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Battle of the Coral Sea Group Build 4 May, 2017 - 8 May, 2018

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Battle of the Coral Sea Group Build 4 May, 2017 - 8 May, 2018
Posted by checkmateking02 on Saturday, January 21, 2017 3:30 PM
May 2017 is the anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea in 1942.  It was the first air-sea engagement in history in which the combatants remained out of visual sight of each other, and the conflict was carried out exclusively by aircraft.  The battle effectively blocked Japanese expansion toward Australia, by turning back Operation MO.
 
To honor this event, please consider participating in the Coral Sea Group Build.  Any subject is acceptable, so long as it pertains to the battle, 4-8 May, 1942.  This would include planes, ships, figures (if there are any).  Any scale and any medium is welcome.
 
The GB will start on 4 May, 2017 and run until 8 May, 2018—which should give ship builders enough time to finish.  You can join in at any time. 
 
Below is the group badge, which you can claim when you finish your submission.

 Thanks for your interest!

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Saturday, January 21, 2017 3:37 PM

Roster

checkmateking02:  Airfix 1/72 Devastator

Hunter:  1/48 Hasegawa Nakajima B5N2 Type 97 Carrier Attack Bomber

tonka:  series 77 90 mm naval officer and series 77 90 mm navy signalman

GMorrison:  1/350 Trumpeter CV-2 USS Lexington

scottrc:  To Be Determined

stikpusher:  tentatively To Be Determined

lewbud:  1/72 Hasegawa F4F-3 from VF-2 (F4F-4 backdated with Quickboost's F4F-3 wing conversion)

modelcrazy:  1/72 Airfix Kate (CarDiv5 Shokaku)

bobbaily:   1/48 Accurate Miniatures SBD-3

Gerhard:  1/32 Trumpeter F4F-3 Wildcat

WannabeFarmboy:  1/48 Hobbyboss F4F-3 Wildcat (late)

ExtremeTeam:  1/72 Hasegawa SBD-3 Dauntless (VS-2 or VS-5)

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Saturday, January 21, 2017 3:37 PM

Completed Builds

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Posted by Hunter on Sunday, January 22, 2017 7:58 AM

Checkmate - I'm in....1/48 Hasegawa Nakajima B5N2 Type 97 Carrier Attack Bomber

Hunter

 

 

On the Bench:  6 Group Builds.....


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Posted by checkmateking02 on Sunday, January 22, 2017 12:41 PM

Welcome to the GB, Hunter.  Nice selection.  I don't know much about Japanese planes, and haven't build one in years, so I look forward to seeing this one come together.

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Posted by jgeratic on Sunday, January 22, 2017 1:11 PM

I can see myself building another Claude over the horizon, but it's good this one will extend into the following year - probably have some bench time closer to end date than the start.

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Good round up of IJN tail codes here:

http://pacific.valka.cz/planes/ijnaf_marking.htm

.............. and some specific colour profiles dealing with Coral Sea time frame:

http://japanese-aviation.forumeiros.com/t19-43-coral-sea-battle-may-7-and-8-1942

 

reards,

Jack

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Sunday, January 22, 2017 2:42 PM

Thanks for the information, Jack.  I've been thinking that I maybe need from Japanese planes, but don't know anything about colours and markings.

When you settle on a Claude, I'll add you to the roster.

And as slowly as kits sometimes go, I like to leave a year to finish up on things.

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Posted by tonka on Sunday, January 22, 2017 3:31 PM

I would like to participate. Something different...i am going to take a series 77 naval officer and series 77 navy signalman , combine them into a small wing bridge diorama on a ship

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Sunday, January 22, 2017 4:10 PM

Welcome to the GB, tonka.  That will be something different and interesting.  Are they 54mm or some other scale?

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Posted by tonka on Sunday, January 22, 2017 6:41 PM

checkmateking02

Welcome to the GB, tonka.  That will be something different and interesting.  Are they 54mm or some other scale?

 

Thanks Checkmate. The figures are 90MM. Made back in the 80's.

