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Posted by Ralph Wood on November 2, 2018, 11:42:46, in reply to "Re: 1/720 CVN-70
The tower mast is the main mast. It is one of those irritating results of keeping to tradition rather than keeping up with the times. The tradition goes back to the days of sail, when two-masted ships like brigs and such had an after main mast, and a fore mast. Continuing that forward to more modern times, the after mast on a two-masted ship ends up the main mast by default. The island mast is thus the fore mast. On the pre-WWII US destroyers, their after masts were often cut down for wartime considerations resulting in the stumpy little pole aft flying the ensign was the main mast, while the larger pole forward with the yard arm, signal lines, radars and all was "only" the fore mast. Like calling your rifle a gun, this is one of those little nitpicks which your instructor can utilise to assign you push ups in your Navy basic training.
I am not usually much of a hair splitter, and in my most absentminded moments (99% of my life) I am as likely to call the island mast the main mast myself. An old salt called me on it long ago in just one such moment. So, I try now to be more attentive. It would've been better still if I had simply also called it the tower mast.
In any event, both masts look great, as does this whole project (which I have finally now noticed the link to, and examined in more detail.) I thank you again for posting it! Made a rainy afternoon much more pleasant.
The main mast is the kit mast with PE additions of rails, ladders, and antennas.
Having only recently completed my own build of an Italeri Ronald Reagan, this subject "resonates" with me. While I am satisfied with what I did, mine did not turn out nearly as good as this! (Looks like an aftermarket PE main mast? And I see PE railings. Mine lacks this sort of refinement.)
Nice job; thank you for posting!
The building of the Italeri 1/720 CVN-70 air wing continues. I have the SH-60ís, E-2Cís, and the F/A-18Cís completed. I like that Trumpeter molded the aircraft in clear but it does make them difficult to see while building. The photo of the SH-60 on deck looks great with the light showing thru. The F/A-18's unpainted look like a squadron of aircraft from Paradise Island (think Wonder Woman LOL) I still have the F/A-18Eís and the deck tractors to complete. The first order of the Shapeways 3-D printed deck tractors somehow were damaged during shipping. Did not see the damage as the shipper just sent an email. I contacted Shapeways and they contacted the shipper then sent a replacement set which arrived in perfect condition. They have awesome customer service! Should have this project completed by the end of next week.
More build photos in the build log at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-720-uss-carl-vinson/
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