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1/144 USS Enterprise CV-6

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One day, a few years back, I had a thought that I could make up a little AC Carrier deck diorama for my Navy airplane models, and it would fit on a book shelf.
I started looking around for pictures and drawings, and I found a complete set of drawings of CV-5 Yorktown, which was a very similar ship, care of Mr. Paul Budzick, who has a very amazing ship model scratchbuilding web site.
I rescaled the drawings of the deck and the Island superstructure to 1/144 and printed them.
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I decided I could make a 3D model of the Island out of styrene, and started cutting sheets
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I built the boiler uptake structure
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and the crows nest
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assembling the island, I discovered I would probably want to add at least some interior details, and maybe even leave an entire side removable, like a doll house.
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Including all the decks and some ladders, since I have complete detailed drawings of all of that.
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the scope of the project has gotten out of hand..
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started building the deck
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This is the middle third of the ship. the ends can be done another year, perhaps.
I am not planning on building a hanger deck. or anything below the flight deck.

the first air group. Ftoys Dauntlesses, Minicraft Avengers and Platz Wildcats
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One thing lead to another an I got in way over my head. what started as a diorama background has become an endless ship model.

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:shock: I am not worthy! :shock:

I make the completed ship to be 1.75m in length. Go for it!
At least, when it's done, you'll have somewhere to put a lot of your finished models.
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before I can progress on the deck, I need some lash down strips
as can be seen in this (enormous) photo. I have scribed lumber, but nothing I ve been able to scratch up looks any good for those metal strips.


the other road block I'm up against, and I havent touched this project in over a year, is how to make the doll-house style opening side, because of course there are cat walks and ladders and whatnot all over the outside of the thing.
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For the little perforations...decal strips?

For the removal of one side, I'm thinking of the magnetic strip available within DIY Double-glazing kits. All of the walkways will be turning at 90 degrees and, before the turn, perhaps a short length of plastic tubing. Granted, such an addition wasn't present on the real Grey Ghost, but then neither was a removeable side.

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Wow , what a project. How did you make the curves on the island?

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That is some amazing work, well done!

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b.l.stryker wrote:Wow , what a project. How did you make the curves on the island?
I sawed a piece of 1/2" diameter tubing lengthwise into quarters.
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You can just see the welds where the curved pieces meet the flat pieces, but they should disappear under a few coats of paint.

I have a few airplanes on the bench right now, but I'm hoping to get back to this soon.

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Oh, it's so simple. :oops:

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Jonathon,

Amazing work! Simply amazing and great attention to detail.

One correction, the Wildcats must have been made by Sweet, not Platz. Platz made the Hellcats. Also, I hate to be a stickler but, I've never seen any picture of early 1941-42 US Navy aircraft painted in that shade of blue before. I think they should be lighter blue/grey in color. See attached.

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Sweet of course made the Wildcats, and of course they are FM-2s, if we are being stickly, masquerading as F4Fs, there are visible deviations between the F4F and the FM-2 which I couldnt be bothered to make.
I am not happy with the color. I mixed it out of some blue and grey acrylics I had on hand, and it looked ok wet, but it dried a kind of awful turquoise. some of the decals silvered as well, so yes, sadly, all of those are destined for repainting.

I have another box of Sweet FM2s and two more Ftoys dauntlesses, so a second air group is on the hanger deck. I will never, ever build another Crown TBF. anyway, TBFs never served on the Ent in that livery. I am planning to get a couple of those solid metal Creations Chaubet TBDs Image
Then I will get proper nonspecular blue gray and paint them all at once.

But i think getting the deck built is going to happen next. Im going to do what Merlin suggested, and design a decal to look like those tie down strips.
soon

very soon


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