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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2016 8:54 pm 
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Hi guys, David from Czech Rep. here.

When I was 12 or so, I started to read books about the naval warfare in the WWII and I became an enthusiastic modeller...you know, what I mean. Just glue all the damned things together in one day, somehow paint the result next day...wow, I have an amazing Bismarck! Does it actually float when I put it into an aquarium? Yes, it does! Will it sink when I apply a little pressure? Yesssss, it will! Onto Yamato now! But it was certainly fun... :-)

20 years later.

Hm, I am really interested whether I am able to build something with little more quality than my childhood creations. But I am...scared. Hell, if I won't start now, I will not ever. So, here I am.

The ships I always liked the most, were the post-Pearl Harbor upgraded/rebuilt US Navy battleships, mainly Tennessee, California and West Virginia. The iconic image of USS Tennesse bombarding Okinawa, the compact pyramidal structure bristling with huge amount of guns, platforms, radars and antennas...just BADASS. Hey, Trumpeter released 1/700 USS Tennessee, 1944! Awesome, I will have my own "Rebel Ship"! So I started with the "Big T". It went really good but after some time I deliberately decided to stop the work and to mothball the current progress. The main reason was the daunting MEAS32 camouflage scheme. I just didn't want to screw my favourite battleship until I get used to some modelling techniques. In the meantime, I bought USS California (1945) and USS West Virginia (1944). But I didn't started with either of them. WeeVee was out of the question because of the MEAS32. USS California was the hot candidate but in the meantime I decided - if I am supposed to get used to more than basic stuff, I have to go big time. Photo etching, metal barrels, trying wooden decks and so on. And since no 1/700 14''/50 metal barrels are available yet, I had to start with the kit that has all the mentioned. This brought me to the rest of the Colorado class. And since USS Colorado is again in the MEAS32, here we go. Hello, my name is USS Maryland, status as after the summer 1945 refit.

Components of the intended build:
- 1/700 USS Maryland (1945) kit; Trumpeter #5770
- Wooden deck; Artwox #20151
- Brass USN 16''/45 Mark 1 Barrels; Master #SM-700-040
- Brass USN 5''/38 Mark 12 Barrels; Master #SM-350-017
- Photo etched WWII USN Radars; White Ensign Models #789
- Photo etched 40mm Bofors AA guns; Eduard #99037 - edit: replaced by the resin Quadruple 40-mm Bofors Autocannons (no shields) + Twin 40-mm Bofors Autocannons; 3D Model Parts #U706 + #U704
- Photo etched 20mm Oerlikon AA guns; Eduard #99035 - edit: replaced by the resin Twin 20-mm Oerlikon Cannons - Tripod Mount; 3D Model Parts #U703
- Photo etched USN Ship Doors and Windows; Eduard #99041
- Photo etched USN Railing; Eduard #99005 - edit: changed for the 3 bar rails; Tom's Modelworks #704
- Photo etched USN Ladders; Eduard #99038
- Photo etched USN Extra Ladders; Eduard #99060

Edit (included during the build):
- Resin 5''/38 Gun Turrets (Reduced Scale); 3D Model Parts #U711
- Photo etched US Naval Radars (because of better shaped Mark 12+Mark 22 and Mark 8 radars); Tom's Modelworks #706
- Photo etched 40mm mounts (just for railings and one shield); Tom's Modelworks #740
- Photo etched Cage Mast Details (for detailing the yardarms and foremast supporting structures); Tom's Modelworks #775
- Photo etched USN Cable Reels; Eduard #99047

You probably have read all the reviews of the kit, it is not my intention to go through all the details. Just the main findings. The kit is very nice in my opinion. The main deficiencies are too wide anti-torpedo blisters and not particularly well shaped front sides of the 5'' turrets. But I decided to live with these. Minor deficiencies are related to the radar equipment. The kit has the Mark 3 fire control radar on the top of the front mast and the Mark 8 FCR on the top of the aft superstructure (instead of the newly installed Mark 13). But as I plan to replace the plastic radars by the WEM photo etched, it is of no concern. Final little mistakes are related to 40mm Bofors guns. They are all shielded in the kit but according to photos, only the bow installation actually was. Moreover, two 4x40mm sets are supposed to be installed on the forward superstructure. In the reality, 2x40mm should be there. Again, the photo etched AA weaponry will be used, no concern about this.

