Digital Navy - USS Arizona - 1/100

Discussion in 'Ship & Watercraft Models' started by eibwarrior, Sep 15, 2007.

  1. The Hermit

    The Hermit Member

    this really has come along ways, you deserve congratulations..

    makes me wish i had not stepped on mine :eek:
  2. eibwarrior

    eibwarrior Member

    Kingfisher Re-color complete!

    Thanks Hermit! Good to see you around again. I hope you meant "stopped" and not "stepped". If not, my condolences on your loss. :eek:

    Finally! This has taken way too long, but I must admit that I've done this just in my spare time only. Probably have about 3-4 hours in this re-color. Had to get colors close to what I considered the rendered colors of the OS2U of the time. And I had to change the markings from the late war stars with bars.
    I'm very pleased with the finished product as you can see in this side-by-side shot of the prior colors (Fiddler Green's original) and my back-dated 1941 re-color.

    Finished it just in time to go on vacation. :rolleyes:

    I'll put scissors to paper when I return late next week.


  3. Fred Bultman

    Fred Bultman Member

    Oh yeah, that's a huge improvement. Sure you don't want to scratch build interiors?:)
  4. Teamski

    Teamski Member

    :eek: It just continues to amaze!!! Awesome job on the planes.

  5. eibwarrior

    eibwarrior Member

    Kingfishers the sequel

    Thanks guys. I had thoughts of scratch building interiors, but quickly dismissed them. :mrgreen:

    Now that I'm clear of vacation, I'm back on the job. Here's the first shots of the correctly colored :rolleyes: kingfisher. This is just the fuselage and wings only stage. I'm working on the pontoon and other parts tonight.

    I've put the new scheme next to the old one so you can note some of the differences in the color scheme in early war vs. late war.


  6. eibwarrior

    eibwarrior Member

    One down... Two to go

    Finished the first OS2U last night. I've placed it in a shot side-by-side with the original. I'm pleased with how the re-color came out.

    Now I've got to build two more of these gems. That should keep me busy for a while. :mrgreen:

  7. Lone Shogun

    Lone Shogun New Member

  8. GAJouette

    GAJouette New Member

    Beautiful work.As a Texan I proud to see the painting of Col. Travis drawing the line in the sand.
    Gregory Jouette
  9. Teamski

    Teamski Member

    Awesome as usual. What a clean job!

  10. You did such a great job on that, awesome! :thumb:
  11. eibwarrior

    eibwarrior Member


    Thanks for all the great comments guys.

    GAJouette, yes, good catch. That is a print of the line in the sand moment with Col. Travis at the Alamo. Somehow I've always been drawn to that event in history. Probably because I was born a Texan.

    The Alamo and Arizona have similar, parallel fates. Rallying cries for freedom and calls to war. I didn't plan their occupying the same wall in my office, but I see the similarities.

    I couldn't resist posting some photos today. The pair of birds looked so good sitting atop the #3 turret. I'm going to only have one on top of the turret when I mount them and a pair on the fan tail catapult. I just put them up there for temporary observation.

    My modeling pace has slowed down of late, but with cold weather beginning to set in, my pace should pick back up again soon. On to bird #3...


  12. Millenniumfalsehood

    Millenniumfalsehood Active Member

    That is a beautiful build, eibwarrior; truly inspirational! :mrgreen::thumb:

    Incidentally, I just watched Pearl Harbor today, and the story of the Arizona still makes me choke up. To think about all those drowning sailors, just an inch from escape but to be cut off from life because of the very armor and hull meant to protect them.

    You're certainly doing those sailors justice with your build; it's a great tribute to a great ship. :thumb:
  13. jkrenzer

    jkrenzer Member

    She's looking great.

    Displaying her infront of the "Line in the Sand" is a great visual image.

    The two really go together well.
  14. Mauiman

    Mauiman Member

    I go away for a couple of months and I come back to this wonderful surprise.

    Good work and keep it up.
  15. eibwarrior

    eibwarrior Member

    Thanks guys... I'm really starting to see the end in sight. I'm thinking by Christmas if I can pick up the pace. It's getting cold and dark early, so more time for modeling.

    I'm mid-way into OS2U #3 right now. I should have it finished up in the next couple days, and then it's back to deck elements and handrails in the near future...
  16. birder

    birder member

    Just a beautiful build and so huge! Have been enjoying watching this one Eib
  17. eibwarrior

    eibwarrior Member

    Birds Finished and Mounted

    Thanks Birder!

    The three OS2Us are completed and mounted to their respective catapults. I'm glad this portion of the build is over. I enjoyed building the planes, but it took so long that I've lost momentum on the ship itself.

    Time to get back into handrails, hatches etc. I'm working my way towards the bow where I will take on the anchor sets, windlass and jackstaff.


  18. Mauiman

    Mauiman Member

    That is very beautiful and very wonderful that you are working so diligently toward completion
  19. eibwarrior

    eibwarrior Member

    Back to Detailing

    Thanks Mauiman!

    With the float planes complete, I turned my attention this past week to the bow and some catching up on handrail work. As you can see in the attached photos I have killed quite a few white spots on the bow including winches, windlass and various hatches and vents. I've also constructed the jack staff from styrene round and attached it to the hull. All the while I have gradually brought the main deck handrails forward towards the bow.

    I'll be starting anchor work soon and then turning the Arizona to run the handrail, chocks and bollards down the starboard side.

    I'm running downhill towards the finish line now! :mrgreen:



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