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USS Ranger CV4, Norway 1943 - 1/350
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Posted: Friday, March 13, 2020 - 03:26 PM UTC
Lovely clean work so far Si. The firout is looking rather good.....Cheers Mark
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Posted: Monday, March 16, 2020 - 10:00 AM UTC

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Lovely clean work so far Si. The firout is looking rather good.....Cheers Mark



Thanks Mark,

This is a really nice kit, I will be replacing the light AA, but the rest apart from the changes to airwing, and little light scratch-built detail she will be pretty much out of the box.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Monday, May 18, 2020 - 06:33 AM UTC
A bit more progress last week & over the weekend.

The funnels (well a start).

The parts for one funnel (stbd forward) removed from the sprue and cleaned up.



The fixed section built up, in order to make sure of the fit, the mounting frame is not fixed at this point.



Test fitting.



The mouthing frane has been fixed.

The port forward funnel build, with the funnel in the lowered position.



The funnels, if careful with painting & assembly cam be left in a working condition.

The stbd fwd funnel in the raised position.




and lowered.



The ship has 15 racks of three liferafts. the production line under way.



The first five fited in place, along with some ladders & railings.

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More soon.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Monday, May 18, 2020 - 07:18 AM UTC
Hey Si, glad to see you back at work on this one!

Gotta love those wonky funnels!



Best,
Tim
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Posted: Monday, May 18, 2020 - 07:53 AM UTC
Hi Tim,

I have always loved the quirky design of the Ranger, that and my soft spot for "forgotten" ships, this build just had to be done.

It looks like Trumpy have done a decent job on the funnels, the option to have them raised or lowered is excellent.

Good to be making progress again. I have ordered a pack of the Master unshielded quad bofors, to replace the rather basic shielded kit mounts.

Thanks for looking in.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Monday, May 18, 2020 - 10:03 AM UTC
Great to see this one underway again, Si

Love the look of those funnels!
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Posted: Monday, May 18, 2020 - 02:54 PM UTC

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Great to see this one underway again, Si

Love the look of those funnels!



Ditto!

Mark
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Posted: Monday, May 18, 2020 - 11:35 PM UTC
Si,

Like everyone else, glad to see this one back on the bench.

Dave
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Posted: Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - 06:31 AM UTC

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Great to see this one underway again, Si

Love the look of those funnels!



Hi Russ,

good to be back at the bench,

I do have a soft spot for these quirky ships, six funnels and they fold down for air ops.

Thanks for looking in Mate.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - 06:33 AM UTC

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Great to see this one underway again, Si

Love the look of those funnels!



Ditto!

Mark



Thanks Mark,

They are fun to build, only another four to go.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - 06:34 AM UTC

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Si,

Like everyone else, glad to see this one back on the bench.

Dave




Appreciate that Dave,

and you looking in.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Saturday, May 23, 2020 - 07:37 AM UTC
Si,

great to see progress here, too! Lovely work! As Tim says, those funnel are pretty special...

Cheers
Jan
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Posted: Saturday, May 23, 2020 - 10:51 AM UTC

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Si,

great to see progress here, too! Lovely work! As Tim says, those funnel are pretty special...

Cheers
Jan



Hi Jan,

I do have a soft spot for quirky engineering, and those folding funnels, and six of them, I just could not resist it.

Thanks for looking in Mate, much appreciated.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 04:57 AM UTC
A bit more progress,

More detail going on starboard side.



The etched cranes, one yet to be folded, the brass is a little on the thin side for my taste, but it does work, if handled with extreme care.



Fitted in place.



Nice that you get the winch to sit at the base of it.

All the rafts and bits and pieces fitted along the maindeck stbd side.



One issue with the kit quad 40mm are the latter shielded mounts. looking at the photographs, the actual ship had unshielded mounts, so I have acquired these.



They have the advantage that they will look better than the kit mounts too.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 09:46 AM UTC
looks good when all built up, Si
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Posted: Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 11:05 AM UTC
Si,

Nice work with the crane assembly, I always fine it a little tough to get those 90 degree fold square.

Mark
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Posted: Friday, May 29, 2020 - 06:38 AM UTC

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looks good when all built up, Si



Thanks Russ,

the language was a bit during folding. still got the other one to do.

Cheers,

Si
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Posted: Friday, May 29, 2020 - 06:43 AM UTC

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Si,

Nice work with the crane assembly, I always fine it a little tough to get those 90 degree fold square.

Mark



I know what you mean Mark.

The shape of the cranes makes using a folding tool tricky, a good pair of fine pliers and needle nose tweezers, aided by some praying and swearing, the first one got there. one more to go.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Monday, June 01, 2020 - 05:55 AM UTC
The second crane folded to shape, an a few other bits and pieces to go on the port side.



Fitted in place, one boat still on the sprue. (trumpeter instructions can be a little confusing)



etched details being added.



Both after 5" gun decks fitted.



stern details going on.





Starboard side catwalks fitted.



the flight deck test fitted in place.

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decks need to be painted on the port catwalks, I will thinking about guns and aircraft. Still need decals for the aircraft, as the stars and bars had a red border for this period, and none of the ones I have are like that. looking, but no success so far.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Monday, June 01, 2020 - 09:41 AM UTC
amazing how much what we now consider external details the USN fitted to the outside surfaces of the hangars of their early carriers
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Posted: Tuesday, June 02, 2020 - 01:45 AM UTC

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amazing how much what we now consider external details the USN fitted to the outside surfaces of the hangars of their early carriers



I can't imagine how much stuff has to be considered when outfitting a ship. They must have a template of just the basics for each class of ship?

Mark
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Posted: Tuesday, June 02, 2020 - 07:12 AM UTC

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amazing how much what we now consider external details the USN fitted to the outside surfaces of the hangars of their early carriers



Hi Russ

I suppose that was the design learning curve, certainly makes them much more interesting to build.

Thanks for looking in,

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Tuesday, June 02, 2020 - 07:26 AM UTC

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amazing how much what we now consider external details the USN fitted to the outside surfaces of the hangars of their early carriers



I can't imagine how much stuff has to be considered when outfitting a ship. They must have a template of just the basics for each class of ship?

Mark



Hi Mark,

I can only speak from the experience of working for a Shipowner having new merchant ships built, not so much a basic template, but a very detailed checklist, everything from the rating of main cargo pumps to the number of toilet seats, and much more. I would imagine for warships it is a lot more complicated, especially a carrier.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 08:22 AM UTC
Last weekend's progress,

The port side walkways fitted.



with the flight deck test fitted.



Fitting the ladders going down from the catwalks.





The catwalks going past the funnel positions, having studied the photos, it would appear these are dropped back in place after the funnels have been lowered for flying ops.



More soon.

Cheers

Si

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Posted: Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 09:25 AM UTC
never was a big admirer of flat tops until the last few years, but the more I see and read about them, the more I've come to appreciate their technological achievement and now some of my favorite ships are flat tops!

Si, Your build is certainly a great tribute to a landmark ship in terms of the USN's development of the carrier vessel type

PS. Highly recommend the new Midway film, if you haven't seen it already