USS Tarawa LHA1 1/200

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

  1. barry

    barry Active Member

    Aft girders and wet dock

    Now that's a desk ornament !

    It was the only flat surface long enough to marry the bow and stern it seems to have worked had to add some "girders" to keep the stern flat and I pushed the cutouts for the wet dock into the aft 2 formers hopefully this will stop me bending them.


    I need a new shelf in the back room the kids have all grown up so we have space and I think my wife takes the attitude it keeps me out of her hair and she can always have a bonfire every now and again:grin: Although I am thinking in terms of MTB's MGB's or 1/1200 for a while.


    That's true I wonder why I think it might be I bought one of his very early OS licences for £18K and was not that impressed guess I think I have paid him enough without giving him compliments



  2. barry

    barry Active Member

    Wet Dock

    I measured carefully all the holes that needed to be cut out to take this large lump which uses up 3 sheets of A4 80gsm a hell of a lot less using A3 card. Having carefully(?) butt jointed the whole thing I offered it up to the formers, just a tad too tall got my sanding bits out then realised it was easier to cut through the tops of the formers place the dock and glue the formers back together I suppose that is NOT thinking ahead. Still needs gluing in.

    I hope I have managed enough of a 3d effect on the ship frames showing inside the dock bearing in mind there will be 2 hovercraft parked in there.A comment would be appreciated.

    Carl it's currently sitting on a plank between 2 cupboards.


  3. Bowdenja

    Bowdenja Active Member

    OK barry............... are you going to design/build the hovercraft also?

    You do have a daunting task ahead!

    Most pictures of the wet deck I've see show it to be a dark place, not sure if it's the lighting or what, but when you get that thing build with the hovercraft in the well, I'll personally come whack upside the head anyone who gives you a bad comment about the walls!:grin:

    Looks pretty good as they are!

  4. cmdr199212

    cmdr199212 Member

    where can you get pepruka from? and is it free?"

  5. kooklik

    kooklik Member

    Hi Barry
    Your work inspires me to make a surface ship for the next project.
    Very nice project. Thanks for sharing. :)
  6. barry

    barry Active Member


    Thanks John I shall just leave it as is and yes I intend to do all the choppers and the Harriers and what I would Alighters if I can get some drawings from them.

    Kooklik I shall look forward to your surface ship

    cmdr both metasequoia and pepakura are free just type the names into the net search engine, however meta does not come with the addon to merge two parts into each other and Pepakura does not save your file until you buy the updates which are very cheap
  7. Bowdenja

    Bowdenja Active Member

    amphibious assault vehicle (AAV)

    Here's some, I'll post some others when I get home.
  8. barry

    barry Active Member

    Thanks again John

    In your search for carrier decks do you have any pics of the drips left by choppers

  9. Amazyah

    Amazyah Senior Member

    You can get Pepakura Designer Shareware here
    You can also get Pepakura Viewer for just looking and printing of files created with Pepakura.
    Also right above the download button on the menu is Pepakura Gallery where you can see and download lots of free models made with Pepakura.
    There are two galleries, Japanese and English, so be sure to visit both for lots of great models.8)

  10. Bowdenja

    Bowdenja Active Member

    ummmmmm barry............ you lost me. Sorry. What are you looking for on the flight deck?

  11. Bowdenja

    Bowdenja Active Member

    Bigger drawings
  12. Bowdenja

    Bowdenja Active Member

  13. Bowdenja

    Bowdenja Active Member

    Well Deck LHA

    This is from the USS Peleliu (LHA 5). Hope this helps barry.
  14. Bowdenja

    Bowdenja Active Member

    Top View LHA

    A view of the amphibious assault ship USS Saipan (LHA 2)
  15. Bowdenja

    Bowdenja Active Member

    And a view of the USS Tarawa
  16. barry

    barry Active Member

    Tarawa pics

    Hi John

    Thanks for the pics I was getting carried away by your deck pictures then I suddenly thought what skid marks if any do vertical takeoff aircraft make. Mainly because the deck will be pretty featureless apart from the lines and standings markers thought it might be fun to put a few oil stains down.

    It's probably beyond my skills with photoshop but hey ctrl/Z is always there
  17. Bowdenja

    Bowdenja Active Member

    I would like to help with that, if you do not mind.

    The picture of the USS Saipan show a pretty standard wear pattern. Also I have some more pictures that show somew tire marks and stain patterns, so I can email you some if you would like. Just let me know.

  18. barry

    barry Active Member

    Deck stains

    Hi John

    That would be a real help mate the last picture of Tarawa shows how much the deck frames show up lengthwise as well which I did nor realise.

  19. Bowdenja

    Bowdenja Active Member

    I think the angle and lighting have a lot to do with the deck seams showing up. So there is some leaway as to how much you would want to show. I've got pictures of the USS Saipan that show them and others do not(like the overhead shot posted)

    Also it depends on how "clean" or un-used you want the deck to look like. That picture of the USS Tarawa looks very fresh with no weathering.

  20. barry

    barry Active Member

    more hull frames

    Sorry but this beast is actually ALL hull, I decided to add some more frames mainly to stop the deck sagging not really for strength. The wet dock is now free from warps but the two aft deck plates will be scrapped looks like I got the grain wrong.



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