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1:350 USS Carl Vinson Project

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I am starting a 1/350 scale of the USS Carl Vinson as it was during the 1983 World Cruise. I will be detailing the hanger bay, all 86 aircraft, modifying the island and hull to match the timeline and ship. It will also include illuminating many areas like flight deck, Island, hanger, and catwalks. It will be using 14 LED's and over 400 feet of fiber optics. Goal is to have it completed by December. The first challenge is to add the "as-built" sponsons. She only had the original sponsons for a short time. While there is limited photos (online and personal) for these I have been able to replicate them. I have the port forward and starboard aft sponsons mounted and am working on the port aft double-decker sponson.

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Here are the aft sponsons roughed in

 

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Front port sponson

 

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Front starboard sponson

 

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Fantail Details

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Here is the fantail with LED's and fiber optic lighting.

 

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Hangar Bay Details.

Port walls

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Doorway details

 

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Forward tunnel and GSE area lighted

 

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Aft hangar bay walls

 

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Port hangar walls

 

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Looking aft from hangar bay 1

 

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View from hangar bay 2 doorway

 

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Hangar deck completed (weathered and painted deck)

 

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Wow! I've always seen these super detailed large carriers at shows. It feels great to finally watch one of them actually in progress. This is all magnificently masterful work! I'm watching this very closely.

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WOW! AMS clobbers another modeler. So sad to see what can happen to an otherwise sane modeler. The only prescription for recovery is to work your way through the entire episode until you feel the AMS fading away. Then you will be done with the model!

 

Ed, fellow victim of AMS

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Great job. Anxiously awaiting to see your finished piece.

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CVN-70 Project - After 5 attempts I finally figured out how to do the landing light "meatball"

It's difficult to get a good picture due to the brightness but it does look cool.

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Great looking boat. You've got me thinking about getting back to my project that's been on hiatus.

 

Love the lighting and all of the hangar deck details. Keep up the great work.

 

 

Bill

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Love it. Doing the same thing but much later when my son was aboard. Nice to see "Cell Block 70" getting its just due

Dave

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CVN-70 Project - After I cut off all the catwalks (have PE version) I put flight deck together and made sure it fit the hull. I then started the long process of drilling and routing the fiber optic deck lights. I have the rear approach line done and am working on the foul line. The approach line will use a white LED and the foul line will use a blue LED. I drilled the holes at an angle so the optic lines will lay flat. I also mount them sticking up. Once the deck is painted and detailed I will trim the optic lines flush. They will be nearly invisible until the lights are on. Once all the lines are installed I will make them look like overhead pipes then prime and paint. The hangar bay LED's will be mounted after painting. I will need to do the island before I install deck to hull so I can run the wires for the island lights.


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CVN-70 Project - I finished the runway optic lines and halfway done with the foul line. Have about 28 more lines to run. I have quite the bundle. It's going to be a while to get them lines up and laying flat.
Here is a preview of the lights (just used a table lamp to see how the pattern looks)

 

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Wow, looking good! What amazing work you're doing here.

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David,

Things are looking great so far. Will be following this build with interest.

 

Chris GraeteR

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Madman!

 

Is there going to be enough room to hide those bundles under the deck and through the hangar deck? Or is there clearance along the sides between the hull and walls.

 

Just wondering how you are handling that situation.

 

Bill

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I have 2mm of clearance and if I lay them all flat, the thickest fiber is .75mm. The plan is to lay them flat like overhead pipes and cables. I also have 7 LED'S per bay to install. It's going to be tight but I believe I can fit them without too many problems.

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CVN-70 Project - All the fiber optic lines have been laid out. Starting to glue them down so I can route them. It's slow going. Have to do it in sections.

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So the runway and foul line optics have been laid and glued. Looks like I can light them with just 5 LED's. Runway in white and foul line in blue. Tonight I will run the bow lights then I need to route all the fiber optic lines so they are flat and aligned evenly. Hoping to have pictures of the deck lit up with LED's by weekend.

 

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CVN-70 Project - All the fiber optic lines have been run and the LED's have been installed as the source. The pictures are the result. Note that I have not trimmed the fibers down yet since I need to paint and weather the deck before I can trim them flush. They do look very bright in the photo's due to the way the camera sees the light. Once trimmed the brightness will not be as bright.

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Coming in for a landing view:

 

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CVN-70 Project - Spent the day setting up the hangar bay lighting. I just taped everything to see if I had the placement right. Here is a trial fit test.

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Getting even better. Looks just like I remember it

 

Dave

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CVN-70 Project - The flight deck has been painted and fiber optic lines trimmed flush. Still need to add decals and weathering.

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Fantastic. Love to follow this.

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Been a busy two weeks with taking care of other things so model time has been limited. I was able to get the hangar bay GSE tractors, Captains boat, and liberty launch together. Just need to do a little bit more detailing and decals. Next week I will be starting on the island.

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