready service lockers, 20mm ready service lockers, and boat winches (in larger scales) DONE!, USS Arizona 01 level, USS Pennsylvania 1944 superstructure coming)
34. Fletcher class DD products ("square bridge", early and late "single-knuckle" and "double-knuckle" 5"/38 cal. single mounts, quintuple torpedo mount (larger scales), five types of Mk.37 directors ("angle-back", early and late "square-back" and in larger scales directors with solid-dish or open-dish SPG-25 radars), (torpedo mount blast hood, late-war forward twin Bofors tubs, late-war midships quad Bofors tubs, late-war AA deckhouse, 3"/50 cal. tubs, boat winches, 20mm ready service lockers, and windlass DONE!, late-war aft upper deckhouse and twin Bofors tub, post-war 3"/50 twin mounts, "round bridge" - research complete, Toro UJ-2 Torpedo Tube coming)
35. Nevada class BB products (twin-gun 14"/45 cal. turrets, 5"/38 cal. Mk.32 mounts (for wartime Nevada), Mk.19 directors, anchors, fighting tops, 5"/25 ready service lockers, 20mm ready service lockers, and boat winches (in larger scales) DONE!, Oklahoma 1941 superstructure coming)
36. North Carolina class BB products (16"/45 cal. triple turrets, (not the same as BB-57 class), 5"/38 Mk.28 mounts, Mk.38 directors, accurately shaped funnels, "angle-back" and "square-back" Mk.37 directors, anchors, 20mm ready service lockers, and boat winches (in larger scales) all DONE!, North Carolina superstructure for Revell, and vents coming)
37. Sumner and Gearing class DD products (5"/38 Mk.38 twin mounts, five types of Mk.37 directors ("angle-back", early and late "square-back" and in larger scales directors with solid-dish or open-dish SPG-25 radars) and 3"/50 cal. tubs, anchors, windlass, 20mm ready service lockers, and boat winches (in larger scales) are DONE!, Sumner bridge conversion for Lindberg "Blue Devil Destroyer" coming)
38. Midway class CV products (5"/54 Mk.16 mounts and 3"/50 cal. tubs, DONE!, USS Midway CV-41 islands coming)
39. Forrest Sherman class DD products (5"/54 Mk.42 Frog Eye mounts DONE!, bridge - ASW version, too, coming)
40. Porter class DD products (20mm ready service lockers DONE!, 5"/38 Mk.22 twin-gun mounts coming)
41. Des Moines class CA products (8"/55 cal. turrets coming)
42. Deutschland class products (Admiral Scheer and Admiral Lützow conversion products, 1/350 scale coming)
43. Wickes and Clemson class flush-deck DD products (superstructures and funnels coming)
44. Atlanta class CL products (5"/38 Mk.28 Mod.1 mounts, "angle-back" and "square-back" Mk.37 directors, 20mm ready service lockers, and boat winches (in larger scales) all DONE!, superstructures/bridges coming)
45. New York class BB products, redux (cranes and catapults coming)
46. Cranes for various DKM ships.

Sets of various US Navy-type doors are available in larger scales.

The queue will be adjusted according to market demand.

[last update: February 9, 2018]

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1/350 USS Saratoga CV-3 ('44)
1/350 USS Yorktown CV-10 ('45)
1/192 USS Missouri BB-63 ('45)
1/350 HMS Duke of York ('45)


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2017 9:40 am 
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Edit: I regret to say that as of March 26, 2017, I am no longer accepting requests for projects. Hopefully, there are existing products, or a product or two from the queue, that will be a big help to you.

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1/350 USS Saratoga CV-3 ('44)
1/350 USS Yorktown CV-10 ('45)
1/192 USS Missouri BB-63 ('45)
1/350 HMS Duke of York ('45)


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2017 3:31 pm 
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ModelMonkey wrote:

21. Forrestal class products (5"/54 Mk.42 Frog Eye mounts [b]DONE!
, USS Saratoga CV-60 and USS Ranger CV-61 islands (each unique), corrected sponsons)


If I may, I hope you'll make 1:720 versions of these available. I have an Italeri CV-59 kit I've really been wanting to backdate to a ship of the class in as-built configuration, and those darn sponsons have been the main reason I've made no progress.

