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Posted: Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 02:02 PM UTC

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Not only those Gary, Robby posted an update on Friday, that seems to have disappeared too.

Cheers

Si



I think the missing posts are over on the FLATTOPS thread vice here on the FLATTOPS CAMPAIGN.
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Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 07:22 AM UTC

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Not only those Gary, Robby posted an update on Friday, that seems to have disappeared too.

Cheers

Si



I think the missing posts are over on the FLATTOPS thread vice here on the FLATTOPS CAMPAIGN.



Well found Thomas,

Yup those are the posts I recall.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Monday, March 04, 2019 - 03:56 AM UTC
Is there any chance this is likely to get extended? I have just acquired a carrier which I want to get stuck into but I am very unlikely to complete in 2 months.
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Posted: Monday, March 04, 2019 - 07:41 AM UTC

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Is there any chance this is likely to get extended? I have just acquired a carrier which I want to get stuck into but I am very unlikely to complete in 2 months.



I would support that Rory,

I am stuck on the intrepid, and might be looking for something to throw in.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Tuesday, March 05, 2019 - 02:51 AM UTC
Well here she is: The Trumpeter 1/350 USS Iwo Jima.



The plan is to do her almost entirely OOB except for some additional railings. I also have purchased some additional aircraft to beef up her compliment.

I know she wont be complete before the campaign finish deadline but I am hoping it may be extended
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Posted: Tuesday, March 05, 2019 - 07:02 AM UTC

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Well here she is: The Trumpeter 1/350 USS Iwo Jima.



The plan is to do her almost entirely OOB except for some additional railings. I also have purchased some additional aircraft to beef up her compliment.

I know she wont be complete before the campaign finish deadline but I am hoping it may be extended



Hi Rory,

That is a fairly epic model, looking forward to seeing some progress.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Tuesday, March 05, 2019 - 07:09 AM UTC

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Hi Rory,

That is a fairly epic model, looking forward to seeing some progress.

Cheers

Si



I know. I am not a carrier guy and as of about 2 weeks ago didn't even know of her existence but I was browsing through Jeff Heads website, saw his write up and pictures of her and I was hooked. I don't know what it was about her that drew me in. Maybe the fact you can have wee little 1/350 Abrams tanks in hovercrafts or just the fact you can have a wide range of aircraft on deck. I am also going through a modern warship phase with the USS Yorktown CG-48 currently on the slip way.

Whatever the reason I had to have her and my FLHS just so happened to have her in stock and be running a sale....
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Posted: Wednesday, March 06, 2019 - 08:04 AM UTC

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Hi Rory,

That is a fairly epic model, looking forward to seeing some progress.

Cheers

Si



I know. I am not a carrier guy and as of about 2 weeks ago didn't even know of her existence but I was browsing through Jeff Heads website, saw his write up and pictures of her and I was hooked. I don't know what it was about her that drew me in. Maybe the fact you can have wee little 1/350 Abrams tanks in hovercrafts or just the fact you can have a wide range of aircraft on deck. I am also going through a modern warship phase with the USS Yorktown CG-48 currently on the slip way.

Whatever the reason I had to have her and my FLHS just so happened to have her in stock and be running a sale....



She will certainly make a versatile model in the way she can be displayed.

Very interested, as I have the LHD1 USS Wasp in the stash.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 08:33 AM UTC
Si,

I'm not sure if this or the FLATTOPS thread is the one we should use for this campaign... so apologies for the double post:

Ive been posting my effort for the Flattops campaign, the 1/2400 scale Ryujo, on a separate build log.
After a break following a couple of disasters, Im back in the game - the ocean base has been repainted!
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Posted: Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 09:03 AM UTC
Hi Tim,

This is the thread, my fault, Flattops was the campaign proposal thread but I didn't make it clear..

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 08:20 AM UTC
As the Intrepid is not going anywhere very quickly at the moment, I have decided to add a second build to the campaign, this time it is an aircraft. AA Fairey Gannet, Anti submarine Aircraft that flew off ArK Royal in the late 50's





This kit starts with a very nice weapons bay, pity there is nothing in the kit to in it. (will still do the bay doors open), the nose wheel well fits in front of it.



The cockpits for the three man crew, the level of detail is not bad for 1/72, as the interiors were black I will paint dark grey, and put a black wash over then, then pick out the detail. Under the rear cockpit are the mounts for the exhaust of the aircraft's twin mamba turbo prop engine.



