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Space Battleship Missouri, or at least, my rendition of it

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Space Battleship Missouri, or at least, my rendition of it
Posted by modelcrazy on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 1:33 PM

I rarely post over here but I started a space battleship kitbash in my Steampunk GB. I know, not steampunk but the GB is for anything kitbashed.

So, I bought the ultra crappy Revell Missouri, circa 1957, using the 40% coupon from HL, otherwise it's not worth the $22 and change they're asking, and started cutting and sanding. I removed most of the molded on deck guns, ammo boxes, fitting and sundry other globs of plastic which were molded on, sanded, filled and sanded again.

I grabbed my increasingly abundant parts box and enlisted the help, mostly from so far, a 1/350 Ohio class boomer and 1/72 Harrier. The real G offered and sent, God love him, some resin engine nozzles from the Space Battleship Yamato to help the shipyard with construction costs. I added hull pieces for engineering spaces, engines and you know, use your imagination. I then stuck on the engine nozzles from the Harrier’s Pegasus engine for vents, or whatever, 1/32 fuel tanks for electronics blisters and the Harrier’s wings for, well, wings and a 1/72 MiG-29 tail for, a tail.

 

 

I still have much to do before I even think about starting to wrap it up, but I’m having so much fun that I decided to do a space carrier next using the almost as crappy Academy Kitty Hawk. Every REAL navy needs a carrer, right?

So, stay tuned.

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Posted by ikar01 on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 7:00 PM

Interesting design, desugn udeas can be addicting.  It's not quite the way I would have changed her but I like it.  I was thinking of adding a Iowa class to my Starblazer fleet but I had a request for a WWII Big Mo build.  I guess the British battleship will be my next victim.

As long as you are thinking of a carrier, what about support ships for yhour fleet?  Cruisers, destroyers and even cargo ships coiuld be done as lond as they are in roughly the same scale,  They don't have to be exactly the same.If you get bold, or crazy, you couild take a coiuple of hte aircraft from the carrier kit and modify them into space fighters.  Something ot think about.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 7:36 PM

Thanks ikar, I was thinking about modifying the air group that comes with the kit as well.

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  • From: Orlando, Florida
Posted by ikar01 on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 10:09 PM

If you want a few ideas for possible projects in this line or just things to do with your current build, scroll down and you will find my ships, a space assault ship, a fire support ship, and a interdiction ship, similar to a destroyer.

These were based on the IJN Yamato, Bismark, and a German destroyer, respectively.  I'm thinking of making the British batleship a twin engine.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 11:44 PM

I may get a crappy cruiser model some where and try that. I have all kinds of ideas for the carrier.

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Posted by cbaltrin on Thursday, January 9, 2020 6:42 AM

Loving it! Great work!

On the Bench:

  • Italeri F-100D 1/72
  • Revel 1/72 HH-3 Jolly Green Giant
  • Monogram P-47D
  • Monogram F-14A
  • Monogram P-51D
  • Monogram 1/72 F-4J
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Posted by ikar01 on Thursday, January 9, 2020 3:58 PM

Remember, think over what you want to accomplish with the idea and kit, make it look reasonable and not cartoonish.  I think I may have done this with my Interdiiction ship,  too many weapons.    

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Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, January 9, 2020 7:50 PM

That's kinda the point, I'm just having fun. 

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Posted by ikar01 on Thursday, January 9, 2020 9:19 PM

And that is probably the most important thing of all.

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Posted by the Baron on Friday, January 10, 2020 11:44 AM

modelcrazy

That's kinda the point, I'm just having fun. 

 

 
Well, you should!  That's a cool idea, and as you add to it, it'll get cooler!
 
Will the Big Space Mo use a wave-motion gun, too?

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

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Posted by modelcrazy on Friday, January 10, 2020 11:49 AM

Baron, it'll have whatever I can dig out of the parts box Wink

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Posted by the Baron on Monday, January 13, 2020 11:59 AM

Heh heh, no, I just meant if that's what you were going to call it.  Remember?  That was the main armament of the Argo/Yamato.  For practical purposes, it was just big hole in the bow, with a ribbed detail from the outer edge of the opening, running back into the aperture.

