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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 4:55 am 
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Hi everyone

I want to make a 1/700 model of my favourite fictional ship from my favourite series of novels called the 'Oregon'
My only problem is that I don't know any model ship producers other than the main stream makers and none of them seem to have a kit that's close enough to resemble the descriptions of the base ship in the books
If any of you have read the series of the Oregon Files by Clive Cussler, then you will know what kind of ship I mean.
I need something that is the 1/700 (preferable but would consider 1/350) equivalent of a ship that:

1) would be roughly 520ft long,
2) Have 5 derricks / cranes and holds
3) Has a winged superstructure just aft of center

I am happy to work with any medium but card (sorry to the card modellers, but I just am no good at origami)
If you can think of any model ship that could serve well as a basis then I'd be very happy if you could share it :)
Thanks for any help you can render
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:23 am 
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Do you have an applicable era for this ship?
Sorry, but while I know who Clive Cussler is, I ain't up on the time lines in his novels.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:41 am 
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Wikipedia entry, including description of ship and possible basis of design: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_Files


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There is this older-looking tramp steamer from Shapeways, but consider the expensive option; the natural versatile plastic is totally useless and has a surface texture you could use as sandpaper:
https://www.shapeways.com/product/KZ9PV ... arketplace

Or this:
https://www.shapeways.com/product/6DZJG ... arketplace

Same warning applies!
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:38 am 
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Pit Road makes some Japanese generic looking transport ships. Look them up. in 1/700. Might suit.

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what about kitbashing a Liberty ship?

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I'm guessing the era of the ship to be from the mid to late fifties onward as it had diesel engines before the refit

Thanks for the links to the Shapeways ships. They're looking close to the description in the books.
I did entertain the thought of using a Liberty ship but it's just not long enough and my scratch building skills are just not that advanced enough to do it justice

thanks for the suggestions guys - I really appreciate it. If you think of any other kits, please do let me know


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Madhatter wrote:
I'm guessing the era of the ship to be from the mid to late fifties onward as it had diesel engines before the refit

Thanks for the links to the Shapeways ships. They're looking close to the description in the books.
I did entertain the thought of using a Liberty ship but it's just not long enough and my scratch building skills are just not that advanced enough to do it justice

thanks for the suggestions guys - I really appreciate it. If you think of any other kits, please do let me know

Just look for the cheaper waterline option also if you dont wanna get FH.


How about this? https://www.ebay.com/itm/New-IJN-Food-S ... 2388527893

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:01 am 
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I think this is the closet thing to what it's based on - name and all:
http://memorieshop.com/SS-Oregon-Mail/index.html

Anyone know of a kit of this ship or the closest thing to it?
Its a MARAD C5-S-75A type breakbulk cargo ship

I found a few really good pictures of this ship. I can see why it appealed as a base ship to Cussler. It's a beautiful looking ship in it's own way.


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Madhatter wrote:
I'm guessing the era of the ship to be from the mid to late fifties onward as it had diesel engines before the refit

Thanks for the links to the Shapeways ships. They're looking close to the description in the books.

Be aware that the Shapeways models style date to the 1910's - '20's, and might be way too old-fashioned looking for your purposes.
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If you're looking at scratchbuilding or modifying something MARAD has the booklet of general plans online for her half sister American Racer. https://www.marad.dot.gov/sh/ShipHistor ... l/219/This will not give you the exact hull shape (which varied a lot between the C4 sub types ) but will give you detailed drawings of boats, rigging and fittings of ship run by the same company. 'Racer is still on my to do list.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 2:35 pm 
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Pieter, your link gives a 404 error but I corrected it to this https://www.marad.dot.gov/sh/ShipHistory/Detail/219 & this for the booklet plans https://www.marad.dot.gov/sh/ShipHistor ... c07647.pdf

Madhatter, you can use Revell's 1/480 scale hospital ship Haven model as it is a C4-S-BB2 as a base for your Oregon as I used that model to do the troop transport ship General Squire viewtopic.php?f=59&t=165137 which is a C4-S-A1 Type.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:26 am 
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thanks guys

The hospital ship is quite nice but my scratch skills are not going to be up to the task of turning it into something like this:

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:20 am 
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hi guys

I have found a guy that makes custom ship kits if anyone is interested:
https://nscaleships.com/n-z-scale-ship-index/
Now to see how much this all costs! :wave_1:


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