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1/350 Trumpeter USS Freedom LCS
Posted by modelcrazy on Friday, December 25, 2020 2:52 PM

I received it for the Secret Santa GB gift and even though I have tones on the bench I always shove it all aside to build a gift.

So here's the box art and I'll get going on it today.

As typical, I'll put it in a seascape.

Steve

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Posted by warshipguy on Friday, December 25, 2020 7:11 PM

Steve,

Given my total disdain for the LCS program, you should probably depict her being towed by another ship, possibly by an old OHP class frigate.  That said . . .  Big Smile

Your Secret Santa did well in gifting you a model ship.  You must be held in high regard!  Merry Christmas!

Bill

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Posted by modelcrazy on Friday, December 25, 2020 8:34 PM

LOL, thanks Bill. 

I made an OHP for last years SS. It came out great,  IMO Big Smile and will try to do the same for the LCS. It's a kit I've wanted for my collection for some time and was stoked to receive it.

I don't know much about the program but never understood the need for a close to shore platform. It does look cool though, but I like the F-35 as well Huh?.

Steve

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Posted by BBorBust on Sunday, December 27, 2020 5:05 PM

Santa is happy that you like it! Whistling can't wait to see it come together! 

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Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, December 28, 2020 12:21 AM

Well you get your wish Matt.

Todays progress. Loyt of PE and wee bits. I can't believe I didn't loose any on the floor.

Steve

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Posted by Luvspinball on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 12:42 PM

modelcrazy

Lots of PE and wee bits. I can't believe I didn't loose any on the floor.

 

Yet; It's early in the build. Wink Looks like a great start though.

Bob

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Luvspinball

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Posted by lewbud on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 4:20 PM

Looking good Steve.

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Posted by TheMongoose on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 10:08 PM

modelcrazy

Well you get your wish Matt.

Todays progress. Loyt of PE and wee bits. I can't believe I didn't loose any on the floor.

 

its all that Akagi practice, you'll never lose a piece to the carpet monster again...cough Wink

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Posted by scottrc on Thursday, December 31, 2020 6:55 PM

This model should give you a nice break from the Akagi Steve.  

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Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, December 31, 2020 7:20 PM

LOL you would think. I believe it has as much PE as the Akagi, just smaller.

Steve

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Friday, January 1, 2021 8:18 AM

I just never understood;

 Why a whole nuther Ship with Differing metal problems when we have small ships in Reserve! With No Metal Problems!

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Posted by modelcrazy on Friday, January 1, 2021 11:05 AM

That decision is way above my paygrade.

Steve

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Posted by CapnMac82 on Friday, January 1, 2021 1:10 PM

Tanker-Builder
Why a whole nuther Ship

Because congresscritters want fat defence contracts in their districts, and don't care if the produced thing "works" only that money was paid out in big scaks.

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Posted by GMorrison on Friday, January 1, 2021 2:43 PM

Nice add to the collection. Maybe we can sell them to Saudi.

 

Bill

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Friday, January 1, 2021 5:28 PM

Steve, what is LCS?

Chad

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Posted by modelcrazy on Friday, January 1, 2021 5:45 PM

Littoral Combat Ship.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Littoral_combat_ship

Littoral meaning the littoral zone

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Littoral_zone

I.E. close to shore. They are more or less very large patrol boats.....with helo's. Kinda take the Coast Guards duty but under DOT instead of Homeland Security.

I think they are cool looking and wanted one to build for quite some time. I would also like the trimaran USS Independance class.

Like I said, the decision to design and produce them is WAY over my paygrade.

Steve

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Posted by modelcrazy on Saturday, January 2, 2021 1:00 AM

I got quite a bit done to the LCS these last few days. The kit has an enormus amount of tiny parts, they look like cameras and speakers. Whatever they are, they take quite about of time to install.

Steve

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Posted by CapnMac82 on Saturday, January 2, 2021 5:10 PM

modelcrazy
I.E. close to shore. They are more or less very large patrol boats.....with helo's. Kinda take the Coast Guards duty but under DOT instead of Homeland Security.

The working theory was that you could buils a hollow ship, and fit in various modules to optimize it for whatever the needed mission was.  And, since that covered all sorts of things like armaments and the like, the things would be cheap and eay to build.  Also, since they were largely "empty space" they'd be fast, too.

