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Tamiya USS Missouri 1/350

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  • Member since
    February, 2016
  • From: Western No. Carolina
Tamiya USS Missouri 1/350
Posted by gene1 on Tuesday, March 07, 2017 7:47 PM

 I  built this back in 1988 & gave it to my best friend. He was a navy landing craft vet on the first wave at Omaha Beach.  His boat was blown out of the water & only he & 2 other sailors got to the beach. He lost all his Army men. His daughter just sent this back up to me as he & his wife are gone. I was really surprised with it. 

   My brother was also a WW2 battleship sailor on the Indiana in the Pacific. I was surprised how good the Missouri looked, although I had made a case for it.

 My brother flew off the Indiana in the Swordfish's.  Well I finally got back on this great Forum & I am anxious to start building again. I didn't know I would be gone so long. I even got a little 1/225 Ertl Santa Maria. It's not like I needed it as I have a bunch to build. I will be back on the Royal  Louis pretty quick.

  • Member since
    July, 2004
  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, March 07, 2017 9:03 PM

That's a beautiful build. Very nice of that family to return it to you.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    November, 2003
  • From: State of Mississippi. State motto: Virtute et armis (By valor and arms)
Posted by mississippivol on Tuesday, March 07, 2017 9:25 PM
That is a fine example of craftsmanship that has held up well.
  • Member since
    February, 2016
  • From: Western No. Carolina
Posted by gene1 on Tuesday, March 07, 2017 9:33 PM

Stik, Thanks & the family are our friends too & the husband is a world class model builder & lawyer in his spare time. I got him started in model building nearly 40 years ago. He is way, way better than me.

  • Member since
    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Wednesday, March 08, 2017 7:09 AM

Stikpusher;

 I have to echo you on that . I only had that happen once in fifty - five years . T.B.

  • Member since
    February, 2016
  • From: Western No. Carolina
Posted by gene1 on Wednesday, March 08, 2017 9:36 AM

Tank, This return really made me feel good because you only have one pair of friends like these two , husband & wife, in a lifetime. We traveled & camped all over the US & Canada many times. I asked him one time if he ever had battle fatigue from it & he said no, but I wa plenty scared when I was there. He stayed with the Army 3 months. Then was headed for Bastogne on the Muese River with supplies. Patton beat them . He was on the New Jersy in Korea when it was hit too. He ended up an engineer on Jet & rocket engines. That's why I gave him the Missouri. My brother was with it in Tokyo Bay at the surrender

         My brother was in the signal division & watched the surrender thru a long glass. He said they flew everything over the ships at a low altitude.. 

  • Member since
    February, 2016
  • From: Western No. Carolina
Posted by gene1 on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 9:03 AM

  I wanted to post a new thread on my 1/72 Golden Hind, but I can't find how to get on. I have done it lots, but seem to have trouble now. I have more Missouri pictures & my little Santa Maria & some of my partialy finished Golden Hind. I will put them on here.

 

  • Member since
    February, 2016
  • From: Western No. Carolina
Posted by gene1 on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 9:17 AM

I am having trouble this morning & can't get pictures to post right.

I drilled all the windows out & put the brass grill behind them. Looks like my shaky hands need a lot of touch up. I can't see that till I enlarge it. It is on a temporary base while building. I drill my spars & mount them to the mast with a wire thru both. Works great, because I can put the sail on & finish it before mounting to the mast.

  I have temporary standing rigging ready to put the shrouds on & then tighten them up.

  • Member since
    January, 2015
Posted by PFJN on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 3:07 PM

Hi,

I really like your models.  Especially the Santa Maria.  It looks great and is very colorful Smile

Pat

  • Member since
    February, 2016
  • From: Western No. Carolina
Posted by gene1 on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 4:40 PM

Pat, thank you. I noticed this time when I am building the Golden Hind, age has really caught me. I have a bad shaky right hand. But, it is still fun. Even if they aren't so pretty, it is still fun to do. I remember going to hobby shops with my big brother & him getting a 10cent balsa WW1 fighter. They were the F 16's of the day.  P 40's & Spitfires were just coming in.

  • Member since
    August, 2004
  • From: Lamarque,Texas
Posted by uspsjuan on Thursday, June 01, 2017 7:43 AM
The wife had a great uncle who was a survivor of the USS Indy. I built my father-in-law a 1/700 version (couldn't afford the 1/350 at the time) in his honor. He was quite the man although would not get in any body of water.
  • Member since
    February, 2016
  • From: Western No. Carolina
Posted by gene1 on Monday, June 05, 2017 2:16 PM

Juan, When we heard that the Indianpolis was sunk, we were worried sick because we thought it said the Indiana. I have the 1/350 Indianapolis started with all the photoetch but have not got back on it. I also have a 1/350 kit of the Jap sub that sunk it. Maybe I will get on it again, but I was just starting Imai's big Mayflower.

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