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tegunn
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Posted: Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 03:17 AM UTC
Tom, welcome to the USSASG (USS Arizona Support Group)! I second Mark's summary of the kit and the aftermarket. Please understand we have been working on these awhile, so depending on how deep you want to go into the model will determine on how long it will take. Don't rush your work. Be part of the build but don't feel like you have to rush to finish. Out of box with PE (I prefer Eduard PE and Artwox deck)you get a really great model. We are both here to help if you need it..
Randy
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Posted: Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 09:31 AM UTC
Okay: A little more progress on the Pennsylvania. I got the anchors and the chain on the focs'l. I had some spare chain from my Arizona build and it was a little more open the chain I got with the MKI set so I used it to secure the two lengths of chain.

Hereto you can see the anchors now fixed to the hull as well as the jack staff and the rigging run from the foremast to the jack staff and the Union Jack on the hoist. I cut out the decal and decaled to a piece of aluminum foil off a Hershey's kiss. Once set, I cut it out, used Testors Canopy cement, slid it on to the jack halyard and voila, a Union Jack.


Below is another view. I noticed on photo's of the ship at different times that large forward vent faced different directions. I chose to have it facing aft. Also, as I wasn't using the round vents for turret three, I used the vent tube for the small "U" shaped vent in front of the forward scuttle. Further distinguishing it as Pennsylvania.



With so few pictures of Pennsylvania in it's Pearl Harbor fit, I had to rely on the photo's of it at Mare Island in March of '42 for the rigging runs. It was difficult to try to trace them all down, so this is what I came up with. for the superstructure.



It's simplified but pretty close.

Lastly, I got the Ensign staff rigged and the ensign attached.



I used the same method to attache the National Ensign as I did for the Union Jack.

Not much but progress none the less. I will be moving on the Paravanes next. Pennsyvlania's were stowed totally different from Arizona.

Until that time



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Posted: Monday, March 13, 2017 - 08:25 AM UTC
Looking really great Mark! I'm really liking the torpedo blister. You did a great job on it .
Randy
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Posted: Monday, March 13, 2017 - 08:51 AM UTC
Everything else as well is great too! It's just that I appreciate the work you put into the blister.
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Posted: Monday, March 13, 2017 - 08:57 PM UTC

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Everything else as well is great too! It's just that I appreciate the work you put into the blister.



Thanks Randy: Appreciate the comment. I am glad you didn't chastise me for not adding the paravane fairlead on the forward most fairleads. I tried, but...............
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Posted: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 07:12 AM UTC
Okay, more modeling excitement here: Not much in the line of OOOOOH factor stuff, but; I did put in the paravanes.
As mentioned, Pennsylvania's paravanes were stowed in the vertical position attached to the barbette of turret 2. The photo below shows this to good effect.


When zoomed in the modeler can see that the aft fins are removed and stowed for attachment prior to deploying the paravane.

I used the North Star Paravanes for the 1/200 Capital ships. I had used these on my Arizona with less than stellar results, too fiddly for me, but; undaunted, I tried again with the same results. I used the Northstar Paravanes for the upright stowed position. For the chains attaching the paravane to the barbette I used the Eduard Railing Chain to good effect.




Pennsylvania as with other ships also had the paravanes on a "skid" for movement on the deck and quick deployment.

The photo below shows one on a skid on the deck.



As they weren't stationary, I chose to pose them facing forward, these are the kit paravanes modified using the AK/MKI PE for the paravanes. I thought they turned out pretty decent and like them much better than the Northstar ones as they are less fiddly. I used spare PE and cut some plastic rod for the floats.




The skids I used are excess kit Kingfisher shuttles. Not 100% accurate, but "represent" a skid vice having it just lying on the deck.




As you can see I also have the chain railings up on the starboard side. These are what comes with the AK/MKI kit for the Arizona as well as the wood deck. If a modeler is doing the 1/200 Arizona, I would highly recommend getting this set up. It is reasonable and the only set with the chain railings compelete vice the Eduard Chain railings that the modeler has to individually attach to the individual posts. Good luck with that Randy.



I didn't like the way the CXAM radar was sitting so I tweaked it a bit to make it look right it now sits perpendicular to the deck.





I also added railings to the aft gun tub, added the ladder and associated railings. I had added the electrical boxes and changed the door locations prior to attaching the bulkhead.



That's it for this update, almost finished.
Thanks for stopping by and checking it out.


