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Dragon 1/700 USS Lexington CV16 Build Log -"COMPLETED"

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Posted by scottrc on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 3:55 PM

Work, lawn, and bike riding has kept me from the bench, but I did get the flightdeck mounted the other night.  

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Posted by scottrc on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 9:34 AM

Another update.

The radars, and there are a number of them, have been built and installed.  This was a project that I really was glad I switched to decaf when I started it.

 

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Posted by modelcrazy on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 9:37 AM

That represents a TON of work. Yes

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Posted by scottrc on Friday, September 6, 2019 11:01 AM

modelcrazy

That represents a TON of work. Yes

 

Yes, but its rewarding, although nothing seems to look straitGeeked.

One thing I find about brass is that it looks so cool, its hard for me to want to paint it.

 

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Posted by Nino on Friday, September 6, 2019 2:43 PM

scottrc

Another update.

The radars, and there are a number of them, have been built and installed.  This was a project that I really was glad I switched to decaf when I started it.

 

 

 That is some serious and very well done PE work for the Island.

Yes, I agree. Tough to paint over GOLD. It seems wrong somehow.

   "... Precious."

 

   Nino

 

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Posted by scottrc on Sunday, September 8, 2019 8:41 AM

Thanks Nino,

The radars are all painted.  Everything is soo dark due to all being Measure 21.

  

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Posted by scottrc on Sunday, September 8, 2019 8:47 AM

Because the Measure 21 5N dark blue is so extensive, I had decided to go with a full hull to allow the model to stand out some.  Putting is on a water base would have made the display look like one big blue block.  The hull red bottom at least gives the display some contrast.

I mated the lower hull to the assembly this morning.  The fit was practically perfect.  I will not worry about a boot stripe and will probably leave it off.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Sunday, September 8, 2019 11:14 AM

That's why I dislike MS21. One reasion I probably won't ever build the Texas.

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Posted by scottrc on Monday, September 9, 2019 7:44 AM

modelcrazy

That's why I dislike MS21. One reasion I probably won't ever build the Texas.

 

I liked MS22, which the Lex was painted in the later part of 1945, but I wanted the ship in its early configuration.  

 

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Posted by scottrc on Monday, September 9, 2019 7:45 AM

Its getting close to shake down time and adding the airwings.  

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Posted by scottrc on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 7:47 AM

Some more work was done last night. Installed the port elevator, the props, did touch-ups, and some pastel weathering.  

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Posted by modelcrazy on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 9:20 AM

Looking good on that base Scott

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Posted by scottrc on Friday, September 13, 2019 2:32 PM

Thanks Steve.  I am not regretting going full hull on this one.

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Posted by CapnMac82 on Friday, September 13, 2019 6:02 PM

modelcrazy
One reasion I probably won't ever build the Texas.

Well, you could paint her in her Battleship Commission colors:  Sherwin Williams Dove Gray, but the concrete deck in place of the wood might e complicated to render.  You'd wind up with a bunch of excess 20mm & 40mm, as they only had 1.1" quads aboard 1947-1990.

Texas Parks & Wildlife slected Measure 21 as that was her last combat paint job, and best represented the appearance as donated of the ship (they would have had to chop off a number of things to get her into D-Day fit, which was the original desire).

Measure 22 would be perfectly appropriate for Magic Carpet or the like.

Mind, a person could legitimately do her in her 1946 appearance--haze gray verticals and Deck gray horizontals and oiled wood decking, which was her last Flagship appearance.

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Posted by surfsup on Sunday, September 15, 2019 1:35 AM

You have done a lovely job on her so far Scott. Not long now til she joins the Fleet.....Cheers mark 

If i was your wife, i'd poison your tea! If Iwas your husband, I would drink it! WINSTON CHURCHILL

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Posted by scottrc on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 1:56 PM

Mac - I almost went M22 with this build as the ship was in the latter of 45, but I didn't have the radar PE. 

Thanks Mark, almost done.  The HF radio masts along the flightdeck are now installed and ready for me to break off sometime in the near future.

I started detailing the planes last night.  

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Posted by Raymond G on Thursday, September 19, 2019 12:54 AM

EJ, I love the lights off version. I'm just getting into ships. Eventually, I want to do a diorama with the Lex surrounding the story of the Battle of the Marianas, when the order was given to turn the lights on in the fleet so returning aircraft could find their way back. You've shown me that it can, at least, be attempted.

