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PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2016 12:57 pm 
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The 1/700 Trumpeter Nimitz class kits do a good job of showing the differences between the ships, with specific weapon sponsors and island levels amongst other things.


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Nimitz came out of RCOH in 2004/05, a major refueling overhaul, and got a new mast as well. Trumpeter does a kit in 1/700 sccale of the "2005 Nimitz". They are different.

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Good day,
I really confused now. I was looking at Ray's CD on Nimitz Class Part 1. The Ike had only one Horn instead of two not a problem. I am planning on building the Ike in 82ish time frame when I was a midshipman. Like all of Ray's CD's they are great source of information. This CD has a photo of that crash crane that comes with kit and proves it actual exists (The one that looks like a cherry picker mounted on a tow cart). So here is my question if you look at the Nimitz and Ike at the same time frame(82ish). Is the horn the only difference? Also it appears they have the some sort of ECM array that was used in 70's. Does any PE set have this?
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I will be doing Nimitz during her second Cruise.. 1977-78 Med Cruise.. This was the last cruise with all high-vis aircraft and I have the decal set for aircraft and lots of brass to do her up right.. I was with VS-24 scouts on this cruise.. My only problem right now is good pictures of her Sea sparrow launchers... The kits are not correct as far as my memory serves..


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2016 3:32 pm 
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For the BPMDS check with the shapeways guys they have a set. As far as the current configuration veterans makes a great set.. I know vendors like Brandon at free time sells them they r a high demand item.. hope this helps..


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I checked the shapeway site and could not find them... I have walked out on the launcher deck when we were in port... Oh how I wish I had taken pictures... square box shape with 8 cells.. i remember a elevation gear under the box, sigh thats all I remember.


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Bill,

Try out this link:

http://shpws.me/M4VJ


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 7:39 am 
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Hey Guys,

Are the trumpy Nimitz BPDMS Seasparrow launchers in fact Mk 25 ones - except for their pylon pedestal that is? Incorrect anyway for any Nimitz class ship as far as I know, as the all have the Mk 29 version.

However, I was searching for Mk 25 launchers for my Enterprise backdating project and came across these Trumpy ones.

Any advice? I know Shapeways advertises both, but the price is dear for just two tiny launchers...

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 7:55 am 
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Maarten Schönfeld wrote:
Incorrect anyway for any Nimitz class ship as far as I know, as the all have the Mk 29 version.


I must correct myself: it seems the first two ships in the class were originally equipped with the Mk 25 launcher.

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Yes. CVN-68 & 69 were commissioned with x3 Mk25 BPDMS. CVN-70 was the first of the class to be built with the Mk29(x3). And also the first of the class to get CIWS(x4) and SPS-49 radar. CVN-68 & 69 didn't get the Mk29, CIWS, & SPS-49 radar until refits in the mid 80's

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 2:48 pm 
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Thanks, Thomas!

My question remains: Trumpy's launchers are neither fish nor fowl. They have the general box layout of the mk 25 (boxes of 2-4-2), but the detailing and pylon of the Mk 29 launcher (which had two boxes of 4 tubes).

Veteran models had good Mk 29 launchers, but is there a good alternative available for the Mk 25? The Shapeways version is lacking several details in my view, therefore not value for money.

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I put the MK 25's from Shapeways on my 1/350 scale JFK that I backdated to 1969 era. I thought that they looked very good and the detail was sufficient. They are actually the only ones available that are accurate in that scale to my knowledge. $22 for 3 is not too bad. Anything in 3D Print is pricey.


Just to cage the gyro, the kit and any extra airwing for the 1/350 scale carriers puts you over $200 and you still will not have done any real detail work. They are pretty much in for a penny in for a pound. My JFK came in at around $850 when it was all done. It took a year to complete so it is not obvious as you get parts every now and again. I keep spreadsheets with cost data for my big projects. I was a bit shocked when I got done. That included a lighted, scratch built Hanger, with a full 1969 air wing and updates like the MK 25s, deck tractors for the 1960s, engine stands, ect.

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Maarten Schönfeld wrote:
Veteran models had good Mk 29 launchers, but is there a good alternative available for the Mk 25? The Shapeways version is lacking several details in my view, therefore not value for money.


I have been too hard on these Shapeways Mk25 launchers: in fact they only lack the two bars on top of the canisters. I'm in contact with Greg (the designer) how to correct this. To be continued.

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I take it the MK25 was on the earlier Nimitz?

All the pictures I have show the weapon mount to have a flat smooth top


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simon b wrote:
All the pictures I have show the weapon mount to have a flat smooth top
Knock yourself out with these pictures:
http://www.seaforces.org/wpnsys/SURFACE/Mk-25-missile-launcher.htm

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thanks

Must be the Nimitz class only then

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The Mark 25 was adapted from the ASROC Launcher. A test unit was used on a couple of different ships prior to mass production. Might I suggest that the original launcher on Nimitz is this original test unit? It is definitely different than any of the other Mk25 photos I've seen.

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Thanks, Darren and Simon!

I keep on learning all the time...

And these didn't even have the gaps between the canisters, as the Shapeways version has. Greg?

Brings me to the point: which version of the Mk 25 was used on the Enterprise? Same as on the Nimitz? Or the one with the gaps and the bars?

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This picture comes from someone else back dating the Enterprise.
What little I can see in various photos, the overall look appears to be right

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Hi Simon,

Yes, these really look nice indeed! And as I'm aware now of different versions, this might well be one of the original ones.

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