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USS Arizona, As Sunk circa 1960's, in 1/350

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  • Member since
    August 2019
  • From: Central Oregon
Posted by HooYah Deep Sea on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 12:58 PM

Then, because I don't have the nine sets of bitts for the model, I tried to cast my own. It worked, but unfortunately they are just a bit too big, probably 1/200 instead of 1/350. So, we will try again, but smaller this time.

"Why do I do this? Because the money's good, the scenery changes and they let me use explosives, okay?"

  • Member since
    April 2005
Posted by ddp59 on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 1:47 PM

for my bitts, i used .01" rectangular plastic plates glued to the deck then pieces of plastic rod for the uprights. 1/429 scale.

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    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 1:58 PM

ddp59

for my bitts, i used .01" rectangular plastic plates glued to the deck then pieces of plastic rod for the uprights. 1/429 scale.

 

Yes, and I glue the baseplate down, drill the holes through both plate and deck. Stick in the rod, glue.

Trim off and sand flat to final height, which is easy to gage with a piece of square stock flat between the bitts and sanding with a flat stick. Haven't figured out how to taper them...

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

  • Member since
    August 2019
  • From: Central Oregon
Posted by HooYah Deep Sea on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 3:52 PM

Sounds like the way to go, although trying to cast them was kinda fun. I like the glue the pad down and drill all the way through the deck. Less chance of accidently bumping and knocking off that little nub. As for a taper, there really should not be any taper, just a slight flare at to top, an I've seen a bunch of real ones that didn't have the flare, just a straight barrel shape.

Now, as for the chocks .  .  .

Okay, so here’s the deal; I have this old Tamiya USS New Jersey, modern version, in 1/350. I had started to rebuild it as a hybrid battleship / helo/ vtol carrier. Recently I stole the chocks out of the kit for my Lindberg minesweeper, and now wished I hadn’t so I could steal them for the Arizona project.
So, if anyone has some chocks, in 1/350, that they can part with, and need anything out of a New Jersey kit, I am more than willing to do a trade.
I was going to use the 5”/38’s and build a “if Arizona had survived Pearl Harbor” version, but the modern NJ only has six and I would need eight. So that idea got deep-six’ed.
So, chocks for other parts .  .  .any takers?

"Why do I do this? Because the money's good, the scenery changes and they let me use explosives, okay?"

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