Thanks Raymond 

On the Bench:

U.S.S. Arizona (Revell)

P-51D Tribute (Revell)

57 Chevy Bel Air

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Raymond G on Thursday, September 19, 2019 1:03 AM
Looks great! I've got the Limburg kit in my que... I'll definitely be taking a closer look when I start on it. Have you ever been to the Lex? They have her docked in Corpus Christi, with several static displays ranging from a stearman to an F-14. The last time I was there they had a great fine scale model exhibit. If you've not been, and you get a chance, it's worth the stop. Figure at least four hours to get through it. The Texas State Aquarium is next door, and you can make q full day out of both of them... Again, great job! Raymond

On the Bench:

U.S.S. Arizona (Revell)

P-51D Tribute (Revell)

57 Chevy Bel Air

 

 

 

 

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Posted by scottrc on Thursday, September 19, 2019 8:23 AM

Raymond G
Looks great! I've got the Limburg kit in my que... I'll definitely be taking a closer look when I start on it. Have you ever been to the Lex? They have her docked in Corpus Christi, with several static displays ranging from a stearman to an F-14. The last time I was there they had a great fine scale model exhibit. If you've not been, and you get a chance, it's worth the stop. Figure at least four hours to get through it. The Texas State Aquarium is next door, and you can make q full day out of both of them... Again, great job! Raymond
 

 

Hi Raymond,

My father was an ET on the Lex from 1955-1958 and was a reservist in 1978.  That year, We caught the ship in Pensecola and He was able to get me on board for a VIP tour of the ship and was granted to go on a weekend tiger cruise.  I remember a bunch of us kids sitting in a ready room watching traps and cat shots on the close circuit TV of a couple of "nugget" qualifications, which we thought was a funny term.  I have not been to the ship since its opening as a museum in Corpus Christie, but do plan on getting down there someday.  

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Thursday, September 19, 2019 8:41 AM

Hi;

 That's why I had to put my D.E ( 1/350 ) in a case. Everyone would try to sit on it or something. The paint made her blend to well! Besides,then you couldn't see all the small small P.E fiddly bits either !

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Posted by scottrc on Friday, October 11, 2019 9:13 AM

Tanker - Builder

Hi;

 That's why I had to put my D.E ( 1/350 ) in a case. Everyone would try to sit on it or something. The paint made her blend to well! Besides,then you couldn't see all the small small P.E fiddly bits either !

 

 

LOL,

I drybrushed some light grey using chalk pastels that seem to have given the hidden details some highlights.  Its looks a lot better.  

I need to set up my photo bench with some lighting so pictures can show the details better.  

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Posted by scottrc on Monday, October 21, 2019 1:19 PM

My last production build picture.  Installing the airwing.

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Posted by scottrc on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 10:56 AM

She is complete!

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Posted by scottrc on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 10:57 AM

And a parting shot, generation picture with CV2 and modernized CV16.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 11:38 AM

Looks excellent Scott.

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Posted by scottrc on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 1:14 PM

Thanks Steve, now I must resist the urge to add 1/700 figures.  I just can't, my eyes and mind need a break from micro building.

So, I'm off to start planning a build of a pre-dreadnaught resin battleship, in 1/700 scaleTongue Tied

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Posted by modelcrazy on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 1:18 PM

scottrc
I'm off to start planning a build of a pre-dreadnaught resin battleship, in 1/700 scale

Oh my.

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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 1:20 PM

That looks really nice! Formidable war machines those Essex Class ships.

Out of curiosity, what's the provenance of the angle deck one?

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Posted by Kevin57 on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 3:58 PM

Real nice job. Even at that scale I can't imagine the cajones it took to takeoff and land an aircraft from a bouncing deck. I have a Hornet on the shelf waiting for her complement of B-25s to be detailed.

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Posted by scottrc on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 7:30 AM

GMorrison

That looks really nice! Formidable war machines those Essex Class ships.

Out of curiosity, what's the provenance of the angle deck one?

 

Thanks GM, the angle deck kit was built from the Renwall Shangri La.  Those kits did not have any lower hull detail and I'm planning to put this kit in a water base someday, when I get the time and space.

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