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Need ideas to cover these up
Posted by Straycat1911 on Thursday, July 22, 2021 4:53 PM

So this is the forward deck on my USS Alaska and the oval shaped areas are where I removed the gun tubs where the 20mm and 40mm mounts would've been. 

I'm looking for suggestions on covering these areas so they don't look like bald spots. My first thought is thin(.05) sheets styrene or leftover PE brass to simulate a plate placed over the spot since I'm thinking there wouldn't necessarily be wooden deck under the original mounts? 

My other two thoughts are Baremetalfoil pieces OR if there is such a thing, decals that look like wood decking. 

Ideas? 


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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Thursday, July 22, 2021 5:18 PM

You could fill those areas with Apoxie Clay and then use a moistened, sharpened toothpick with a straight edge of some kind to extend the existing lines between the wood planks on the deck through the clay so they join with the existing lines on the other side of the filled area.  Once that stuff cures, its hard as a rock, but easily workable with tools and a little water before it cures.  You'll easily have 30 or 40 minutes of working time with it.

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Posted by wpwar11 on Thursday, July 22, 2021 7:39 PM

Where do you get this clay?  I have a gap in a F15E thats a rounded 90 degree bend that might be perfect for such an application.

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Posted by wpwar11 on Thursday, July 22, 2021 7:50 PM

 Is this it Eagle?

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Thursday, July 22, 2021 7:57 PM

I think that stuff works the same way, but its not what I'm using.  This is what I'm talking about.

https://www.amazon.com/Aves-Apoxie-Air-Clay-Professionals/dp/B000V54X0W/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=apoxie+clay&qid=1627001603&sr=8-5

Not sure what the differences are between the two products, but the Apoxie Clay has replaced Milliput Fine White for me.  I loved Milliput, but this stuff is even better...much easier to work with, and the simple packaging in separate jars beats the pretty much non-existent packaging of Milliput.

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Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, July 22, 2021 8:17 PM

It looks like the 20mm mounts were indeed installed directly onto planking, as this shot of USS North Carolina shows.

So you would best need to create something to match the detail of the surrounding deck.

 

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Posted by Straycat1911 on Friday, July 23, 2021 5:58 AM

stikpusher

It looks like the 20mm mounts were indeed installed directly onto planking, as this shot of USS North Carolina shows.

So you would best need to create something to match the detail of the surrounding deck.

 

Stik, I figured that'd be the case with the 20's but not the 40's since they were powered mounts. 


Eagle, that epoxy stuff sounds like just the ticket. 

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Friday, July 23, 2021 7:25 AM

Hi;

       I would definitely use something like Apoxie-Sculpt or another kind of filler you are comfortable with. Let it set up and using a guide re-create the planking. Or see if Pontos offers a cleared deck for your ship!

        What I did with the New Jersey to back-date it from the more modern Tamiya version was cut off all the decking then re-creating the decking and planking with Evergreen Planking of the right size ove a base deck over .040 plain sheet.

          I cut the decking OFF the deckhouses vertically. That way, using the deckhouse for a pattern I cut a hole in the deck of that shape and then enlarged the piece. Glued it( The larger piece) underneath for strength and place the deckhouse in the hole. Added the .010 decking and it worked perfect!

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