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Building the Dragon 1/350 USS Gearing (1945)
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Posted: Monday, November 26, 2018 - 08:53 AM UTC
looking very nice Warren

Interesting to see you paint the hull before attaching the deck???

How'd you go with cleaning that airbrush? I've heard of people using ultra sonic jewellery cleaners for acrylic paints?
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Posted: Monday, November 26, 2018 - 07:37 AM UTC

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Nice progress Warren,

despite the great help from the Dragon instructions...

Cheers,
Jan



Thanks Jan.

Was very busy with 1/1 vehicles on the weekend but found time to finish the painting of the hull and glue them together..





A few runs due tp using second-hand tape (yes sometimes I am scabby) but nothing a few brush strokes didn't fix.

Then I made a start on the decals for the decks..



Don't worry, they aren't silvered just a bit glossy. A coat of matt clear should fix that.

That's it for now
Cheers
Warren
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Posted: Monday, November 26, 2018 - 06:49 AM UTC
Nice progress Warren,

despite the great help from the Dragon instructions...

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Friday, November 23, 2018 - 06:57 PM UTC

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Hey Warren. Nice work so far.....Cheers Mark



Thanks Mark and Chuck.
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Posted: Friday, November 23, 2018 - 06:56 PM UTC

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Warren, I'm subscribed and following. I've had a real building drought for months and really need to get back to the bench to move on with my Gearing Class Odyssey .

Cheers, D




Thanks Damien.
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Posted: Friday, November 23, 2018 - 05:03 AM UTC
Damian: On your own thread, which I found very interesting, you asked what the difference was in the Frank Knox (as a DDR) and Chevalier (again as a DDR). Hope this helps.

The Gearing Class was considered up until 1950 or so, as a long hulled Sumner and not a class of their own. When Frank Knox was built and commissioned as a DD, she was armed identically to any other Sumner. Starting with the Philippines campaign the need was identified for a radar picket destroyer. While the Fletchers and Sumners were fulfilling this requirement they lacked height finding radar and vectoring equipment to direct intercepting fighters. The need was for more space and the solution was to rapidly convert or complete long hulled Sumners (Gearings) to fill this role. Most were converted while building and had the optimum rig for DDR work. Chevalier was one of these and she completed with the after bank of torpedo tubes deleted in favor of an additional quad forty mount, and twin 20mm guns. The twin 20mm's were not a one for one replacement for singles in all cases.

Knox as stated was commissioned as a DD, but before she went to the Pacific, she received the DDR electronic gear, but kept the after bank of torpedoes. She was also commissioned with single 20mm mounts. I do not know if the singles were replaced by twins before deployment, although I doubt it. The need was great and everyone was in a hurry to get this capability in the fleet for Okinawa and the impending invasion of Japan. There was also a shortage of twin 20mm's, and most of those available were sent to the west coast yards to be used for the anti-Kamikaze upgrades.

One clue to twins or singles is the shape of the 20mm bulwarks on the stern. Generally if the shape was triangular it meant that there were three singles, just like the mid war modification to the Fletchers. An oval shape usually denoted 2 20mm twins mounts. Don't take this as gospel though. It is only a general statement, and each ship in the class must be thoroughly researched prior to building.
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Posted: Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 11:35 PM UTC
Hey Warren. Nice work so far.....Cheers Mark
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Posted: Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 07:04 PM UTC
Warren, I'm subscribed and following. I've had a real building drought for months and really need to get back to the bench to move on with my Gearing Class Odyssey .

Cheers, D

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Posted: Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 12:21 PM UTC
Can anyone recommend a method of removing old paint from an airbrush tip? I thought I had removed it all but Life Color can be a pain to remove. Water doesn't wok, or thinners... will acetone do the job?
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Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 03:12 PM UTC

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Thanks to whoever fixed the apostrophe problem. Maybe you should consider changing the chat program?

I got the Navy Blue applied to the lower hull tonight. Will need another coat though I am sure.

You will also be happy to know that my 1:1 scale car collection will be growing again on the weekend.




I sent a PM about it to Todd Michalak (your blog's moderator) a couple of nights back Warren-never got a reply, but it soon changed, so someone must've seen the PM.

Thanks to whoever changed it.

Come to think of it-has anyone heard from Todd lately?
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Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 02:40 AM UTC
Warren,

Nice start on your Gearing. I love the Dragon subjects but as you mentioned, a lot of fiddly parts and a bit over engineered pushes me to delay starting the ones I have in my stash.

Looking forward to following along with your build.

Dave
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Posted: Monday, November 19, 2018 - 09:49 PM UTC
Thanks to whoever fixed the apostrophe problem. Maybe you should consider changing the chat program?

I got the Navy Blue applied to the lower hull tonight. Will need another coat though I am sure.

You will also be happy to know that my 1:1 scale car collection will be growing again on the weekend.

