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USS Indianapolis CA35
« on: April 09, 2016, 06:49:55 PM »

Dear Folks, I have finally received the kit for the Indy from www.technoart.eu of Latvia.  This WW2 US Cruiser has a very interesting history, having carried one of the A-bombs that was dropped on Japan, was sunk by a Japan sub on her return to the US, losing several hundred men to sharks and a delayed rescue.  Her captain went through court martial and then later killed himself.  A movie of the ships story is coming out this summer.  The kit is massive, with a scale of 1:192, she will be over 3ft long.  Parts use epoxy castings, bronze castings, brass castings, plastic and photo-etched parts.  Highly detailed and museum quality.  I estimate this to be a two year project.  The model will be static.
Hope you all enjoy the build as much as I hope to.    Best regards,  Dennis
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Re: USS Indianapolis CA35
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2016, 07:43:44 PM »

Dennis,
 
Looking forward to seeing this build, are there any photos of the kit to share?
 
Regards,
 
Rich
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Re: USS Indianapolis CA35
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2016, 07:58:06 PM »

Yes, Rich.  I will be taking some kit pictures as soon as I can.  A bit busy right now, but will do so later on.
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Re: USS Indianapolis CA35
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2016, 10:13:27 PM »

Ok, here we go.  I haven't unpacked all the parts, as there are many. They are all bagged and labeled.  Essentially, what you get is a pre-cast hull in epoxy, Bags of bronze parts, epoxy cast parts, plastic parts and several sheets of brass PE for parts.  A CD which prints out a build manual 1-1/2" thick.  I placed those sheets into a 3 ring binder.  There are only 3 sheets of printed instructions, the rest are Cad drawings, numbered line drawings and then many construction and finished model photo in high res., so that you can zoom in for incredible details.  I loaded the entire CD onto my backup hard drive and then loaded the parts catalog and photos of what I am working on at this time onto my main hard drive.  The parts catalog will allow you to do a search for the part number to get a picture of what you are looking for in the bag of parts, etc.  I have decided to start with the 3 Seagull SOC-1 Seaplanes.  They are very small at this scale and completely detailed.  Most of the wing support wires will all be scratch. The propeller and wing floats are cast in bronze.  At a price point of $1,000 US dollars, I consider this to be the most expensive build to date.  The kits are a limited edition of only 12 and they are sold out.  I don't know if I have a collectors item, but who knows.  I'm happy.  Lets see if we can get the photos to load.  Dennis
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Re: USS Indianapolis CA35
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Re: USS Indianapolis CA35
« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2016, 02:03:35 AM »

Assembly has begun with rudders to floats for seaplanes... tiny..


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Re: USS Indianapolis CA35
« Reply #10 on: April 11, 2016, 03:11:00 PM »

Hi Dennis


I'll tag along for the build.


Your link didn't work for me - maybe it is because it contains a C?
http://www.tehnoart.eu worked ok


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Re: USS Indianapolis CA35
« Reply #11 on: April 11, 2016, 05:24:04 PM »

Sri about the link, as long as you got it to work.  the construction and finished model photos are amazing.


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Re: USS Indianapolis CA35
« Reply #12 on: April 11, 2016, 11:41:29 PM »

Looks like a great start made Dennis. I will study their site in a moment and see what they do.
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Re: USS Indianapolis CA35
« Reply #13 on: April 12, 2016, 12:03:27 AM »

Hi there Dennis - you've done it again! - chosen another fantastic subject to build. There's going to be a lot of interest in this one I think.
If it turns out as good as your previous models then we're in for a treat. :-))

Regards,

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« Reply #14 on: April 12, 2016, 01:36:26 AM »

Thank you Ray.  I'll try my best.


Fairwinds,


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Re: USS Indianapolis CA35
« Reply #15 on: April 12, 2016, 05:00:00 PM »

Seaplane is coming together.  Truthfully, I have never modeled something so small with the kind of detail required. These old hands are just barely able to hold the brush steady.  And I have to make 3 of these guys with one having her wings folded back.


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Re: USS Indianapolis CA35
« Reply #16 on: April 13, 2016, 12:09:22 AM »

These old hands are just barely able to hold the brush steady.

Dennis

I can empathise with you there Dennis - just recently saw a specialist who diagnosed this shaky hand of mine as "intention tremor".

However, my troubles are minor compared with some - just have to live with it. >:-o

Anyway, regarding your build, you've at least made a start - looking forward to seeing more.... O0

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Re: USS Indianapolis CA35
« Reply #17 on: April 13, 2016, 12:35:03 PM »

I am building the USS Portland 1944 for an American collector at 1/128 scale . Eventually the whole build will be on my site but at present I am making masters for the Quads/directors Mk 33 and 34 and the turret set . I am just fitting the deck so not a lot to show yet. A few years ago I built
USS San Francisco for a collector in San Fran and this class of ship was built just after the Portland class, the Portland being a slightly bigger ship.
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« Reply #18 on: April 13, 2016, 09:27:26 PM »

Well sir, I'd sure love to see some pics of your build at some point.  Its all challenging and you are building from scratch.  I just have a ton of very small pieces to try to sort out and put together into something that looks like a ship.  Building these seaplanes is really giving me a good sense of scale and what is in store for me down the road.  I love all the detail, that's for sure.  Just about ready to mount the upper wing on the first aircraft, having just added her decals.  One of my wing struts went "bing" and flew into the great black hole, never to be found again.... time for scratch build on that thing. Darn.  I'll have pics soon.


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Re: USS Indianapolis CA35
« Reply #19 on: April 13, 2016, 09:32:52 PM »

Pace yourself Dennis, you look to be doing fine. I look forward to see more of your work soon.
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Re: USS Indianapolis CA35
« Reply #20 on: April 14, 2016, 07:05:57 PM »

Hi folks,  seaplane is coming together, painted, wings and decals on and wing struts in.  I'm working on support wires between wings right now.  Floats will be next.  I think I'm getting used to the size.. very tiny.


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