Here is the progress of the build as at today.
Due to Budget constraints it's out of box but that's not precluded me being able to carry out some customisation - namely mine is modelled around the early 1950's timeframe which has entailed deletion of the Floatplanes and Catapults as well as 50 or so 20mm Guns (Phew!). I've built from scratch a new Mainmast and a new Foremast from my plastic friends at Evergreen. I also used their tubing to fill in the holes where the 20mm guns, Cats etc. were going to be. I also replaced the kit Hull numbers with larger High Viz numbers but I'm unsure this was the right thing to do for that time period.
To obtain a reasonable level of accuracy I sourced 1/192 scale plans from The Floating Drydock which has provide me good guidance. I've carefully compared Trumpeter's product to the plans and they are similar. But not exactly the same for some details.
There's some great aftermarket decks out there but mine is the one supplied in the kit painted in Oak and came out OK.
But, there's been a couple of things about the Trumpeter kit that peeved me off.
Why is the Hull so lacking in detail in the 1/200 scale? I see Kostas's superb build is showing hull plating. Mine doesn't, so was this a design change Trumpeter did? Could they not do what Lindberg do and do raised lines representing panelling at the very least... My kit has been in my stash of kits for more than 5 years so maybe that was a later change. The Hull shows no sign of where the waterline should be.. Fortunately I was able to accurately locate where it needed to be from my Plans and apply the waterline using my Waterline Marker tool. The hull form below the waterline may be slightly inaccurate as well, from earlier discussions on our Forum. I just hope no-one points that out when I'm finished.
Additionally, why does this expensive kit not come with a display stand? Why is this important item omitted TRUMPETER??? I will now have to build my own. That sucks!
In terms of the Instructions, they're OK but I'm adding the Photo Etched parts much earlier in the build than the instructions. Note the maindeck railings have been added despite this being the last task per the Instructions. The superstructure is "dry fitted" in the photos here and I'll add the rest of the railings prior to permanent fitting.
Anyway, despite my grumblings it is a very impressive kit - I wasn't expecting to see just how imposing it is now getting - it's covering all my Dining Room table. The kit has been able to capture just how grand the majestic IOWA's are.
The model is weighted down with Lead Ballast and presently weighs nearly 7 kilograms enabling it to "sail".
As I don't require the Floatplanes, Catapults, and those 20mm guns and ammo boxes I'm happy to give them away for free. Let me know.