USS Tarawa LHA1 1/200

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

  1. barry

    barry Active Member


    Big parts

    American ship got to be prefabricated I just think that the bow changes of shape need to be done with as much free space as possible so I am going to try to build like this as far as the straight line break in the hull. This is the 3rd build of the bow got far too much glue on the first 2.

    At the moment the weathering is the same both sides does it need to be different on each side ?



  2. Bowdenja

    Bowdenja Active Member

    Heck barry, if both sides are the same on the ship............. it is possible for them to rust the same.............sign1

    I'd leave it until you got the skins finished, then look at it and see how it looks. If you don't like it you can always change it later.

  3. airbob

    airbob Member

    .....wonderful job on the bow flair to keel!.....looks marvelous!, mate!!!....three thumbs up for this work!!! :thumb::thumb::thumb:
  4. jrts

    jrts Active Member

    Well done Bazzer

    As with the rest off your designs and builds!!

    Amazing for a guy with knackered hands lol

    Still catching up on what you've done never mind the rest,
    If I can help in anyway shout!

    Be in touch tomorrow after some more catching up

    Take care mate

  5. rlwhitt

    rlwhitt Active Member

    This is a fabulous build Barry! the hull rust looks so real you ought to be able to scrape it off! You scratch builders are amazing - I don't think I'd ever have the stones to try that!

  6. YuG

    YuG Member

    Good design and calm hand to build:thumb:
    And weathering too very nice:thumb:
  7. B-Manic

    B-Manic Peripheral Visionary

    It looks GR8 Barry. As for the bow weathering - you can only look at one side at a time. BTW the weathering is excellent. :thumb:
  8. barry

    barry Active Member

    Thanks for all the kind words. Had a look at the plans again and of course the starboard side is quite different so I've got to work on it anyway might just as well do the rust at the same time
  9. barry

    barry Active Member

    The awkward joint

    No it is not stuck but at least I know it fits this is another of those bits where you really wonder if it will. Gluing is a case of holding the joints and jagged joiners together so that the join closes on the lower flare if you get it right the top automatically lines up. All I have to do now is the same thing the other side.:cry:

    Only problem I had was when cutting through 2 layers to line up the upper joint the damn blade lost it's edge and it was too late to stop the cut luckily it did not tear.

    The eroor on the waterline will be fixed with some judicious black paint.


  10. cgutzmer

    cgutzmer Guest

    I think its coming along great barry! I dont know if I like the rust though. I was a boatswains mate in the Navy and painting was my job - including hanging over the side - MY ship never had rust on it like that ;) at least not on my watch. Sure, maybe some staining from the crud in the water coming out of the pipes but never rust. :D
  11. Bowdenja

    Bowdenja Active Member

    Hey Chris.................check this out


  12. Jim Krauzlis

    Jim Krauzlis Active Member

    Must be my old eyes, but I don't see much if any rust on that hull! A lot of pipes or other such fittings running up the hull, but no rust...

  13. Bowdenja

    Bowdenja Active Member

    Here are a few the end of a long deployment, most ships have that "tired/ well used" look. I think this is what Barry is wanting to show..........not the "brand new/just ready for shakedown" look.

    In my opinion..........




  14. barry

    barry Active Member

    Well my excuse is the pic at the top showed some rust and she looked like she was coming in for a refit and I was tired of acres of pristine paintwork although I will provide a pristine one if it ever gets to print.

    Hey John the bows on shot goes with the pic at the top. Thank you.

    Can someone tell me what the garland around the bow signifies is a paying off pennant.
  15. Bowdenja

    Bowdenja Active Member

    Barry.......... here are the picture details: (via The US Navy)

    060816-N-3314H-043 San Diego (Aug. 16, 2006) - Sailors man the rails aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5), as the ship pulls in its homeport of return to its homeport at Naval Station San Diego after successfully completing a six-month deployment. Peleliu, part of Expeditionary Strike Group Three (ESG-3), deployed in support of the global war on terrorism and maritime security operations (MSO). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Carmen O. Hubbs (RELEASED)

    Looks like its just a Red, White & Blue garland to show patriotism.

  16. barry

    barry Active Member

    Bow section

    I would probably not do such a long necklace if I did it again but it did not work too bad. Better than I expected but less than I really wanted. still I leave you to make your own minds up. Started at the top of the bow and then worked along the top of the piece and pushed it up into place to create the flare. I had to put on two trestles and run round it to start with.

    The sun was out instead of rain so I dashed out into the garden for some decent light

    Pics are in the wrong order the last 2 show the long part and the boring but necessary tabs.

  17. paulhbell

    paulhbell Guest

    Barry, you are the man.

    You got sun down your end, Thats not fare,nothing but rain, rain, rain up here.
  18. barry

    barry Active Member

    One side complete

    Well this side is done. It does not like being looked at with flash and I wish the card I wanted to use would have fitted through my printer's throat but it did not. The most difficult bit was getting the companionway cutout lined up without showing the edges. The fit was overall, pretty good it would have been better if I had sincerely believed it would. I took a risk by not adding too much glue to the frames and for the most part it came off ok.

    The other side has the added complication of the side lift and what amount needs to be chewed out of the frames to make the hanger look right.

    I choose to cut the frames after, rather than before this stage to get the strength for keeping the hull twist free. Behind the bland exterior are some pretty diabolical hacked out chunks.

    @Paul it is chucking it down here today

  19. Gregory Shoda

    Gregory Shoda Member

    Looks good so far. You must use a ton of printer ink.
  20. Teamski

    Teamski Member

    No doubt! Looking REALLY good!!


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