Nice wing spars too.

The cockpit & weapon's bay joined.



Everything test fitted into the fuselage halves.



Not bad at all.

Cheers

Si


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Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 01:54 PM UTC
Nice shift, Si - I've done it myself during a campaign when bogged down in a complex, slow moving build. I look forward to seeing your little FAA bird progress.
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Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 11:31 PM UTC
I finished building the Akagi months ago but those decals for the planes were really kicking my butt. I been dreading it just thinking about starting back to it.

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Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 08:38 AM UTC

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Nice shift, Si - I've done it myself during a campaign when bogged down in a complex, slow moving build. I look forward to seeing your little FAA bird progress.



Thanks Tim,

Always had an affection for the Gannet, it was an ugly bird, but she did a good job.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 08:46 AM UTC

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I finished building the Akagi months ago but those decals for the planes were really kicking my butt. I been dreading it just thinking about starting back to it.

Mark



Mate, I feel your pain, not my favourite sport, but I find once I get through the first couple, I get in the zone and it's not so bad.

Cheers

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Posted: Monday, March 25, 2019 - 09:15 AM UTC
A bit more progress on the Gannet.

The Cockpits given a coat of dark grey.



The weapons bay sprayed light grey, and the interior fuselage halves painted to match.



Seats and pilot and observer's instrument panels decaled.



The cockpits given a heavy black wash.



Sonar / radar screens added to the rear cockpit.



Cockpits fitted to the fuselage.





bits of scrap white metal crammed into the nose to hopefully cure tail sitting.



the Fuselage halves joined, not a bad fit at all, a little sanding should clean up all the paint seepage.



More soon.

Cheers

Si




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Posted: Monday, March 25, 2019 - 11:54 AM UTC

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I finished building the Akagi months ago but those decals for the planes were really kicking my butt. I been dreading it just thinking about starting back to it.

Mark



Mate, I feel your pain, not my favourite sport, but I find once I get through the first couple, I get in the zone and it's not so bad.

Cheers

si



Mark,

Decals aren't my favorite either... I'm about to place the flight deck markings on my little Ryujo.

I can't find any documentation to support using the one with the Hinomaru meatball, but it does look cool. Which to choose...?

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Posted: Monday, March 25, 2019 - 11:48 PM UTC
Tim,

Putting on the flight deck decals was easy compared to 1/700 airplanes.

Go with the meatball. Nice big aiming point!

Mark
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Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 12:37 AM UTC

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Tim,

Putting on the flight deck decals was easy compared to 1/700 airplanes...

Mark



Good point Mark! My last 1/700 carrier was a Tamiya Junyo I did as a teen with hand painted aircraft markings (no decals then) talk about tedious!

Tiny decals wouldn't be all that much easier either with at least four per plane...

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Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 01:44 PM UTC
Nice work on the Gannet, Si. I'm taking a break from the shipyard myself. Working on a 1/35 Stryker Dragoon. After that, I'll try to tackle a JMSDF Hyuga class helicopter destroyer.
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Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 09:01 AM UTC

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Nice work on the Gannet, Si. I'm taking a break from the shipyard myself. Working on a 1/35 Stryker Dragoon. After that, I'll try to tackle a JMSDF Hyuga class helicopter destroyer.




Thanks Thomas,

It is not a bad little kit, pity there is nothing to go in the bay.

Good luck with the Stryker.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 09:20 AM UTC
Some progress today.

The fixed part of the canopy in place.



basic assembly of the wings.



Ailerons and flap actuators for the deployed flaps fitted.



The wings test fitted.



Will need a little fettling yet. The plan will be to spray the wings, tailplanes and the fuselage separately to save a lot fiddly masking.



The tailplanes with their large finlets.



Everything test fitted.



mot bad, masking the canopies and cockpits next, then spraying sky.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 01:58 AM UTC
Si,

Making nice progress, doesn't look like there are any fit issues.

Mark
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Posted: Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 06:15 AM UTC

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Si,

Making nice progress, doesn't look like there are any fit issues.

Mark



Thanks Mark,

The fit is pretty good, done a little bit of tidying, I am now quietly confident my plan for attaching the flying surfaces after painting will work,

No new photos, couldn't get in the masking zone today.


More soon.

Cheers


Si