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Brass Propellers
Posted by SkvyWvr on Monday, October 08, 2018 1:36 PM

Hi all I'm new here and need some help. Currently building Trumpter's 1:350 USS Ticonderoga GG-47. I'm very excited about this model. Im am a plankowner of CG-47 and as such want to do a qualty job. Problem is that the kit is setup as a motorized model so it came with some oversized 3 blade props. The Ticos and Spruances had 5 blade props. Been looking all over the net for brass ones but haven't had any luck. Hopefully someone can point me in the right direction.

SMC (SW) ret.

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, October 09, 2018 9:02 AM

Large ships like that usually do not have brass propellers, they are either steel or bronze.  It is possible to paint plastic to get a decent bronze effect.  See if you can verify what the props are on that ship.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, October 09, 2018 9:11 AM

That is a Dragon kit, a search for aftermarket parts should be for the Dragon kit.

Plastic props really are more accurate if painted correctly.

Thank you for your service. Thats a fascinating ship too.

 

Bill

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Posted by WillysMB on Tuesday, October 09, 2018 10:44 AM

A good friend of mine was on the Ticonderoga in the Gulf. Remembers the fireworks of all the Tomahawk launches.

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Posted by EdGrune on Tuesday, October 09, 2018 11:48 AM

SkvyWvr

Hi all I'm new here and need some help. Currently building Trumpter's 1:350 USS Ticonderoga GG-47. I'm very excited about this model. Im am a plankowner of CG-47 and as such want to do a qualty job. Problem is that the kit is setup as a motorized model so it came with some oversized 3 blade props. The Ticos and Spruances had 5 blade props. Been looking all over the net for brass ones but haven't had any luck. Hopefully someone can point me in the right direction.

SMC (SW) ret.

 

 In response to your original question I was able to quickly locate two options:  

Flagship Models makes some photoetched brass blades

Use the appropriate and sandwich the hub circle between a couple of discs of plastic.  They're etched flat, so add some twist as necessary.  Google Flagship models for product list

Another option is G-Factor models.   He doesn't keep a website per se',  rather you need to search through moldeing websites.   I found these on Redfrog Hobbies.  Look around Sprue Brothers also carries G-Factor stuff.

They're labeled as Burke's,  but I'll bet they would fit.  These are lost wax castings (3 dimnsional with twist),  attach to the prop shaft and you're good to go.  They are not bright polished, may be somewhat rough.   A session with some files and steel wool will remedy that

Thanks for your service.

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Posted by Nino on Tuesday, October 09, 2018 3:25 PM

I think EdGrune came up with just the right stuff.

 I can't recall Trumpeter making a Ticonderoga but I know their "subsidiary", Mini-Hobby did.  The Mini-hobby CG-47 has four 3-bladed Props for their motorized kit.
 I gather what you have in your Tico kit is probably this:

 

 

What you want is this:
 
 
As Ed mentioned, G-FACTOR MODELS makes an Arleigh Burke class prop, GFM-35003. It may look fine on your CG47. (Stevens International lists all the G-factor kits )
It can always be sanded to look more accurate.
 
 
Also, the Trumpeter 1/350 Arleigh Burke has decent plastic props too. See the Modelwarships link below, for pictures.
 
 
The other option is a Dragon/DML Spruance or Ticonderoga class but the Dragon props don't look accurate at all. Italeri and Revell also issued  Dragon's kit of CG-47.
Dragon's CG-47 propellers:
 
  If  you do consider the G-Factor Arleigh Burke Brass or the Trumpeter Arleigh Burke plastic, here is how they shape up :
 
    Nino
 
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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 7:26 AM

Hi;

 Having spent many years around ships and boats I make my own . When done they look like real bronze props . Even with the polish swirls on them . 

 I don't however do this on operational models . These are all Copper color . I like that they do actually turn greenish after being run in say , a salt water pool . But that's preference 

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