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Re: USS Ranger CV-4, scale 1/350 Static Build
« Reply #125 on: March 02, 2018, 11:39:13 AM »

To be a bit pedantic, this is a Hellcat not a Wildcat.

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Re: USS Ranger CV-4, scale 1/350 Static Build
« Reply #126 on: March 02, 2018, 03:58:07 PM »

Arrrgh... I  stand corrected.  I always get the two mixed up.  {:-{ Dennis
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Re: USS Ranger CV-4, scale 1/350 Static Build
« Reply #127 on: March 02, 2018, 05:10:27 PM »

They are lovely examples and will add lots of depth to your ship. I see a little weathering of panel lines  :-))
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Re: USS Ranger CV-4, scale 1/350 Static Build
« Reply #128 on: March 02, 2018, 09:15:52 PM »

Thankyou... you know Trumpeter does an amazing job with nice little details like that at such a small scale to even resolve in the casting.  Lots of fun.  Dennis
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Re: USS Ranger CV-4, scale 1/350 Static Build
« Reply #129 on: March 08, 2018, 10:41:34 PM »

Progress report.....   still working on aircraft.  Mostly decal work ahead.  Shifted to installing hanger deck support girders.  Trumpiter really messed up with this area.  Placement of supports are way off.  These griders do not do anything structurally and will be very difficult to see once the flight deck is installed.  Had half a mind to just leave them off the model.  But, you know me.. can't resist. Another problem is the sides of the hanger deck walls are warped in various areas, so I was forced to install brass tubing spreader supports along side the girders to straighten the warped areas.  I was warned about this from a kit review.  Trumpeter needs to do some design work in this area.  I will provide pictures later as I move along.  Very frustrating section of the build, but this too will pass.  Cheers!  ok2   Dennis
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Re: USS Ranger CV-4, scale 1/350 Static Build
« Reply #130 on: March 09, 2018, 04:56:10 AM »

Hanger deck overhead girders installed and painted.  All of this will be covered with the Flight Deck.  I will position a few aircraft near the open hanger doors so one can see something inside.  Dennis
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Re: USS Ranger CV-4, scale 1/350 Static Build
« Reply #131 on: March 09, 2018, 04:56:41 AM »

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Re: USS Ranger CV-4, scale 1/350 Static Build
« Reply #132 on: March 09, 2018, 08:03:21 PM »

Did the USN hang disassembled aircraft from the girders like the RN did?
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Re: USS Ranger CV-4, scale 1/350 Static Build
« Reply #133 on: March 09, 2018, 08:23:56 PM »

What......like Bats?  %)
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Re: USS Ranger CV-4, scale 1/350 Static Build
« Reply #134 on: March 09, 2018, 08:34:14 PM »

Yes, they did. In fact, I just read an article on one of the other forums where a builder doing the old Enterprise, actually hung a few extra aircraft up in those girders, never to be seen again... only he knows they are there.  But, what the heck... its all history.  Dennis
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Re: USS Ranger CV-4, scale 1/350 Static Build
« Reply #135 on: March 10, 2018, 07:10:04 PM »

Pop a bit of mirror on the hangar deck to show a couple hung up in bits (Unnassembled plane kits!)
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Re: USS Ranger CV-4, scale 1/350 Static Build
« Reply #136 on: March 13, 2018, 04:42:37 PM »

Really nice Dennis. Are the girders in the hanger scratch or part of the kit? Does this mean you will be adding a Gallery deck?
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Re: USS Ranger CV-4, scale 1/350 Static Build
« Reply #137 on: March 13, 2018, 05:06:29 PM »

Finally found it! I knew I'd seen a picture somewhere with aeroplanes hung from the rafters.  It's the Enterprise not the Ranger but it looks like they had a lot of airframes in reserve.
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Re: USS Ranger CV-4, scale 1/350 Static Build
« Reply #138 on: March 13, 2018, 05:18:19 PM »