This list looks most intriguing indeed. You're working hard to relieve me of my excess cash, and I appreciate it! :smallsmile:

Jodie Peeler


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Thanks, Jodie!

Mark asked me to design the as-built 5"/54 sponsons, too. I may be able to do that but there will be a pretty big compromise to their shape. The joint where the sponsons meet the hull is a complex curve (and each sponson's curve is unique). The complex curve is technically challenging to design well enough so that the new 3D-printed sponsons will met the hull properly.

To design the sponsons' complex curves perfectly, each kit's hull in all available scales would have to be replicated in 3D first, then the sponsons would have to be designed to meet the 3D hull. That's four hull section designs then four sponson designs for each kit in each scale, too great a research and design effort. Therefore, in order to do it at all, the sponsons will have to be designed without the curve and some adjustment will be required of the modeler for best fit.

[edit: I regret that I will pass on designing sponsons. Sorry to those of you who had hoped for them.]

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1/350 USS Saratoga CV-3 ('44)
1/350 USS Yorktown CV-10 ('45)
1/192 USS Missouri BB-63 ('45)
1/350 HMS Duke of York ('45)


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2017 7:55 pm 
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ModelMonkey wrote:
Thanks, Jodie!

Will do!

Mark asked me to design the as-built 5"/54 sponsons, too. I may be able to do that.


Even better. If and when they're ready, I'll be there with money. Thank you!

Jodie Peeler


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Jodie, your 1/720 scale 5"/54 Mk.42 "Frog-Eye" double dome Mounts are ready: http://shpws.me/O9mp

Recommended for:
- Italeri 1/720 scale USS Forrestal CV-59
- Italeri 1/720 scale USS Saratoga CV-60
- Italeri 1/720 scale USS Ranger CV-61
- Italeri 1/720 scale USS Independence CV-62
- Revell 1/720 scale USS Saratoga CV-60
- Testors 1/720 scale USS Saratoga CV-60

Thanks so much!

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1/350 USS Saratoga CV-3 ('44)
1/350 USS Yorktown CV-10 ('45)
1/192 USS Missouri BB-63 ('45)
1/350 HMS Duke of York ('45)


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1/700 deck guns for WWII submarines, including US, Japanese, German, British, etc.

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ModelMonkey wrote:
Jodie, your 1/720 scale 5"/54 Mk.42 "Frog-Eye" double dome Mounts are ready:
Thanks so much!


And thank you! Order is in. Looking forward to the sponsons, when they're ready (although given everything you have ahead of you, I'm willing to wait my turn). :smallsmile:

Jodie Peeler


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fred_sirois wrote:
1/700 deck guns for WWII submarines, including US, Japanese, German, British, etc.

Hi Fred, thanks for the interest! I'll have to pass on those. Other than the US deck guns, there are no good references readily available for the rest. And, Shapeways is unlikely to be able to print the guns in 1/700. Their fine features are too small in that scale, unfortunately.

jpeeler wrote:
ModelMonkey wrote:
Jodie, your 1/720 scale 5"/54 Mk.42 "Frog-Eye" double dome Mounts are ready:
Thanks so much!


And thank you! Order is in. Looking forward to the sponsons, when they're ready (although given everything you have ahead of you, I'm willing to wait my turn). :smallsmile:

Jodie Peeler

Thanks, Jodie!

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1/350 USS Saratoga CV-3 ('44)
1/350 USS Yorktown CV-10 ('45)
1/192 USS Missouri BB-63 ('45)
1/350 HMS Duke of York ('45)


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ModelMonkey wrote:
Thanks for your patronage!