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Posted: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 04:15 PM UTC


I'm nearly done with the New Orleans, a bit of work tidying up the base and giving it a lick of black paint perhaps. Other than that it's last minute touches...
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Posted: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 10:04 PM UTC
Good job on the model and base. It has that mean take care of business look to it. Good job.
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Posted: Friday, March 17, 2017 - 06:59 PM UTC
Okay, I am calling the Pennsylvania Project finished. I started this in Wisconsin in about January of 2016 and finished in Arizona on 17 March 2017. I learned a lot during this build as I had to scratch build a lot of stuff. It has a few warts, but I am pleased with it. I took some photo's this morning to capture the rising sun. Enjoy.



















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Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 12:17 AM UTC
Well Done Mark!!
You referenced AK/MKI paravanes. I'm unfamiliar with this "vendor", can you elaborate as to where you got these?
Thanks,
Tom
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Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 02:03 AM UTC
Hi thanks for the comments and scoping out the build. The paravanes displalyed on the deck on the skids are the modified kit paravanes using the PE for the paravanes that came with the AK/MKI set for the Arizona. They are not AK/MKI paravanes.
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Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 03:29 AM UTC
Hi Tom:

The KA set is currently out of stock at Free Time, but; you can give them your email and they will email you when it is in stock.

http://freetimehobbies.com/1-200-ka-models-uss-arizona-deluxe-wood-deck-photo-etch-set/

I like the PE as it is made for the Arizona, it is chain railings for the 01 and 02 level, cut specificially for the model, not generic and the stuff is easy to work with.

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Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 01:26 AM UTC

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Okay, I am calling the Pennsylvania Project finished. I started this in Wisconsin in about January of 2016 and finished in Arizona on 17 March 2017. I learned a lot during this build as I had to scratch build a lot of stuff. It has a few warts, but I am pleased with it. I took some photo's this morning to capture the rising sun. Enjoy.





An Absolutely brilliant build of the Pennsylvania, Mark!

This definitely should take pride of place in your fleet!

A cracking job! Thanks for sharing! Hope to see more of your work here on MSW soon!

PS. Wish I could finish them in a little over a year
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Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 05:12 AM UTC
Hi Russell: Thanks for the kind words. Yes, this is first in line in the "Fleet."
I only do one model at a time, as much as possible get something done on it on a daily basis, and I try not to get to caught up in the weeds.

Once I get started on another one, I will post some pictures.

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Posted: Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 07:46 PM UTC
Well done on completing the Pennsylvania Mark, that is one big model (what's the model's length out of interest?) and you've made an amazing job of it.

My tiny New Orleans is finished now too after giving a bit more attention to the base. Thanks for the campaign, this has been fascinating to have been a part of !





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Posted: Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 11:52 PM UTC
Hi Paul:

Thanks for scoping out the build of Pennsylvania and your comments. The model measures out to about 36 inches. It pales in comparison to the 1/200 HMS Hood.

Nice job on your completed model as well. I always liked the looks of that class of cruiser.


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Posted: Saturday, April 01, 2017 - 03:54 AM UTC
Howdy Y'all
Mark & Paul: Great job on your ships, very impressive.
I finally got my kit in the mail. I bought on eBay from a Japanese vendor, I'm very happy with it. It's a 1/72 scale IJN Midget Submarine Type A used at Pearl Harbor.




I thought the headline of the newspaper was ironic for a "Pearl Harbor" campaign.
Take care,
Don "Lakota"
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Posted: Tuesday, April 04, 2017 - 06:32 AM UTC
Don, I was always tempted by this kit, so I'll be watching your build..
Randy
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Posted: Tuesday, April 04, 2017 - 06:34 AM UTC
I've had time to work on the ship's boats finally and have them completed. I spent some time researching the correct way these were secured to the deck and have got it pretty close. For all I used spare PE chain with some turnbuckles from North Star. Cradles are Eduard, which I added a small plastic square at the bottom of each leg as the mounting plate.








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Posted: Tuesday, April 04, 2017 - 06:37 AM UTC
Before I added the boat "stacks", I installed the aft stays on the funnel. There were more forward but it was too late to figure out where they went and mounting them. A before shot and after; stays painted and boats mounted..

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Posted: Tuesday, April 04, 2017 - 10:14 AM UTC
Great job on the boats Randy: The effort is paying off in a nice tidy looking "Stack."

Stays add to the overall affect as well. A lot of modelers miss this small but important detail.

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Posted: Wednesday, April 05, 2017 - 07:03 AM UTC
Thanks Mark for your input-much appreciated! The boats were a bit of work! My next focus area is the mainmast and finishing it up.
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Posted: Wednesday, April 05, 2017 - 09:55 AM UTC
Hi Randy:

Looking forward to seeing your sea scape and wrapping it up.
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Posted: Wednesday, April 05, 2017 - 10:30 AM UTC
I am starting on my Airfix 1/48 Curtis P-40B Warhawk with the markings of 2nd Lt George Welch.