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Title: U.S.S. GEARING Build
Post by: dlancast on November 10, 2014, 12:04:05 am
Hello Folks,
I'm the old Coot who built the static model of an English Frigate over in the sailing ships section of the forum.  A dear friend of mine has asked me to build him a model of the WW2 static model of the U.S.S. Gearing.  Destroyer DD-710.  I am bulding from a BlueJacket kit at 1/16"=1' scale.  Nicely detail model, will display at 24-7/16" over-all length.  I'll launch this post and then load a couple of pictures to see if everything is working.  At this point of the build, the hull is faired and skeg attached.
Regards,
Dennis Lancaster
Bellingham, Washington USA
Title: Re: U.S.S. GEARING Build
Post by: dlancast on November 10, 2014, 12:05:45 am
Here come a couple of pics.
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Post by: Capt Podge on November 10, 2014, 12:15:20 am
Hi Dennis,
 
It's good to know you're cracking on with yet another model - looking forward to seeing more on this one  O0 :-))
 
Regards,
 
Ray.
 
 
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Post by: dlancast on November 10, 2014, 12:27:01 am
Roger that and tks Ray.  Its good to be back into winter mode, after completing a 15ft rowing/sailing skiff which I completed and launched 1 month ago.  Just can't stop building.


This will be a first for me, as I have never built a Destroyer before.  BlueJacket makes a nice kit, but you had better be smart about fittings and terminology.  I may need some assistance from you dear folks as we go along.  I welcome critique and if I go astray, please let me know.


Fairwinds,


Dennis
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Post by: derekwarner on November 10, 2014, 12:50:18 am
  O0....folks from around the world will be watching & waiting Dennis......... :-)) Derek
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Post by: Footski on November 10, 2014, 05:44:10 am
......Well I will be watching from Spain!! %%
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Post by: dlancast on November 10, 2014, 06:52:49 am
Well, I figured that a brief kit review might be in order to start things off.  The kit was purchased from BlueJackets Shipcrafters here in the U.S.  Very typical of the top quality and accuracy of the kits found at BlueJackets, I have never found them to be a bad experience.  The Gearing has been well researched by Al Ross and the accuracy of the model can be trusted built straight from the kit as carefully as possible.  The scale means parts are very small, so a good degree of modeling skill is required, plus a steady hand.  The kit contains the following: machine carved basswood hull, Laser-cut wood parts, Britannia metal fittings (take note, that these metal fittings are not numbered, so a CD with 104 close up pictures of each part and assembly is labled and provided), Cast resin parts, Photoetched brass details (ladders, railing, etc.), 4 sheets of full size plans, very complete instruction manual with pictures.
I will post pictures for clarity separately,
Dennis
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Post by: dlancast on November 10, 2014, 06:54:58 am
Pictures of kit contents.
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Post by: Bob K on November 10, 2014, 07:36:24 am
Hello Dennis.  Wonderful to see you are building again  :-))
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Post by: John R Haynes on November 10, 2014, 03:27:54 pm
maybe if you looked at my 1/96 Gearing  build on my site www.johnrhaynes.com this maybe will help in some way. Just a thought
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Post by: dlancast on November 10, 2014, 05:59:10 pm
Wow John, I bow to the master... beautiful work and thank you so much for the link.  Already, I can see help for me in the detail shots you have provided.  Is your version of the Gearing the FRAM1 update?  Reason I ask is that your waterline hull paint schem reflects the FRAM1 verson.  The scale I am working at is really small and it will be a challenge to get clean detail for a crisp look.
Regards,
Dennis
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Post by: John R Haynes on November 10, 2014, 06:11:40 pm
The Gearing I built " for sale " is the 1945 version . I did build before this a FRAM  1 version for a US client but the topside is totally different, with funnel caps and asroc etc
Title: Re: U.S.S. GEARING Build
Post by: ballastanksian on November 10, 2014, 09:46:00 pm
I like to read all the builds and especially like to see ressurected builds from a year or so back as it shows that the modeller is back on track, sometimes having suffered illness, or other 'stuff' has abducted his or her spare time. They also show useful ideas for presenting ones own builds.

When you say 'Machine carved Hull' is it from a solid baulk or from parts fitted together and carved from that point?

