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PostPosted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 11:47 pm 
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Spot & Rotley,

Thanks very much for your interest in my build of ALASKA, glad your following along with me while I make a mess of a beautiful kit. Rotley, I had not seen Mike's review of the kits yet, thank you for adding the link for it, great read.

Now, I have been doing some more work on ALASKA among many other smaller builds that I have going all at the same time, why I do this to myself is mind boggling to say the least :eyes_spinning: :eyes_spinning: :eyes_spinning:

Tonight I was working on the crane assemblies (STEP 51 & STEP 52) pretty much straight forward build process of the plastic parts, most of the photo etch is rather easy to assemble as well,

BUT............................................ :scratch: :doh_1: :scratch: :doh_1:

In the instructions for the main crane body (photo etch part C-1) I have found my first major hick up in the instructions, They tell you to basically fold the crane around as you normally would but, the top section has 4 folds and a rolled part the instructions never mention, yes the diagram shows the neatly drawn part and it is pretty nice looking but if you don't pay CLOSE ATTITION you will miss this important step. Please examine your photo etch spur closely to see the fold lines. I missed this step myself and once I realized what I had done or rather "not done" it was a bit of a challenge to get the parts cut apart (without damage). With the help of my son Chris we where able to separate the tip of the crane sand the two parts clean of dried CA and prep for a refold, the top end of the crane has a square shape at the very end of it, which is to be shaped around the end of the boom of the crane, this is not a major issue with the kit but does give you a very nice kick in the butt if you miss it. So, if your building this kit or are planning to build it, like all good modeler's, carefully read the instructions and do a close view (inspection) of the parts for those steps, it is very easy to miss this process of folding and shaping the boom end of the cranes, it is NOT like other cranes where you can simply glue the ends together and your crane is done, there is 11 folds in the main boom of the crane if I counted right, and with it being a one piece unit it is a PITA, so, I carefully removed the end "cap" (small box shape) of the crane separated the two hafts, cleaned them up and are now ready to fold them correctly tomorrow.

Again guys and gals, this is STEP 51 and STEP 52 (Ship board crane assemblies) which both cranes have 15 separate parts to assemble, the instructions fall short a bit with the directions of how to fold the lattice framework of the crane boom its self, the instructions basically show the PE part flat, then show it folded up nice and pretty but totally miss the mark on showing all the areas that indeed have to be folded to make the cranes appearance correctly.

I hope you find this tid bit of a SNAFU helpful and you do not encounter this problem as I did. Again I am very thankful for everyone following this build project, that you find it interesting, helpful, and enjoyable. I hope to have new pictures to post very soon, once I get enough work completed to show.

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1/350 USS ALASKA CB-1(started Aug. 2017) 70% completed


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 3:21 am 
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Very nice! I really love the Alaska class cruiser. They really were the American "battlecruisers"! This may be the first WIP build thread of this kit?

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:17 am 
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Jim, thanks for taking the time to explain all of this. Much appreciated! I just picked this kit up and am looking forward to starting on it. As someone who is new to ship building, it is reviews and build threads like yours that really help me out. Thanks again!


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Hey guys,
Sorry I have not post any updated pics of my ALASKA, but some life events have taken up a lot of my time as of late, I'm nearing the end of our new house being built and dealing with all that has taken up all my time pretty much and at the end of the day just to darn tired to do much of anything. I am planning to start the weathering this weekend and get some updates ready to post.

Again guys sorry for the delay but they are coming

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(Table 1 underway)Feb.2017
1/350 USS ALASKA CB-1(started Aug. 2017) 70% completed


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Looking great so far! I need to get one of these in the near future, it's such a good looking ship...

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:12 am 
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hondaman117 wrote:
Looking great so far! I need to get one of these in the near future, it's such a good looking ship...


Hey Hondaman for your comment, yes it is a fantastic looking ship, I have had a great time working on her, but since I have been in the process of moving into our new house and all that fun stuff I have had to shelve this build for the time being. But I am looking forward to getting back to it very soon.

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1/700 scale rebuild of diorama project 960 square feet.
(Table 1 underway)Feb.2017
1/350 USS ALASKA CB-1(started Aug. 2017) 70% completed


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:40 pm 
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Really enjoying this one Jim. Looking forward to you getting back into it. I have the Guam in my stash so I am really into this one. :thumbs_up_1:

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