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  • Member since
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  • From: Mansfield, TX
ARL - Landing Craft Repair ship
Posted by EdGrune on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 11:49 AM

In a thread about decalling, I posted that I was working on a conversion of the AFV Club LST to an ARL.  I am using plans from the Library of Congress.   Henning wrote that he wanted to see pix.   None available at the time, but now there are. 

 

I used the kit hull halves and doors.   I puttied & sanded the ridges & oilcanning smooth.  The deck is a sheet of Evergreen, I cut the bollards, winches, hatchways, from the kit deck and placed them on the new deck.  The after deckhouse is from the kit, while the rest of the superstructure is plexiglass.  I added photoetch hatches & details to the superstructure sides.  Bow anchors are resin copies of the Tamiya Fletcher.  The quad Bofors are from Black CatModels of France ( I have not pulled the masking from the aft tub).   The parts are just sort of stacked without glue to show the effects

I have not started working on the portside cargo mast & boom.   There are 12 to 15 parts in the starboard one -- have to be in the correct mindset to rig it.  Same with the A-Frame.   The aft lattice mast is Evergreen rod

The holes in the decks are for gooseneck vents, made from fine solder.

I have winches and other deck fittings to be added - when I am in the mindset

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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 12:25 PM

Very interesting subject. Is there a personal connection? I'm curious- there must be a lot of LST conversions built.

And thanks for the plans link on the other thread.

I thought the rear tub might be 3-M Deck Blue...

Bill

Modeling is an excuse to buy books

 

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  • From: Central Oregon
Posted by HooYah Deep Sea on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 12:57 PM

I see you selected haze gray rather than green .  .  .   So, yeah, personal connection?

And I thought the aft tub was just the old acetone-based formula 117 primer (do you remember that stuff?)

Lookin good.

 

"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, September 2, 2020 1:31 PM

GMorrison, what plans link in the other thread?

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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 2:04 PM

Modeling is an excuse to buy books

 

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  • From: Mansfield, TX
Posted by EdGrune on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 3:25 PM

ddp59

GMorrison, what plans link in the other thread?

 

https://www.loc.gov/pictures/search/?q=Drawing:%20va2038&fi=number&op=PHRASE&va=exact&co%20=hh&st=gallery&sg%20=%20true

Library of Congress HAER site

  • Member since
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  • From: Mansfield, TX
Posted by EdGrune on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 3:33 PM

I have one in green & brown

... and His Majesty's LST in white & blue disruptive.

I was getting set to order some LCAs from the UK to hang from the davits, but COVID got in the way

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    February 2004
Posted by dhenning on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 7:04 PM

Looks good Ed!  Thanks for posting the photos.  Still on my to do list, but taking notes on your build.

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