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USS Hornet CV-8

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  • Member since
    March, 2007
  • From: Carmel, CA
USS Hornet CV-8
Posted by bondoman on Tuesday, May 03, 2011 3:15 PM

I've started a new project; the USS Hornet model at 1/350 by Trumpeter. My first inclination was to just add some PE, a squadron of B-25s and paint her carefully.

Howver as fate would have it, I started reading in other forums that the hull shape was "wrong" and after looking at a number of photos I could see a new project forming.

I'm going to try to scratchbuild the hull below the hangar deck! the most obvious difference is that the ship had a pretty pronounced flare in the hull below the deck, but the kit has big slab sides that go straight up and down to the waterline.

I purchased a drawing of Faired Lines and Molded Offsets from Floating Drydock, and scaled down the sections to make a quick jig. I scrounged up a styrene sign, an old shelf board and some 1/4" molding to make a 3-D template. I'm going to try Balsa Foam, so I bought a couple sheets of 1" and cut it up into blocks. By coincidence each block is exactly three sections, which helps keep things lined up in the jig.

I've experimented with a number of adhesives, and Elmer's is the best.

My next move is to cut the hull at deck level. I've bolted in a stiffener to keep things straight.

 

  • Member since
    March, 2003
  • From: Northern New Jersey
Posted by Tojo72 on Tuesday, May 03, 2011 3:21 PM

Wow,that's some project,I wouldn't even attempt anything like that,looking foward to your progress.

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    March, 2007
  • From: Carmel, CA
Posted by bondoman on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 12:27 AM

I've cut the hull off at/below the hangar deck. This was not a problem. First i scribed the cut line at the stem and stern using a height gage. I have a Postit pad that's about 2" thick and I just fold it over to be the correct height (within 0.002).
then I used a single edge razor blade to shear off the remaining bits to be true to the deck level.

The balsa foam "buck" is easy to shape.

  • Member since
    September, 2005
  • From: Groton, CT
Posted by warshipguy on Thursday, May 12, 2011 9:29 AM

Wow!  Good luck with this project!  I will be watching with a lot of interest!

Bill

  • Member since
    September, 2006
  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Thursday, May 12, 2011 11:44 AM

I thought those were blocks of yellow cheddar Wink

Great job!  I never would have thought of that, it's an ambitious undertaking, but your result looks great.

Best regards,

Brad

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

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    September, 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Friday, May 12, 2017 8:47 PM

It's time to try to finish this build. Two moves and six years, I'VE RUN OUT OF EXCUSES.

I think that I made this thing way too complicated. That crazy jig was tossed in the first move, and after the second move the hull sat outside in the garden shed for a year.

But it's a costly kit, I have the PE and extra Mitchells, and I've certainly improved my skills as a modeler.

Here is progress so far.

 

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    January, 2015
Posted by PFJN on Friday, May 12, 2017 9:20 PM

Hi,

This looks really interesting.  Can't wait to see how it turns out.  Best of luck.

Pat

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  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Saturday, May 13, 2017 6:01 PM

Wait--you used to be bondoman, GM?

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

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Posted by GMorrison on Saturday, May 13, 2017 11:05 PM

Zip it!

yes and that guy exhibited enough obnoxious behavior that he needed to be reinvented.

 

  • Member since
    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Sunday, May 14, 2017 8:04 AM

Hi " G "

  This is a new idea from the vault ! I hope you finish it now . I promise , I am still trying with the picture thing . T.B.    P.S  - I see a passenger ship in the left-over parts , do you ?

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    May, 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Sunday, May 14, 2017 8:19 AM

I was wondering, are we supposed to complain when a person revives his own zombie thread?

Big Smile

 

-Greg

  • Member since
    September, 2005
  • From: Groton, CT
Posted by warshipguy on Monday, May 15, 2017 8:19 AM

I would love it if GM now revives his old thread about building the 1/400 Heller HMS Illustrious!  Toast

Bill Morrison

  • Member since
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  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Monday, May 15, 2017 8:50 AM

Greg

I was wondering, are we supposed to complain when a person revives his own zombie thread?

Big Smile

 

 

Now quit that....coffee through the nose is not good for the laptop.

 

GM- will be looking in on this as you progress since I have her older sibling on hold.   Looks nice.

  • Member since
    September, 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 1:02 AM

There was a big chunk of hangar deck missing. Got it put back together.

Evergreen sells a number of useful scribed siding sheets. Here i used "N Scale passenger siding" which matches the roll-up doors that Trumpeter includes.

I did a layer-over of siding and face vertical.

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    July, 2004
  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 1:08 AM

GMorrison

Zip it!

yes and that guy exhibited enough obnoxious behavior that he needed to be reinvented.

 

 

or does he have multiple personalities and screen names....?

Wink

 

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N is for NO SURVIVORS...

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  • Member since
    May, 2006
  • From: Irmo, South Carolina
Posted by Shipwreck on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 6:01 AM
That is one courageous project; I think it has our attention. I will watch with everyone else. I was scheduled to start my Trumpter CV-8 project last January 2017, but was distracted with a B-26! I am well aware of the hull problem; but it, when ever I start it, will be just fine for me! Good luck Bondman!

On the Bench:

     1/48 B-26 Maruarder

On Deck:

     1/48 P-47D Razorback

     1/48 Nieuport Ni-17

     1/350 USS Hornet CV-8

    

  • Member since
    September, 2006
  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 12:07 PM

GMorrison

Zip it!

yes and that guy exhibited enough obnoxious behavior that he needed to be reinvented.

 

Ha! I never even noticed!  I'm not paying attention closely enough.  Well, either way, it's a great thread, and it's great to see you revive it.  I've got builds like this, too, where I got stalled and then the years passed, and I'm only now picking them up again.

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

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