The provided pictures illustrate the current status:
- Dry fitting of the main modules was completed. Virtually nothing is glued together (especially the front superstructure) just for the purpose of painting. Small components as searchlights, hovering platforms, ladders etc. are not yet present, they will be installed after the painting.
- 10 pieces of unshielded 4x40mm, 2 pieces of unshielded 2x40mm and 1 piece of shielded 4x40mm shielded Bofors were completed
- 20 pieces of twin 20mm Oerlikons were completed. I have to figure out how to create the one experimental quadruple 20mm Oerlikon
- AA weaponry is not cemented, just placed for the purpose of the pictures
- Plastic 16''/45 barrels were replaced by the brass ones
- Everything mentioned except the AA weaponry was primed (just for the purpose of getting used to work with airbrush). The results are particularly good, at least for myself :-)

Steps for the immediate future
- I decided to replace the already installed brass 16''/45 guns by the variant without blastbags. Double work but who cares. I like them more.
- The photo-etched doors will replace the original ones and will be installed where they are not present and should be
- Replacement of the original plastic 5''/38 barrels by the brass ones
- Replacement of the original plastic radars by the photo-etched ones (yes, I will get rid of the Mark 3 FCR on the top of the front mast)
- The parts affected by the above mentioned actions will be re-primed

After that
- The rest, no particular plan yet

Edit: Corrected ID of the kit (5770 instead of 5570)


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2016 8:55 pm 
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2016 10:33 pm 
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Looking good so far and I am looking forward to your progress.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2016 11:30 am 
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Take a look at some of these: http://www.3dmodelparts.com/ You may find some guns that look better than PE. :wave_1:


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2016 5:22 pm 
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The already installed Master 16''/45 barrels were replaced for the "without-blastbags" variant and I started to switch the original plastic 5''/38s by the Master ones. In fact, I didn't expect any significant improvement...but I think the difference will be noticeable and worth the effort.

The WEM USN WWII Radar Set finally arrived so once the 5''s are finished, the radars replacement is next.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2016 10:10 pm 
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Nice work! She's got brutish good looks.

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Thanks guys, really appreciate it. Well, the results can only be better :-) Never mind, it is certainly fun.

The 5''/38 barrels switch is complete, onto radars now. The SG on the top of the foremast has already been replaced and I removed the already installed nonsense in the form of the Mark 3 FCR :roll_eyes:. Following steps will be done:
- installation of the TDY-1 jammer on the little platform in front of the foremast fighting top (and big thanks Cliffy B for identification what should be there)
- installation of the Mark 27 FCR on the top of the bridge control tower
- replacing the mounts and installation of the Mark 12 + Mark 22 radars on the top of the Mark 37 directors
- replacing the already installed SK for a more accurate one
- installation of the dipoles on the Mark 8 FCR body. I know the Mark 13 FCR should be there, unfortunately I do not own any :-/

What is uncertain as of now
- What should be installed on the top of the mainmast once I will remove the plastic radar from there. I am not sure if SM or SP
- What should be installed on the roof of the foremast fighting top (instead of the Mark 3 FCR)


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Those brass barrels look much better than the plastic ones. Looking forward to more progress. :thumbs_up_1:

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Not very much of a progress right now. However, at least I installed the TDY-1 jammer in front of the foremast fighting top.

Moreover, I decided to throw away all the allready completed Bofors mounts in a trash can. I found the barrels simply too thick as I constructed them according to the instructions provided (two layers were supposed to be glued together to obtain one barrel). This resulted in barrels thick almost as those brass 5''. I tried to create one mount with just one-layer barrels and the result is much better...at least I think so.


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Very nice looking build and for the camo measures I would recommend getting some from Gator mask plus a roll of Tamiya tape to hold and position some of the cut-outs. I used one for USS Calif. 1944 and it was AWESOME! I am ordering one for my Wee Vee this week directly from Gator if Free Time doesn't have it in stock. Keep up the Great work and pics.


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Today's progress
- a placement of the Mk 27 FCR on the top of the bridge
- a completion of the Mk 12 radar (so far without the Mk 22 height finder) and installation on the top of the Mark 37 director. As you can see, the photo-etched mount is not of a proper shape. The original plastic one looks better actually and I have not yet decided which one should I use eventually. I will complete the second Mk 12 first, equip both of them with Mk 22s and will decide then...


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Wrong, all wrong...I didn't realize the Mk12s installed on the Maryland were without the vertical side-bars. So, removal and correction. The problem with the not properly shaped mounts persists but I will let it go for now. Switching the already installed SK radar for the WEM variant is next.