Here is the 2017 queue:


1. HMS Hood products (15" turrets and correct funnels DONE!)
2. RMS Titanic, Olympic and HMHS Britannic products (1/350 scale cargo cranes and crane pedestals DONE!)
3. IJN subjects (sets of 33 mushroom ventilators and 58 rectangular cowl ventilators in 1/350 and 1/200 DONE!)
4. Lexington class products (various islands and funnels for both ships, as well as angle-back Mk.37 directors for Saratoga 1942-1945 DONE!)
5. Brooklyn class products (6"/47 turrets, 5"/38 Mk.32 mounts, Mk.34 directors, Mk.37 directors all DONE!)
6. Cleveland class products ("square bridge", 6"/47 turrets, aft barbettes, 5"/38 Mk.32 mounts, Mk.34 directors, Mk.37 directors all DONE!)
7. Baltimore class products (8"/55 turrets for WWII and a separate set for Vietnam, 5"/38 Mk.32 mounts, Vietnam War-era enlarged, enclosed bridges for USS Saint Paul CA-73 and USS Los Angeles CA-135 and a set of Mk.34 + Mk.37 + Mk.56 directors all DONE!)
8. New York class products (turrets and USS Texas BB-35 fighting top (1944) DONE!
9. North Carolina class and South Dakota class products (BB-55 class 16"/45 triple turrets, BB-57 class 16"/45 turrets, 5"/38 Mk.28 mounts, Mk.38 directors, NC class funnels, "angle-back" and "square-back" Mk.37 directors all DONE!)
10. Montana class products (set of four 1/700 scale 16"/50 cal. turrets, Mk.38 directors all DONE!)
11. Alaska class products (5"/38 Mk.32 mounts, "square-back" Mk.37 directors and Mk.38 directors all DONE!)

12. Iowa class products (16"/50 cal. turrets, 5"/38 Mk.28 mounts, "angle-back" for BB-61 and BB-62 and "square-back" and Cold War-style (boxy) Mk.37 directors, Mk.38 directors all DONE!, 1950s-era enlarged main mast, one design with kingposts, and a separate no-kingpost design)
13. Balao class products (USS Balao SS-285 fairwater DONE!, USS Lionfish fairwater design at 90% complete, new research materials received, 1/350 scale will be first scale available)
14. Essex class products (5"/38 Mk.32 twin mounts, Cold War (boxy) Mk.37 directors, Korean War-era islands all DONE!, Vietnam War-era islands 1/350 DONE!, 1/700 coming, Hancock '72 island, and WWII-era island with enlarged pilot house, research complete)
15. Bismarck class products (SL-8 AA-battery rangefinders DONE, 15" turrets and main battery rangefinders)
16. Tennessee class products (a set of 1928-1934 fighting tops and a separate set of 1935-1941 fighting tops are DONE!, 14" triple turrets)
17. Colorado class products (16" twin turrets, fighting tops and WeeVee 01 level with openings for casemate guns)
18. New Orleans class products (8"/55 Mk.9 triple turrets (research complete))
19. Benson/Gleaves and Porter class destroyer products (angle-back Mk.37 directors DONE!, new "ragtop" designs of 5"/38 single mounts, and twin mounts for Porters)
20. Midway class products (5"/54 Mk.16 mounts DONE!, USS Midway CV-41 island - as-built, Korean War-era and Vietnam War-era island designs requested)
21. Forrestal class products (5"/54 Mk.42 Frog Eye mounts DONE!, USS Saratoga CV-60 and USS Ranger CV-61 islands (each unique), corrected sponsons)
22. Des Moines class products (8"/55 turrets)
23. Pennsylvania class products (various superstructure designs through 1941 DONE! USS Arizona 01 level and USS Pennsylvania 1944 superstructure -research complete)
24. John C. Butler class and Rudderow class destroyer escort products (5"/38 singe mounts with rear rooftop facet DONE!)
25. Fletcher class products ("square bridge", single knuckle and double knuckle 5"/38 mounts, quintuple torpedo mount DONE!, "round bridge" - research complete, Toro UJ-2 Torpedo Tube)
26. Sumner and Gearing class products (Sumner bridge conversion for Lindberg "Blue Devil Destroyer" + 5"/38 Mk.38 twin mounts (not to be available in 1/700 scale))
27. Forrest Sherman class products (5"/54 Mk.42 Frog Eye mounts DONE!, bridge - ASW version, too.)
28. Charles F. Adams class products (5"/54 Mk.42 Frog Eye mounts DONE!)
29. Admiral Hipper class products (SL-8 rangefinders DONE!)

