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  • Member since
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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Modifying a flight deck .
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Saturday, March 10, 2018 8:30 AM

I won't be posting pics yet .

Gathering the parts .taking Revell's F.D.R. ( The old Midway class ) And updating her to 1960s Midway set-out . I licked out on the guns .I have seven 5" 38 dual mounts left over from another couple of builds . We'll see .

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  • From: Groton, CT
Posted by warshipguy on Saturday, March 10, 2018 9:19 AM

TB,

This could be an interesting project!  I have seen several such conversions by using parts from the old Revell Essex class carriers, especially the hurricane bow and angled deck with support structure grafted onto the Midway class ship.  I believe there are several articles on the old www.steelnavy.com website and on www.modelwarships.com website. If you are building a full hull version, an old Forrestal class kit could be helpful as well, grafting the lower hull.

How do you plan on going about this?

Bill

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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Sunday, March 11, 2018 4:12 PM

Bill ; I plan to keep it as simple as possible .Mor'en likely a waterline configuration .

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Posted by ddp59 on Sunday, March 11, 2018 6:20 PM

back in the late 70's, i kitbashed a straight deck midway into an angled deck version & scratch built the f4 phantoms & seaking.

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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Monday, March 12, 2018 5:14 PM

Hey DDP59 ;

That was a handful wasn't it ?

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Posted by ddp59 on Monday, March 12, 2018 6:32 PM

it was making all the aircraft then painting them. i still have that model & aircraft after all these years.

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Posted by GMorrison on Monday, March 12, 2018 7:40 PM

Pictures!

I've got that kit salted away, along with a Forrestal glue bomb for the lower hull. Someday...

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Posted by ddp59 on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 9:21 AM

i'll see what i can do about taking pictures & then posting them.

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  • From: Wyoming Michigan
Posted by ejhammer on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 9:53 AM

TB, I couldn't get the pics to attach to a PM, so I'll try it here.

 

350 and 700 3d printed sailors.

Hard to get non fuzzy pics that small. They look a lot better than these photos.

Ordered some 500 scale guns and they look really nice. 5:/38's in several mods, Quad 40's, single 40's in two positions, 3"50's. Nice stuff, and much easier than attempting to put PE on plastic or resin guns. The sailors are from North Star, the guns from 3Dmodelparts and Shapeways. I found the single 40's on shapeways in 1/160 scale, asked if they could do them in 1/500 and a week later had them.

Pretty cool.

Completed - USS ESSEX 1/700 Hasegawa Dec 1942, USS Yorktown 1/700 Trumpeter 1943. In The Yards - USS ESSEX 1/700 Hasegawa 1945, USS ESSEX 1/700 Dragon 1944, USS ESSEX 1/700 Trumpeter 1945, USS ESSEX 1/540 Revell (vintage) 1962, USS ESSEX 1/350 Trumpeter 1942, USS ESSEX LHD-2 as commissioned, converted from USS Wasp kit Gallery Models. Plus 35 other plastic and wood ship kits.

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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 4:31 PM

Hey ;

 Used a magnifier .Howdy Ho ! Those are neat !

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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 4:44 PM

Yes they sure are. I'm happy to hear that you can order to scale.

I have a question for those who've sailed the seas on these things.

I seem to remember that when the angle deck conversions were done, the flight deck forward of the island stayed wood, while the new rear deck is non-skid over steel.

Or is it all non-skid? 

Essex but not Midway?

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  • From: Wyoming Michigan
Posted by ejhammer on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 8:08 AM
Although I visited Midway last October, I didn't pay much attention to the flight deck I guess. But if I recall, the flight deck was all steel, painted with the rough non-skid. Essex, at least in the 1960's when I was aboard, the entire flight deck was still wood, but some parts that took a beating, like the landing area in the arresting gear cables area and the area behind the catapults, had a steel overlay to prevent wear. The whole thing was covered with non-skid though, wood, steel, everything. Because the non-skid was like a thick paint or coating, it would wear or chip off, usually in big flakes, and needed to be touched up frequently, thus the color was kinda blotchy looking where the new coating came up to the older sun bleached parts.

Completed - USS ESSEX 1/700 Hasegawa Dec 1942, USS Yorktown 1/700 Trumpeter 1943. In The Yards - USS ESSEX 1/700 Hasegawa 1945, USS ESSEX 1/700 Dragon 1944, USS ESSEX 1/700 Trumpeter 1945, USS ESSEX 1/540 Revell (vintage) 1962, USS ESSEX 1/350 Trumpeter 1942, USS ESSEX LHD-2 as commissioned, converted from USS Wasp kit Gallery Models. Plus 35 other plastic and wood ship kits.

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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Monday, March 19, 2018 2:05 PM

Hi Again ! " G " 

 It seems if my memory isn't failing , that we had about a hundred foot of wood  , Forward ,The rest had been replaced with steel at our last yarding . I won't be quoted , but I believe it had something to do with extended life in service . T.B.

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Posted by GMorrison on Monday, March 19, 2018 2:23 PM

Was that Midway?

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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Friday, March 23, 2018 9:49 AM

Yes ;

 That was the Midway .

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