I still wasn't able to determine the version of the radar present on the top of the mainmast - SM, SM-1 or SP? http://www.navsource.org/archives/01/014643.jpg


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Finally some progress after a long pause. The full complement of the Bofors guns has been finished in a one-layer barrel version. An improvement over the previously completed ones that ended in a trash can. Unfortunately, the 1/700 Eduard set (#99037) is still just a little bit oversized. For the next ships I am probably looking for something else.

I will continue with the SK radar now.


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She looks great, glad to see some more progress on this. :thumbs_up_1:

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David looks great, the photo etch work is a nice addition on the ship, barrels are top notch :thumbs_up_1: :thumbs_up_1:

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Thank you guys, I really appreciate it. As for a noob, it is sometimes painful trial-and-error process for me. My late/incorrect decisions quite often lead to difficult removal of already installed things and as such a waste of the previous effort
- The original 14'' plastic barrels were in place -> hmm, I don't like them -> The brass barrels with blastbags in place -> hmmm, I would prefer the without-blastbags variant -> removal again and the final installation
- Something similar with the 5''s
- The Bofors guns - why couldn't I build just one sample of the single-layer and double-layer barrels just to compare and choose the better one? No, Mr Smarty had to complete all eleven quads...and only then realize that the barrels are simply too thick. All to the trash can. Born stupid? Try again.

...but never mind, one has to learn somehow :-)

Anyway, the already installed (how surprisingly :roll_eyes:) plain variant of the SK radar was replaced by the 3D WEM's version. As such, the radar work is almost finished except the one on the top of the aft mainmast. However, I am in trouble as I still wasn't able to recognize whether it should be the SM or SP.

Btw, I'm considering to replace the aft mainmast yardarms for something more subtle.

Next steps:
1) re-priming
2) assembly of particular modules + painting
3) installation of the wooden deck (if my dealer ever delivers it...)

All the work with small details as railings, antennas, deck stuff, ladders etc. comes after that.


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I found out the unrecognized main mast radar is the same that was present on the USS California (http://navsource.org/archives/01/061/014402b.jpg). And it is decribed as the SP. Unfortunately, I don't own this particular version so I have installed the one I had (used on Iowas etc.). As such, I am aware it is not completely accurate but this is the best I could do.

I considered the radar work finished but I somehow forgot about the Mark 8 FCR dipoles. Onto them now!


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The Mark 8 FCR dipoles by WEM are actually looking well so I decided to install them. The radars are finished.


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Excellent work so far, David

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Quite a long period without a report. My intention was to paint what was already made so I could continue with all the details then. However, when I tried to mix the 20-B Deck Blue according to the Tamiya's formula "XF8 Flat Blue (3) + XF24 Dark Grey (4) + XF7 Flat Red (1) + XF2 Flat White (6)", the result was something rather suspicious. I did not have any reliable reference but I intuitively felt the resulting color is too light and too "blue".

I decided to suspend the painting (and as such, all the work) and ordered paint chips from Snyder&Short's (shipcamouflage.com) to have a reference in hand. As it takes some time to process it around a half of the world, no progress was done (in the meantime, I decided to start another project, the USS Washington, but nothing interesting was done so far, hence no report yet). As the paint chips arrived, I'm re-starting the work. By the way, the suspicion was confirmed, the resulting color of the above mentioned formula is quite nicely matching the Flight Deck Stain 21...but does not resemble the 20-B Deck Blue even close. I ordered the Sovereign Hobbies Colourcoats but I'll try to mix the appropriate 20-B by myself as well.

Quite ironically, only several days ago I realized, that the Tom's Modelworks #775 sets ("Cage mast details") that I originally ordered for the next planned builds (1941 California and WeeVee) did not contain only the parts for 1941 fits of the Big-Five but for upgrading the masts of the late-war Maryland and Colorado as well. :roll: So...I did not have to wait, I did not have to start the Washington... It's rather ridiculous. Never mind.

Both masts were upgraded. The yardarms are actually a little wide but I'll decided to live with this, the result is definitely an improvement over the OOB look. The foremast is missing the supporting braces for the fighting top yet, they are planned next. Please, ignore the blue surfaces, those are just results of the above desribed Deck Blue mixing experiment.

In the meantime, I also started the replacement of the already installed (yes, the same old song :roll:) 5''/38 turrets for the 3DModelParts version. They are looking much better than the original Trumpeter's ones.

So, after some chaos, we're back on track :-)

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