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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2007 10:28 am 
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I've spent the last few days working on this BWN kit to go with the Trumpy Saratoga. I'm still not sure of the proper colour sceme for 1940.
In some photos from around that date, the top half of the large cage mast looks painted with a darker colour. Is this so? If it is, does anybody know what colour?

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Loose Cannon USS Colorado 1942
Trumpeter USS Maryland 1941
Trumpeter USS West Virginia 1941
Trumpeter USS California 1941
Trumpeter USS Tennessee 1941

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Iron Shipwright USS California 1941
Iron Shipwright USS West Virginia 1941
Iron Shipwright USS Maryland 1941

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John Leyland’s Scratchbuilt California
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Paul Helfrich’s Kit-Bashed Maryland
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Kostas’ Waveline West Virginia
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Brien Miller’s Trumpeter Maryland
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Carl Allsup’s Trumpeter Maryland
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Rich Kissinger’s Trumpeter Maryland
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Jim Baumann’s Iron Shipwright California
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Ken Summa’s Classic Warship California
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Dave Becker’s Blue Water Navy California
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Ron Dickenson’s Blue Water Navy California
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John M Johnsey 1/192 California
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Kym,

Looks good! This is another one I have in the "stash". Seeing yours makes me want to break out mine (and I wonder why it takes me so long to finish stuff...).

There is a USS West Virginia website. Looks like at some point the aft cage mast was painted black from the searchlight platform to the spotting top. Probably to deal with discoloration and dirt from the stacks. Not sure of the date of this picture, but note the hull number on the #2 turret.

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In this 1939 picture from the Navsource West Virginia page, you can see the top of the #2 turret is painted. http://www.navsource.org/archives/01/014805.jpg

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In this 1939 picture from the Navsource West Virginia page, you can see the top of the #2 turret is painted. http://www.navsource.org/archives/01/014805.jpg


If you look closely at that pic, unless its the lighting (or just me!), it looks like Turret 3 and 4 had their tops painted a slightly darker color than the turret, but not as dark as Turret 2.

Ship looks beautiful so far Kym!! I wish I had the money to buy one of these big resin kits.

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Looking good, Kym!

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Kym,

Can you tell how you rolled the cage masts? I am doing the USS Tennesse and I afraid to roll the masts in fear of breaking them.
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Can you tell how you rolled the cage masts? I am doing the USS Tennesse and I afraid to roll the masts in fear of breaking them.
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Robbiee,

I'm not Kym, but here is how I did it, taken from my article on Building the Lexington-class Battle Cruiser Saratoga:

I have to admit I was a little timid about tackling the cage masts. I knew I had some leeway, because the photo-etch set I bought to supplement the kit had extra cage mast in it. Still...I knew I could go through both sets easily. I cut the foremast off it's runner, took out a large paintbrush and started rolling. To my surprise, it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. I kept rolling the paintbrush gently over the photo-etch cage mast, gently bending the mast more and more. Before I knew it, I had an almost perfectly round mast. The trickiest part was mating up the two halves of the cage mast. I first brushed on some accelerator, let that dry, then held the tops of the cage mast together in my fingers. A drop of CA glue kept the top together, so I worked my down, mating the seam and adding CA. Once I was done, I placed it on the top of the forward superstructure and admired my handiwork. My first cage mast! I did the same thing for the mainmast, but accidentally glued the top of the mast to the paint brush handle (rrrrr!). I was able to gently pry the cage mast off the paint brush without too much damage.

The best advice I can give you is to take is slow. It's really not that hard!

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and where would we be able to find that article?


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and where would we be able to find that article?


Right here on MW.com! However, I don't know how to link directly to it. Click here, then go down to the feature on Building the IHP (Neverbuilt) Battlecruiser USS Saratoga

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Kym,

Can you tell how you rolled the cage masts? I am doing the USS Tennesse and I afraid to roll the masts in fear of breaking them.
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Robbiee,

I'm not Kym, but here is how I did it, taken from my article on Building the Lexington-class Battle Cruiser Saratoga:

I have to admit I was a little timid about tackling the cage masts. I knew I had some leeway, because the photo-etch set I bought to supplement the kit had extra cage mast in it. Still...I knew I could go through both sets easily. I cut the foremast off it's runner, took out a large paintbrush and started rolling. To my surprise, it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. I kept rolling the paintbrush gently over the photo-etch cage mast, gently bending the mast more and more. Before I knew it, I had an almost perfectly round mast. The trickiest part was mating up the two halves of the cage mast. I first brushed on some accelerator, let that dry, then held the tops of the cage mast together in my fingers. A drop of CA glue kept the top together, so I worked my down, mating the seam and adding CA. Once I was done, I placed it on the top of the forward superstructure and admired my handiwork. My first cage mast! I did the same thing for the mainmast, but accidentally glued the top of the mast to the paint brush handle (rrrrr!). I was able to gently pry the cage mast off the paint brush without too much damage.

The best advice I can give you is to take is slow. It's really not that hard!
MartinJQuinn,

Thanks! Just what I need. This is why this is a great Web Site!


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Thanks Martin, good link!
The best advise, in my opinion, is to do it slowly. I have a Hold & Fold Roller Set which came in very handy. Another handy inclusion was the fact that the BWN P/E was of a extra thickness that accidental damage was greatly diminished.
Here's a link to the item by Hold & Fold
http://www.thesmallshop.com/prod05a.htm

I'm still having problems determining the colours in the 39 - 40 period. In some photos of that era, the smaller cage mast looks to be a darker paint job as well and the anchor chain runners (the area that the chains slide on) are either painted the dark deck grey or the wood deck colour. All very confusing. I might have to use a bit of artistic licence if I can't find any hard evidence.

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Well this is about as much as I can do to her, (apart from a spraying of Dullcoat) until I mount it in the acrylic gel water base properly. I would have really liked to have the canvas awnings spread over the front deck, but it would have covered up too much detail. Next ship job, USS Arizona.
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Impressive build!. Those cage masts look terrific, and it seems this is going to be another of your fantastic dioramas, isn´t it?.

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That is cool!!

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Looks good Kym!!

Just remember, if thats Pearl Harbor the mooring quays would be on the other side of the battleships :thumbs_up_1:

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Hi Kim,

It doesn't look like you got an answer on the turret top question for West Virginia. Assigned to BatDiv. Four, the WV used black for the forward turrets. As seen in some photos, that initially covered Turret II, but orders of June 1940 called for the color on both forward turrets.

As ship one in the division, the after turret top was to be painted red. There's no evidence in my research to prove that Turret III got a red top also in 1940.

Hope this helps...

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