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Wolfman_63

1:350 USS Carl Vinson Project

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I am starting a 1/350 scale of the USS Carl Vinson as it was during the 1983 World Cruise. I will be detailing the hanger bay, all 86 aircraft, modifying the island and hull to match the timeline and ship. It will also include illuminating many areas like flight deck, Island, hanger, and catwalks. It will be using 14 LED's and over 400 feet of fiber optics. Goal is to have it completed by December. The first challenge is to add the "as-built" sponsons. She only had the original sponsons for a short time. While there is limited photos (online and personal) for these I have been able to replicate them. I have the port forward and starboard aft sponsons mounted and am working on the port aft double-decker sponson.

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Here are the aft sponsons roughed in

 

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Front port sponson

 

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Front starboard sponson

 

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Hangar Bay Details.

Port walls

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Doorway details

 

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Forward tunnel and GSE area lighted

 

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Aft hangar bay walls

 

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Port hangar walls

 

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Looking aft from hangar bay 1

 

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View from hangar bay 2 doorway

 

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Hangar deck completed (weathered and painted deck)

 

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Ohhhhhhh....Outstanding!!!!

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Unbelievable!

I will definitely follow your build...even though I will probably never build a ship :)

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Excellent! Looking forward to more pictures!

 

 

HAJO

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CVN-70 Project - After 5 attempts I finally figured out how to do the landing light "meatball"

 

It's difficult to get a good picture due to the brightness but it does look cool.

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CVN-70 Project - After I cut off all the catwalks (have PE version) I put flight deck together and made sure it fit the hull. I then started the long process of drilling and routing the fiber optic deck lights. I have the rear approach line done and am working on the foul line. The approach line will use a white LED and the foul line will use a blue LED. I drilled the holes at an angle so the optic lines will lay flat. I also mount them sticking up. Once the deck is painted and detailed I will trim the optic lines flush. They will be nearly invisible until the lights are on. Once all the lines are installed I will make them look like overhead pipes then prime and paint. The hangar bay LED's will be mounted after painting. I will need to do the island before I install deck to hull so I can run the wires for the island lights.


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CVN-70 Project - I finished the runway optic lines and halfway done with the foul line. Have about 28 more lines to run. I have quite the bundle. It's going to be a while to get them lines up and laying flat.
Here is a preview of the lights (just used a table lamp to see how the pattern looks)

 

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CVN-70 Project - All the fiber optic lines have been laid out. Starting to glue them down so I can route them. It's slow going. Have to do it in sections.

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Wow, you don't muck around. the lighting looks great. :thumbsup:

 

What are you using to glue the fibre optic down, hot glue gun?

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I am using acrylic gel medium. Hot glue is too hot and super glue causes the optic fibers to become very brittle.

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So the runway and foul line optics have been laid and glued. Looks like I can light them with just 5 LED's. Runway in white and foul line in blue. Tonight I will run the bow lights then I need to route all the fiber optic lines so they are flat and aligned evenly. Hoping to have pictures of the deck lit up with LED's by weekend.

 

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CVN-70 Project - All the fiber optic lines have been run and the LED's have been installed as the source. The pictures are the result. Note that I have not trimmed the fibers down yet since I need to paint and weather the deck before I can trim them flush. They do look very bright in the photo's due to the way the camera sees the light. Once trimmed the brightness will not be as bright.

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Coming in for a landing view:

 

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Dude! :jaw-dropping:


That's already amazing. You're only started on your hanger deck detail, that's going to be better than the builder's model...

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CVN-70 Project - Spent the day setting up the hangar bay lighting. I just taped everything to see if I had the placement right. Here is a trial fit test.

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CVN-70 Project - The flight deck has been painted and fiber optic lines trimmed flush. Still need to add decals and weathering.

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Great work on this so far! Im interested to know how you knew where to place the runway/ deck lights. I have been looking for ages for some kind of map or image that will show me where to place the fibres and not had much luck. Im also likely not looking in the right places.....

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