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Wolfman_63

1:350 USS Carl Vinson Project

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Actually at night there are red lights during operations at night. However in port they can use regular white lights. Here is a picture of the Vinson bridge in the early morning. You can see one deck of the island with the normal lights on and one deck with the red lights on. I used the white lights for effect. Just like the ship number is not typically lit while at sea. Green tinted windows you sometimes see are actual shades that pull down during the daytime.

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Back to detailing the ship. Working on the catwalks, CIWS, and safety nets. I really like the Veteran Models CIWS parts. They are very detailed and easy to assemble. The photoetch catwalks and safety nets are nice looking. Here are some pictures of the details. Still need paint and add other details to catwalks (hoses and reels, storage boxes, etc.)

 

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Very neat details! I wonder how you will paint/spray them without ruining the decals and all other stuff?

 

 

HAJO

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1 hour ago, Hajo L. said:

Very neat details! I wonder how you will paint/spray them without ruining the decals and all other stuff?

 

 

HAJO

There are no decals yet. All the stripes are painted on. I will mask off the flight deck and airbrush most of catwalks and safety nets. Other areas will be hand painted. Decals that will be used will be put on after painting.

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Spent some time last night and this morning adding more catwalks. Slow but steady process getting things lined up. Looks like I should be able to start the island detailing next weekend. Still have bow and elevators to do. Here are some pictures of the starboard side.

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Very impressive! How do you keep your motivation going for such a long time?

 

 

HAJO

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8 minutes ago, Hajo L. said:

Very impressive! How do you keep your motivation going for such a long time?

 

 

HAJO

I lived on it for 10 months so this build has sentimental reason which helps with the motivation.

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Finished all the catwalks, safety nets, and CIWS's around the ship. Starting to tape the edges and flight deck so I can paint them. Will be detailing the elevators then on to detailing the island. Still on schedule to complete this project by the end of December.

Here is a walk around of the catwalks, safety nets, and CWIS.

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Painting all weekend. All the catwalks and safety nets painted. In process of painting all the flight deck details. (no decals used yet, all you see is painted) I must really compliment Tamiya. Their 6mm masking tape is awesome. It allows you to mask off even the smallest areas and gives you a clean edge when removing. Completed the starboard side, now working on the port side of the flight deck. I still have some detailing to do for the arresting cables. Now onto the pictures.

 

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Awesome paintjob! Any specific reason why you didn´t use the decals for all these deck markings?

 

 

HAJO

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4 hours ago, Hajo L. said:

Awesome paintjob! Any specific reason why you didn´t use the decals for all these deck markings?

 

 

HAJO

If I used the decals I would have had to poke many holes for the fiber optic lines and could not tape off the flight deck when I painted the catwalks and safety nets. Also I prefer to paint the lines rather than trying to align long sections of decals. I think the painted lines look better than the decals but that is a personal opinion.

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...aligning the decals... I remember performing not so well on that task when I did my Theodore Roosevelt.

 

 

HAJO

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More work on the flight deck. Yes I colored the padeyes. They came out very good. Took me a while to figure out how to do them. Also put on the few decals that I needed and started to do the elevators. Next comes the hose reels and weathering of the flight deck.

 

On to the pictures!

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You´ll certainly put some kind of wash or at least a lot of stains, grease, dirt and other stuff on the deck?

 

 

HAJO

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Kind of a slow modeling week as other things had to get taken care of. Was able to get the hose reels built, landing cables, and flight deck weathering done. Now working on the island details now.

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I used black,  gray, and brown pastel chalk. I first took the brown and using a balled up paper towel I rubbed the chalk on the jet blast deflectors and the area between the catapults and JBD's. I then used same method and did the area's outside the brown areas and down each side of the catapults.

I then used the same method but went over the center of the JBD's and catapults with black. The then made blotches and stains around the entire flight deck. I made a large area around landing wire #3 (This is the wire that the pilots aim for as the perfect landing wire to catch). On this large area I then used eye makeup foam pads and made streaks with black and gray to represent where the aircraft touched down. Mostly near the center of the runway and extending from wire 1 to wire 4 in a diamond pattern centered on wire 3. Finally taking a makeup blush brush I brushed the surface of the flight deck from bow to stern to blend the colors and remove any excess chalk powder. It then gets a dusted spray of matte clear coat 3 times allowing each coat to dry. The a final coat to seal it all. The dusted coats are required because if you spray a seal coat, it will pick up some chalk and give it weird streaks.

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Island work continuing. The main mast is just about done. Need to tweek some of it to get everything lined up and some paint touch up. Next do all the rigging and build the radar tower that stands behind the island. On to the pictures:

 

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Completed all the rigging on the island. I used EZ Line thin. It works great! Also start the radar tower. This is all photoetch (from White Ensign)  Just need to build the antenna and then mount it to the deck.

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wow - just checked in after a short hiatus and man - its looking amazing! No one can accuse you of not putting enough effort into this build - that's for sure

One of these days I'll build my Big E up but I will continue to be inspired by this one.

 

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The wire is for bracing and flags. The ULF and VHF is done through the whip antenna's around the flight deck. (working on them now)

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The radar tower is done, The raft canisters, whip antenna's and starboard forward tower (scratch built) are done. Just need to add the whip antenna's and raft canisters to the port side and the anchors. This will basically complete the ship (screws will be put on after the ship is mounted to the display base). All that is left is 56 aircraft, deck tractors, Tilly crane, and the display case.

 

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