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1:350 USS Carl Vinson Project


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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.

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It may be a lot of hours, but you have done a tremendous amount of quality work in that time. I am still amazed at how fast this came together given all you have done to improve it. I commend you Sir!

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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:

 

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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 and should be here this week. I will post final pictures next weekend.

I hope you all have enjoyed this build.

 

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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.

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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)

 

 

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Hi, David,

 

Thank you ... THANK YOU ... THANK YOU!!! ... for sharing your work on this magnificent build over the last eight months or so. You have appropriately answered the question: How do I build such a challenging project when I am looking at all these boxes of parts, electrical and fiber optic components, photo-etch details, and tiny airplanes with individual decal markings? One piece at a time.

 

I hope some museum takes an interest in displaying this ship model. It deserves to be seen and appreciated by the public. That's hard to do if you keep it at home.

 

Best regards.

 

Ed

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 You can now read about all the work it took to create my USS Carl Vinson Project. You can see all the build photo's at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-350-uss-carl-vinson/  and all the completed photo's at https://davidsscalemodels.com/gallery/uss-carl-vinson-project/

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Dave, just wanted to congratulate you again on a great model.

It was interesting talking to you about how you did all of the modifications to take it way beyond what anybody would attempt.

Seeing it in person at BOH was a real treat.

Bill (USS Wasp)

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On 1/3/2019 at 3:31 AM, Wolfman63 said:

For those of you that would like to see this in person, It will be at the National Convention in Chattanooga this August!

Fantastic!

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On 1/3/2019 at 2:31 AM, Wolfman63 said:

For those of you that would like to see this in person, It will be at the National Convention in Chattanooga this August!

Fantastic! Now I've got more incentive to go!

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UPDATE: On August 8th 2019, We CAREFULLY load my 1/350 USS Carl Vinson Model in the back of our SUV and drove over 600 miles to the beautiful city of Chattanooga Tennessee to attend the IPMS Nation convention. The model was entered  into the contest under class 401 “1/350 Aircraft Carrier” On Saturday August 10th we attended the award ceremony and the USS Carl Vinson won first place in it class! The model survived the trip there and back with no issues. I also would like to mention that the Chattanooga IPMS chapter hosted an awesome show. This was my first time at a national convention and it was great!

Check out the photos of the model in my Gallery on my Blog https://davidsscalemodels.com/gallery/uss-carl-vinson-project/

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Congratulations on a well-deserved award. I spent at least an hour and a half looking over this incredible model and I always saw something new. It is a stunning model that was well worth seeing in person.

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Just a fantastic piece of work.

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