USS Tarawa LHA1 1/200

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

  1. eibwarrior

    eibwarrior Member

    Thanks Barry. That's the clarity I was looking for.

    That's a nice job on scratch built catwalks.
  2. I hope you have a place to put it when you are done. From th elooks of your office it is like mine. I don't have anywhere to put small ones let alone a monster like that.
  3. SgtSki in MI

    SgtSki in MI New Member

    It'll be interesting to see when it's done

    I did two 6-month Western Pacific cruises aboard the USS Tarawa when I was in the Marine Corps. LHA's were much nicer ships than their predecessors, LPH's. The new class, LHD's, are nicer still but I didn't get the opportunity to sail aboard any of them.

  4. CJTK1701

    CJTK1701 Banned

    I didn't serve on the Tarawa, but I did get on board her when she was going through some refit work in San Dog. Is she still in action?
  5. Bowdenja

    Bowdenja Active Member

    Yes.......... she's still protecting Freedom and helping those in need!

  6. CJTK1701

    CJTK1701 Banned

    Excellent! One of the ships I served on was decommissioned and sold to the Aussies, another was sent to the razor blade factory and I'm not sure but I think the third one is still on duty, though I can't confirm it.

    Is this model available for DL? What's the approximate scale 1/700?
  7. Coot59

    Coot59 Member

  8. CJTK1701

    CJTK1701 Banned

    Thanks for that. I really should keep up with what's going on in the NAVY!:thumb:
  9. barry

    barry Active Member

    Thanks for the link on Tarawa

    I am not even sure I can remember how to build her so it will be a long time before it is released if ever. As for scale it's 1/200th which gives a length of 50 inches overall.
  10. Bowdenja

    Bowdenja Active Member

    CKTJ........... which ships?

    My dad retired MCPO in 68. He served on the Plymouth Rock (LSD-29), Tarawa (CV-40), Saratoga (CVA-60) Enterprise (CVA(N)-65) and retired off the Shangri-La (CV-38.)

    He was on the commissioning detail for the Enterprise.......... I was little but I remember watching her cruise around Newport News.

    barry............ as much effort you have put into this............ I have no boubt you could start over and not miss a beat!

  11. CJTK1701

    CJTK1701 Banned

    You've done a stellar job so far. If you ever release it drop me a line. Still, I'm going to keep an eye on this thread.:thumb:
  12. CJTK1701

    CJTK1701 Banned

    I was stationed at a Sub Base and was temporarily assigned to the U.S.S Sperry, the last wooden decked Sub Tender in existence. I even towed her out into the bay so the Fleet Tugs could haul her out to sea. I've got a funny story about that event, having to do with GreenPeace. I was also stationed on the U.S.S. Sides FFG-14, she was a guided missle frigate, one of the Oliver Hazzard Perry class ships. I was TDY to the McKee for awhile, another Sub Tender, was stationed to the U.S.S. Shasta an AOE and was stationed on a Torpedo Retriever. We used to go out and collect the spent torpedoes after the big boys played war games. I was and engineer and a diver on that one. Loved it!

    EDIT: I also drove LCM 6's, which is how I hauled out the Sperry. I was both Engineer and Assault Boat Coxswain for three separate LCM's Serving Port Services.
  13. barry

    barry Active Member

    cat walk rails

    Some poor pics of the catwalk rails got fed up of looking at a bare deck so I put a few choppers on it more to convince myself the end is in sight even if a long way off.

    Thanks for the kind words

    Attached Files:

  14. airbob

    airbob Member

    I am continuing to enjoy this thread!!!....what you have done is simply amazing and a tribute to the human spirit!!, and I must doff my hat to you, mate! Very Exciting!(These little guys are crazy about your work, Barry!)...and so am I!!!
  15. exzealot

    exzealot Member


    Very nice. Those copters really add a sense of scale to your model. Very realistic looking too!

  16. CJTK1701

    CJTK1701 Banned

    Fantastic work! Wow, you've really done her justice. Excellent.

    Fair Winds and Smooth Sailing!:thumb:
  17. OhioMike

    OhioMike Member

    Looks fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love the CH-46's...flew in those a handfull of times when i was in..79-82.
  18. jaffro

    jaffro Long term member

    Coming along beautifully there barry, those choppers are a work of art all on their own.

    I like the look of the hull too, wether that slight warping was intended or not, it looks very realistic compared to the shots of tarawa class ships I have seen through the course of this build. She really is going to be something to look at when it's done, keep up the awesome work!
  19. barry

    barry Active Member

    Thanks for the flowers. I'm glad the chopers look realistic to folks who have actually been up close to them.

    The hull will receive a couple of glue injections in a couple of places and the theory is that with some correctly bent run off pipes holding the plates the hull should look pretty realistic at the finish
  20. eibwarrior

    eibwarrior Member

    Magnificent Barry! The end is in sight. This masterpiece belongs in a museum.

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