30. Deutschland class products (DKM Admiral Scheer conversion, 1/350 scale)
31. Scharnhorst class products (main battery rangefinders and SL-8 rangefinders DONE!, 15" turrets for rebuilt Gneisenau)
32. DKM Graf Zeppelin products (SL-8 rangefinders DONE!)

The queue will be adjusted according to market demand.


Hi Steve: Looking forward to #22, Des Moines - if it is 1/700. I have the 1/700 resin Jim Shirley kit in my stash. Will the 8 inch barrels be an option?

Thanks for all your great products! Dan


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Hello Steve,
3 Suggestions for future research and production:
1)The twin 3"/50 gun tubs and support bases for the 1968 CA's Saint Paul and Los Angeles in 1/700 scale.
2)Parts to back date Tamiya's 1/700 New Jersey BB-62 to it's 1968 Vietnam deployment
3)Photographs of the 1968 St. Paul show some kind of superstructure amidships between the fore and aft funnels. Maybe research for future production, or just better to make with sheet and scrap plastic?

Also, when will the 1/700 versions of the North Carolina and South Dakota class turrets be available?

Thank you,
Louis


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Hi Louis! Thanks for your patronage!

opspec wrote:
Hello Steve,
3 Suggestions for future research and production:
1)The twin 3"/50 gun tubs and support bases for the 1968 CA's Saint Paul and Los Angeles in 1/700 scale...

3"/50 tubs are now available in 1/700 and 1/350.

opspec wrote:
2)Parts to back date Tamiya's 1/700 New Jersey BB-62 to it's 1968 Vietnam deployment...

Interesting. Which parts do you have in mind?

opspec wrote:
3)Photographs of the 1968 St. Paul show some kind of superstructure amidships between the fore and aft funnels. Maybe research for future production, or just better to make with sheet and scrap plastic?

Can't determine what's there for St. Paul but plans for Los Angeles show that between the funnels, the two small deckhouses on the main deck that supported Bofors tubs are still there during the 1960s but the tubs themselves are gone. There is a 3"/50 cal. loading machine on the roof of the port deckhouse but the drawing of it is simplified. I have no good references of what it looked like.

On the drawing of the roof of the starboard deck house is a simple rectangular box with a label that is difficult to read, possibly "F B HOSE STOWAGE".

On that same starboard roof, there are also small boxes, each labeled "3 RLB" which I believe to mean 3 rubber life boats(?).

The 5" practice loaders are there on the main deck - no change from 1944.

A small boat winch on the main deck is there in front of the aft funnel - no change from 1944.

It looks like the only big modification for the space between the funnels needed to your World War Two-era kit in order for your model to conform to the Los Angeles drawings is to remove the Bofors tubs from the roof of the small deckhouses, add a 3" loading machine, and add life boats.

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Also, when will the 1/700 versions of the North Carolina and South Dakota class turrets be available?

Thank you,
Louis

End of next week(?). The turret designs, because of the bolt and screw details, are very large CAD files, which take three eternities to render (to use a SpongeBob-ism) after each change is made. [edit: DONE!]

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Hi Steve: Looking forward to #22, Des Moines - if it is 1/700. I have the 1/700 resin Jim Shirley kit in my stash. Will the 8 inch barrels be an option?

Thanks for all your great products! Dan

Thanks! Yes, barrels included.

Thanks, again!

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1/350 USS Saratoga CV-3 ('44)
1/350 USS Yorktown CV-10 ('45)
1/192 USS Missouri BB-63 ('45)
1/350 HMS Duke of York ('45)


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Hello Steve,
Sorry & surprised that the Saint Paul and Los Angeles parts are selling well, I thought I read in the posts a lot of people asking for them. I have both and think they're great.
As for the 1/700 New Jersey, mainly the aft deck w/helo pad, and the ECM platform on the fore tower. The foredeck (kit part) is ok as is. I'm including photos that I downloaded of a modelers conversion of Tamiya's 1/350 scale New Jersey to it's 1968 fit to give you an idea.


