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Trumpeter 1/200 U.S.S. Missouri Build

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  • Member since
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  • From: Phoenix, Arizona
Trumpeter 1/200 U.S.S. Missouri Build
Posted by Weather Guesser 2C on Monday, April 4, 2022 10:50 PM

Hey All,

I thought I'd document my current project and post a build log.  I bought myself this monster kit for my 50th birthday recently and plan to do a long and thorough build.

I thought I'd start out with listing the kits I will be using.  I will write up some details on the various kits and materials in later posts.  I will follow up with posts on paint and reference materials.

So here goes:

 

Kits Used

Trumpeter 1/200 U.S.S. Missouri  (037305)

Pontos 1/200 USS BB-63 Missouri 1945 Super Deluxe Upgrade Set With Blue Deck (23003F1)

 

MK1 Design 1/200 USS BB-63 Missouri Detail-Up Set DX Pack (MD-20004)
Veteran Models 40mm Quad Bofors Gun Mount MK-2 (With MK-51)
Veteran Models WWII U.S. Navy Searchlight Set (Later Type)
Veteran Models WWII U.S. Navy Observation Equipment Set
Model Monkey 1/200 Fast Battleship and Atlanta class 5"/38 Mk.28 Mounts
Model Monkey 1/200 Acetylene and Oxygen Cylinders
Micro Master 1/200 US Navy 20mm Oerlikon Mount MK 4 w MK 14 Gunsight
Trumpeter 06631 1/200 USS Missouri and Iowa Battleship Upgrade Sets
Artwox 1/200 USS Missouri BB-63 Deck Masking Sheet for Trumpeter kit #03705
Eduard 53125 1/200 Ship - USS Missouri Ladders Pt. 9 for Trumpeter

Eduard 53126 x 1/200 Ship- USS Missouri Pt.10 Hull Plates for Trumpeter
Eduard 53123 1:200 Ship USS Missouri Superstructure Pt.7 Kit
1/200 USS MISSOURI IOWA Metal RUDDER Set Trumpeter WWII US Navy Battleship 3705
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    March 2009
  • From: brisbane australia
Posted by surfsup on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 2:01 AM

This will be fun to watch.....Cheers mark

If i was your wife, i'd poison your tea! If Iwas your husband, I would drink it! WINSTON CHURCHILL

  • Member since
    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 9:18 AM

Holy cow!!! That's alot of $$$$$$ going in there. Tongue Tied

Should be a very cool build.

BK

On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

2022 Completed:

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 Type 99 Val

  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 9:24 AM

Will be a great project Yes

  • Member since
    April 2022
  • From: Phoenix, Arizona
Posted by Weather Guesser 2C on Thursday, April 7, 2022 8:27 PM

Reference Materials:

The Floating Drydock TFW-BB63/16 Ships Plans and Bu-BB63-4/16 Ships Plans

 

Top Drawings The Battleship USS Missouri by Witold Koszela
 
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Battleship Missouri: An Illustrated History Paperback – Illustrated by Paul Stillwell
 
2
 
USS Missouri (BB-63): America's Last Battleship (Legends of Warfare: Naval, 3) by David Doyle
 
3
 
US Navy Blue Jacket’s Manual 1944
 
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  • Member since
    August 2021
Posted by lurch on Saturday, April 9, 2022 10:19 AM

I will be following this build. Looks very interesting.

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    March 2022
Posted by HeavyMetal on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 8:48 AM

That was quick !!

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 9:06 AM

Gino P. Quintiliani - Field Artillery - The KING of BATTLE!!!

Check out my Gallery: https://app.photobucket.com/u/HeavyArty

"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." -- George Orwell

  • Member since
    November 2005
  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 10:40 AM

HeavyArty
How big is a 1/200 scale battleship?

Large for many of them.  The 1/200 Missouri is about four and a half foot long, from memory.

Case dimensions are around 6' x 1.5' x 3'

A bit longer than a 1/48 U-boot, come to cases.

  • Member since
    April 2022
  • From: Phoenix, Arizona
Posted by Weather Guesser 2C on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 7:38 PM

This ship is 54 inches from stem to stern.

 

Sorry for the lack of updates.  I've been working, but not very diligent on documenting what I have done.

 

I have some photos of the hull assembly which came with a whole set of issues I will describe in order to save someone else a lot of trouble.

The two halves of the bow were very easy to assemble and the seams were nearly invisible with just a bit of sanding.

 

 

 

 

  • Member since
    April 2022
  • From: Phoenix, Arizona
Posted by Weather Guesser 2C on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 7:45 PM

The joining of the bow assembly to the main hull presented some issues.

Number one, I tried using thin cement in larger quantities.  Big mistake.  It would be better to use a thicker glue like the traditional Testors model glue.  This was simply too big of a join for thin cement.  What happened was that the hull would flex and trying to fill the gap and sand it smooth was nearly impossible.  Every time if would flex, the bondo would crack or it would create a new seam which needed more sanding.  This took needless hours.

 

Number two.  The thin cement created voids beneath the plastic, which eventually resulted in divots on the surface with all the excess sanding I had to do.  I needed to bondo these and fill it with CA glue to get it to hold up.

Number three.  The top line of the bow assembly and the remainder of the hull didn't match up perfectly when I clamped the two pieces together to achieve the tightest fit.  This was fixed with a bit of filing and sanding fairly easily though.

 

 

 

 

 

Here you can see the divot, which I filled with CA glue and bondo.  This took two days to smooth out and sand to near invisibility.

 

  • Member since
    April 2022
  • From: Phoenix, Arizona
Posted by Weather Guesser 2C on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 8:06 PM

Here are some shots of the hull, fully assembled, pre and post priming.

 

As an aside, I am not a huge fan of the Vallejo primers. They gunged up my airbrush, spray on a little lumpy and tend to chip.

 

 

 

  • Member since
    April 2022
  • From: Phoenix, Arizona
Posted by Weather Guesser 2C on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 10:10 PM

Here is the first coat of True Color Norfolk Anti-Fouling Red and some shots of the seams which were filled on the aft gun tubs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Member since
    February 2018
  • From: North Carolina, USA
Posted by Model Monkey on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 9:06 AM

Have popcorn, enjoying your build!

  • Member since
    August 2021
Posted by lurch on Thursday, May 26, 2022 8:55 AM

Keep up the good work its looking good.

  • Member since
    March 2009
  • From: brisbane australia
Posted by surfsup on Thursday, May 26, 2022 11:24 PM

We are off and running. Will enjoy watching your Build of her.....Cheers mark

If i was your wife, i'd poison your tea! If Iwas your husband, I would drink it! WINSTON CHURCHILL

  • Member since
    November 2005
  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Friday, May 27, 2022 3:11 PM

If it helps any, here's Missouri's struts & shaft

Many folk have griped about the moulding of the bow "bulb"

And there may be plenty of reasons why that is the case

 

  • Member since
    July 2013
Posted by steve5 on Friday, May 27, 2022 7:32 PM

I've done this kit , and you look like your doing a better job already . Big Smile

 

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