Kevin

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Sunday, January 22, 2017 10:06 PM

That'll be very interesting to see, Kevin.  I used to do figure painting--back in the '80's.  Used the now defunct Imrie-Risley paint.  Haven't done much lately except some 1/72 to go along with aircraft.

What kind of paint will you be using?  I've picked up a few bottles of Vallejo, but haven't tried it yet.  Not very familiar with acrylics.

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Posted by GMorrison on Monday, January 23, 2017 7:10 PM

I've been thinking about building the CV-2 Lexington, 1/350 Trumpeter kit. Barring another move, things should settle down this year.

It looks to be a pretty simple build, only thing would be to load the deck up with more Wildcats.

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Monday, January 23, 2017 9:01 PM

Welcome to the GB, GM!  

I'll be very interested to see this, since I have Trumpeter's 1/700 offering of Lex sitting around unopened yet.  Looked for some PE sets for her last night, but not much available except the Eduard set--which has a lot more in it than I think I want to use.

Roster has been updated. 

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Posted by scottrc on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 10:18 AM

 I was hoping a GB like this might come along.  I am presently working on the Enterprise and related subjects leading up to Midway, but may either tackle the Lexington, a Kate, or one of the Japanese carriers.  

        

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 4:13 PM

Welcome again, scottrc!  Good to hear from you and good to have you in the GB.

And when you make a final decision, I'll update the roster.

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Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 4:54 PM

Like I said on your Midway GB thread, this one is most temptin. If I can clean up a good chunk of backlog builds, I may jump in here at the end of the year. Since you have the nice long timespan here as well. 

I did a Coral Sea TBD a few years back and it could use some company.

 

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 7:06 PM

It would be good to have you join in here, too, stik, if you can.  

I remember your TBD from back then; I used some of your methods on one of Airfix's Devastators I built back about the same time.  You were very helpful, even if you didn't know it at the time.

I'll add you tentatively to the roster, and if you get the time, join in.  I also plan to follow "Bish's Rule" here.

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Posted by lewbud on Thursday, January 26, 2017 12:06 AM

I'd like to sign up.  1/72 Devastator from VT-2 off the Lexington, flown by LCDR James Brett.  Manufacturer to be determined.

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Thursday, January 26, 2017 3:10 PM

Welcome to the GB, lewbud.  

Once you decide on the manufacturer, I'll update the roster.  Airfix, Valom and AZ/Admiral have produced them.  I've built the one from Airfix and have the AZ/Admiral in the stash.

Biggest challenge I ran into was sanding the upper and lower wing seams with all those corrugations.

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Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, January 26, 2017 3:13 PM

This GB just better go! I've ordered the 10 pack of F4F's, and the GMM set.

Going to order my paint next.

Knowing squat really about this battle, I've started reading and collecting other resources.

 

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Thursday, January 26, 2017 3:22 PM

There's not a lot out there, GM:  some short monograph-type books, and Blue Skies and Blood by Edwin P. Hoyt, a somewhat dated book now that was first published in 1975.

Stay the Rising Sun is recent and includes the Coral Sea battle, but it's mostly a bio of USS Lexington.

And, not to worry, the GB is a go.

 

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Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, January 26, 2017 3:42 PM

Well I'm striking out with my stash I have a 1/72 Kate but the markings are for the Hiryu or Akagi and the cruiser Takao was in Hashirajima during the battle. All my other IJN stuff is late war.

My North Carolina didn't arrive at the Pacific front until August.

Put me down as TBD anyway and I'll see what I can come up with. I have plenty of time after all.

ON THE BENCH

1/350 Dragon USS The Sulivans built as USS Johnston
1/48 Hasegawa C.202 Folgore
1/350 Aoshima IJN Takao

In Que

1/32 Hasegawa Mk Vb Spitfire
1/72 Hasegawa B5N2 Kate
1/48 Tamiya Mk1 Swordfish

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Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, January 26, 2017 3:49 PM

stikpusher
Like I said on your Midway GB thread.....

