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Re: Trumpeter Kit US Nimitiz Scale 1/350
« Reply #75 on: September 20, 2012, 07:46:09 am »

Looking good charles.

Are you converting the escorts too? if you are they will look great sailing in formation.
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Re: Trumpeter Kit US Nimitiz Scale 1/350
« Reply #76 on: September 20, 2012, 07:53:20 am »

Hiya Glen

Yes mate certainly am but will only use 2.4 Ghz handheld like they use on the cars and small esc's.
I won't go overboard with them but will still look the part after paint job.

The little replays have twin rudders which I will have to be really carefully with as they are a plug fitting only so thinking cap on matey for me.
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Re: Trumpeter Kit US Nimitiz Scale 1/350
« Reply #77 on: September 23, 2012, 02:10:00 pm »

Hello there shipmates,
Decided to do a bit of work on the USS Ingersoll today and in answer to Glen's question re the R/C of both Nimitz's escort ships.
I am doing one at a time and all this is still waiting for that paint will it ever come, I will find out tomorrow if it has been posted.
I could not keep the twin prop system with the gearbox it was just too fragile and the motor only ran on 2 1.5V batteries which was no good at all.
So she is a single drive now but I did manage to keep the twin rudder system.
I can tell you I am getting good at the twin rudder set ups and they seem to keep getting smaller. Since starting this scale work my soldering has improved no end haha.
The Ship is now running on 6 volts with a water cooled ESC and does not run in reverse, no matter I have tested it all and seems to run smoothly.
None of the gear is permantly fixed as yet as I have run out of all sorts of stuff here so making do with what I have.
Anyhow here are pictures of work done so far..
 





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Re: Trumpeter Kit US Nimitiz Scale 1/350
« Reply #78 on: October 09, 2012, 11:18:01 am »

Hello Shipmates,
Been slowly working away at Nimitz whilst also doing these other ships in the yard.
Been on her 3 days and was a wee bit dissappointed with the trouble I had laying the decals down on her Flight Deck.
I do not know if it as the age of the Kit, as it was given to me and I don't know how long the other person or persons had it or what, but they kept breaking or splitting it was a nightmare but I persevered and managed to get the job done.
I am really glad that it's over, thank goodness for Micro sol and Set which enabled me to get the job done bit by bit.
Ingersoll is coming along also and I have included her in pictures tonight.
I have decided at long last to model Nimitz in the period of 1997 being as I really like the aircraft on board during that period and her role using those aircraft so Aircraft and helicopters of that time have been ordered as per my research and you will see some I already had here being put together on Nimitz at this time. Please note new squadrons of F18's are coming and not what is on Nimitz just now. These I had and are just testers for placement when the other Kits arrive. Seahawks of both types are coming to compliment the Helicopters and greyhound and hawkeye will be used also.
A-6E are coming along with some Tomcats and these will make up her compliment of the Airwing of the time. She is now currently up to 11 Airwing with Growlers, Super Hornets, Hornets and other aircraft and still has a few oldies on board.








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Re: Trumpeter Kit US Nimitiz Scale 1/350
« Reply #79 on: October 09, 2012, 04:14:13 pm »

hi charles

she's looking very nice. I do think the flight deck is wrong they are much darker as your pic shows.

look forward to seeing her on the water

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Re: Trumpeter Kit US Nimitiz Scale 1/350
« Reply #80 on: October 09, 2012, 04:24:28 pm »

Sorry to disagree with you Glen,
You had better inform Trumpeter really that as their colour scheme suggests FS36320 Dark Compass Grey which on the colour chart is colour used. Darker Grey FS36081 is Gunship DK Grey which is used in some are as surrounding the Flight.
That's how including the colour schematics in the kit showing flight deck I interpreted it. Too late now if I am incorrect.
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Re: Trumpeter Kit US Nimitiz Scale 1/350
« Reply #81 on: October 09, 2012, 09:30:19 pm »

lol Charles

yes its classic error never blindly follow the kits instructions they can be very wrong. The airfix kit of illustrious is the same they give a light shade of grey for the flight deck and i know from 20 years on and off her with harriers the deck deff dark grey.

this pic of Nimitz and ark royal show the decks and marking lovely.

the Lindberg colours for Melvin couldn't be further from the correct colours.

I still think its a nice though even if the decks to light

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Re: Trumpeter Kit US Nimitiz Scale 1/350
« Reply #82 on: October 10, 2012, 01:47:02 am »

Hey Glen,
yes you are right but see in the picture you sent how worn and faded in some patches it is haha well Armor is thinking with a bit of Artwork cleverly intermixed with what's on Nimitz now it might look much better with a blend of both colours. It is a working model after all and not a museum piece.
Will give it a go later using some Extra Dark Sea Gray left over from Jiangki II.
Wish me luck.
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Re: Trumpeter Kit US Nimitiz Scale 1/350
« Reply #83 on: October 10, 2012, 08:21:30 am »

be very care with weathering charles its so easy to go over the top and ruin a nice model.