Most interesting!
Title: Re: U.S.S. GEARING Build
Post by: dlancast on November 11, 2014, 03:38:38 am
The solid hull is made up of 3 layers of wood glued, that is machine cut.. probably with a computer controlled milling machine would be my guess.  This is typical of many of Bluejackets kits, although some are plank on bulkhead or frame.  The accuracy of the milling is actually quite good as minimal fairing to station templet is required.  Mostly at the bow and stern where attachment to machine is done.  Hope you enjoy the build as I am.
Dennis
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Post by: dlancast on November 13, 2014, 12:41:35 am
Stbd prop shaft and struts installed.  Bilge keels installed.  Hose pipes installed. Rudders cut and faired out and location holes in.  Sonar case cut and faired... will hold back on attaching as it protrudes out on the bottom of the keel forward.  I remember that when I was in the Navy stationed at Midway Island, a Navy destroyer came into the lagoon and hit that sonar case on the reef... knocked that baby out of commission and they had to make tracks back to Hawaii for repairs.. darn thing really hangs down there.
I'm finding this build to be slow and tedious, but I enjoy it.  Britannia fittings and many and "small" and time consuming to identify and locate in the bags when are not marked.  That is what all the pictures are for and plans of course.  Oh well, moving on.
Dennis
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Post by: dlancast on November 13, 2014, 12:43:12 am
more pics.
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Post by: ballastanksian on November 13, 2014, 11:22:45 pm
Looking fine and dandy Dennis! that wooden hull is a darling isn't it? Very smooth and fine grained.
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Post by: dlancast on November 14, 2014, 03:07:15 am
Thank you sir, bass wood is like that.  I chose solid hull construction to help speed up the build, as I want to be done by Spring.  The real fun will begin with the superstructure and all that detail... course you gentlemen know about that.  Both prop shafts are in place now, some final fairing on the hull, then will paint on some primer and get color going before mounting the hull to a base.


Dennis
Title: Re: U.S.S. GEARING Build
Post by: dlancast on November 17, 2014, 12:31:22 am
Color is starting to go on the hull at this point.  The final coat of bottom paint (Red Oxide) went on today and the first coat of main deck (dark Navy Blue) went down.  Tomorrow, I'll pull tape and remask for the waterline (black).
Cheers,
Dennis
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Post by: dlancast on November 17, 2014, 12:32:14 am
Pics
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Post by: dlancast on November 20, 2014, 04:02:45 am
Hull paint is on now. Superstructure roughed in.
Dennis
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Post by: ballastanksian on November 20, 2014, 08:08:54 pm
She is starting to look sleek now. I like your Popeye and Oliveoyl statue, I remember the cartoons from quite a while back now!
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Post by: dlancast on November 20, 2014, 08:22:07 pm
Popeye lamp loaned from a friend... I love it!  Brings back so many memories... all good ones.  Here are a couple more shots of screws and rudders and anchor added.


Dennis
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Post by: dlancast on November 24, 2014, 03:05:04 am
Bridge Deck is roughed-in and primed. Looking more like a warship.
Dennis
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Post by: ballastanksian on November 24, 2014, 10:18:13 am
Oh definitly! She is coming on strong. Are you using plastic or card for the bridge walls?
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Post by: dlancast on November 24, 2014, 04:41:42 pm
Yes sir, wood for the lifts and then plastic card for facing and shields.  I've never worked with plastic card and I must say that I really like it.  Easy to shape with a #11 xacto blade, sanding and I use quick glue for adhesive.  I must say that this kit is wonderful and very precise... the limiter is "me" on detail accuracy.


regards,


Dennis
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Post by: dlancast on November 26, 2014, 04:48:20 am
Bridge and forward stack are in.
Dennis
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Post by: ballastanksian on November 26, 2014, 09:46:35 am
As long as you are having fun Dan! Looking good especially those curved dodgers (sic)
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Post by: dlancast on November 29, 2014, 12:21:02 am
Curved dodgers were shields.  Much needed as the kamakazi aircraft would aim for the ship and the object was to blast them out of the air, resulting in tons of shrapnel spraying the gunners.
5" cannon finished and mounted.  Working on 40mm cannon now.
Dennis
Title: Re: U.S.S. GEARING Build
Post by: ballastanksian on November 29, 2014, 09:04:03 pm
I recall seeing the rain storm of spent bullets and shells falling into the ocean from the tonnes of ammo fired to keep the Divine Wind at bay on a documentary backawhile, astounding scenes!

Its 'Gearing' up to be a fine model Dan!

Sorry :}
Title: Re: U.S.S. GEARING Build
Post by: dlancast on November 30, 2014, 06:02:06 am
Installation of the Mk37 Controller for 5"cannons, etc.  Controller is built up from many small etched brass pieces.. took hours actually.  I was amazed at the technology the Navy had in WW2 1944 on.... radar and computer (Analog) control along with manual stereo rangefinding.  What I was able to read from the internet stated that as much as 1000 rounds on those 5" cannons was required to down a Kamazii aircraft.  Can you even compare the sacrifice of a human life to a computer guided smart bomb of today?
Dennis
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Post by: ballastanksian on November 30, 2014, 04:33:11 pm
Indoctrination is the name of the game. Birth someone into what was a marshall society, bring them up to beleive that you owe your life to a living god who might ask you to make the supreme sacrifice and you have a number of people who are willing to become the terminal guidance for a flying bomb.

