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Building the Trumpeter Liberty Ship
warreni
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Posted: Friday, October 28, 2016 - 03:56 AM UTC
Russell, you know how I said I would be building the Dragon Scharnhorst next, well I changed my mind..

In an effort to start working my way through my stash in some sort of chronological order I found one of the oldest kits in the stash was Trumpeter's 1/350 Liberty Ship.



And the nice, clear instructions..



I also have the Eduard detail set in the stash..



With two frets..



And again nice clear instructions..



I have glued the hull together but the photos haven't uploaded yet. When they do I will insert another update.

Cheers
Warren
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Posted: Friday, October 28, 2016 - 04:59 AM UTC
Oh...very nice choice Warren! Have fun!
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Posted: Friday, October 28, 2016 - 01:09 PM UTC
Oooo.. Nice, I picked up both versions at a show recently second hand, both had been started but not to far although I have managed to remove the waterline plate from one as I don't build waterline. So now I can sit back and see how to build these.
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Posted: Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 01:59 AM UTC
Warren,

This kit has always interested me. Looking forward to watching this build

Dave
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Posted: Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 06:05 PM UTC
Hi Warren,

even though I was looking forward to your Scharnhorst build, this one will be interesting as well - of course I'm in here, too!!

You make it sound like you're heading for a vacation - clear and easy to read, jut two frets... Well, is this about having fun after all???

Looking forward to your liberty ship! Should you be interested, I have a bunch of pictures of the Jeremiah O'Brian as she sits in San Francisco from last year.

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Monday, October 31, 2016 - 10:41 PM UTC
Hello everyone.

Please excuse my lack of updates at the moment. Will hopefully get one done soon.

Cheers
Warren
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Posted: Tuesday, November 01, 2016 - 03:39 AM UTC
Hi Warren

well, we're all entitled to change our mind from time to time

Besides, this is not a bad little kit. Needs a bit of work here and there, but nothing too difficult.

I built this kit a few years back: here's the build log ; and here are the gallery pics

which may be of some help for easy reference

watching with interest, as always.
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Posted: Tuesday, November 01, 2016 - 07:12 AM UTC

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Hi Warren

well, we're all entitled to change our mind from time to time

Besides, this is not a bad little kit. Needs a bit of work here and there, but nothing too difficult.

I built this kit a few years back: here's the build log ; and here are the gallery pics

which may be of some help for easy reference

watching with interest, as always.



I built it back in about 2006 I think. Struggled with the unnecessary double boot line and all. No PE on that one though as that was Warren's pre-PE days.
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Posted: Tuesday, November 01, 2016 - 02:58 PM UTC

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Hi Warren

well, we're all entitled to change our mind from time to time

Besides, this is not a bad little kit. Needs a bit of work here and there, but nothing too difficult.

I built this kit a few years back: here's the build log ; and here are the gallery pics

which may be of some help for easy reference

watching with interest, as always.



I built it back in about 2006 I think. Struggled with the unnecessary double boot line and all. No PE on that one though as that was Warren's pre-PE days.



Well one thing i can tell you for certain, is that where Trumpeter have split the hull waterline, is NOT where the anti fouling red should stop. On the actual ships the anti fouling red stopped at the propeller's centreline and was much lower than the actual waterline.
Whether this was a wartime economy measure, or what, I don't know, but it is what it is/was

oh, and there was no 'boot topping'. It was anti fouling red, and grey. Not the fancy colour scheme suggested by Trumpy. And aside from the cargo tarps, EVERYTHING was grey! Ocean 5-0 is pretty good match.
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Posted: Tuesday, November 01, 2016 - 03:17 PM UTC
Sorry to disappoint Russell but I are using good ole Haze Grey for everything but the deck which is 20B Blue or somefing like that. I am calling it artistic licence with this one.

So I started bu removing some parts of the sides of the deck where railings go rather than solid sheet..



Then I followed the instructions and glued the decks on, but ignored the instructions and glued the lower half of the hull on..



Once I had them on I painted the deck Deck Blue and the fittings Haze Grey..



Oh and the lower hull hull red. Then after I put the forward PE gun tubs together I assembled and attached the various winches..



Then I started on the cargo hatch covers. After removing them from the sprue and cleaning them up I removed the ribs off the top with 240 grade wet and dry..



http://i374.photobucket.com/albums/oo184/warreni21/Liberty%201%208.jpg

Then I glued the sides on and removed the details from the sides.



And ended up with 5 naked hatches..



Then I bent up the PE for the hatch sides and attached them..





Tomorrow I will attach the straps over the hatches after the other PE parts get a chance to dry.