if it was me Id get a new decal set repaint the flight deck I like models nice n clean

read up on weathering there lots of articles out there I used an interesting one for salt weathering on a landing craft will see if see have the link

glen
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Re: Trumpeter Kit US Nimitiz Scale 1/350
« Reply #84 on: October 11, 2012, 12:53:11 am »

I am glad I am not you Glen haha.
If you think I am going to go through 3 days of splitting, breaking decals again you are wrong my friend.
No I am leaving her as is. In the daylight the deck is much darker than the picture shows and once the dark areas are done along the walkways you will notice the difference.
I still have to apply the light gray also on Tower, Hull and other areas.
I did try a remote control Dauphne on Sovremenny, she few off the ship great but alas, she is just a couple of scale sizes too big for 1/200 which is a shame. She is about 6 inches s long 3 channel and even has lighting.
Flies great for her small size. One of the many I fly inside for relaxation.
Ok Kiev day today, got some 1/350 Ka-29 Helix Helicopters in yesterday so will paint 3 of them on the sprues, add the decals that I can and put them together tonight.
Perhaps the other Aircraft might come also be Friday afternoon.
Pouring rain here today, 32 degrees celcius so a good day for it excepting for having to wipe the dogs muddy, wet feet when he comes inside haha.
Did you get my Pm reply?
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Re: Trumpeter Kit US Nimitiz Scale 1/350
« Reply #85 on: October 20, 2012, 03:30:49 pm »

Hello Shipmates,
Nimitz continues. Today I did the antenna fitment and boy were they a handful, so fragile and I am not so sure they will last the distance this going to be a working model in the water, well we shall have to be careful when she is out.
I will let the pictures tell the story as I have been doing various things to her working on the Stern, redoing the flight deck to gain access to the inside for fitting of all the gear to make her run.
Aircraft are being redone now bit by bit for the 1997 period I am modelling still some Phantoms to finish, Sea kings are finished, Tomcats are finished, Hornets to come, Sea Hawk helicopters to come plus other Aircraft of the period.
Lots more fittings to be done on Hull, but a lot done since last pictures and starting to look like a Carrier now.
Paint to be organised etc etc I could go on but will let the pictures tell the story.
Work done today plus how she looks tonight before I retire after a cuppa and seeing double dutch at 1/350 vision.














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Re: Trumpeter Kit US Nimitiz Scale 1/350
« Reply #86 on: October 21, 2012, 01:34:19 pm »

Well Shipmates,
at long last Nimitz is nearing completion. I have now finished fitting all parts to the Hull and am just about to order her Light grey for the final coat, Hull Red for her bottom Hull and Extra Dark sea grey for around the Flight deck and other areas of the Carrier.
I can now concentrate on getting her Airwing all a go and getting her crew sorted out into their different positions on the Flight deck and other parts of the ship.
I will be fitting the Sea Hawks and their maintenance crews tomorrow ready for the final flight to their new bases and will be starting the build on the Night and Sea Hawks as their replacements.
A squadron of F4J Phantoms of the Fighting Shamrocks will also be displayed and will be portrayed as their last flight on leaving Nimitz already having been replaced by a squadron of F14 B/D Tomcats.
Personnel will be attached to this Squadron on board to look after them also.
When all is done and I am happy with the overall result, I will start to concentrate on getting her fitted out with her Motors, ESC and other equipment necessary for her to be a working R/C model.
I have decided to go the way of Alan T who built and did a wonderful job on the Tamiya Enterprise and the reason of doing it as such is that I can get my balance points all sorted out as she will be fully equipped for sailing when I come to set her up.
Here she is as of tonight Sunday 21st October in Aussie. I will ikeep you updated for those interested as paint and aircraft are added as they are being done.
I being an ex member of the RAAF and Army, really dig these Aircraft carriers as I get the best of both worlds at one time.












If you feel the need to add any suggestions or information on this build so far, please feel free to comment, as every bit helps a new builder like me, and the more the merrier.
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Re: Trumpeter Kit US Nimitiz Scale 1/350
« Reply #87 on: October 23, 2012, 10:04:52 am »

Nimitz as at 23rd October.
Aircraft starting to be placed into their locations and Aircraft being added as made. Safety barriers being worked on also. Some crew will be placed into the helicopter area tonight to give her that busy at sea feel I am trying to create.
More to follow.









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Re: Trumpeter Kit US Nimitiz Scale 1/350
« Reply #88 on: October 23, 2012, 10:35:42 pm »

I built one back in the 90s and once I finished painting the deck I covered it with black powder to look like tire marks when the aircraft had landed.
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Re: Trumpeter Kit US Nimitiz Scale 1/350
« Reply #89 on: October 26, 2012, 01:12:05 pm »

Thanks for the suggestion George,
What I have seen also is the use of coloured chalk also to create effects so that is another option.
Will decide if I want to do some deck work, but to me she looks wok and the colours of the aircraft are prominent also and create a realistic effect.
Charles /)
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Re: Trumpeter Kit US Nimitiz Scale 1/350
« Reply #90 on: November 07, 2012, 12:36:06 pm »