Did you solder your radar array or use cyanoacrylate glue?
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Post by: dlancast on November 30, 2014, 04:55:57 pm
Fast glue, sorry to say.  I'm not that good and steady for welding.  However, I will be welding on some of the cannon shield tubs.. I have my iron at the ready and will give it a good try.


I read a few books on the subject of the "Divine Wind".... it is as you say sir.  Human guidance proved incredible accuracy to target. Our men in action did the best they could.


The build is proceeding a component at a time... assemble, paint and set aside for assembly at a later point.  Things are going to get pretty crowded and at that scale, my big fat hands get in the way.  My home made rigging tools will come in handy.


Dennis
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Post by: dlancast on December 02, 2014, 07:23:04 am
Aft Depth Charges assembled and temp placed where they will go.  Yet to paint.  Yikes!  Tiny pieces and no hair to pull out!
Dennis
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Post by: dlancast on December 02, 2014, 07:23:34 am
pics
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Post by: dlancast on December 02, 2014, 07:24:02 am
pics
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Post by: dlancast on December 02, 2014, 07:24:28 am
pics
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Post by: ballastanksian on December 02, 2014, 09:24:08 am
When used on the right detail, Etch is fab. Those Frames and the parts that KPnuts has used on his Warspite model are gorgeous.

Keep up the good work Dennis!
Title: Re: U.S.S. GEARING Build
Post by: dlancast on December 04, 2014, 06:36:21 pm
Yes, very happy with this kit.  Quality of parts are amazing.  Attached are detail shot of bridge and 40mm guns installed and laser cut assembly of tub rings... very delicate stuff.
Dennis
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Post by: dlancast on December 04, 2014, 06:38:43 pm
pics.
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Post by: ballastanksian on December 04, 2014, 07:50:09 pm
What on earth? Those rings are finer than model engine cylinde rings! Lovely detail.
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Post by: dlancast on December 06, 2014, 09:42:28 pm
The making of the 20mm gun splinter shield from brass flat stock and soldered at the seam.  First time for me doing metal work like that.  It will do I think.  Mount of shield will be done on the stern deck and 3 20mm guns will be contained within.
Dennis
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Post by: dlancast on December 06, 2014, 09:43:51 pm
pics
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Post by: dlancast on December 08, 2014, 05:54:24 am
Some more pics of progress with the build.  Completed install of depth charges, forward stack and detail, railings started, etc.  much, much more to do.
Dennis
Title: Re: U.S.S. GEARING Build
Post by: dlancast on December 08, 2014, 05:55:50 am
pics.
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Post by: dlancast on December 08, 2014, 05:56:45 am
pics.
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Post by: ballastanksian on December 08, 2014, 09:37:50 pm
Haw haw, coming along fine Mr Dennis! I like the pierced bulwarks alongside the bridge, they look quite like the apetures on medievil warships.
Title: Re: U.S.S. GEARING Build
Post by: dlancast on December 13, 2014, 12:49:27 am
Mast is part way done... if I had hair to pull out........
Dennis
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Post by: ballastanksian on December 13, 2014, 10:24:18 am
That is a gorgeous construction Dennis. Is it all soldered?
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Post by: dlancast on December 18, 2014, 03:07:44 am
There is only one fitting that I had to solder, the rest is fast glue.  Speaking of fast, I am days away from finishing this build.  I'm currently doing the rigging and then that's it.  I'll do one more "once over" and then call my friend to pick her up.  I'll do a final set of pics for you all and then its "what will I build next"??
Cheers,
Dennis
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Post by: ballastanksian on December 19, 2014, 10:06:56 am
Hm, something WW1 or Ninteenth century. Get your tan paint out:O)
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Post by: dlancast on December 19, 2014, 06:14:16 pm
Ok folks, build is complete.  Its been a blast.  Friend comes by to pick her up in the spring and get her into a nice case.  On to other things.  I have a small waterline static model in wood of a steam Harbor Tug I'd like to finish up. Then its on to the "Mighty Mo"!!?
Have a very Merry Christmas to all and Happy New Year!
God bless,
Dennis    (Pics to follow)
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Post by: dlancast on December 19, 2014, 06:15:58 pm
pics.
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Post by: dlancast on December 19, 2014, 06:17:13 pm
more pics
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Post by: dlancast on December 19, 2014, 06:18:11 pm
more pics.
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Post by: ballastanksian on December 19, 2014, 09:23:41 pm
Thankyou for sharing your build diary with us Dennis. She looks a beauty doesn't she?

If your friend does not like her then there is no justice in the world:O)