Buiding 1/350 USS Carl Vinson (Circa 1983)

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Re: Buiding 1/350 USS Carl Vinson (Circa 1983)

Post by Wolfman63 » Fri Nov 10, 2017 12:37 pm

Kind of a slow modeling week as other things had to get taken care of. Was able to get the hose reels built, landing cables, and flight deck weathering done. Now working on the island details now.
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Re: Buiding 1/350 USS Carl Vinson (Circa 1983)

Post by Brian077 » Fri Nov 10, 2017 3:09 pm

This is a sensational model you are building. Well done so far Wolfman.

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Re: Buiding 1/350 USS Carl Vinson (Circa 1983)

Post by Wolfman63 » Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:15 am

Island work continuing. The main mast is just about done. Need to tweek some of it to get everything lined up and some paint touch up. Next do all the rigging and build the radar tower that stands behind the island. On to the pictures:
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Re: Buiding 1/350 USS Carl Vinson (Circa 1983)

Post by Wolfman63 » Sat Nov 18, 2017 5:44 am

I have had a few folks ask how I weathered the deck so here is how I did it.

I used black, gray, and brown pastel chalk. I first took the brown and using a balled up paper towel I rubbed the chalk on the jet blast deflectors and the area between the catapults and JBD's. I then used same method and did the area's outside the brown areas and down each side of the catapults.

I then used the same method but went over the center of the JBD's and catapults with black. The then made blotches and stains around the entire flight deck. I made a large area around landing wire #3 (This is the wire that the pilots aim for as the perfect landing wire to catch). On this large area I then used eye makeup foam pads and made streaks with black and gray to represent where the aircraft touched down. Mostly near the center of the runway and extending from wire 1 to wire 4 in a diamond pattern centered on wire 3. Finally taking a makeup blush brush I brushed the surface of the flight deck from bow to stern to blend the colors and remove any excess chalk powder. It then gets a dusted spray of matte clear coat 3 times allowing each coat to dry. The a final coat to seal it all. The dusted coats are required because if you spray a seal coat, it will pick up some chalk and give it weird streaks.

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Re: Buiding 1/350 USS Carl Vinson (Circa 1983)

Post by Wolfman63 » Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:00 pm

Completed all the rigging on the island. I used EZ Line thin. It works great! Also start the radar tower. This is all photoetch (from White Ensign) Just need to build the antenna and then mount it to the deck.
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Re: Buiding 1/350 USS Carl Vinson (Circa 1983)

Post by Wolfman63 » Fri Nov 24, 2017 6:18 am

The radar tower is done, The raft canisters, whip antenna's and starboard forward tower (scratch built) are done. Just need to add the whip antenna's and raft canisters to the port side and the anchors. This will basically complete the ship (screws will be put on after the ship is mounted to the display base). All that is left is 56 aircraft, deck tractors, Tilly crane, and the display case.
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Re: Buiding 1/350 USS Carl Vinson (Circa 1983)

Post by Aussie048 » Fri Nov 24, 2017 6:25 am

Wolfman

The Carl Vinson is coming along really nicely. Excellent work.

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Re: Buiding 1/350 USS Carl Vinson (Circa 1983)

Post by Wolfman63 » Fri Nov 24, 2017 9:34 am

UPDATE: Was informed that the radar tower behind the island is in the wrong position. After some quick research, I have confirmed that Trumpeter has the radar tower in the wrong spot. The tower should be located at the very edge of the flight deck. This is for all Nimitz class carriers. The Nimitz 1975 cruise book clearly shows the tower at the edge.

I have relocated the tower.
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Re: Buiding 1/350 USS Carl Vinson (Circa 1983)

Post by Wolfman63 » Sun Nov 26, 2017 7:06 am

There is light at the end of the flight deck! The ship is basically done. The only two things left to do is to add the screw (props) once it is mounted on the display base and put the flag on it. I did not like how the flat decal flag looked. I do have some ideas on how to make the flag look more realistic. If you have any tips or tricks on making 1/350 scale flags look realistic, please let me know.

For now I will be working on the rest of the aircraft for the flight deck, the deck tractors, and the Tilly crane. I purchased the Tilly from BaconFist at Shapeways and am working on detailing it now. The last two pictures are the boxes of aircraft left to build and the Tilly crane without detailing.

I am not the best photographer and due to the lighting it is difficult getting a good picture with the compact digital camera. I do plan on having professional pictures taken once it is complete.
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Re: Buiding 1/350 USS Carl Vinson (Circa 1983)

Post by Wolfman63 » Mon Nov 27, 2017 9:17 pm

Special Update! Since the ship is done I now need to work on the filling the flight deck. With all the detail I added to the ship, it only makes sense to continue with details.

I ordered the Tilly crane from BaconFist on Shapeways (3D printed accessoriesfor Nimitz Class carriers)



And here it is after 9.5 hours of detailing.
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