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Posted: Sunday, July 15, 2018 - 08:44 AM UTC

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Si, I am impressed with your brass work! That takes way more skill and patience than I think I could muster!

Mark, looking good so far. Can't wait to see the full deck!




Thank you very much Thomas,

It is more down to perseverance and practice.


Hi Mark,

Agree with Thomas' comment the ship is looking good, and great stuff on all the tiny aircraft. way too small for my eyes.

Todays progress will follow tomorrow or Tuesday.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Sunday, July 15, 2018 - 02:29 AM UTC
Si, I am impressed with your brass work! That takes way more skill and patience than I think I could muster!

Mark, looking good so far. Can't wait to see the full deck!
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Posted: Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 09:45 AM UTC
So I know I haven't posted anything lately, but that has been due a few AFV group builds I wanted to finish off first. With that said I glad to say I finished my last AFV build for the year today.

So back to my 3 deck Akagi build. I have deck areas taped off in prep to painting the decks and put some primer on the hull.



So while the paint booth was busy with armor I started to assemble the air wing. The kit only came with six fighters and six torpedo bombers, so I purchase additional aircraft.



My goal in this build is to use this photo to create the same scene, give or take.



Until the next post.

Mark
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Posted: Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 09:35 AM UTC

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Wow, Si, that elevator etch is stunning! Too bad it will be rather hard to see under elevator on the finished model...



SI,

Have agree with Tim...WOW!

Mark
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Posted: Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 03:31 AM UTC
Wow, Si, that elevator etch is stunning! Too bad it will be rather hard to see under elevator on the finished model...
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Posted: Friday, July 13, 2018 - 11:24 PM UTC
Last weekends work.... Finally!

The side elevator fresh of the sprue.



All etched up with the completed side structure.(The underneath that is)




The side pieces fitted in in place.



A few more bits and pieces and I think about paint.

Cheers

Si


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Posted: Sunday, July 08, 2018 - 06:13 AM UTC
No photos yet, but progress made. Added bumpers to the stern boat dock, replaced signal flag lines with thinner line, placed warning stripes around weapon elevators on deck. Only a few minor tweaks and I may declare Reagan ready to launch!
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Posted: Thursday, July 05, 2018 - 06:35 AM UTC

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What Thomas said,

Also glad the Campaign has provided that motivation, I know what is like to get stuck on a big build, I have been there myself.


Glad you have kept things going whilst time has kept me out of the workshop.

Cheers

Si



Si, hope you get back to it soon! I want to see how all that brass turns out!




Thanks Thomas

Hoping to try and smuggle some time in there this coming weekend.


Cheers

Si
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Posted: Wednesday, July 04, 2018 - 01:17 PM UTC

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What Thomas said,

Also glad the Campaign has provided that motivation, I know what is like to get stuck on a big build, I have been there myself.


Glad you have kept things going whilst time has kept me out of the workshop.

Cheers

Si



Si, hope you get back to it soon! I want to see how all that brass turns out!
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Posted: Tuesday, July 03, 2018 - 06:49 AM UTC

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Thomas,

Well it sure looks like you are making great progress. The hardware on the flight deck is looking awesome.

Mark



Thanks Mark. Been slow going for a while. This campaign has motivated me to finish it up.




What Thomas said,

Also glad the Campaign has provided that motivation, I know what is like to get stuck on a big build, I have been there myself.


Glad you have kept things going whilst time has kept me out of the workshop.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Sunday, July 01, 2018 - 01:31 PM UTC

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Thomas,

Well it sure looks like you are making great progress. The hardware on the flight deck is looking awesome.

Mark



Thanks Mark. Been slow going for a while. This campaign has motivated me to finish it up.
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Posted: Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 09:51 AM UTC
Thomas,

Well it sure looks like you are making great progress. The hardware on the flight deck is looking awesome.

Mark
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Posted: Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 09:45 AM UTC


Trying to get the deck vehicles finished... Also added tow-bars to some of the aircraft.
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Posted: Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 02:57 AM UTC
I like number 2 also.

Bob
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Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 11:29 PM UTC
All these builds are looking good, Ill have an update on the independence CVL-22 soon. Have completed a lot but I am horrible about posting updates to logs.
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Posted: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 05:09 AM UTC
I like that one too.

And time to get this started:

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Posted: Monday, June 25, 2018 - 06:06 AM UTC
Agree with Tim,

Better than anything I have been plating with.

Opinions please?

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 03:11 PM UTC
For what its worth, I like this one:
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Posted: Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 03:05 PM UTC
Guys, Not sure if you are interested or not, but I noticed there is no award ribbon for this build. I was playing around making some for other builds and thought I would stretch and do a couple for this build too. Up to you if you want to use them or come up with your own.


Flat Tops GB



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Posted: Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 08:50 PM UTC
Nice work on The Stern boat dock Thomas, the aircraft and the vehicles really add to the deck too.

Looks great.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 01:57 PM UTC

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Thomas, the Reagan looks really good and I am amazed at the panel lines on the A/C.

Bob



Thanks Bob. The Trumpeter aircraft come with nice engraved panel lines. All I had to do was a pin wash to bring them out.
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Posted: Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 08:31 AM UTC
Bob: Following along with that height of hull issue I mentioned above, remembering that the Fujimi Lexington was released very early by the 1/700 scale waterline conglomerate of companies, I believe that where the red waterline plate is affixed to Lex is where the red portion of the under hull would be, as opposed to the boot top location on that Enterprise you have. Assuming that is so, then I would not try any radical hull surgery on the hull to make it lower. I would simply put the boot topping above the waterline plate, and if you intend to mount Lex in a sea base no one would know any difference, as the difference would not show.
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Posted: Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 07:59 AM UTC
I built the Fujimi Lexington, it seems like a lifetime ago, but there are a couple of things I want to bring to your attention, based upon my memory of the kit.

The hill seems to my eye to be to high from the waterline plate to the flight deck. You may want to check that out with scale drawings before you get too far along. Remember Lex and Sara started life as battle cruisers, and as such design allowances had to be made to convert them to carriers.

The second thing is the stern round down on the flight deck. The round down itself is all steel and not covered with planking as it is (perhaps was) on the model. That would have to be sanded smooth. Fujimi also has the center line molded all the way to the extreme rear of the flight deck. That should also be removed along with the planking on the round down.

During this time frame you are shooting for I have absolutely no idea if Lexington had any flight deck markings. I have never seen a photo that shows any, but that does not mean they were not there. Don't know what to say other than that. Were it me though, and seeing is how these marking areas are molded in, I would probably use them. Don't think anyone would be in a position to say you were wrong.

Other than that though both the Fujimi and Ming kits are well suited for a Lexington in the late 41 to April 42 configuration. Never did understand though why the model company would not provide the option of 8" guns or quad 1.1 inch guns and let the modeler decide.
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Posted: Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 07:48 AM UTC
Thomas, the Reagan looks really good and I am amazed at the panel lines on the A/C.

Bob
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Posted: Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 06:38 AM UTC


Stern boat dock under construction. I noticed the name must have slipped while drying, so I will have to re-do that...



Ordnance jettison ramps installed



Deck vehicles getting added