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Dragon 1/700 USS Lexington CV16 Build Log

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  • Member since
    December, 2003
  • From: 37deg 40.13' N 95deg 29.10'W
Dragon 1/700 USS Lexington CV16 Build Log
Posted by scottrc on Thursday, September 06, 2018 11:17 AM

I have this strange addiction to 1/700 aircraft carriers.  Over the past year and a half, I have built three of them and now am about to embark on my fourth. 

My father served on the Lexington from 1955 thru 1957, so I have built it a number of times from the old Revell and Renwall kits, and back in 1991, scratchbuilt it in 1/700, but I never built the Lex in its WW2 configuration.  I did just complete CV2.

The Lexington was commissioned and put to sea in February 1943, so I signed up to do the Dragon kit in 1/700 for the 1943 Group Build.  I had a wonderful experience with the Dragon 1/700 scale Randolph kit when I used it as a base to build the USS Oriskany.  So I look forward to enjoying building their Lexington.  

I hope to round out my collection.

I decided to try my hand at doing a build log, please bear with me, I work full time and have many other hobbies, so I may not be posting for days, but here we go..........

  • Member since
    December, 2003
  • From: 37deg 40.13' N 95deg 29.10'W
Posted by scottrc on Thursday, September 06, 2018 11:22 AM

The unboxing and planning stage. I did not purchase a PE set since I have aquired quite a collection of WW2 Essex PE parts when I built the Oriskany that I never used, so hopefully I have everything. 

Taking inventory and started to plan the build process.  I will start marking up the instructions at to how I plan to build the assemblies in conjuction with painting.  

 

 

And as of today, doing trims and pre-fits and deciding how to go about the sub-assembly of the hull and when to paint.

  • Member since
    May, 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Thursday, September 06, 2018 11:42 AM

Having not built a carrier since I was a boy, I look forward to following this and thank you for including us.

-Greg

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