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WWII ships?
Posted by nsclcctl on Friday, May 9, 2003 8:36 AM
Just a few questions. I am new to ships. I want to start building WWII ships. I want something that can easily go on a shelf, have a good collection of all types which have detail.

Questions, is 1:700 the way to go? Is there a good selection? Do the carriers have planes on them? Who makes the best 1:700 kits?

What is "Waterline", what does that mean and what is the advantage?

Thank you. I also do WWII and modern era planes but I would like a collection of WWII ships on my desk at work. Thanks in advance.
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, May 9, 2003 10:08 AM
nsclcctl,
1/700 ship models, if you want a good display that doesn't take up room, is a good way to go. The best kits in that scale that I've found are Tamiya or Revell Germany. As for aircraft, you would have to read the details on the box, as each kit has individual features. I do know that both mentioned include aircraft with their carriers.

"Waterline" refers to modeling the ship as it would appear sitting on the water, so you don't see rudders, screws, or the full keel. If doing dioramas, this is the way to go. If you want a full display of the entire ship, stick with non-waterline series. Most kits, though, offer the option of full or waterline. It's all a matter of personal preferance.

demono69
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, May 9, 2003 11:28 AM
I' ve got a 25 aprox. ships 1:700 waterline series.
All seven aircraft carriers i have included planes.
The 1:700 waterline series is quite good, especially because you´ve
got very different ships to choose from. The hull is cut off by the waterline,
and they are small kits. Look in here for examples:
http://www.internethobbies.com/internethobbies/inplasmodshi.html
Good modeling.
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Posted by nsclcctl on Friday, May 9, 2003 12:44 PM
Thanks for the sites, I am going to pick one up this evening. Do most people airbrush these or hand paint? Also, if you pick up a 1:72 periodically, do they look totally out of whack with each other?
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Posted by paulnchamp on Friday, May 9, 2003 9:47 PM
1/700 scale is great; you can fit a whole fleet on one shelf! Most have very nice detail for their size, and you can even get PE brass accessories if you want to detail them even more. Every carrier I've ever built has come with aircraft, and you can even get 1/700 accessories (tugs, barges, cranes, buildings, etc.) to really dress up a diorama.
Paul "A man's GOT to know his limitations."
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, May 12, 2003 6:21 AM
You can hand paint these 1:700 ships. I have hand painted all my collection,
and the results were very good, that's how i've learned good techniques and got experience. I have painted my first 1:350 battleship without an airbrush with very good results (1:350 Tirpitz with camouflage)
The 1:700 series are small kits, you should start by hand paint, because the areas to paint are too small, however its your choise. Airbrush can give you better results if well used.

happy modeling.
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, May 12, 2003 10:31 AM
tamiya has a 350th Fletcher class destroyer that has good detail & is a good kit for begineers .Altough it is not 700th it is still small enough but has alot of detail & assembles easy
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, May 16, 2003 1:24 AM
I think you meant 720 scale not 72. A 72 Pt boat is bigger than a 700 scale heavy crusier. 720 is close enough to 700, of course the "rivet counters" out there would never let you get away with it, but hey....it's your collection right
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, June 4, 2003 1:59 AM
1/700 ships are a good choice. There area lot of selections to choose from and they don't take up much space. Aoshima, Fujimi and Hasegawa carry a lot of these ships (American and Japanese) though you may have to do some of the detaling the hard way. By the way, Tamiya does have a 1/700 Fletcher and its a decent kit to build.
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