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Re: USS Ranger CV-4, scale 1/350 Static Build
« Reply #100 on: February 13, 2018, 04:20:40 PM »

There you go.  I concur sir and makes perfect sense.  i knew you gents would find the answer.  Thanks again.  Dennis :-))
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Re: USS Ranger CV-4, scale 1/350 Static Build
« Reply #101 on: February 13, 2018, 09:47:52 PM »

Great research there TailUK :-))

On the stern level with the 40# Bofor mounts we see

Inboard - CO2 Equip, Tanks for Airplane Smoke Bombs
Outboard = 18 ?RCAREN Tanks

Tried a few translations/abbreviation's/letter changes & US Navy word/coding's to no avail

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Re: USS Ranger CV-4, scale 1/350 Static Build
« Reply #102 on: February 14, 2018, 08:17:35 AM »

Fairly certain that should read "screen tanks" those mimeographed blueprints can be the very devil to read.
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Re: USS Ranger CV-4, scale 1/350 Static Build
« Reply #103 on: February 14, 2018, 06:10:46 PM »

Yes, I would agree... so I can assume those tanks were "smoke screen" tanks... sure would make sense.  Case closed?  Tks for help guys.  Dennis
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Re: USS Ranger CV-4, scale 1/350 Static Build
« Reply #104 on: February 16, 2018, 04:55:10 AM »

Stern gallery now taking shape.  That PE is amazing stuff for detail. Dennis
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Re: USS Ranger CV-4, scale 1/350 Static Build
« Reply #105 on: February 16, 2018, 04:56:01 AM »

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Re: USS Ranger CV-4, scale 1/350 Static Build
« Reply #106 on: February 16, 2018, 04:56:29 AM »

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Re: USS Ranger CV-4, scale 1/350 Static Build
« Reply #107 on: February 18, 2018, 06:34:29 PM »

How wide is that gangway Dennis?
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Re: USS Ranger CV-4, scale 1/350 Static Build
« Reply #108 on: February 18, 2018, 09:22:04 PM »

If you mean the width of the stairs, they are just over 2mm wide.  I had to pull the assembly off and drop it down some to get the bottom of the stairs to touch the deck... did the same on the other side as well. Tiny stuff.  Dennis
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Re: USS Ranger CV-4, scale 1/350 Static Build
« Reply #109 on: February 19, 2018, 07:13:36 PM »

Starting on aircraft before installing flight deck.  SBD-3 sitting on the Hanger Deck.  No decals yet.  I will attempt at placing aircraft stored below deck in locations where they can be viewed from outside the model looking in.  I chickened out on installing lights.  At least on this one.  Dennis
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Re: USS Ranger CV-4, scale 1/350 Static Build
« Reply #110 on: February 19, 2018, 07:14:10 PM »

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Re: USS Ranger CV-4, scale 1/350 Static Build
« Reply #111 on: February 19, 2018, 08:50:13 PM »


That's a shame, but cleverly placed, they will show up. I would paint them a little lighter than in real life to reduce the effects of the shadows.


Looking good!
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Re: USS Ranger CV-4, scale 1/350 Static Build
« Reply #112 on: February 23, 2018, 06:11:23 AM »

Been busy with the aircraft.  5 SBD's and 1 TBF have been built and painted. Decals will come last. The airplanes are placed on the hanger deck for now.  I probably will have most located on the flight deck, aft half, with the forward section of the flight deck full of P-40's on their way to North Africa.  This is small, slow detail work.  Steady as she goes.  Giving a ton of thought as to my next carrier build.  I will be moving into the Yorktown Class and have 3 ships to pick from: the USS Yorktown, USS Hornet and USS Enterprise.  I have about removed the USS Hornet from my list.  The only 1/350 scale kit is made by Trumpeter, which has been my go to kit maker. Sadly, they blew it badly with the hull shape.  That leaves the Yorky and the Enterprise, both made by Merit, which has done a beautiful job of hull shape and details, however, for some reason, they decided to add hull plates that are grossly way out of scale.  Some sanding will take care of that mostly.  I tend to favor the Enterprise because of her amazing war history.  I'm still thinking.  Cheers,  Dennis
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Re: USS Ranger CV-4, scale 1/350 Static Build
« Reply #113 on: February 23, 2018, 01:31:11 PM »

You are doing a splendid job. There is no way I could work with anything that small.
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Re: USS Ranger CV-4, scale 1/350 Static Build
« Reply #114 on: February 23, 2018, 07:52:58 PM »


I imagine it would cost too much to buy both kits; one for the hull and the other for the rest of the parts? How badly off is the Trumpeter hull and could you modify it to improve it with less work than sanding down the merit hull and re applying any details accidently sanded off?


I am looking forward to see your flight deck covered in Warhawks  :-)
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Re: USS Ranger CV-4, scale 1/350 Static Build
« Reply #115 on: February 24, 2018, 05:27:58 AM »

Expensive and not worth the cost in my opinion.  Not sure how close the two would fit to each other.  I'd rather go with the Merit kits and do a bit of sanding and get the shape that is right.  Merit kits are good and loaded with details and lots of PE. Rumor has it that both Trumpeter and Merit use the same casting factory in China... similar tooling techniques.  I'm still thinking.  What if I were to get the USS Enterprise kit and obtain a very small scale of the Star Trek Enterprise and place it on the hanger deck, such that if you looked closely, with a bright light... bingo, there would be Capt. Kirk's Enterprise.  I know, that is a stupid thought  O0


Ok, here is a TBF with landing gear drying, decals mounted. For this model, the wings will be folded.  I'll post finish of that later.  Cheers,  Dennis
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Re: USS Ranger CV-4, scale 1/350 Static Build
« Reply #116 on: February 25, 2018, 01:31:12 AM »

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Re: USS Ranger CV-4, scale 1/350 Static Build
« Reply #117 on: February 26, 2018, 10:49:22 PM »

Your model, your rules Dennis!
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Re: USS Ranger CV-4, scale 1/350 Static Build
« Reply #118 on: February 27, 2018, 02:13:35 AM »

TKU sir.... its a fun project. Aircraft are a bit tedious, but that is very typical.  Build on.... Dennis
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Re: USS Ranger CV-4, scale 1/350 Static Build
« Reply #119 on: February 27, 2018, 10:24:52 PM »

Especially as you are going that extra mile with folded wings etc.
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Re: USS Ranger CV-4, scale 1/350 Static Build
« Reply #120 on: March 01, 2018, 03:30:06 AM »

Ok, I went and did it.  I ordered my next model to build.  I have decided on the USS Yorktown CV-5 kit by Merit.  This will be my first Merit kit.  The Yorktown was  the first of the Yorktown class and had a very notable carrer during WW2.  Actually, what sold me was the documented accuracy of her hull.  Only downside is the out of scale hull plating, which can be sanded down.  Some rivet counters claim that their is some out of scale thickness in the stern area near the shafts.  I can live with that.  Kit comes with  some very nice upscale items, which should make for a nicely detailed model.  I can also purchase after-market upscale kits if I feel the need.  I'm excited to have another model waiting in the wings.  Dennis
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Re: USS Ranger CV-4, scale 1/350 Static Build
« Reply #121 on: March 01, 2018, 07:35:03 PM »

First of (5) F6F-3 Wildcats.  I think I'll do 3 with wings folded and 2 with not.  Kinda looks like a little bug.  Dennis
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Re: USS Ranger CV-4, scale 1/350 Static Build
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