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PostPosted: Mon Dec 25, 2017 6:46 pm 
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Hi gtbred,
The plans I using for Connie are the builders plans. Did she have a major change done near the cat 1 later in life?
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If you are referring to Red's comment on the L1 difference on America, then no. America and JFK had the deck edge extended further forward in front of EL1 towards the bow than Kitty Hawk and Connie. It is one of many reasons America is not just a re-box of a Kitty Hawk or Connie.

Compare this drawing of what America really looked like. The area in the red box is different than the deck red posted. That is what he is referring to.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 5:56 pm 
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Thanks Mark for clearing that up. I believe my Connie is correct then.

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Hi everyone,

I've received a 1/350 Trumpeter Kitty Hawk kit as a gift from the Mrs recently. I am interested in backdating this to the Viet Nam era configuration, late 1967 or early 1968 (Tet Offensive). Can anyone help me locate some plans for the ship from that era or other good reference materials? Even photos from the time period don't seem terribly easy to find. Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 2:46 pm 
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what time period is the model currently? http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/63.htm


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:26 pm 
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David,

I'm not sure of the precise year of the kit but the air wing is mostly F-18 Hornets so it's more recent. I'm amazed that there is so little research material available for this ship. Shapeways (designer Model Monkey) offers parts to backdate the sponsons but I am specifically concerned with the conning tower and deck fittings that will be most visible.

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Jeff Leonard wrote:
Hi everyone,

I've received a 1/350 Trumpeter Kitty Hawk kit as a gift from the Mrs recently. I am interested in backdating this to the Viet Nam era configuration, late 1967 or early 1968 (Tet Offensive). Can anyone help me locate some plans for the ship from that era or other good reference materials? Even photos from the time period don't seem terribly easy to find. Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.

I'm backing my Kitty at 1967-1969. You can follow my build if you want.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 8:14 pm 
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Wow, glad to see someone else backdating the Kitty. I'll definitely be following your build. The correct period radars are available at Shapeways from BaconFistModels.

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Yep, bought a lot of stuff from him. Waiting on a 1/350 America island from him. Took the J.F.K hull and covert it into America. Are you going put in a full hangar deck and lights? Your going to have to do some sanding and filling. But you will happy when it turns out. Good Luck on your project. :thumbs_up_1:


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DavidP wrote:
what time period is the model currently? http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/63.htm




Both the Kitty Hawk and JFK kits are the last configuration prior to decommissioning. I think that the Conny kit is as well but I have not seen it in person. The Islands of both kits will require a lot of cutting and Hacking to get back to the as commissioned configuration. Bacon Fist has the correct curved sponsons for the Terrier System and the launchers. The Mast's did not change to radically over the years but all of the domes go away for a Vietnam era build.I did my JFK to a commissioned 1969 look.


The best research trove will be Ray's Kitty Hawk Class CD (Vol. 20). Freetime used to carry those CDs or you can order them directly from Ray at:

http://www.stillmotionsphotographics.co ... D=12447645


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 7:06 pm 
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Hi Red,

Are you just using the JFK for America? It takes both a KH/Conny + JFK + America Island to do an America. It is a complete blend of both ships. Including part of the flight deck. I have been tinkering with the idea of getting both and using one of the hulls to start a Ranger. The parts in the red circles and red box are the JFK donor parts to a KH kit. It will make for a pretty pricey conversion though.

I am looking forward to seeing it completed!

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I scratch builted the aft missile sponsons with Gregg parts. The hull is all J.F.K with the water breakers made larger. Also Gregg is making a 1/350 island of America during Nam. I don't know about you Mark,but I am having a good time building these hulls. Man I can't wait when I get that Hawk hull and start on Indy. Happy New Year and Happy Modeling.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:25 am 
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Nice work Red!


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That's very nice indeed.


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Thanks gents! Just order the island from Gregg.


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Forrestal arriving for Fleet Week, NYC, May 1989. Photos taken by me, from the USS Intrepid museum's island (except, obviously, the last one, which was taken from the street).
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Hi Martin,

Very nice pics!

Thanks for posting....


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Decided to do a bit of work on Connie's controller, ballast tanks and flight deck. A friend of mine, Sammy, is doing the planes. they look brilliant. for the decals we cannot find he is drawing/finding the pictures online and making the decals.
the controller is a bastardized 14SG with Robbe Futaba twin sticks. I have had it calibrated by an electronics guy here in Perth Western Australia.

http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Pawly05/library/Connie%20build?sort=3&page=1

Once the ballast tanks are finished, I will put a YouTube vid up. this should be in a couple of weeks. for now here is the water tight integrity test for the rudders and shafts.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JV9prD_hn4&t=105s

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Looks pretty cool Pawly! Are you going with a full air wing or just a few jets on deck?


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