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opspec wrote:
Hello Steve,
Sorry & surprised that the Saint Paul and Los Angeles parts are selling well, I thought I read in the posts a lot of people asking for them. I have both and think they're great.

Thanks for your patronage! I really do appreciate those that bought the bridges they asked for and the very complimentary comments from those that have them in hand. Yes, a lot of people asked for them. 11 have sold (for both bridges in all scales combined), not enough to even pay for the plans I ordered to design them ($33 for six weeks work, full time). That's not a sustainable business model. Like Portland before it (one of my best efforts), the project was completed at a huge loss. Frankly, the Budweiser Clydesdales couldn't drag me back to another USN cruiser conversion project any time soon.

Obviously, every manufacturer has products that don't sell, that's to be expected. But if too many products don't sell, then the whole business is at risk. There has been a pattern develop for MM product sales. Generally, conversions don't sell, with some exceptions (Pennsylvania products, Lexington class islands and funnels and Yorktown class carrier islands sell very well). Replacement parts for inaccurate injection-molded plastic kits whose subjects are available in several scales sell well. For business survival, I'll be focusing more on the kinds of products that do sell (corrected parts for plastic kits) rather than products that don't sell (conversions and fixes for resin kits).

I'll be reviewing the queue at the end of the month based on sales data for 2016 through 1st Quarter CY 2017. Some projects in the queue may be canceled in favor of projects with more sales potential. Others may move up or down in the queue.

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...As for the 1/700 New Jersey, mainly the aft deck w/helo pad, and the ECM platform on the fore tower. The foredeck (kit part) is ok as is. I'm including photos that I downloaded of a modelers conversion of Tamiya's 1/350 scale New Jersey to it's 1968 fit to give you an idea.

I'll have to pass on the project. Because of its size, the helo deck would likely cost more to 3D-print than the whole donor kit (= no sales) and there's been no demand for the ECM platform (= no sales).

Sorry the news isn't better. And thanks again for your continued patronage and encouragement! You and many others who buy MM products are nothing less than treasured.

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Steve, the latest box from Shapeways arrived with two sets of guns for my Forrestal projects (one for the big Revell kit, the other for the 1:720 project) and one set of Mk 56 directors. Exquisite as always. Thank you for doing these projects, especially these goofy Cold War subjects that I love and have wanted to do forever.

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There ought to be some uptick in LA/St. Paul bridge sales if/when the announced Trumpeter 1:350 Pittsburg arrives. I still mean to order one of them myself at that time.

I've already gotten one of the St. Paul bridges in 1:700, and I will order a 1:700 Los Angeles also, once I decide what else to order (to spread the shipping cost around :) ).

- Sean F.


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Okay, order placed for three more of the new 1:700 bridges. Two L.A.s (to do L.A. and Helena) and one extra St. Paul (thinking of a hypothetical 1960s fit Oregon City-class vessel.)

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Thanks, Jodie and Sean!!!!

You and many other valued friends, advisors and customers are keeping the lights on and more designs coming.

I truly am grateful to you all.

A big thanks to Tim Dike for vital support and encouragement at critical times.

I would also like to thank Trumpeter whose errors and omissions keep me happily employed. Can't wait to see their new Baltimores. Bring 'em on.

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1/350 USS Yorktown CV-10 ('45)
1/192 USS Missouri BB-63 ('45)
1/350 HMS Duke of York ('45)


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with more errors fixed by your corrections.


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Doing me best, David! And speaking of needed fixes, it looks like the new 1/350 Alaska class kits have the wrong 5"/38 mounts. The correct Mk.32 mounts are available in the MM catalog.

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1/350 USS Saratoga CV-3 ('44)
1/350 USS Yorktown CV-10 ('45)
1/192 USS Missouri BB-63 ('45)
1/350 HMS Duke of York ('45)


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