JSC 1:400 USS Helena

Discussion in 'Ship & Watercraft Models' started by Teamski, Mar 29, 2007.

  1. Teamski

    Teamski Member

    Hey all,

    Here are a couple pictures of 4th ship so far and I am still learning! A couple things I learned on this one:

    1. Patience with painting edge lines. If I worked on my technique early, the ship would look a lot better (trust me, the pictures give it too much credit, hehehe). Water down the paint to a large degree and allow the paper to soak in the paint.
    2. I am a big fan of strip styrene! It bends beautifully and glues really well. I'm sure all of you know about this already!

    3. If I want inspiration, I visit the USS New Jersey only about an hour away from me. I visited it yesterday, and I couldn't wait to get back to my card models!

    4. I still don't have the rigging thing down yet. I use super glue, yet I'm sure there are better techniques.

    5. The JSC Helena is missing the flags, so I had to copy the one off of the USS North Carolina.

    6. Having an original photo of the real ship can show corrections to the model. The USS Helena had an extended foremast, something the model did not. I also placed the flag as it was flown in 1943, right before the ship was lost.

    7. Oh, and I love card models of ships!!


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  2. Clashster

    Clashster Member

    Another great looking build! Very cool! I love card ship models too, but I am not sure I would have the umph to finish it!

  3. cdcoyle

    cdcoyle Member

    Nice model, Ski!

    Clashster....you must jump right in -- the "umph" will follow! :grin:

  4. rmks2000

    rmks2000 Member

    Great build! I'm bummed because the Intrepid is undergoing restoration in Bayonne and won't be available to the public until Fall 2008. I've yet to visit it and I work in NYC every day! I'll have to visit the USS New Jersey in the meantime.
  5. Teamski

    Teamski Member


    I've been to NYC quite a few times, and I have yet to get aboard the Intrepid, you know, family and stuff. Now we all get to wait, hehehehe.....


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