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 6:13 AM

OY!!!!!!

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Posted by modelcrazy on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 10:15 AM

LOL you like it TB?

Worked some on the engine attachment to the nozzel.   Some cuting, styrine sheet, glue......sanding, filling.....pict to follow when I'm complete.

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Posted by the Baron on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 11:47 AM

Yes

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

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Posted by modelcrazy on Saturday, January 18, 2020 10:55 PM

Got very little done to the Mo. I added some sheet sprue for the nozzel farring and some putty. I need to do a lot of sanding to streighten and smooth.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, January 20, 2020 6:44 AM

I did some sanding and more filling.

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Posted by arbit on Friday, January 31, 2020 5:12 AM
Fantastic scratch work! Starting to look a lot like the New Nautilus from Nadia. Looking forward to seeing more progress.
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Posted by modelcrazy on Friday, January 31, 2020 11:53 AM

Thank you arbit. I'm finishing up a couple of ships before getting back on this. It should'nt be too much longer.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Sunday, February 2, 2020 10:52 PM

Getting back to the Mo now that the other builds are wrapping up. I sanded, added more filler, repeat, repeat, repeat. Finally thought I had it good enough to paint it black to see where I was and what needed attention.

Not as bad as I thought, just a little more to go. Once this is done I'm just going to attach the other engine nozzel to the lower section, then on to the superstructure.

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  • From: Saskatchewan, Canada
Posted by sickdude on Sunday, February 2, 2020 10:56 PM

He's looking great Steve! I'm following along, enjoying watching you, enjoy building this sucker. It's going to be so punk when yer finished, great stuff!

William (Willy)

 
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Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, February 3, 2020 10:07 AM

Thanks Willy, I'm digging through my emense parts box looking for the next thingy to stick on. Stick out tongue Having a blast.

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Posted by sickdude on Monday, February 3, 2020 10:38 PM

Sounds great!

Another thingy, to stick on this thing, is always, is always good... Propeller

William (Willy)

 
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Posted by modelcrazy on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 9:49 AM

Thanks sickdude,

I had some time to work on the SBMO. The engine nozzles are complete and now working on the "pods" on the wings and tail. Using drop tanks of course. I'm also thinking of ways to make the gun barrels more  futuristic.

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Posted by sickdude on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 11:15 AM
Lookin good Steve. Maybe you could try semi-spikey muzzle brake, and tapered barrels...

William (Willy)

 
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Posted by modelcrazy on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 1:44 PM

Willy,

I was looking into using the missle caps off my Ohio boomer as the old fasion ray gun look but not really sold on the idea. I'll keep looking through the boxs for something but I may end up with the cone idea.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Friday, February 14, 2020 1:27 PM

a little more done to the MO. It kinda looks like Buck Rodgers LOL.

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Posted by sickdude on Sunday, February 16, 2020 2:12 PM
Lookin good Steve.

William (Willy)

 
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Posted by lowfly on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 11:13 AM

This is awesome. I too started this kit. What a huge disappointment the actual kit is.  I guess you get what you pay for ($10) I am gonna build mine as a technique practice  / Paint mule but you took it a lot further and it looks awesome!  

 

 

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Posted by modelcrazy on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 11:29 AM

lowfly

This is awesome. I too started this kit. What a huge disappointment the actual kit is.  I guess you get what you pay for ($10) I am gonna build mine as a technique practice  / Paint mule but you took it a lot further and it looks awesome!  

It's a pig of a kit, nothing fits, flashing everywhere, extreamly poor detail, just right for kitbashing Big Smile

I built it as a kid and spent hours "sailing" it in the grass with the Arizona and Bismarck predending sea battles. Of course I didn't see it as the total disaster it is, it was a super fun toy, and that's what it was designed for.

I'm building the superstructure when something else is drying. What a mess, but I have ideas on how to deal and add to it. Lots of filler. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the 5" mounts yet.Huh?

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