Cheers
Warren
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Posted: Tuesday, November 01, 2016 - 03:37 PM UTC
Off to a great start there Warren! Clean building!!
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Posted: Tuesday, November 01, 2016 - 10:07 PM UTC
Warren,

Great start, looking to see more

Dave
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Posted: Wednesday, November 02, 2016 - 01:56 AM UTC
Excellent build! It's sort of refreshing to see a model of a non-warfighting vessel; for sure, cargo ships didn't/don't get any glory for their role.

The winches look great, by the way. Were they in one piece, or did you have to glue them up bit by bit? Can't wait to see how you finish those hatches, too!

Tim
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Posted: Wednesday, November 02, 2016 - 10:20 AM UTC
Warren,

good start, nice and tidy work - and already back to 'Warren-Spped'. However - you know when the production line was fully up and running in WWII (for the real thing) they build one in less than a week. I think record was about three days. So it seems you are falling behind the original

Very nice work!!

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Sunday, November 06, 2016 - 11:37 AM UTC

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Excellent build! It's sort of refreshing to see a model of a non-warfighting vessel; for sure, cargo ships didn't/don't get any glory for their role.

The winches look great, by the way. Were they in one piece, or did you have to glue them up bit by bit? Can't wait to see how you finish those hatches, too!

Tim



Thanks everyone.

Tim, those winches are all multipart and have just enough detail. I could have painted the wire drums black or metallic grey but in 1/350 they are just too small.

Cheers
Warren
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Posted: Sunday, November 06, 2016 - 11:55 AM UTC

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Warren,

good start, nice and tidy work - and already back to 'Warren-Spped'. However - you know when the production line was fully up and running in WWII (for the real thing) they build one in less than a week. I think record was about three days. So it seems you are falling behind the original

Very nice work!!

Jan



They had the advantage of lots of workers and using sub-assemblies.

Be that as it may it is time for another update!

After sanding the plastic details off I marked where the metal straps should go..



Then I cemented them in position..



I have since painted them but haven't taken a piccy of them yet. In a departure from the kit instructions I transferred over to the PE instructions and started on the masts..



Then the small cabin around the base of this mast. Starting with a flat piece of metal, and applying a few bends..



Then you add bits to the outside..







Then you add a couple of vents to the top and that mast..



All this one needs now is some derricks and a coat of paint and it can be attached to the deck.. Well not just yet as it is a sticky uppy thing and Warren's first law of ship modelling is, "Thou shall not attach sticky uppy bits until the end when there is less chance of knocking them off."

That's it for now
Warren
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Posted: Sunday, November 06, 2016 - 11:18 PM UTC
Hi Warren,

very nice and swift work - even though you're all on your own....

Looks good!

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Monday, November 14, 2016 - 10:21 AM UTC
Thanks Jan.

Things have slowed a bit due to weekends being taken up looking at houses to buy rather than at the model bench,, sigh..

Be that as it may I have an update for you from Inman's Slipways. First up are aseveral booms that needed to be constructed to attach to the various masts etc. These were the crane booms.



All have since had their pulleys installed. Then I bit the bullet and decided to use the PE gun tubs rather than the plastic kit ones as the Oerlikon stands would not fit in the plastic tubs..



After rolling them I attached them to the stern gun deck..



You can see the stands I was alluding to in the tubs. Also notice the PE ammo containers.

Then it was back to building masts and the little sheds at their bases..



Hmmm.. I think that door may need re-glueing..





Also to be fitted when the masts are attached are these lifeboat holders. A bit of tricky folding but not too hard.



And that's it for now.

Cheers and happy building,
Warren
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Posted: Monday, November 14, 2016 - 10:39 AM UTC
Hi Warren,

nice update. And yes, I do know this real life interference all too well... New house - moving again? Than good luck and all the best for your house hunting!!

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 01:19 AM UTC
Nearly there now Warren-she's a very relaxing build this one, as long as you don't rig the booms.

And another house hunt/move too? Good luck!
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Posted: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 01:53 AM UTC
Nice update Warren.

Good luck with the house hunting.

Cheers


Sean
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Posted: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 02:44 AM UTC
Great job on detailing the "sheds" at the foot of the masts...really fantastic!! And those life boat holders look so intricate.
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Posted: Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 04:34 PM UTC
Beautifully clean work again Warren!
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Posted: Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 08:19 PM UTC
Warren,

Beautiful work.

Dave
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Posted: Friday, November 18, 2016 - 12:42 AM UTC

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Hi Warren,

nice update. And yes, I do know this real life interference all too well... New house - moving again? Than good luck and all the best for your house hunting!!

Cheers,
Jan



Thanks Jan.

Yes, we may be moving again so we are a bit closer to my Wife's workplace.

Cheers
Warren