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Building a Revell 1/96 Kearsarge

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  • Member since
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  • From: Western No. Carolina
Posted by gene1 on Saturday, December 02, 2017 11:33 AM

Thanks everyone for the nice replys. Mike , my eyes are my best part, I didn't have cateracs out til 85. I did replace all the little eyebolts with brass & copper ones everywhere. I still have a lot of stuff from when I built plank on frame ships 35 years ago.

   The Susquehanna is the only Imai, Monogram kit I want to build later. I have to do the Alabama, Cutty Sark, Spanish Galleon & Harriett Lane.And a few more too. $126 for the kit is great for an Aoshima kit, but I have seen Monogram kits as low as 50 or 60 dollars. Warship guy ruined me for small scale kits when he gave me the Kearsarge.

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    February, 2016
  • From: Western No. Carolina
Posted by gene1 on Sunday, December 03, 2017 8:40 AM

I am working on spars now, tieing blocks to the spar. There are 10 or 12 0n th lower spar. The attachment point on the lower spar is too weak to hold. I am working on a way to drill & pin it to the mast like I do on all my ships. I will do that to the 2 top ones too. It will be easy there as I can drill right thru the spar into the mast. It is invisable when done.

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  • From: Tempe AZ
Posted by docidle on Tuesday, December 05, 2017 11:28 PM

Gene,

Your Kearsarge is amazing so far. I have been watching this thread and I wanted to let you know how much I admire your work. I can’t wait until the next installment. 

Steve

 

       

 

 

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  • From: Tempe AZ
Posted by docidle on Tuesday, December 05, 2017 11:33 PM

warshipguy

Wilbur,

It is very possible to build an accurate CSS Alabama from the Revell kit, but you have to use a few after-market products and conduct a little surgery. I am using the Scaledecks wood deck set for the for the pivot gun rails, I am relocating the gunports, and am using the Cottage Industry set of accurate cannons.  I have also begun cutting scuppers and have altered the masts to provide the distinctive rake.  The hull lines are generally close enough but those openings at the stern must be filled in.  Although these conversions might seem difficult and complex, they really are not so.  There are several videos on Youtube that can provide guidance it you are interested.

Gene,

Your Kearsarge is looking GREAT!

Bill

 

Bill,

I would love to see what you’re doing on the Alabama! I have mine queued up and I have all the bells and whistles including Cottage Industries‘ metal prop replacement. I would really like to see how your going to go about fixing this kit. Are you going to do a WIP?

Steve

       

 

 

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  • From: Groton, CT
Posted by warshipguy on Wednesday, December 06, 2017 8:40 AM

Steve,

I will try once again to figure out how to post pictures.  Give me a few days.

Bill

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  • From: Western No. Carolina
Posted by gene1 on Wednesday, December 06, 2017 1:51 PM

  I just took pictures of some info on my model of the Marmon Wasp that I scatch built. I sent them to Don Stauffer & took a few more of the Kearsarge. Here they are.

This is how I drilled out & brass pinned the main 2 spars to the mast. They will not hold with the kit way.

Bill call me on the picture posting or I will call you. I have had excellent luck with Google, & I am dumb on computers. If I can do it anyone can. I will PM you later.  

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  • From: Sydney, Australia
Posted by Robert on Thursday, December 07, 2017 4:31 AM
Gene that model is absolutely amazing, I never get tired of looking at your magnificent work. I'm stuck in computer kindergarten and have no idea how to post pictures and am in Australia so no chance of a phone call. Can you describe for us how you post, if that isn't too much trouble? Robert
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  • From: Western No. Carolina
Posted by gene1 on Thursday, December 07, 2017 5:33 PM

Robert, thanks for your nice remarks. I am just an old man having a lot of enjoyment doing something I have been doing for over 75 years. It is a great hobby for a lifetime, that you can keep doing. As far as posting pictures I am no smarter than you on computers. 

   For Bill too. I have been on a site called Picasa that Google Photos took over. I still use it even tho it is supposed to be shut down. I download my camera to it & then can send directly from it to an email address. That is easy , but I ,ME, can't unload it to an FSM forum. I send them to Google Photos & edit them there , as they have a great place to make your pictures better. So far  it is all free. 

 From Google my picture come up in albums of each download I have made. I have a million of them. I pick out the one I want & left click on any picture in an album. Going to new email so I don't loose this.

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  • From: Western No. Carolina
Posted by gene1 on Thursday, December 07, 2017 5:44 PM

 I keep loosing long letters so I do this. I don't know how John Tilley did it, but I can't. He was smarter than me. When I find a picture I want to send I right click it & a forum comes up & I pick  copy image address  & come back to FSM & go to the little square mountain picture on the top of your email. The fifth one from the left on the bottom. Like this.....

 Right click source at the top & hit paste on what come up then hit left click OK. The picture come up.  I might have missed something, but it is very easy when you doit a few times, or I wouldn't have so many pictures. I am not smart, just dogged, & keep trying. Hope this helps, just don't ask me of another way as I just don't know. That's as far as my old brain will go. 3 weeks to 87. 

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  • From: Groton, CT
Posted by warshipguy on Thursday, December 07, 2017 6:01 PM

Gene,

I am proud of you for the exceptional job you did!  Well done, sir, well done!

Bill

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  • From: Western No. Carolina
Posted by gene1 on Thursday, December 07, 2017 8:17 PM

 Thanks Bill, just don't criticize my knots, cause there aren't any. I will never know how I can build a rigged ship.

