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Encore USS Olympia: Finished.

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Encore USS Olympia: Finished.
Posted by templar1099 on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 3:23 PM

Any of you guys built this ship with the PE set? In particular any tips on the life preserver cages. I've tried two different configurations of the " diagram"and neither seem to work. Either the life rings don't fit, or one end is open when it appears to be a completely enclosed cage. Is there an arcane secret to this or am I missing something? Thx.

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Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, March 5, 2020 10:17 AM

I haven't put mine together, but this has been discussed so you are right to identify it as an issue.

Someone posted a photo of the real item- I'll see if I can find it for you.

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Posted by templar1099 on Friday, March 6, 2020 5:14 AM

Thanks G, the kit instructions are vague in general with some PE not being called out at all. I've searched and found builds and historical pics but none clear enough to get a real understanding. I guess knowing how they were actually deployed would help greatly. There's plenty to do until I get a definitive answer or go with best guess. Haven't worked this much on a kit yet.

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Posted by templar1099 on Thursday, March 12, 2020 11:53 AM

Decisions having been made I'm moving on with this. Lots of clean up to do, flash on the smallest of parts,dimples etc, fit is so so, only minimum filling up to now.The PE is nicely detailed but fragile, maybe 2 bends and then it's all luck or better skill than I have and there's lots of it, some unidentified in the sketchy instructions. Due to the age of the kit it's like putting lipstick on a pig but I will attempt to use most of it. A couple of bad pics of the start.


 




 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Friday, March 13, 2020 9:36 PM

I was on the Olympia while making a stop in Philly back in the 80s. I took a bunch of pictures. Now I have to look for them. As I remember she was quite ornate with brass and beautiful wood accents.

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Posted by templar1099 on Saturday, March 14, 2020 6:07 AM

I'd like to get to see her one day. Reading a little about her she's been described as " being in pristine condition even at sea". Helped being the flagship.But I have a different idea.

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Posted by templar1099 on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 4:54 PM

I'm sure the Professor could answer this but does anyone know what the ratlines on the Olympia  were composed of? 

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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 5:55 PM

In her current fit, she does not have ratlines. She has steel cable stays, and Jacobs ladders to the tops.

I could find a photo from 1899. The ratlines, or rungs for the sailors to climb, look like iron bars, which would be typical. I'm sure the standing rigging was steel then as well.

But I could be wrong.

 

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Posted by templar1099 on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 7:27 PM

Thanks G, I was thinking that 1888-90 it was probably some sort of steel cabling. But I could be wrong too. Really wanted to know for weathering. Thanks for your opinion.

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Posted by templar1099 on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 10:35 AM

Ok,so this became known as " Project 19" in my household. An old kit long covered in its deficiencies,I'll stick to my issues,this ain't a review. First, the three piece deck, why? In addition it wasn"t a good fit. Next up was twisted masts caught way too late to attempt any sort of fix,even if I knew how. It came with a fair amount of PE accompanied by instructions that must have been an afterthought written for the re-release when the technical writers were on strike.Nicely detailed but frail,not brittle, I just broke a piece now just writing about it. While doing my utmost to have a mar free build the best laid plans.... Mangled and pieced together as damage; guns,rails and stairs. Didn't use the resin props as they shattered on the mold,but did do my first surgery for the torpedo tubes,nice try.I also did not include the side boats as four different threads and two typesof wire could not yield even a good enough for government work standard.Having opined previously on the aestethics of the IJN boats I got to say these protected cruisers have some panache to them. Anywho,take away the PE and resin surgery and you've got a good boat for someone looking to cut their teeth on large(r) scale boats. Just my opinion. I know it's a little different,but it was fun.Criticism and feedback welcome as always. I know how everyone loves the cluttered work space pictures so I include some,one or two might even be good.












 

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Posted by templar1099 on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 6:00 AM

Finally found the picture that started it all, this is a sculpture I saw out in a gallery on the left coast. Looks better with the texture of cast off metals.


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Posted by scottrc on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 8:22 AM

templar1099

Ok,so this became known as " Project 19" in my household. An old kit long covered in its deficiencies,I'll stick to my issues,this ain't a review. First, the three piece deck, why? In addition it wasn"t a good fit. Next up was twisted masts caught way too late to attempt any sort of fix,even if I knew how. It came with a fair amount of PE accompanied by instructions that must have been an afterthought written for the re-release when the technical writers were on strike.Nicely detailed but frail,not brittle, I just broke a piece now just writing about it. While doing my utmost to have a mar free build the best laid plans.... Mangled and pieced together as damage; guns,rails and stairs. Didn't use the resin props as they shattered on the mold,but did do my first surgery for the torpedo tubes,nice try.I also did not include the side boats as four different threads and two typesof wire could not yield even a good enough for government standard.Having opined previously on the aestethics of the IJN boats I got to say these protected cruisers have some panache to them. Anywho,take away the PE and resin surgery and you've got a good boat for someone looking to cut their teeth on large(r) scale boats. Just my opinion. I know it's a little different,but it was fun.Criticism and feedback welcome as always. I know how everyone loves the cluttered work space pictures so I include some,one or two might even be good.












 

 

That turned out really well.  I would like to try something like that, it really lives up to the name of Ironclad.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 8:36 AM

Outstanding Toast

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Posted by DRUMS01 on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 11:38 AM

Great job, I really like the patina. Looks like it may need a little preventive maintenance.

Nice aged metals looks....

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Posted by templar1099 on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 3:52 PM

Scott,thanks for the compliment,yea it was fun.

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Posted by templar1099 on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 5:57 PM

High praise PJ, many thanks.

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Posted by templar1099 on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 5:58 PM

Thanks for the look-see Ben, appreciated greatly.

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 6:07 PM

Hi Ya'll

    It seems that "G" hit the nail on the head. All of the class was woven wire Wrapped in heavily black lead painted canvas for protection .The "Ratlines themselves ( the Crossbars were steel rod or tube capped at different times.)

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Posted by templar1099 on Thursday, April 23, 2020 5:57 AM

Sorry TB,couldn't replicate the canvas.

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Posted by docidle on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 9:54 PM

Templar,

That is one seriously cool finish you created. The armor modelers must be serious envious of it! 

Steve

       

 

 

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Posted by templar1099 on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 10:47 AM

docidle
Templar, That is one seriously cool finish you created. The armor modelers must be serious envious of it! Steve


Thanks Steve, I don't think too many armor guys took notice of " a boat". I thought it would receive more comment from ships, but there's a lot going on over there now.

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Posted by Tojo72 on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 2:06 PM

Wow,fantastic technique on all of that rust and weathering,but it looks different then the one I saw in Philly

  

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Posted by templar1099 on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 6:05 PM

Thanks Tojo, I'll assume you are not alluding to her appearance and agree that the photo and others like it make her look much sleeker.

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Posted by fox on Thursday, May 14, 2020 1:40 PM

Great build! Yes Yes Yes

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Posted by templar1099 on Thursday, May 14, 2020 4:54 PM

Thanks Jim, best part is none of the flaws stand out.

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, May 14, 2020 6:19 PM

So?

    You built a unique and great model anyway!

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Posted by templar1099 on Friday, May 15, 2020 5:28 AM

Thanks TB, unique is the ultimate compliment.

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Friday, May 15, 2020 7:12 AM

I do have one question though.

     Where did you get those neat Golfball  in the Shot Glasses weights from?

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Posted by templar1099 on Friday, May 15, 2020 10:17 AM

Chinese medicine balls. Great for dexterity.

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Posted by domer94 on Friday, May 15, 2020 11:59 AM
very "steampunk"... im a fan of that genre

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