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Posted: Monday, November 19, 2018 - 09:30 PM UTC

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Hi Warren,

The old Dragon instructions up to their tricks again.

Nice progress though.

Be careful about the requested adjustment to the title, or the apostrophe police will be after you!!




Cheers

Si



Unfortunately a worse problem is not getting notifications. Nothing has been done as yet. Bit slow in reviewing emails.




Look's like it's been done.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Monday, November 19, 2018 - 09:15 PM UTC
ah! The apostrophe curse is over! Getting notifications at last!

Now the curse of the Dragon instructions

Nicely handled though Warren
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Posted: Monday, November 19, 2018 - 01:20 PM UTC

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Hi Warren,

The old Dragon instructions up to their tricks again.

Nice progress though.

Be careful about the requested adjustment to the title, or the apostrophe police will be after you!!




Cheers

Si



Unfortunately a worse problem is not getting notifications. Nothing has been done as yet. Bit slow in reviewing emails.
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Posted: Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 09:01 PM UTC
Hi Warren,

The old Dragon instructions up to their tricks again.

Nice progress though.

Be careful about the requested adjustment to the title, or the apostrophe police will be after you!!




Cheers

Si
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Posted: Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 08:36 PM UTC
Thanks everyone.

Some more progress. I started on the hull and painted the upper part Haze Grey. Then I attached the prop shafts and rudders.





Next up I went to attach the very fiddly prop guards and discovered there are no plastic alternates to the PE. Luckily they supply moulds for you to bend them around, but as usual the Dragon instructions are wrong..



The instructions guide you to sprue D for the moulds as you can see above, but they are actually on F...





Unfortunately this is pretty common for Dragon. You would think pre-production reviews would pick these things up but unfortunately they don't ever seem to.

Oh well, that's it for the moment

Cheers
Warren

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Posted: Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 10:26 AM UTC

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Nice progress so far Warren!

Yup, Dragon are known for their fiddly bits.

Can you please ask a moderator to get rid of that apostrophe from your title though? It's stopping email notifications going out



Please do that mate...



have asked

Looking good btw!
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Posted: Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 12:37 AM UTC
Nice work!

The Dragon depth charge racks are nicely molded.
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Posted: Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 11:30 PM UTC
Warren,

I think you are a victim of Murphy's law on how a 'thought to be' simple task refuses to be simple. I can assemble a large radar piece requiring complex folds but couldn't get a 90 degree bend correct on a railing installation to align up correctly, go figure.

I could go either way with the depth charge racks. The kit supplied rack looks fine and I bet will pop with the proper paint and weathering finish.

Mark

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Posted: Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 08:18 PM UTC
Hi Warren,

Nice progress, pity about the etched radar scanner, it does look a bit odd though.

The depth charge rack mouldings look pretty good without any etch.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 10:13 AM UTC
Hi all,

I finally got a bit of time to do some construction of the Gearing. I am still on Page 1, Step 1 of the admittedly confusing instructions. It is very easy to overlook things but if you mark stuff off as you go you are fine.

First up I decided to exchange the plastic radar aerial for PE from the Eduard kit.



After one or two bends, and the inevitable breaking of the PE part, I used the plastic part as a mould for the PE..





I then used a piece of brass rod behind the screens to glue the two pieces together. Then I added the Dragon PE sides to the aerial and found it was way aver-size to actually fit in the mount. All that fiddling and now it doesn't even fit the mount... I went back and added the sides to the plastic one and continued...

Next I glued the two plastic pieces together to make the radar hut and added the Eduard antenna mount to the roof.



Then I added the antenna and mount..



And finally that was Step 1 all done! Next Step, a lot of stuff for the mail deck and actually glueing the main deck in place. First up the depth charge droppers. Glued the two halves together gazing in awe at the Dragon moulding..



Then I formed up the Eduard PE to put on the mount and thought to myself, wait a sec, this adds no detail at all to the mount. I changed my mind at that point and am going with the plastic part.





Then it was off to the paint booth to spray the Lifecolor 20D deck blue on the decks, surprisingly..



I gave them another coat this morning and that is the state of play at the moment.

Cheers everyone
Warren
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Posted: Tuesday, November 06, 2018 - 11:35 AM UTC
You think there are a lot of assembly in each step wait until you run across the part you can't identify because it is not labeled, the drawing is poor or they are showing you to install it on the part, but on the backside of the part in the drawing. When you look on the backside of the piece there is no indication of where the part may attach to.

Their Scharnhorst kit had a few of those. I lucked out with a good photo and strong magnifying glass.

Mark
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Posted: Tuesday, November 06, 2018 - 10:06 AM UTC

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Nice progress so far Warren!

Yup, Dragon are known for their fiddly bits.

Can you please ask a moderator to get rid of that apostrophe from your title though? It's stopping email notifications going out



Please do that mate...