 Did you understand any f what I said about posting pictures. It is truely easy with Google & they have the best editing I have seen. You can adjust your light, & color & then a final thing to really clear & clean a picture up. That is when you go to albums & pick one & then pick a picture & left click the small album picture & get a big one & then right click it & left click  Copy image address. You bring this back to your FSM letter & left click the mountain & when a new list comes up ,right click the top & then left click the Paste & left click OK & the picture comes up on FSM. I sent this to Don as he is building one now too. Iscratch built this 1/24 one a few years ago.

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Posted by steve5 on Friday, December 08, 2017 12:54 AM

robert , try this , see what happens .

1/ join postimage , it's free and easy

2/when a member click choose image , your own folders should appear choose a pic , and click open .

3/left click direct link on the blue image . 

4/go to FSM like you are posting a comment , click onto the small image of a mountain .

5/right click , your photo should appear , click ok , sometimes it's only scrawl dont worry your photo is there , , then click submit your reply at the bottom .

hope this helps mate

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  • From: Sydney, Australia
Posted by Robert on Friday, December 08, 2017 4:21 AM

Thanks Steve, I'll give that a try.

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  • From: Western No. Carolina
Posted by gene1 on Friday, December 08, 2017 9:12 AM

Robert, now you have the right guy, a fellow Aussie & the best modeler in Australia. 

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Posted by steve5 on Friday, December 08, 2017 2:07 PM

gene your gunna start rumors mate Whistling

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  • From: Sydney, Australia
Posted by Robert on Friday, December 08, 2017 4:15 PM

Yes I agree, I must say your Victory is very impressive, far beyond anything I could possibly do.

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  • From: Western No. Carolina
Posted by gene1 on Friday, December 08, 2017 6:30 PM

Attaboy Robert, let him know it's not a rumor & how good he is.

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  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Saturday, December 09, 2017 1:14 PM

Not to put any pressure on you diggers, but, but Tanker Builder has joined the Photographic Age here--and he did his AB apprentice tour with the Phoencian Navy Big Smile

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Posted by GMorrison on Saturday, December 09, 2017 1:17 PM

What have we seen, two five inch gun houses?

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Posted by steve5 on Saturday, December 09, 2017 4:05 PM

I beleive he is still on there reserve's list CaptMac82 .

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  • From: Western No. Carolina
Posted by gene1 on Monday, December 18, 2017 4:17 PM

Hi Bill, I just wanted to ask if you found that large right hand half of the funnel for the Kearsarge ? I never found mine. 

    We went to Jupiter Fla for 4 days to our granddaughters wedding. They held it on one of the big beach hotels & it was beautiful, right over the beach. Boy, I could have bought a bunch of ship kits for what that cost, because they had a crowd.

   I hate airports, because I have so many metal parts on me I end up in the little glass booth with my arms over my head. I told my wife that was the last time. 

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    September, 2005
  • From: Groton, CT
Posted by warshipguy on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 6:58 AM

Gene,

I apologize!  I saw the photos of your build with the funnel and thought that you did not need it anymore.  I will send it.

Bill

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  • From: Western No. Carolina
Posted by gene1 on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 9:15 AM

Bill, don't appoligize, I would not have this beautiful boat if it weren't for you. I am rigging the lifeboats now & figured out a better way, because there is not room for the way they say to do it. I am using a copper eyebolt & one block. I'm going to loop down from the block to the eyebolt in the boat & back thru the block & over the davit to strengthen that tiny plastic loop that would probably break. 

  It might not be correct, but will be a lot stronger. I will send pictures when I gget it done.

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  • From: Groton, CT
Posted by warshipguy on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 10:48 AM

Gene,

I will send it in the next day or two.

Bill

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  • From: Western No. Carolina
Posted by gene1 on Thursday, December 21, 2017 6:43 PM

 Merry Christmas Bill & everyone on FSM, I am 99% finished with the beautiful gift that warshipguy alias Bill Morrison gave me. I have a lot of pictures so I will do them in several posts. I will continue to add detail to the lifeboats & more but here is the most fun plastic ship I have built. It is prettier in person than on pictures. Also Bill, this is a Christmas present & a birthday present as I will be 87 a couple days after Christmas.

I will go to another post, more pictures. It took me a couple days less than 2 months to build & I didn't rush it at all. I am just not the rigger I used to be.

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  • From: Western No. Carolina
Posted by gene1 on Thursday, December 21, 2017 8:04 PM

 

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  • From: Western No. Carolina
Posted by gene1 on Thursday, December 21, 2017 8:08 PM

I had to move some of my earlier builds to make room for the Kearsarge & Alabama.

This is the last of my trains. Spikes we collected at over 11,000' & civil war guns. I have had a ton of hobbies.  Merry Christmas.

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  • From: Western No. Carolina
Posted by gene1 on Thursday, December 21, 2017 8:09 PM

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Posted by docidle on Thursday, December 21, 2017 10:59 PM

Compliments of the Season Gene. That is one beautiful build of the Kearsarge sir. I'm going to have to get back on the stick, but I don't think I can ever match your output. Thank you again for the lesson on weighing your models.

Steve

 

       

 

 

  • Member since
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  • From: Groton, CT
Posted by warshipguy on Friday, December 22, 2017 8:15 AM

Gene,

Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday!  Your Kearsarge is beautiful!

Bill

P.S.  I will work on the mechanics of posting photos this week and will start posting with my CSS Alabama build.

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