USS Missouri Build

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USS Missouri Build

  • Greetings! 

    I am new to the idea of forums for modeling...guess everything is on the internet, wish I had known this years ago! Just a bit of an intro as this is my first post. I am 30 years old and I teach high school sciences. I build models during the off times of school and I have been modeling off and on since I was a kid. I have always build cars but I am interested in getting into building ships. I am halfway through building the large USS Consitution (Revells kit) and have loved it. I am not a history buff but I do enjoy learning about the models I am building. 

    That being said I just ordered the Tamiya 1/350 MIssouri and the lion roar super detail set to go with it. I cannot wait to get started on her! However, I am in need of some good reference materials. I am planning on building the end of WWII version (Japanese surrender). I did a search on here and one guy was talking about floating dry dock ebook downloads but all the sites I can find are scams or advertising gimmicks. Any thoughts on a good photographic book? Also, because I am a total ship newbie, was the deck of Missouri wood planked? I think it was, and if it was, should I plank the deck or not? Was her deck wood finished or cammo for the ceremony? I saw a few threads but the answers were unclear at best. Look forward to starting on this as soon as the kits arrive in the mail. I will be posting pics of the entire build (I could not find one on here with search, if you know of one, links please!).

    Oscar 

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    Decks were stained  20B - Weather Deck Blue at the time of the surrender.   

  • Oscar goodmorning-Pontos model.com makes a blue deck for the Missouri,which i think is one of the best.I used it on my Miss and it was easy and a perfect fit.

    Squid

  • www.navsource.org is awesome for photos of U.S. Navy shipsCowboy

    Darrin

    Setting new standards for painfully slow buildsDead

  • Artwox also makes a blue wooden deck for the Tamiya Missouri in 1/350 scale that provides an excellent fit.  It also costs almost 50% less than any other wooden deck for the kit.  I bought it for my conversion to the 1943 USS New Jersey and I am very satisfied with it.

    Bill

  • Thanks for the replies, I ordered the pontos deck, it was cheaper and easier to find than the artwox. Should have the model and PE kit in this week, so I should be getting started on it this weekend!

  • I'm anxious to see you start your build thread on this one.  I have Missouri in my stash with the LionRoar super detail set.  I haven't yet decided on using the wooden deck, having no experience with them.  You have your hands full, I suspect.  If you want to see an in depth build thread of a U.S.S. Missouri w/Eduard PE there is one over on the World Affairs Board: http://www.worldaffairsboard.com/modelers-corner/60395-building-tamiya-missouri-super-detailing.html

    This guy really went all out, even soldering his PE.  The result is stunning, but well beyond my abilities.  You might find the thread helpful, though, as he discusses his problems as well as the stuff he does well.

    Bob

     

    Just launched:  Revell 1/249 U.S.S. Buckley w/ after market PE and guns.

    Building: Italieri 1/35 P.T. 596 w/ Lion Roar PE.

  • First, thanks for the all the replies! I got some goodies from the UPS man yesterday. I hope to have the model in soon, the guy I bought it from on ebay did not include a tracking number...

     

    Here are some photos:

     

    Tons of tiny tiny PE parts. 18 frets in all. Lots of resin parts as well and some good looking brass barrels. 

    Pontos deck. Looks pretty good lots of little pieces to cut out. Unsure of how to attach to deck of ship, guessing some white glue, gonna experiment with the sections that go on the upper small decks first. 

    Really tiny bells. For comparison, the extra resin on the resin parts is about as tall as a dime!

     

     

  • If I may ask, how much was the Pontos deck?  I bought my Artwox for $33.00 from Pacific Front Hobbies, a division of Free Time Hobbies online.

    As for attaching the deck, it should already have its own adhesive, just peel and stick it on.

    Good luck!

    Bill

  • Oscar is that the FlyHawk super detail set for the U.S.S. Missouri?  If so, have that one myself (fortunately the C-in-C never found out what it cost!).  I'm still debating about the wooden deck.  I like the idea of a pre-painted deck blue deck, but I've never used a wooden deck before, so I'm a little reluctant to take on something new on a build that already promises to be a real tough go with all that after market and all of the repetitious work on the AA fit, etc...

    Bob

    Just launched:  Revell 1/249 U.S.S. Buckley w/ after market PE and guns.

