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1/350 USS Intrepid, Gallery Models Kit

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  • Member since
    November 2018
  • From: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
1/350 USS Intrepid, Gallery Models Kit
Posted by k.apland on Sunday, December 2, 2018 3:03 PM

so i've never scratch built anything lol, BUT, was wondering if anyone has any ideas or advice on how i would build interior walls for the hanger deck???? i have no idea how i would even scale it out either lol. I would like to give it a shot as there is at least a detailed hanger deck with the kit...

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    April 2005
Posted by ddp59 on Sunday, December 2, 2018 5:53 PM

have a look at this pdf link

for CV-12 – USS Hornet – Booklet of General Plans, 5 of 19 pages, Essex Class as 3rd drawing down shows the hanger deck layout. it will give you an idea of what you want to do.

  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Mansfield, TX
Posted by EdGrune on Sunday, December 2, 2018 8:31 PM

That will get you started. A pair of draftsmans dividers, a steel rule/straight edge, a stock of sheet styrene, and a box of #11 xacto blades.   

Measure, cut, and fit

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Monday, December 3, 2018 9:12 AM

I couldn't get ddp56 drawings to work right, so I don't know if they are what you need, but scale drawings are a big part of scratch building.  Sometimes hunting for the drawings for a project you want to build can take longer than the building itself.  However, there are lots of ship drawings out there- you just need to find them.  Model ships used to be the genre of models most widely scratch-built, but scratch building has been dying off.

Once you get good scale drawings, you will find that not all dimensions you need will show up.  Used to be almost every boy was taught some drafting in school, but those days are gone.  So you may need to study up a bit on it.  Good news is with CAD it gets pretty easy to do once you learn the basics.

There are two main ways to model ships- either hollow with interior structure duplicated, or the solid hull method, where you carve the hull from something and then build the superstructure.  But you can combine the methods, making areas that do not have interesting interiors solid, and only duplicating the detailed construction of interesting areas.

Materials can be wood, plastic, metal, or even paper/cardboard.

Because scratchbuilding of ships used to be a popular hobby, there are a number of books on doing it.  Good thing these days is that the internet makes finding old books easy.  Many of these old books concentrate on building sailing ship models, but the same techniques can be used on building modern ships.  You just do not need to put so much time into rigging.


Don Stauffer in Minnesota


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