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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2016 10:34 am 
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I always liked these type of ships, especially MACs, so I was wondering if here there were other fans, or modellers that built ships like these :thumbs_up_1:
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2016 6:27 pm 
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Maybe you would get more notice if you had this moved to the Calling All Fans - Amphibious and Transports thread. Merchants Ships are included there. I have some scans of these ships that I found photos of at NARA taken by USN photographers that I could post there.


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Good call - done.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2016 12:47 am 
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On the other hand, there are a few pages in the thread titled Calling All Fighting Merchantmen, too.

I built the Niko CAM ship.
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Not as badly dimensioned as I originally thought, but the superstructure decks are flat, lacking the distinctive, droopy camber seen on the real ship.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2016 6:00 am 
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Perhaps what we need is a thread that takes in the merchantmen that were taken up and had conversions for war service.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 25, 2017 11:22 am 
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We now have a 1/700 option of a Merchant Aircraft Carrier (MAC ship) that's 3D printed from Shapeways:

1/700 MV Gadila from COB Constructs and Miniatures

One will probably have to use aftermarket RN or RNN/Dutch themed PE sets or one of the various RN aircraft sets that includes 1/700 Swordfish aircraft to complete her.

While most MAC ships had RN aircrews, I believe two of them such as M/V Gadila had Royal Netherlands Navy/Dutch Swordfish crews which would have served as the nucleus of a post-war Dutch Fleet Air Arm that served on their carrier HMNLS Karel Doorman.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 5:40 am 
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I finally ordered the Rapana class MAC ship from COB Constructs and Miniatures' Shapeways shop, described above.

Here are pictures of the 3D-printed model of the M/V Gadila model, though I intend to paint her as one of her sisters. While some at this forum may not be content with the quality of detail compared to styrene or resin products, 3D-printed products are the way of the future and will in time get better.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 10:30 am 
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those grooves in the flight deck will have to be filled in as too deep & maybe spaced wrong if each supposed to represent a plank.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:21 am 
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MAC ships had steel decks so good luck with the filling and sanding. They also had a different hull form. And as Gadila en Macoma are well documented on the 'web, including good GA drawings of the hulls, this is really somewhat disappointing. I do agree that 3d printing can be the way of the future but this also means the companies who make them should be held to the same standard as any injection molded kit or resin kit.


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