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  1. Just finished the cockpit. The jump seats came out pretty good. Now working on the fuselage.
  2. I would really like to see a 1/48 scale CH-54 Tarhe (Sky Crane) I have always like the Sky Crane's ever since I saw a few in action when I was a kid.
  3. Starting Italeri's 1/48 scale UH-1D. Have the pilot/co-pilot seats detailed. I am scratch building the jump seats. The one in the kit are way too thick and not in correct scale. Starting the canvas for the benches today. Here are some pictures of the progress.
  4. While I contemplate my next large project, I am working back on my 1/48 scale aircraft. So the first aircraft completed in 2018 is a Trumpeter 1/48 scale F9F-3 from VF-51.
  5. I had a friend who owns his own photography business stop by and take some hi-res professional shots. (he took over 200!) All these photo's are from Andy Schneider Photography. (click on picture to zoom in)
  6. Here are the final pictures. I want to make a special note to Ron at http://www.grandpascabinets.com/model-display-kits/ His display case is awesome. The fit and finish are first class. If you ever need a display case I highly recommend him. Thanks again for following me through this project. I hope it has inspired others to not be afraid to take on a large project.
  7. I have completed the F-14’s and mounted the aircraft to the flight deck. The model is complete. I am waiting for the display case to arrive. I will then attach the screws (propellers for the non-nautical folks) when I attach the model to the display case base and run the wiring. This project has been a challenge but a fun build. I would like to thank all those that followed this build over the past 9 months and all the comments, and critiques you have provided. Build time for this has been 777 hours. Started it on April 23, 2017 and finished January 21, 2018. The display case is on its way
  8. The Revell kit is 1/400 scale.I could not locate any decals for the Dallas or Los Angeles class. However, The basic markings are the draft markings and the numbers. . There are many decal companies that offer USN font white numbers. If I recall Microscale has a sheet of numbers in 4 different sizes. The draft markings can be painted on.
  9. As I head down the final stretch of this long detailed build, The A-7E's from VA-105 and VA-37 are done and sitting on the bow. All that is left to do is the F-14's from VF-51 and VF-111. Here are the pictures:
  10. The A-6E's are completed and now on the flight deck. Starting the A-7E's. Just have 16 of the A-7E's and 16 of the F-14's left to do. I was hoping to finish by today but doing 1/350 scale aircraft is a longer process than I estimated. Just hit 712 hours into this project and estimate about 40 more hours to go to complete. Here are the pictures of the A-6E's on deck.
  11. As promised, Here are pictures of the new work bench. I had a small wooden drafting/hobby desk. Worked great for about 10 years. For Christmas my Wife bought me a new one. It's 35% larger surface area and steel supports so it is very stable. Used it the first time last night working on 1/350 A-6E's for my Vinson project. Here is what I used for 10+ years: Here are pictures of my new one. I like the tray in front. Very handy. Here is one of the new large Xacto self-healing mats: And here is it in use: Now plenty of room to build:
  12. Little late on latest update. Between Christmas and a minor health issue I am hoping to get back to the rest of the aircraft. Here are the E-2C's from VAW-114 on the flight deck. I will be starting on the A-6E's next after I set up my new work bench that my awesome loving Wife got me for Christmas. (Pictures will be posted later) Now on to the E-2C pictures:
  13. The S-3A's for the flight deck are now complete. Working on the E-2C's now. They are built just need to paint and decal them this weekend.
  14. Work is progressing on filling the flight deck. The EA-6B's and the SH-3's are done. So there are only 48 more aircraft to do. I also received the brass plaque which will be mounted on the base of the display case. The final position of the aircraft will be done after all of them are built. Here are the latest pictures:
  15. Working on filling the flight deck continues. Here are the deck tractors for the flight deck. These are the Black Dog deck tractor set. The only assembly was the wheels. The decals are from Star Fighter. Next up is to start working on the many aircraft for the flight deck.
  16. 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) This is how it arrived: And here it is after 9.5 hours of detailing. Now to start work on to the deck tractors.....
  17. 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 i
  18. 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. BEFORE: AFTER:
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. Yes, they need to be adjusted to straighten them out. Will be done during the rigging.
  22. 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:
  23. I have had a few folks inquire on how I did the flight deck weathering. 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 (
  24. 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.
  25. The secret is I did not paint them. I have a set of Prismcolor Premier colored pencils that I use for detailing models. I took the white one and colored the padeye's then ran a pink eraser over the deck which made the circle edges come out even. Took about 2 hours to do the deck and elevators.
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