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PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:50 am 
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Video documenting the building of the new Trumpeter Ranger CV-4 kit here

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Another complication / item to consider. The kit comes with shields for the quad 40MMs whereas Ranger did not use them for weight savings. The design of the parts will make changing this using kit parts a lot of work:

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The easiest "quick & dirty" I can think of is to use a razor saw to cut away the shields and shelf that they are attached to to separate the gun pieces, which one would then attach separately to the base.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 11:56 am 
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I would use a #11 blade to cut the shield down being you are working with small parts.


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Tracy White wrote:
The easiest "quick & dirty" I can think of is to use a razor saw to cut away the shields and shelf that they are attached to

The easiest fix I can think of is to visit one of our sponsors and buy replacements.

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Oh I agree and will be getting a set once one is available. I'm just speaking for those who don't want the added costs but still want to improve their Ranger in some way! :thumbs_up_1:

One thing I dig about this kit is that as a training carrier, I can do pretty much whatever I want for the flight deck population. :big_grin:

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I have the Trumpeter in 1/350 and have been doing a little research. The kit is purported to be in 44 fit. There are exceptions of course, but nothing a large stash of aftermarket won't correct. Looking it over, the dazzle camo is kind of intimidating. The splinters go over the stacks and would cause a lot of time to do as well as all the other areas on the ship. I see that she finished the war in measure 22. I assume this was painted when she went from Pearl Harbor to San Diego for training new pilots. This would make painting a little easier. The question would be, did she retain all her equipment as shipped in PH or would any of it be landed if she was only going to stay in California waters. Not many pictures available.

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For S&G's I compared the new Trumpeter 1/350 Ranger CV-4 hull against the hull of the Hasegawa Junyo (for size only, NO comparison for beauty of molding) and was really surprised that the Ranger is a tad larger than the Junyo.... I guess I would have thought Ranger smaller based on operational usage. Just throwing that out. :smallsmile:

The model looks reasonably good with no overt warts that I can see; and looks to be build able to pretty much any year between 42' and 45' with no real problems. I'd say a bit more towards 42-43' as I cannot see a catapult in the deck, but that would be an easy add. I'm not a certified Ranger expert however.:huh:



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Bolie97 wrote:
I have the Trumpeter in 1/350 and have been doing a little research. The kit is purported to be in 44 fit. There are exceptions of course, but nothing a large stash of aftermarket won't correct. Looking it over, the dazzle camo is kind of intimidating. The splinters go over the stacks and would cause a lot of time to do as well as all the other areas on the ship. I see that she finished the war in measure 22. I assume this was painted when she went from Pearl Harbor to San Diego for training new pilots. This would make painting a little easier. The question would be, did she retain all her equipment as shipped in PH or would any of it be landed if she was only going to stay in California waters. Not many pictures available.

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From what you see in the kit, do you think backdating the ship to 1942 fit, or even earlier to pre-war (e.g. getting a pre-war air wing from Trumpeter's 1/350 carrier plane offerings or from the 1/350 Saratoga kit) would be that hard?

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I'm going to NARA in a bit and am thinking of pulling Ranger's departure reports, which should list all work done during an overhaul. That should help with figuring out precisely what needs to be done to make any time period buildable. Also (slowly) working on her air wings and aircraft complements for the entire war.

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Hi all,

Just curious, what would it take to backdate this kit into an Operation Leader (Bodo) configuration? I've been looking into the big USS Ranger book but so far haven't been able to pin down any AA changes.

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As an aside note.

Sometime after the Anti-Kamikaze program got underway in April 1945, there developed a major problem with supplying all of the quad 40-mm mounts required for various ships not planned to get them when production of the 40-mm mounts were planned months before. Also, the production of Mk 4 "light-weight" quad 40-mm mounts were being phased in to replace the earlier quad 40-mm mounts in production and wasn't fully up to speed yet.

To get quad 40-mm mounts for several FLETCHERS, USS RANGER was stripped of her six quad mounts in I think July 1945 since she was a "training" carrier.


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I have a couple of aerial views of USS RANGER (CV-4) in 1942 and in 1944.

This view shows USS RANGER (CV-4) on 18 August 1942 prior to Operation Torch.

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Here is an overhead view of USS RANGER (CV-4) taken on 6 July 1944 off Norfolk after her overhaul and refit at the Norfolk Navy Yard, just prior to her departing for Pearl Harbor. By this point her 5-in guns have been removed. This view shows the locations of her 40-mm and 20-mm gun armament.

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Some views of Rangers in dazzle.
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