Thank you... yes, that is how they did it.  The girders I installed are from the kit.  Very flimsy and non-structural.  In fact, I had to add brass tubing supports along side to get the warp out of the sides of the hanger deck.  Not happy with that and now, I will have to trim some of those supports down, as its not allowing the flight deck to lay flat.  Adding aircraft frames on this model would just complicate matters.  However.... I am seriously considering doing that on the Yorktown, my next project.  I can plan better this time.  Mirrors and even lighting will have to be installed to make it all worthwhile, I would think.  Its pretty wild to think they had inventory to rebuild a fighter in the field.  Victory at Sea!   O0   Dennis
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Re: USS Ranger CV-4, scale 1/350 Static Build
« Reply #139 on: March 13, 2018, 07:33:56 PM »

Flight deck is painted and decals for striping, etc. applied.  Sprayed a matt clear coat to seal.  Deck has not been glued on yet.  On the foredeck is one P40.  I hope to have about 16 sitting on the fore portion of the Flight Deck, depicting the Ranger transporting a number of Curtis P-40 KittyHawks fresh out of the factory, heading for North Africa in 1943.  Flight deck is wood color per that time period.  Still have arresting gear and wind breaks to install.  Just recieved more PE from White Ensign Models that will give me more Flight Deck details and future aircraft details.  No end to what is available.  Dennis
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Re: USS Ranger CV-4, scale 1/350 Static Build
« Reply #140 on: March 13, 2018, 07:34:25 PM »

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Re: USS Ranger CV-4, scale 1/350 Static Build
« Reply #141 on: March 13, 2018, 07:34:59 PM »

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Re: USS Ranger CV-4, scale 1/350 Static Build
« Reply #142 on: March 13, 2018, 09:56:22 PM »

That is a first rate image TailUK! Very neatly stowed, but then you don't want that sort of stuff clattering about on loose cables in a heavy sea. As per usual, your progress is excellent Dennis.
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Re: USS Ranger CV-4, scale 1/350 Static Build
« Reply #143 on: March 15, 2018, 01:10:16 AM »

Detail madness.... Dauntless with dive brakes, wheel covers and tail hook.  My plan is to have this baby landing, hooking a wire, pulling down for the stop.  Can't believe it, this upscale kit I just got, even has interior cockpit detail, rudder peddels, control stick, seat, instrument cluster.  I won't attempt until I get a few more aircraft or on my next project.  I think these PE designers are trying to out-do each other at the expense of our sanity!  :o  Dennis
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Re: USS Ranger CV-4, scale 1/350 Static Build
« Reply #144 on: March 15, 2018, 01:10:50 AM »

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Re: USS Ranger CV-4, scale 1/350 Static Build
« Reply #145 on: March 15, 2018, 09:25:29 PM »


Unless you did one that had been badly burnt on the deck after crashing I cannot see an easily visible means of displaying one showing her interior. I cannot imagine having a really cooked bird on one of your flat tops would be to your liking Dennis  {:-{


They may have completely stripped aircraft on occasion but in the hangar.
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Re: USS Ranger CV-4, scale 1/350 Static Build
« Reply #146 on: March 15, 2018, 09:54:33 PM »

Flight Deck is glued.  SBD just landed.  Dive brakes still extended.  Hook attached to arresting gear.  F6F coming up on aft elevator.  Working on island at this point.  Dennis
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Re: USS Ranger CV-4, scale 1/350 Static Build
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Re: USS Ranger CV-4, scale 1/350 Static Build
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Re: USS Ranger CV-4, scale 1/350 Static Build
« Reply #149 on: March 18, 2018, 09:43:58 PM »

Model is nearing completion now.  Into Wind Breaks and some PE railing. Radar detail.  Wind Breaks from PE are pushing me into insanity.. probably the single most difficult process in the build.  Each "picket" is supported by its own back brace.  The brace is the size of a human hair and I can barily see it under my mag. loop.. probably my tired old eyes.  Keeping it steady is near to impossible.... steady as she goes... is the old saying.  Total of eighty braces between the two breaks.  I think these PE designers try to outdo each other is detail, with the goal of driving the modeler nuts.  Will anyone really care after I'm long gone?  Anxiously awaiting my USS Yorktown kit due in early next week.  Cheers!  Dennis  :((
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