Waaaa? You have a Midway GB thread too, or did I read that wrong?

ON THE BENCH

1/350 Dragon USS The Sulivans built as USS Johnston
1/48 Hasegawa C.202 Folgore
1/350 Aoshima IJN Takao

In Que

1/32 Hasegawa Mk Vb Spitfire
1/72 Hasegawa B5N2 Kate
1/48 Tamiya Mk1 Swordfish

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Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, January 26, 2017 3:56 PM

Thanks for the tip "Stay the..." ordered.

Modeling is just an excuse to buy books.

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Posted by lewbud on Thursday, January 26, 2017 8:56 PM

checkmateking02

Welcome to the GB, lewbud.  

Once you decide on the manufacturer, I'll update the roster.  Airfix, Valom and AZ/Admiral have produced them.  I've built the one from Airfix and have the AZ/Admiral in the stash.

Biggest challenge I ran into was sanding the upper and lower wing seams with all those corrugations.

 

I'm not familiar with the AZ/Admiral kit.  I'm building Valom's kit for your Midway build.  The ancient Airfix kit will probably be the easiest, not to mention cheapest way to go.  For those looking for decals in the divine scale Starfighter Decals has a sheet for you.

http://www.starfighter-decals.com/usn-at-coral-sea-may-1942.html

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Thursday, January 26, 2017 9:17 PM

modelcrazy:  Welcome to the GB!  Good to have you with us.  

Yeah, I started a Midway GB, too.  By that time, US Navy planes had dropped all the red from the insignia and adopted the F4F-4 Wildcat; plus, Jimmy Thach got to try out his weave.  So I figured Coral Sea and Midway both offered a lot of possibilities.

And of course, most of the whole Japanese Combined Fleet was lurking nearby.

Here's the link:  http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/modeling_subjects/f/29/t/173860.aspx

GM:  You're welcome!  Stay the Rising Sun is a pretty interesting read.  If you like naval history, I think it'll live up to expectations.

lewbud:  I'll update the roster to indicate the Valom kit.  AZ/Admiral doesn't seem to have a wide distribution.  Don't recall seeing it from anyone in the US.  I got mine from Hannant's in the UK.  It includes a resin cockpit, and those corrugations on the wings are far more petite and delicate than on the Airfix kit.

Starfighters also does a sheet for the US Navy at Midway. 

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Posted by lewbud on Thursday, January 26, 2017 9:25 PM

Oops!  I meant I was building Valom's kit for the 1942 build.  What the heck, go ahead and sign me up for the Midway build as well.  I don't normally do crossovers so I'll see what's in the stash.  I know I've got an Avenger or two in the stash, so maybe Starfighter Decals USMC/USAAF Midway Defenders sheet will find its way to my door.

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Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, January 26, 2017 10:36 PM

GMorrison

This GB just better go! I've ordered the 10 pack of F4F's, and the GMM set.

Going to order my paint next.

Knowing squat really about this battle, I've started reading and collecting other resources.

 

 

Well if GM is gonna show up, I will too eventually... speaking of which you may also want to read "No Higher Honor". Which is the tale of USS Yorktown  from the day the war started until she sank at Midway. The personal stories can be quite touching.

Not sure what I'll build, but I have several IJN and USN subjects that would work in my stash. I just need to keep it simple.

 

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Friday, January 27, 2017 9:50 AM

Sorry for misunderstanding, lewbud!

I'll go over and put you down for an Avenger in the "Midway GB."

Thanks for the clarification.

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Friday, January 27, 2017 9:59 AM

Sounds good, stik.

Thanks for the lead on the Yorktown book.  I'll be looking into it.  I built Tamiya's old Yorktown for the aircraft carrier GB still going on.

Got an email from Freetime Hobbies that says Trumpeter is going to release an Enterprise in 1/700 and both a Yorktown and Enterprise in 1/200.  

That's kind of an odd scale, 1/200.  I wonder if it was a misprint.

 

 

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