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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:08 pm 
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This is a fantastic project! You should be very proud.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 08, 2019 1:48 pm 
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Thanks, Joe! I really am...

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The Master Models Mk.13's are being placed like on this picture.

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I used CA clue to attach the torpedoes to the carts. The props were abundant so you can lose a few.

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I put them close to the aft elevator.

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Removing the figures from my painting stand took at least an hour. Sometimes, the glue was stronger than their legs.

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I used 4 droptanks, but only one will be attached. The other 3 are placed on a cart train pulled by a Clarktor. These PE carts are from the WEM airwing set. I will also add these rockets to the first planes.

For placing the carts and the planes, I prefer contact glue, because this can take more of a beating before it comes loose. I added about 30 figures, but I will add many more this weekend.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2019 2:34 pm 
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Yesterday, I finished the model. The first pictures show some stuff that still had to be painted. Two Hellcats received some Holy Moses rockets and a droptank. Because this happened at the last moment, I mounted three HVARs on a piece of metal and glued this under the wing as a whole. Some bombs were also scratched, alas I printed the ref pic badly so I couldn't make out the number of fins. Therefore the bombs have 3 fins and not 4.

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I added a lot of figures to the ship over about 3 days.

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I added 4 antennae on the stacks, like the last Princeton pictures show them. The thread is so fine, it is impossible to straighten. Also, the sign flags are tied one way. The name sign is glued to the base with 2-component glue. Some glue marks are treated with Vallejo matte varnish. At last, the definitive pictures could be shot. The background shows some reading I had over the last days, plus some preparatory stuff for my next 1/350 project, which isn't going to take off for about half a year, I guess.

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It's hard to lift everything by the tapered edges. I have to shove it to the edge of the table. I have to find a cure for this on the contest tables.

Here, you get some detail shots near the relevant reference pics I used.

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https://www.navy.mil/navydata/nav_legacy.asp?id=43

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https://www.worldwarphotos.info/gallery/usa/aircrafts-2-3/

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https://www.ww2online.org/image/bofors-40mm-antiaircraft-guns-firing-during-ships-shakedown

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2019 5:23 pm 
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Truly fantastic work - great to see it finally finished!


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2019 9:53 am 
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Erg mooi gebouwd.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2019 12:16 pm 
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Wow. This has been quite the project, with a consistantly high standard of work. Excellent.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2019 2:01 pm 
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Thanks for all nice comments, the Princeton will attend IPMS the Netherlands at saturday. Until I'm ready for the next 1/350 ship, I'll probably catch up with this project: http://www.shipmodels.info/mws_forum/viewtopic.php?f=59&t=154909&hilit=hammann. I now have a useful water dio product to finish it after about 5 years of inactivity...


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