Those last bits have been sticky wickets. 

Also, having "mission modules" means having to have them all over the expected areas you are meant to employ the craft.  And, there's the issue of it's never just the one mission at a time.  The whole "we'll bolt on what we actually need, later" is why they went with only a 57mm deck gun.

So, yes, unloaded they can go pretty fast, except when their powerplants break down. which has been more frequent than expected (they expected the one powerplant to be all things at all times).  Also, fully loaded with a given mission module, they are quite heavier, and not quite as fast.

The tri-hull design would have been an excellent one to have used two powerplants, one for cruise, and the other for speed.  But, no, that was not politle to the monohull design.

It will likely become the F-35 of the surface fleet.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Saturday, January 2, 2021 7:56 PM

Multi mission for all contingencies. Not feasible but a continuous unreachable goal. Everything to everybody. 

Steve

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Posted by ikar01 on Saturday, January 2, 2021 8:29 PM

Hey modelcrazy, at least you have a paygrade.  I haven't had a job since about March.  If it wasn't for my S.S. and disability check, we'd be so under water, you would need a sub to reach us.

Did you ever finish Akagi?

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Posted by modelcrazy on Saturday, January 2, 2021 11:12 PM

ikar01
Did you ever finish Akagi?

Still working on it my friend. I'm just taking a break. I'm shooting for a finish before Aug (long before preferably) so I can show it at the Nats.

I'm sorry about your job, that's tough. I was on SSDI before and after my double lung transplant but was able to get off it. Luckly, was am still employed working as a contract electronics tech at HP Inc. Oddly, theres only about 10 of us in the entire building, a building the size of a super Walmart. It'll be very strange when employes start returning.

Steve

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Posted by BBorBust on Saturday, January 2, 2021 11:20 PM

Looking great so far steve. Cant wait to see the finished product!

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 9:22 AM

Hi;

    You know, the more I look at one of those I think it would make a nice Live Aboard Mega Motor Yacht! I mean there'd be room even for a swimming pool ! Oh, and a garage for my Riva Ski Boat! And I could stretch my budget to bursting and get a Robinson Helo Too! Could probably figure out how to take my Bentley As Well!

   Ya See,I don't like boats that look like some Alien Pod on the water! I want, really if I could afford it, a Yacht or Live-Aboard sized boat that can take the worst Mother nature can deal out, short of a Rogue Wave or Tsunami!

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 9:25 AM

Yeaah;Cap'n Mac82

 I guess You are right. It's a shame about the Metal problems. Some according to crew, are fairly decent. Maybe we should solve the problems and make them Coast Guard Cutters?

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 9:30 AM

Steve;

 I got to that point on mine and then stopped for some reason.That Kit builds up nice.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 1:27 PM

Thanks BB

TB, it does kinda look like a Ya-chit (as my father called them)

Steve

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Posted by CapnMac82 on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 4:19 PM

While I'm no fan of the 1:1 ship; the build of the kit is outstanding in every way.

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Saturday, January 9, 2021 8:32 AM

Yeah;

 I took mine off the shelf and piddled a little more on it. It is a straightforward build.

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Saturday, January 9, 2021 8:38 AM

You Know,Modelcrazy;

 Living Aboard is eye -opening! There's so much more as to the feeling of freedom from the tackiness of shore-life. Waking up to the gentle slap of small wavelets on the hull, seabirds calling, and the smell of fresh Hot coffee coming from the wheelhouse.( That's where I had my Coffeepot!)

 Oh! and not to forget the very small movements the vessel makes on its lines, as wind and passing boats make it react! One nice thing. No one can come to your door without you knowing it right then! Nor, the silence at night, broken only the occassional splash of a fish or marine critter.

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Saturday, January 9, 2021 8:45 AM

Hi Bill;

      This LCS thing reminds me of another type of Vessel. Remember the ones that came out that had a bigger gun forward and was supposed to be a go fast shallow water craft; I think it was called the U.S.S.Crockett( Sorry Davy). Seems the Turbine didn't like salt spray in it's innards!

      The Germans now have a type similar and they refer to them as Schnellbootes! An old name revived!

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