    Building: Italieri 1/35 P.T. 596 w/ Lion Roar PE.

  • warshipguy

    If I may ask, how much was the Pontos deck?  I bought my Artwox for $33.00 from Pacific Front Hobbies, a division of Free Time Hobbies online.

    As for attaching the deck, it should already have its own adhesive, just peel and stick it on.

    Good luck!

    Bill

     

    robtmelvin

    Oscar is that the FlyHawk super detail set for the U.S.S. Missouri?  If so, have that one myself (fortunately the C-in-C never found out what it cost!).  I'm still debating about the wooden deck.  I like the idea of a pre-painted deck blue deck, but I've never used a wooden deck before, so I'm a little reluctant to take on something new on a build that already promises to be a real tough go with all that after market and all of the repetitious work on the AA fit, etc...

    Bob

    Bob - It is the Lion Roar set. I am still my own C-in-C and I can't kick my own dumb@$$ for dropping 160 bucks on it (ebay!)! 

    Bill - Ponotos painted deck was 29.99 from Sprue bros. I thought the back might be self adhesive but had problems getting the backing off of the small test section I removed last night. I will try again once I get closer to install time. It will be a while...did you see all the PE...think I might have dove in too far ! Oops

     

     

  • Oscar all those little parts on the pontos deck will pop right out with the point of your knife,very little has to be cut.You don't need any glue just peal and stick.

    Squid

  • Well, Friday I got the kit and the rest of the AM parts from L'arsenal that I am going to use (foredeck replacement is the box next to the lion roar detail set). Here is a shot of all the stuff, ready for building. 

     

    Everyone got a bath on Saturday and I let them air dry overnight.

    I started on the turrets yesterday, I shaved off the ladders from the first turret and attached all the appropriate plastic parts first. Today I am going to start attaching the PE to the first turret. I tried a technique for the ladders I read on this forum for the ladders, I cut out the plastic covering on the front and rear of the ladder on the PE fret. I then took a brand new #11 blade and bent the rungs of each ladder into position. I then cut the ladder off of the fret and bent the end of each ladder back slightly so the ladder will not be flush with turret. I will try to post some photos of the process (and progress) tonight. 

  • This is getting more interesting all the time.  I also have the L'Arsenal foredeck which on examination looks fantastic.  I can't wait to see you have a chance to get to work on the Mighty Mo.  You're making me want to pull mine out of the stash, but I have a couple of builds I really need to finish before I strap on a project like this one.  I usually keep a couple of projects going on simultaneously, but the Missouri looks like she's going to be one of those builds that will require 100% of my attention when I do build her.  So, get Trumpy's 1/350 North Carolina and Italieri's 1/35 P.T. 596 completed, then on to the Missouri.  Good luck with your build, I'm anxious to see how things go.

    Bob

    Just launched:  Revell 1/249 U.S.S. Buckley w/ after market PE and guns.

    Building: Italieri 1/35 P.T. 596 w/ Lion Roar PE.

  • Thanks Bob! I am super excited to get rolling. This will be the only project I am working on for now other than the occasional breaks to rig the sails on the constitution you may have spotted on the top of my desk in one or two of the photos. Got the front ladders installed today, here is a few shots of the ladders in progress of being bent and coerced into position, super glue driers really fast and sticks to your fingers, but I cannot wear nitrile gloves because I need the dexterity. Sad 

    Shot of ladder ends bent into position so they stand up and are not flush against the turret. Behind is one of the buoy baskets and the brackets for them.  

    Shot of ladders in place

    Here is a shot of the buoy bag boxes, can't remember the technical term, those containers that hold all the buoys for sunken ship scenario all tied together with a rope, before and after folding. There are two containers on each turret and each container has three very small brackets that have to be bent in half and then the flat arms that attach to the turret fold out.. The before shots of those are the ones right below the dime. The baskets look like small grilles of a jeep before being folded into shape. 

    Before shot of the ladders (next to dime) I used today and the baskets (top).

    Brackets below the dime.

     

    Finally, here is a shot of todays progress. Got a few small flat pieces of PE also in place. Please let me know if I am posted too many shots, and excuse the quality of the pictures, I am trying to locate my digital camera. Taking photos with the iPhone for now.