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Re: U.S.S. Arizona BB-39 Static build
« Reply #125 on: March 08, 2017, 04:56:59 AM »

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« Reply #126 on: March 08, 2017, 04:59:22 AM »

Oh, I forgot... 3 aircraft have to be built and installed.  D.
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« Reply #127 on: March 08, 2017, 10:17:19 PM »

Brilliant work  :-)) I love the rigging supports, very straight and tidily cosntructed. Imagine scratch building those in 1:200th  %%
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« Reply #128 on: March 09, 2017, 01:50:11 AM »

thank you sir.  I saw an ad for your own Photo-etching kit.  Now I can make my own parts.  With a home 3D machine, I can start making my own kits! ;)
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« Reply #129 on: March 14, 2017, 03:39:45 AM »

Flag halyards and signal flags are in.  Ships boats are mounted.  Cranes secured. Range dials mounted.  Almost there.  Thinking on my next project will be for a friend.  A WW2 flush deck 4 stacker destroyer.  I will use the USS Ward as a base point, since that class (Wilks) were all so similar.  Scale will be 350/1, which is about my limit for detail work.  After that, something big.  Cheers, Dennis
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« Reply #134 on: March 14, 2017, 08:37:26 PM »

You continue to impress Dennis:O) Does your friend know he will the recipient of such a lovely present?
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« Reply #135 on: March 14, 2017, 11:48:03 PM »

No, it will be the element of surprize. %%   Dennis
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« Reply #136 on: March 15, 2017, 10:43:45 PM »

You star Dennis  :-))
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« Reply #137 on: March 16, 2017, 03:23:33 AM »

First of two Kingfisher observation floatplanes is completed and mounted on catapult on top of number 3 turret.  Simply turning turret for launch, either port or stbd.  They say the launch was brutal.  A gunpower charge in an 8" casing was used to fire the cat.  By the time the aircraft was at the end of the catapult, it was doing about 70mph.  Pilot and radioman had to really brace themselves for takeoff, like being shot out of a cannon.  Probably really got ones pulse going  {:-{ . I took some liberty, it is documented that typically the vertical tail fin was painted the color(s) of the ships squadran, in this case, the Arizona was red, as were turret tops on numbers 1,2,4 were painted red.  I suspect that at some point, maybe before Pearl attack, the fins were painted dark blue.  I can't find that to be fact, so I went ahead and painted it red, because it was done that way and is cool.  Before Pearl, the aircraft were painted grey on body, with wings yellow and vertical stab, red.  that color was changed at Pearl to dark blue on body and top of wings and light grey on bottom half of body and under wings and floats.  I also added wing tip float stabilizing rods as was proper.  Dennis
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« Reply #139 on: March 16, 2017, 09:03:09 PM »

Given the use of slower burning propellants at this time than Black powder of an earlier era, would the acceleration be less brutal? Interesting to know how it was done though. I always thought catapults were steam powered, but then how do you get steam up to the turret roof without compromising protection and reliability?

Lovely work as ever Dennis  :-))
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« Reply #140 on: March 16, 2017, 09:35:26 PM »

Here is a good link that explains the catapult mech. system: http://www.navsource.org/archives/01/57l.htm   Using pistons that react to gases from powder charge and pulley and cable system.  Tks, truly enjoying this build.  Dennis
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« Reply #141 on: March 20, 2017, 01:04:01 AM »

More details.  All PE work.  Dennis
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« Reply #143 on: March 21, 2017, 02:09:23 PM »

Ok gentlemen, I have another question.  I have been dutifully placing about a hundred of these tiny brass discs onto locations on my main deck fore and aft that are painted dark grey per plan.  I havn't a clue as to what they were used for  on this ship.  I can guess and say that they are deck lights to allow natural light down below, but I don't think that is what they really are.  Any ideas?
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Re: U.S.S. Arizona BB-39 Static build
« Reply #146 on: March 21, 2017, 08:18:17 PM »

They look like scuttles to me Dennis. Coal fired ships had them for loading coal down into the bunkers. Arizona was oil fired but may still have had them for other reasons.
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« Reply #147 on: March 21, 2017, 10:20:06 PM »

Hmmmmm.... didn't think of that application.  Could be.  Tks.  Dennis
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« Reply #148 on: March 22, 2017, 01:03:36 AM »

The deck by the gun mounts on BB 39 was 3" of armour plate under the teak.....it is difficult to accept that the armoured deck could be compromised by any form of deck [natural] thru-lights

Does the plan offer any clue?..... Derek
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« Reply #149 on: March 22, 2017, 01:14:42 AM »

Tks for insight Derek.  You are correct and you bring up a point that has caused some question for me.  The plans give the builder the option to include the plating or not.  Most of the builders I have researched do not include that plating.  The wood decking just shows a marked outline for the plating area with no explaination as to what it was and why were we given a choice.  Frankly, not until you mentioned what it was, I had no clue and blindly went on ahead to add the covers or hatches or whatever they really are per "Upscale Plans and visual number guide".... main Trumpeter plans do not offer these openings.  So, something new to ponder.  First, I would want to really understand what those holes were for, if indeed they were for coal or fuel access points, the size would not be an issue in compromising the integrity of the additional deck plating.  My guess only.  Regards,  Dennis
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