Hello shipmates, just advising work continues on Nimitz.
New photos to be posted soon. Squadrons of Phantoms and Corsairs now finished.
Unfortunately still waiting for other ordered Aircraft should be here soon now 4 weeks wait from HK some delays perhaps?
Charles.
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Re: Trumpeter Kit US Nimitiz Scale 1/350
« Reply #91 on: January 06, 2013, 01:05:24 pm »

Hello Shipmates work continues on Nimitz still. Been a little ill for a while but getting back into work tonight. Re-equipping her now with Greyhound aircraft. F16's F18's and Seahawks and Nighthawk Helicopters. Still have to R/C her also.
Hope you all had a terrific Xmas and New Year. Will keep going now one by one. I think I was doing too much but have finished other projects except Nimitz, Kiev and Missouri which is after Kiev.
Armor
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Re: Trumpeter Kit US Nimitiz Scale 1/350
« Reply #92 on: January 08, 2013, 09:21:26 pm »

Hi charles
 
sorry to hear you haven't been well. looking forward to seeing this finished. did you mean f-14's not f-16's?
 
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Re: Trumpeter Kit US Nimitiz Scale 1/350
« Reply #93 on: January 08, 2013, 10:45:10 pm »

Thank you Glen, yes the old Ticker is not what it used to be. You are correct mate F14's it should be. I haven't done a thing on the Fletcher either so after Nimitz is finished perhaps we can get together from where we left off. All aircraft on Nimitz now finished and ready for painting and decal work. I did order the upgrade kit for the F18's from Tom's but the size scares me. I shall have to order some magnifiers if I am to fit this as I feel with my eyes and lack of working with etching I am hesitant scared to try and fit this at this time. Will order a headset type and see how that works out. Once finished I shall then concentrate on the radio control aspect.

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Re: Trumpeter Kit US Nimitiz Scale 1/350
« Reply #94 on: January 29, 2013, 12:42:47 am »

At long last I have managed to get the old computer working again. I might now be able to get some decent pictures of what has happened to Nimitz now. I will get to the Newsagent at the weekend and purchase some decent batteries for my camera and take some pictures.
As I have explained the lack of Hobby shops etc in my part of Australia I am still waiting for paint to come. It should not be too long now as I have waited 3 weeks so must be due soon. All aircraft that I want onboard are finished. Just need to be painted and Squadron decals applied.
This is the only thing I do not like re living in the bush the waiting times for things to come.
The Kiev is nearly finished also but once again paint is the issue. All aircraft are finished so I will post as soon as I have something to show. Great work on the Merlin Glen. I am working on the cammo pattern for my ship also.
So sorry shipmates will be back soon please bear with me on this. Armo61.
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Re: Trumpeter Kit US Nimitiz Scale 1/350
« Reply #95 on: February 01, 2013, 09:44:33 pm »

Hello Shipmates well it seems this warship is never nearing completion. I have everything ready to paint as I have said, paint ordered and this morning I ordered a set of headlight magnifying glasses as I noticed that the Decals on these F18's and the Heli's are Outrageous for my eyesight haha but some of you may be aware of all the Fires and now Floods we are having here in Queensland. In my location we have had a lot of power interupptions due to the electricity poles catching alight and burning down and we have got communications at this time for how long I do not know. We have had no mail here for over a week now due to roads being cut off hence the mail this time cannot get through. So one situation after another. Anyhow for those that are following this thread rest assured I will not stop until I get photos to you of Nimitz in completion. I apologise for taking so long but a lot of this build has been so to say OUT OF MY CONTROL thanks to the Big Yin up stairs haha. Ok thanks and bear with me I promise things will happen soon I hope hope hope.
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Re: Trumpeter Kit US Nimitiz Scale 1/350
« Reply #96 on: February 01, 2013, 11:57:39 pm »

The good news is the big wet is on its way, no more fires  %% %%   {-) {-)
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« Reply #97 on: February 02, 2013, 12:13:32 am »

Geez I hope it does'nt get too wet matey? That's why we are not getting any mail Hmmm makes you wonder. I was wondering how you were as haven't heard from you in a while. Hope you are aok mate down there near Brisbane I think you are? Anyway nice to hear from you.
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« Reply #98 on: February 02, 2013, 03:50:14 am »

Besides losing power,  >>:-( >>:-( >:-o >:-o getting soaked, water driven through walls, trees blowing down everywhere, we, in my locale got off light, there are a lot more worse off.
 
Now the heat is back, but it will dry everything out before it rains again. %% %% {-) {-)
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« Reply #99 on: February 05, 2013, 10:26:44 pm »

Good news Raarty glad to see all is as well for you. Good news Shipmates some paint has arrived but not all, however I can now get stuck into the painting of a F18 Squadron today and perhaps a few Helicopters which will be good. I am also waiting for the IJN Grey to paint the Hull correctly and still the Dark Sea Gray for the Flight Deck but at least I will be able to take some snap shots to show you whats happening.  I am starting to be happy again. I tell you when I build the Missouri I will have everything pre ordered before I commence so there is a no waiting period, :-)) well hopefully.
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