USS Tarawa LHA1 1/200

Discussion in 'Ship & Watercraft Models' started by barry, Jan 19, 2007.

  1. airbob

    airbob Member

  2. eibwarrior

    eibwarrior Member

    That's great Barry.

    Production line is a good term to use. You can feel like a slave laborer putting that many together.

    When folks complement my 1/700 USS FRANKLIN, I tell them the 3 squadrons of planes on the flight deck were a completely different project than the ship itself. I'm sure you feel the same way.
  3. barry

    barry Active Member

    Do you think we need a bigger ship

    This is about 30% of the airwings carried by Tarawa getting a bit crowded on deck. You right lads some days it gets a bit mindless building this many. Thanks for the kind words.

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  4. Jim Krauzlis

    Jim Krauzlis Active Member

    Wotcher, bazzer!

    Quite an outstanding achievement, Barry, and more to come, I gather! Those choppers really came out brilliantly, adding quite a bit of interest to the overall project...I don't envy you taking all the time to make up so many little gems, but, trust me, it is well worth it from what I see. So what if it's slow going, it is truly showing admirable results.

    As always, I look forward to your further updates as you continue in this amazing project. Every time I recall that this entire project is all scratch built, well, I just have to shake my head in amazement!

  5. barry

    barry Active Member

    Upgraded CH 53

    Engine nacelles are now in the right position, walking strip on the sponson is at the right end and the side pods have been added.

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  6. Teamski

    Teamski Member

    Simply amazing! The bow must of been a real bugger to do. The helicopters are spot on!

  7. airbob

    airbob Member

    Simply amazing creation tho got there! A most magnificent fighting ship!
  8. Jim Krauzlis

    Jim Krauzlis Active Member

    Wotcher, bazzer!

    Outstanding job on the chopper, and the other parts of the air wing. Actually a wonderful little model project in themselves!

    As always, it's a treat to see your progress on this build...keep at it, mate!

  9. Bowdenja

    Bowdenja Active Member

    Better and better Barry!

    The color schemes are just about perfect!:thumb:

  10. barry

    barry Active Member

    Osprey test landing

    The Osprey is a sod to get right but you can look at the third attempt. Tried to fit too many formers in too small a space then got lost where they should fit. I kept one aft of the cockpit and threw the rest away and butt jointed it wanted to see what it looked like. Please ignore the standard of drawing on the parts. It's shape is enough to make it distinctive. Still a good clean up and it may look ok. Needs the obvious bits as well.

    I guess if it is coloured white with some red bits on it we might just get away with explaining it's presence on the deck.

    A belated thank you for the kind words !!!!

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  11. airbob

    airbob Member

    Those "teenies" are coming around really, really well mate! I love your pictures!....:thumb:
  12. eibwarrior

    eibwarrior Member

    Nice lineup of choppers you have there Barry.

    I can't imagine doing the Osprey at this scale, let alone test/scratch build. Well done! That's some difficult shapes to merge at that size. I can't imagine where the formers even go?
  13. barry

    barry Active Member

    Engine pod

    Spent most of today cleaning up the graphics my texturing still comes out like it was done with a charcoal stick.Kindly note the transition from the round nose of the pod to flat halfway down the engine cos it took me ages to do and at the end no one will ever notice it again.

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  14. barry

    barry Active Member

    Osprey 2

    Another rebuild of the Osprey still requires the prototype red markings to make it somewhere near authentic. The twist in the rotor blades will have to wait for a couple of days while the glue joints harden enough.

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  15. Lex

    Lex Dollmaker

    Great job on such a small scale Osprey Barry!
  16. barry

    barry Active Member


    One of those mindless jobs but they do help straighten the hull sides a puts up the parts count a bit.

    Thanks Lex a bit belated

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  17. eibwarrior

    eibwarrior Member

    Barry, I'm not real familiar with the Tarawa class. Is that a catwalk just below the flight deck? How did you make that?

    Nice job on the Osprey by the way. Looks like you worked out the kinks rather nicely.
  18. barry

    barry Active Member

    Hi Elb

    yes the catwalk sits on top of a wire frame which is soldered standard 4 rail with the uprights extended and two extra rails added then bent into an "L" shape and the cantilever is glued to the bent over portion. I think there is a photograph earlier in the thread.
  19. OhioMike

    OhioMike Member

    I looked thru the thread for the most part and apparently missed it, did you enlarge a smaller model of this with Photoshop or did i miss-understand? Thanks.
  20. barry

    barry Active Member

    Elb picture is #182 in this thread

    Mike not sure of the question it was all designed using Metasequoia and scaled up in Pepakura.

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