August 11, 2015 at 5:50 pm #11577August 15, 2015 at 12:07 pm #11777
Last week I finished most of the detail work on the USS Essex aircraft carrier, below are the pics
This is what the island looks like at the moment:
I added some speaker boxes, they are only a few millimeter in size! Note the supports.
Some more speaker boxes
Here you can see the mast I built with the thinnest brass wire I could find
One more shot
Almost fully equipped
The shots above are test shots, and the guns and radars etc are not fixed yet, just temporarily.
I am about to airbrush the USS Essex CV-9 ‘s island with its final color.
Any big errors? Please let me know since I have 0.01% knowledge of warships.
Thanks for watching!
BorisAugust 15, 2015 at 12:19 pm #11779
The last few weeks I have been busy with the USS Essex Aircraft Carrier from Trumpeter.
I want to get it finished in the coming months because this build has taken enough time.
I have done the following since the last update:
- Airbrushed the main island and done some minor weathering.
- Added arresting gear to the flight deck
- Added flotation baskets to the railings of the flight deck
- Added some catwalks underneath the front and rear of the flight deck
- Added the route to the rescue boat.
- Airbrushed the vertical surfaces of the hull
- Airbrushed the wooden part of the flight deck
Please see the following pictures for the result
The escape route to the rescue boat:
Here you can see some arresting gear and flotation baskets I added:
The added catwalk between the two gun positions, right under the flight deck:
Some more flotation baskets and arresting gear
A lot of baskets next to the island location
The new catwalks right under the flight deck:
I added some real chains to the anchors, they will be visible, you’ ll see:
Ready for painting!
The next few pictures show the airbrushed flight deck and vertical surfaces of the hull:
The next three shots show the island, what do you think of it?
A lot to do left, much work is needed for creating all the small 20 mm guns, still have to make most of them.
All the steel decks need to be painted by hand, like on the island. When painting is done I can start adding the detail items, such as the guns, masts etc.
Weathering is the final step.
I wonder how you think about it so far, let me know!
BorisAugust 15, 2015 at 12:52 pm #11781
I finally fixed the hull of the 1/350 USS Essex CV-9 to the flight deck itself. All the 20 mm Oerlikon guns are fixed in position on both the flight deck and the island of the aircraft carrier. The 40mm Bofors guns have been fixed as well.
I applied the decals on the flight deck, that is the reason you see the strange stain around the dotted white line, that’s from the gloss varnish. Anchors are placed in position with real anchor chains on the lower deck (no pictures yet, sorry). I fixed some other small details, but most important for me was the first weathering! that means we are getting somewhere, yay, cant wait to finish it finally som I can move on.
I never built a ship before, and thus never weathered a ship before. With the help of some good pics I found out that a lot of vertical streaks are seen on the USS Essex CV-9 Carrier, so I placed dots of oil on the hull and started sweeping down with a wide brush with white spirit.
I think the weathering came out pretty well, take in mind that I only did the vertical surfaces of the hull. I have to work to do the rest of the carrier.
Rust streaks are the next step on the hull, after that I will start weathering to the flight deck and everything above.
Here you see an overview picture of the weathered hull of the carrier:
Here is a better pic of the weathering
One more overview shot:
You can see the big difference between the weathered hull, island and the non weathered positions in front of the island.
Note the anchor
The last shot
Still a lot to do, but I am making progress 😛
Please let me know if you have any corrections or remark.
Boris KampAugust 15, 2015 at 12:54 pm #11782
This was the last part of the build log! The final result with an overview of all the build and final pictures can be seen here in my USS Essex CV-9 Showcase
I hope you guys enjoyed my build log, if you have any questions, feel free to ask and I’ll be happy to help you out!
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