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Build Log: 1/350 USS Missouri
McRunty
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Posted: Friday, February 15, 2019 - 05:46 AM UTC
I have been working on and off on the Mighty Mo this week and have made some 'Progress'

First up the good:

Anchor chains are on and looking good. I am pleased with them. I also am pretty happy with the various bits and bots that go around the anchor capstans.



Plimsoll lines and ship number are on. These were dry transfers and the first time I have managed to use dry transfers and get them right. Turns out that patients, time and many youtube tutorials were the answer.


Rear conning tower came out looking pretty good. I am happy with it. Just need to fix the paint a bit.


The OK:

In my infinite wisdom I decided that drilling the portholes would make the ship look much better. All well and good you say except for the fact I had already painted the superstructure etc. Queue up a couple of hours spent with a very careful handled dremel with a long drill bit and we have port holes. I am pretty happy with how it came out.

I have also decided (again, after the fact) to put in the support poles for the balcony bits as indicated by the arrow. These are not in the exact correct spot but that's the price you pay for not thinking ahead. I will be adding more on the other balconies when I get some more plastic rod.


Lastly the ugly:

The rear housing which holds the rear conning tower broke away after painting. This tore off the putty and paint and left a nasty mess. Unfortunately because of where it is and the fact I had already put on the conning tower with its fragile PE as well as the wooden deck I am having a hell of a time getting in there to sand and smooth. I have already damaged the adjacent PE ladders which I am going to have to replace.I think I have come up with a solution which, if it works, I will document later.


And lastly, I mentioned this in a previous post but the paint I am using is horrible. Its AK interactive Haze Grey and is simply the worst paint I have ever used. I am forced to use it for now since I have not been able to match it to another paint but after this build or if I find something even remotely comparably its into the trash with it.
RedDuster
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Posted: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 09:32 PM UTC
Hi Rory,

Great job on the Anchor gear, the f'o'c's'le looks nice and busy. Pity about the dodgy paint, appreciate the heads up, looks like I will steer clear of that. I wouldn't be too worried about a mismatch in colour, paint on ships tend to weather slighty differently depending on how exposed it is, how much funnel smoke drifts over it etc.


Cheers

Si
McRunty
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Posted: Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 10:31 AM UTC
I have fixed my issues with both paint and the rear conning tower mess.

Paint wise I found Mission Models Haze Grey to be a very close match and it behaves so well. It went down beautifully.

Fixing the messed up area was easier than I thought it would be. I ripped off the damaged PE ladders and hatches and I used Tamiya tape to cover it

Granted its tape that has been sealed with CA on the edges and impregnated with pledge but still tape. And it looks pretty good if I do say so myself.

Without paint.


With the new MM Haze Grey.


I really am quite happy with it
timmyp
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Posted: Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 10:22 PM UTC
Lookin' good! That's some fantastic detailing on the anchor windlasses & brake handles.

Tim
StephenLarsen
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Posted: Monday, February 18, 2019 - 01:18 AM UTC
Very nice! Great paint rescue!
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Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 01:30 AM UTC
Rory,

I feel your pain! Your experience illustrates why so many of us are so conservative with the paints we use. Some paints work better than others, and once we "learn" a particular paint range there are fewer nasty surprises! Anyway, yours was a workmanlike and effective fix with that awful paint issue.
RussellE
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Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 11:12 PM UTC
Rory, very nice fix with the tape method!
McRunty
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Posted: Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 01:43 AM UTC

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Thanks so much, Rory! Very happy to hear you are happy with the parts!

Hi Russell! For the gray resin parts, I recently purchased a high-quality resin 3D printer and now do my own printing. Products printed in gray resin link:
https://www.model-monkey.com/

I can print for others, no minimum.

My Shapeways shop remains open, too, for those that prefer designs printed in materials other than gray resin. Nameplates 3D-printed in real metal are available in that shop, too. Model Monkey on Shapeways link:
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/Model_Monkey

Rory, very happy for you!



Hi Stephen, I have reviewed your turrets and submitted to Kitmaker. Just waiting to see if it gets approved.
StephenLarsen
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Posted: Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 02:14 AM UTC
Thanks so much, Rory!

I recently completed two more USS Missouri designs, a 1944 bridge and 1945 bridge (details differ). The 1945 bridge may be helpful to you. Here it is:













JJ1973
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Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 03:17 AM UTC
Ups- somehow I missed your thread for more than a year...

Rory, great work so far, I just scrolled through the last pages, looks really excellent!

I should be careful not to miss your next update...

Cheers
Jan
McRunty
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Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 03:37 AM UTC

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Ups- somehow I missed your thread for more than a year...

Rory, great work so far, I just scrolled through the last pages, looks really excellent!

I should be careful not to miss your next update...

Cheers
Jan



Hi Jan,

I will be getting back into this build soon. I got distracted by things with wings and tracks