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Gunze Sangyo 1/350 Lusitania

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 10:09 AM

Yessir;

       The Normandie was a very large ship for the time. That's why she was in Process to become the U.S.S. Lafayette,( Troop Ship). I still think, No matter what the history says, she was sabotaged. Anyone with any sense would know that time of year, in that part of the country. Too much water fighting the fire would freeze making her top-Heavy.

      The result, the ice weight was to much and brought her over. I think if the Berth had been deeper she would've just turned Turtle!

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Posted by ChrisSC on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 7:05 AM

Tanker-Builder

Yessir;

       The Normandie was a very large ship for the time. That's why she was in Process to become the U.S.S. Lafayette,( Troop Ship). I still think, No matter what the history says, she was sabotaged. Anyone with any sense would know that time of year, in that part of the country. Too much water fighting the fire would freeze making her top-Heavy.

      The result, the ice weight was to much and brought her over. I think if the Berth had been deeper she would've just turned Turtle!

 

Thanks Steve. Tanker-Builder I don't remember the specific facts but I believe the designer of the Normandie was on scene while she was burning and might have been able to stop the list of the ship by releasing the water being pumped in relatively easily. I think the Navy overruled his suggestions and the ship settled on its side. I don't know if that's fact but I do remember reading that in multiple places.
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Posted by ChrisSC on Thursday, October 22, 2020 6:09 PM

I fitted and glued down some more wood decking on my 1/350 Lusitania today.

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Posted by ChrisSC on Saturday, October 24, 2020 12:55 PM

Some progress on my Lusitania. That big deck is giving me lots of trouble to install as the hull is a bit warped. Just making things worse trying to fix it after it's glued. Best to just leave it be.

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Saturday, October 24, 2020 5:25 PM

ChriscSC;

    I have to add more to that. Although the Designer was on scene the Shipboard Pumps were inoperable due to no Steam Aboard. The Dock steam supply and pumping capacity was overwhelmed by the scope and speed of the fire.

    She was in what in the Navy was referred to as " Cold Iron " where steam plants were concerned.

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Posted by ChrisSC on Sunday, October 25, 2020 6:53 PM

Tanker-Builder

ChriscSC;

    I have to add more to that. Although the Designer was on scene the Shipboard Pumps were inoperable due to no Steam Aboard. The Dock steam supply and pumping capacity was overwhelmed by the scope and speed of the fire.

    She was in what in the Navy was referred to as " Cold Iron " where steam plants were concerned.

 

Whatever the situation actually was it sure was a shame. That was one beautiful ship.

 
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Posted by ChrisSC on Monday, October 26, 2020 1:50 PM

Adding some of the easier details to Lusitania. It's much more enjoyable than wrestling with gluing decks!

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Posted by Mrchntmarine on Monday, October 26, 2020 5:14 PM

Hey Chris - like all the details - tks for posting.  So, never having done a model as large as this, how long is that sucker?  Also, curious, as mentioned, when tying the rigging like that, how much extra do you leave?  Finally, do you stain the decks?  Tsk much and looking good.  Wm

 

Keep on building!

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Posted by ChrisSC on Monday, October 26, 2020 5:46 PM

Mrchntmarine

Hey Chris - like all the details - tks for posting.  So, never having done a model as large as this, how long is that sucker?  Also, curious, as mentioned, when tying the rigging like that, how much extra do you leave?  Finally, do you stain the decks?  Tsk much and looking good.  Wm

 

Thanks Mrchntmarine. This model is about 27 inches in length. I leave a lot of extra length for the rigging than they recommend. I would rather have more that I can just cut off than struggle in tight quarters trying to tie something off. The funnels are another rigging issue as far as length is concerned. You have to pull the lines up from inside the funnel and if they're short it causes problems.
It's recommended that you spray the decks with a clear coat but I usually don't do it. These decks are actually printed with ink and if you give just a little too much of a coat the ink will run and look really bad. I just work without a net and try to be careful!!
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Posted by ChrisSC on Friday, October 30, 2020 7:31 PM

Lusitania is getting some rear end work.

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Posted by Luvspinball on Saturday, October 31, 2020 9:07 PM

Looking fabulous.

My base looks almost exactly like yours!  Nice taste.  Great minds think alike?

Bob

Bob Frysztak

Luvspinball

Current builds:  Revell 1/96 USS Constitution with extensive scratch building

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Posted by ChrisSC on Sunday, November 1, 2020 6:30 AM

Luvspinball

Looking fabulous.

My base looks almost exactly like yours!  Nice taste.  Great minds think alike?

Bob

 

Thanks Bob, I guess they do lol!

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Sunday, November 1, 2020 7:20 AM

Ya Know;

 Disregarding my earlier comment. I like the look those Decks give the ship! Artfully done!

 I didn't know about the break in the structure at that point and the two deck rise! Interesting!

