Beginners build of Digital Navy's USS Arizona

Discussion in 'Ship & Watercraft Models' started by Bargee61, Mar 10, 2005.

  1. Bargee61

    Bargee61 Member

    Attempt No. 2 has reached the hull plating stage. As you can see from the photos I have completed the middle section and lightly sanded the joins. Much happier with this plating ... still room for improvement though.

    That's it for now ... back sometime soon ...

  2. Leif Oh

    Leif Oh Member

    Mike, if you want a matt or semi-matt finish from your polyurethane, I recommend thinning it with ca 15 percent aceton (or possibly even more; experiment with the percentage!). Makes it easier to paint thin & smooth coats, too.

    I tried that with great success making a big RC scale glider once. Used floor paint, no less, for strength. Thinning it with aceton created a most effective semi-matt gloss. Must have made half a dozen coats, sanding them down with wet paper between coats.

  3. Bargee61

    Bargee61 Member


    Thanks for the info

  4. Bargee61

    Bargee61 Member

    Well, major disaster I'm afraid. Was sorting out the books on the bookcase next to my work table, and, yep, you've guessed it, dropped most of the stack I was lifting straight on top of the Arizona. :( :(

    I had completed the hull plating plus the prop shafts and rudder, ready for painting, so you can guess just how I felt about my own stupidity. The air was blue and the language very foul!! The resultant wreckage was consigned to my neighbours bonfire accompanied by several cans of beer down my throat (and his, my neighbour that is).

    Anyway I will not be detered. Another attempt will be started, but it's likely to be some months before I get to the same stage I had reached.

    Bye for now .... back sometime soon

  5. Jim Krauzlis

    Jim Krauzlis Active Member

    Mike, I am so sorry. :cry:

    I feel your pain, indeed I do.

    I'm sure your next attempt will be that much better having gained some experience during this build.

    We are all looking forward to your next build, when you are ready.

    Take care,
  6. bfam4t6

    bfam4t6 Member

    Sorry Mike. I'm sure that really sucked! I know that I for one am quite pissed to say the least when things like that happen to me. But Jim is probably right, practice makes perfect, so you can only expect the next build to be even better!
  7. Bargee61

    Bargee61 Member

    Right, the waits over. CD for the USS Arizona 2004 arrived a couple of days ago, so we are off and running again. (trouble is I have also started GPM's Graf Spee in the interim, couldn't resist it!. Still, could be fun to have tow on the go at once).

    Have laminated the basic hull parts to 1mm and no the big cut begins.

    That's it for now... back sometime soon.

  8. DN

    DN Member

  9. Prowler901

    Prowler901 Member

    AWESOME! So glad to see you're back at it :) I can't wait to get mine :D

  10. Gil

    Gil Active Member

    Mike, I'm still savouring the kit and lo! away you go! I think you've got a whole lot of us looking in on your build. Best of luck on it and, ah, keep it way from heavy dropping things this time...,

    Best regards, Gil
  11. Bargee61

    Bargee61 Member

    Sorry it's been so long guys, but other things have been occupying my time. Haven't done that much but have completed the basic hull framework as the pics show. Further progress is liklely to be slow, especially since Santa was very kind - GPM's USS Missouri, GPM's Bismarck, GPM's HMS Prince of Wales and GreMir's HMS Repulse, which I especially like; at last a good size Battle Cruiser. Now if someone would just bring out HMS Hood in 1:200 to complement GPM's Bismarck and Prince of Wales I could just be satisfied - for today. Oh, and how about Prinz Eugen in 1:200 just to complete the quartet. I hope DN, GreMir and GPM are taking note! I know, dream on!

    That's it for now ... back sometime soon ....


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  12. Sure looks like the armature is going to be sufficently stiff to stand up to the rigors of handling during the rest of construction. Seeing this reminds me I have got to get off my rear end as far as hobby sttuff goes. Been way too busy on home remodeling projects
  13. Padre

    Padre Guest

    Digital Navy Arizona

    I built the Arizona as my first major project in paper. Took three months and many of the smaller parts thrown away. I have only built freebies from the net in the past, have built two wooden sailing ships though. The Arizona turned out fine to me, in a glass case now along with the wooden ships.

    If anyone is into designing paper models, how about the USS White River, LSMR 536? That is my site.

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