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Title: USS Arizona
Post by: DickyD on February 15, 2012, 10:01:13 PM
Whilst I am waiting for the parts for my Armidale build to arrive from Oz I thought I would make a start on my next build.

This is the 1:200 kit of the USS Arizona which would appear to be ideal for a bit of plastic magic.

I have a feeling this is going to take awhile as it has taken me a complete afternoon to make 10x 5 pounder guns and 8 lockers.

Its a difficult build for me as I still have shaky hands and the parts are so small and so many [over 1000 parts in plastic and brass]

A couple of photos to show what I am up against.

(http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p8/DickyD_photos/USS%20Arizona/DSCF0167.jpg)

(http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p8/DickyD_photos/USS%20Arizona/DSCF0168.jpg)
Title: Re: USS Arizona
Post by: Grub on February 15, 2012, 10:14:34 PM
Looks like a nice kit Dicky :-)) and I know what you mean about shaky hands, mine are terrible until I've had my first drink {-).
Title: Re: USS Arizona
Post by: richtea on February 15, 2012, 11:29:42 PM
Good luck Richard.
Know what you mean about shaky hands,
I'm also diabolic, so the regular application of alcohol is out of the question  <:(
Regards
Richard  :-))
Title: Re: USS Arizona
Post by: tt1 on February 19, 2012, 03:14:09 PM
When does Gill get the table back Rich'.?  %) %)

          Please keep plenty of info and pics coming on this one Dicky, have this kit on the shelf as you know but don't know if its within the ability of my clumsy mitts! O0

                           Best to you both, me.
Title: Re: USS Arizona
Post by: Martin [Admin] on February 19, 2012, 03:57:44 PM
What are your plans for the build Dicky?
Motors, working features etc?

Title: Re: USS Arizona
Post by: DickyD on February 19, 2012, 06:36:36 PM
What are your plans for the build Dicky?
Motors, working features etc?


Much the same as the build in Model Boats Martin :-))
Title: Re: USS Arizona
Post by: cos918 on February 19, 2012, 07:07:22 PM
Hi Dicky
that is a nice kit.
There was a good build on RC group froum

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1353744

John
Title: Re: USS Arizona
Post by: DickyD on March 04, 2012, 08:53:09 PM
I have now made a start on this build.

The first thing to say is that over the last 50 odd years I must have made dozens of construction kits, Airfix to Tamiya and I always thought that Tamiya had the edge over other manufacturers for  getting bits to fit properly and quality.

Having now started on this kit I must say that the Chinese have really mastered the art of making kits. The detail and the fit of the parts is incredible.

I have up till now made all the guns, boats and cranes and have started on the masts. These are at the moment in a heap in a box so no photos of these.

This weekend I have fitted the four prop shafts with brass props, four motors [385s] and the rudder.

These parts I obtained from SHG  [ www.shgmodels.com ] who were realy helpful and efficient.

Taking my time, this part of the construction was very straight forward.

(http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p8/DickyD_photos/USS%20Arizona/DSCF0068.jpg)

(http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p8/DickyD_photos/USS%20Arizona/DSCF0069.jpg)

(http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p8/DickyD_photos/USS%20Arizona/DSCF0070.jpg)

(http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p8/DickyD_photos/USS%20Arizona/DSCF0071.jpg)
Title: Re: USS Arizona
Post by: Abuelo3 on March 06, 2012, 11:45:24 PM
Thast is a very neat job on the hardware, so I'll beg to SWMBO for one of those battleship, I 'll be wathching to learn, best wishes :-))
Title: Re: USS Arizona
Post by: DickyD on March 07, 2012, 06:22:17 AM
Hi Godo, nice to hear from you. Knowing you are watching, I will do my best for you.  (http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p8/DickyD_photos/Smileys/tumb.gif)
Title: Re: USS Arizona
Post by: DickyD on March 12, 2012, 12:16:21 PM
Have now got to the stage where I  can post more photos.

First I assembled the front superstructure and the front and rear mast and the stack, these had to be painted as they were being assembled so that the awkward bits got painted.

(http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p8/DickyD_photos/USS%20Arizona/DSCF0075.jpg)

(http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p8/DickyD_photos/USS%20Arizona/DSCF0078.jpg)

(http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p8/DickyD_photos/USS%20Arizona/DSCF0077.jpg)

Next I painted numerous guns, cranes, boats and bits and pieces.

 (http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p8/DickyD_photos/USS%20Arizona/DSCF0079.jpg)

(http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p8/DickyD_photos/USS%20Arizona/DSCF0080.jpg)

The next job was to install the electrics. A tray was made for the SLA battery and a shelf was made over the battery and motors for the Esc and Rx.

(http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p8/DickyD_photos/USS%20Arizona/DSCF0082.jpg)

(http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p8/DickyD_photos/USS%20Arizona/DSCF0083.jpg)

The next job was to cut an opening in the deck large enough for the battery and motors to be got at and a coaming fixed round the opening.

(http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p8/DickyD_photos/USS%20Arizona/DSCF0085.jpg)

After this an inverted coaming was stuck on the underside of the next deck so as to make this as waterproof as possible.