 Note;

 Look at the rudder. That's one of the Design flaws that all the "ICS" Had. The Titanic was the worst though.

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Sunday, November 1, 2020 7:23 AM

Oh;

      For Sure! I do believe that design wise and the time frame she was even prettier than the S.S. United States! Can You imagine what she would've looked like with only two Stacks? Much sleeker for sure! The Normandie will never be surpassed in that regard!

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Posted by ChrisSC on Sunday, November 1, 2020 1:18 PM

Thanks Tanker-Builder. I think the Normandie was a fantastic ship.

Lusitania Funnels are up and rigged. The ventilator covers are also installed. The funnel caps are not glued yet, just stuck on there crooked. Two of the ventilator covers had to be skewed as the rigging was hitting them. The funnels also wouldn't sit straight on their platforms, they rocked side to side so I used a slower setting epoxy to give me some time to get them to sit straight. The covers were tedious and so was threading the funnel cables but I'm glad I now have at least some of those lines out of my way. It was becoming a tangled mess with EZ Line laying everywhere. That's it for today!!

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Posted by ChrisSC on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 7:23 PM
These precut railings are really giving me a hard time on this model. In hindsight I think I would have been better off using generic railings and cutting them myself as I usually do instead of trying to make all these fit.
The wood decks and some warped parts aren't helping the fit either. The front wheelhouse was the worst so far. Not my best job of getting this one together. You only get one of each so if you mess it up you have to live with it. I'm gonna live with it lol!
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Posted by ChrisSC on Thursday, November 12, 2020 7:08 PM

Some more progress on my Lusitania. Main mast, ratlines, some rigging, and more railings.....lots of railings!

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Friday, November 13, 2020 9:26 AM

Hmmm;

     Looking at your work and the subject. WELL DONE. I do think the Lusitania was a far better looking vessel that the three "ICS". They had kind of a Brutish look to them. The Lusitania has a more civilized, people friendly look to her.

      That particular look, you have brought out very well. One thing that I always wondered about the marine Design engineers back then. Why didn't they know that those rudders on many of those ships were too small for the ship's massive size. The Rudders on the " Big Three" didn't even properly disturb the force from the inner Props. The outers, None at all.

       Sadly, although bigger, but inefficiently designed rudders were present they hadn't learned that lesson by the time of the Lusitania.

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Posted by ChrisSC on Friday, November 13, 2020 8:20 PM

Thanks Tanker-Builder. Well the rudder on Titanic certainly didn't do it any favors! I put on the front mast, ratlines, and some rigging on. The end is in sight. I just have a few more railings, the cranes, anchors, props, and more rigging to go.

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Posted by ChrisSC on Sunday, November 15, 2020 12:05 PM

Today I added the wireless spreaders and lines, the docking bridge and stairs, and the bow railings.

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Posted by ChrisSC on Sunday, November 15, 2020 9:26 PM

I'm in the home stretch on my 1/350 Lusitania. I put together and installed the cranes, davits, and lifeboats. I need to add a few more things but expect to be finished tomorrow or the next day!

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Monday, November 16, 2020 7:09 AM

Well;

 You certainly have presented us with a Beautiful Lady of the Sea!

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Posted by ChrisSC on Monday, November 16, 2020 9:06 AM

Thank You Tanker-Builder. I just need to add the davit hardware, and a few more odds and ends and I'll call her complete.

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Posted by ChrisSC on Monday, November 16, 2020 8:33 PM

I'm calling 1/350 Lusitania done. That's as much as I feel like doing.

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Posted by knox on Monday, November 16, 2020 9:22 PM

Beautiful!  While I don’t have the talent or patience for something like this, I’m glad I know enough about modeling to really appreciate the skill and work that went into your ship.  

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Posted by GMorrison on Monday, November 16, 2020 9:25 PM

Bow DownBow DownBow DownBow DownBow Down

Modeling is an excuse to buy books

 

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Posted by ChrisSC on Monday, November 16, 2020 10:08 PM

Thanks so much Knox and GMorrison, much appreciated.

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 7:42 AM

Well Shucks! Ya Gonna stop now?

 That is Gorgemous. My Dolphins Splash for the job well Done. Been chased by them critters again! Your Ship is breathtaking. I can't say enough!

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Posted by ChrisSC on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 7:59 AM

Tanker-Builder

Well Shucks! Ya Gonna stop now?

 That is Gorgemous. My Dolphins Splash for the job well Done. Been chased by them critters again! Your Ship is breathtaking. I can't say enough!

 

Thanks Tanker-Builder. There were a few afterthoughts I was thinking of adding but the rigging is kind of in the way of most things so I decided to leave well enough alone. I don’t feel like breaking anything at this point lol.
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Posted by Silly_me on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 5:41 PM

Such a great build Chris, I can only hope that mine comes out half as good.  

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