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USS Arizona 1/426 Finished!

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USS Arizona 1/426 Finished!
Posted by Jrock83 on Monday, July 20, 2020 11:30 AM

Turned out better than I thought as it's a pretty rudimentary kit. I gave it to my dad to honor his father being on it in the mid 30's. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by GMorrison on Monday, July 20, 2020 11:38 AM

That is a very nice model. A good clean assembly job. I think your paint work is very well done, esp. the hull.

 

Bill

Modeling is an excuse to buy books

 

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Posted by Jrock83 on Monday, July 20, 2020 1:54 PM

Thanks Bill,  

The rear mast was a bit tricky to put in but aside from that it went pretty well assembly and paint wise. I was thinking of painting the top of the 2 masts white like she was at Pearl Harbor the day of the attack but went w the earlier paint scheme/ directions.

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Posted by Marcus McBean on Monday, July 20, 2020 5:19 PM
Sweet!
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Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 9:57 AM

Looks great!

Interesting thread to me.  My grandson gave me that kit for Xmas.  I need to build it, of course.  Is there any aftermarket for that kit?

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by HooYah Deep Sea on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 10:33 AM

Yes, there is, but I question the effort sometimes as that kit is so grossly inaccurate, both structurally and historically. The structural part I'll not go into right now, it is a disertation in itself. As for the historic part, the kit is a mix of probably three different time periods in the ship's history.

So, check it out and pick a moment in time, then built for that period.

"Why do I do this? Because the money's good, the scenery changes and they let me use explosives, okay?"

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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 11:19 AM

Yes, the usual suspects: Tom's Model Works makes a PE set, and Shapeways has a bunch of 3D parts.

I have the same reaction as Brian, though.

 

Bill

Modeling is an excuse to buy books

 

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Posted by ddp59 on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 11:28 AM

Model Monkey does parts for that model https://www.model-monkey.com/revell-scale-426 as does 3DModelParts http://www.3dmodelparts.com/box-scale-miscellaneous-accessories/

i'm using that same model x17 with the corrections to the stern & bulges in my kitbash thread http://www.shipmodels.info/mws_forum/viewtopic.php?f=59&t=165105

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Posted by Jrock83 on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 11:46 AM

I would have loved to have the space and time for a 1/200 AZ but since someone got me this for Xmas I just wanted to do OOB. Its a good kit for beginners to practice ship building as it's very toy like and dated. Keep a pin vise handy and files and sanding sticks and filler as there lots of gaps. FLASH CITY TOO :(

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Posted by HooYah Deep Sea on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 12:26 PM

Well, that kit has been around for decades, hence the flash. I built it a bunch of times as a kid, and I'm 64 now, so you do the math. Heck, I think it was old when I first built it. Look at the box art, it's right out of the fifties.

Yes, it is a decent starter kit, and has lots of potential for various builds. I think I mentioned this before in this forum; I've built it as early 1930's, late 1930's, early 1940's, several Pearl Harbor versions, an "if She had survived Pearl" version, and an "As Sunk, 1960/70's version. 

The interesting thing is I've seen builds with all the imaginable PE and 3D stuff on them and still have the major structural flaws untouched. That confuses me. 

"Why do I do this? Because the money's good, the scenery changes and they let me use explosives, okay?"

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Posted by ddp59 on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 12:29 PM

Jrock83, did you glue the gun deck to the upper deck at all & why did you paint the main gun barbettes & the lower half of the gun deck the same color as the deck?

HooYah Deep Sea, i think i have fixed the hull issues on my build.

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Posted by Jrock83 on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 1:00 PM

Ddp59, 

I glued the gun deck to the upper deck, I should have painted the gun deck different but the instructions were not too good on paint schemes. I should have done more research at the end of the day. All pieces are glued though.

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Posted by Jrock83 on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 1:07 PM
I think I’m going to get a book on her and study various structures, decks etc. That’s what I like about this forum everyone has such great info and tips :)
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Posted by ddp59 on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 1:29 PM

the seam between the upper & lower half of the #2 barbette does not appear to be glued to at least abrest of the stack.

take a look at this link on the Arizona's plans that can be downloaded. http://www.researcheratlarge.com/Ships/BB39/BOGP/

http://www.researcheratlarge.com/Ships/Drawings/BOGP.html

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Posted by HooYah Deep Sea on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 1:42 PM

With this kit and the Trumpeter 1/350 kit, the biggest issues are the area directly below the main mast, the engineroom soft patches appearing as steel plates, the 1.1" gun tubs, and all the open hatches. From there on, just pick the timeframe and you can be as picky as you want, depending upon the level of detail you are looking for.

"Why do I do this? Because the money's good, the scenery changes and they let me use explosives, okay?"

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Posted by Jrock83 on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 1:52 PM

Love the plans ddp59, very insightful and helpful. I did my best on gluing the babattes and gun deck, I used Tamiya super thin cement and did capillarie action the best I could, I should have used filler but too late now. 

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  • From: Central Oregon
Posted by HooYah Deep Sea on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 2:04 PM

Fortunately, the kit is fairly inexpensive, so reworking things isn't too bad.

If you go through the forum looking for other USS ARIZONA threads, you will find all sorts of info on both the ship, and the various builds.

If you should decide to 'invest' in that study, try to find the book Battleship Arizona, by Paul Stillwell. It is considered 'the bible' on ARIZONA.

"Why do I do this? Because the money's good, the scenery changes and they let me use explosives, okay?"

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Posted by Jrock83 on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 2:21 PM
Thanks for the book recommendation deep sea.
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Posted by ddp59 on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 2:33 PM

what did you think of my Arizona kitbash thread?

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Posted by Jrock83 on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 2:55 PM
Great stuff!
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Posted by the Baron on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 11:52 AM

Nice finish, and it's a nice tribute to your grandfather, too.

As far as the kit's quality goes, I won't bash it, but I look at it in the context of its time.  It doesn't meet today's tough standards, to be sure.  But that kit was the kit of the Arizona for a long time after it was released.

Revell also issued it as the Pennsylvania, and as both sisters in its 1/720 scale ship kit line.

And the Chinese copied it (eg, Banner), so the kit's engineering was passed down through a couple of iterations to some examples available today.  HobbyBoss' 1/700 kit shows the DNA inherited from the venerable Revell kit.

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

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Posted by HooYah Deep Sea on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 12:11 PM

One of the things I've always wondered about was why they went with the odd scale. Whether its 1/426 or 1/429, it's still an odd scale. Which unfortunately complicates the upgrade / scratchbuilding to correct things.

"Why do I do this? Because the money's good, the scenery changes and they let me use explosives, okay?"

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Posted by ddp59 on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 12:51 PM

it was box scale back in 1956-57 as 1/350 & 1/700 did not exist then. also it is 1/429 scale as the 1/426 is a typo error, read this link. http://www.shipmodels.info/mws_forum/viewtopic.php?f=84&t=286900

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Posted by Model Monkey on Friday, July 24, 2020 8:51 AM

Don Stauffer

...Is there any aftermarket for that kit? 

Hi Don,

One of the best resources to find aftermarket for any given kit is Scalemates.com.  It's a huge kit and aftermarket product database.  Within Scalemates, on each product's webpage will be links to any vendors or modelers selling the kit so you can compare prices.  You can offer your own products for sale there, too, if interested.

Scalemates can be very addictive!

Cheers!

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