(http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p8/DickyD_photos/USS%20Arizona/DSCF0086.jpg)

Then I came to the bit I hate, fixing the rudder servo and linkage [never seems to be straight forward]

(http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p8/DickyD_photos/USS%20Arizona/DSCF0087.jpg)

(http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p8/DickyD_photos/USS%20Arizona/DSCF0089.jpg)



Title: Re: USS Arizona
Post by: tt1 on March 12, 2012, 04:44:51 PM
Nice one Rich',  :-))  please keep posting as much info and as many pics as possible, I'm following with a vested interest O0
       What voltage are you using and the rudder, is it as purchased or made up? Best to you and Gill, me.
Title: Re: USS Arizona
Post by: DickyD on March 12, 2012, 06:42:49 PM
Hi Tony

I am using a 6V 5amp SLA battery.

The rudder is basically as standard but I had to put a new rudder post on it made of brass. When this was done the rudder was skinned with thin plasticard.

I've just spent another afternoon working on the fittings and painting them.

Speak to you later.  (http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p8/DickyD_photos/Smileys/MOST_P1.gif)
Title: Re: USS Arizona
Post by: Rottweiler on March 12, 2012, 07:51:55 PM
Hi Dicky, coming together very well! As well as having shaky hands,I have poor eyesight too! so in case I missed it, what scale is this in please?
 another thought, are the "A" Frames for the propshafts made of plastic? If so I assume they have a metal liner to take away any chance of wear? Looks like you will be completing it quicker than my HMS RAMILLIES build,and I have 20 years plus start on your model! Keep posting,on a very interesting build.
cheers,
Mick
Title: Re: USS Arizona
Post by: DickyD on March 12, 2012, 09:15:32 PM
Hi Dicky, coming together very well! As well as having shaky hands,I have poor eyesight too! so in case I missed it, what scale is this in please?
 another thought, are the "A" Frames for the propshafts made of plastic? If so I assume they have a metal liner to take away any chance of wear? Looks like you will be completing it quicker than my HMS RAMILLIES build,and I have 20 years plus start on your model! Keep posting,on a very interesting build.
cheers,
Mick
The scale is 1:200 Mick.
Title: Re: USS Arizona
Post by: Welsh Wizard on March 12, 2012, 09:31:28 PM
Another nice build Richard keep up the good work.


Oh and whats that ORRIBLE Mtronics esc doing there it SHOULD be ACTion,at least they dont burn when they go wrong


Dave
Title: Re: USS Arizona
Post by: DickyD on March 12, 2012, 09:44:17 PM
Hi Dave I spent all my money on ACTion electrics in my other boats, could only afford the Mtronics stuff this time round.

It is fused though.  (http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p8/DickyD_photos/Smileys/tumb.gif)
Title: Re: USS Arizona
Post by: Welsh Wizard on March 12, 2012, 11:11:06 PM
Diplomatic ans Dicky just wait till Dave sees it lol


Dave
Title: Re: USS Arizona
Post by: DickyD on March 19, 2012, 08:05:05 PM
I have done quite a bit while the forum was down, so what I will do is post photos only and then you can ask as many questions as you like.

(http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p8/DickyD_photos/USS%20Arizona/DSCF0092.jpg)

(http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p8/DickyD_photos/USS%20Arizona/DSCF0094.jpg)

(http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p8/DickyD_photos/USS%20Arizona/DSCF0095.jpg)

(http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p8/DickyD_photos/USS%20Arizona/DSCF0195.jpg)

(http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p8/DickyD_photos/USS%20Arizona/DSCF0191.jpg)

(http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p8/DickyD_photos/USS%20Arizona/DSCF0192.jpg)

(http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p8/DickyD_photos/USS%20Arizona/DSCF0193.jpg)

(http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p8/DickyD_photos/USS%20Arizona/DSCF0194.jpg)

(http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p8/DickyD_photos/USS%20Arizona/DSCF0195.jpg)



Title: Re: USS Arizona
Post by: Richtea on March 19, 2012, 08:19:00 PM
WOW,
one week away from mayhem and look what you have done.
That is one super looking ship Richard.
Regards
Richard  :-))
Title: Re: USS Arizona
Post by: DickyD on March 24, 2012, 09:58:57 PM
All finished now though I did not use the brass etchings as they are very frail, which would be fine on a static model but could be badly damaged on a model used for sailing.

I also think the motors I have could be well over the top but might be OK for water skiing. I will need to check with SHG on Monday as they supplied them.

A few more photos.

(http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p8/DickyD_photos/USS%20Arizona/DSCF0211.jpg)

(http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p8/DickyD_photos/USS%20Arizona/DSCF0212.jpg)

(http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p8/DickyD_photos/USS%20Arizona/DSCF0213.jpg)

(http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p8/DickyD_photos/USS%20Arizona/DSCF0214.jpg)

(http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p8/DickyD_photos/USS%20Arizona/DSCF0215.jpg)

(http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p8/DickyD_photos/USS%20Arizona/DSCF0216.jpg)

(http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p8/DickyD_photos/USS%20Arizona/DSCF0217.jpg)

(http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p8/DickyD_photos/USS%20Arizona/DSCF0218.jpg)

(http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p8/DickyD_photos/USS%20Arizona/DSCF0219.jpg)
Title: Re: USS Arizona
Post by: Richtea on March 24, 2012, 10:03:40 PM
WOW
That's another fine looking build Richard,
she will look well on the water.
Regards
Richard  :-))
Title: Re: USS Arizona
Post by: Tug-Kenny on March 24, 2012, 10:27:02 PM

You did her proud Dicky.

            Well done indeed, she does look nice.


                                Ken

Title: Re: USS Arizona
Post by: Dave13 on March 24, 2012, 11:29:57 PM
Very Nice  :-)) :-))