I think you mean "THREE-eighty-second" scale...
Posted by Matty on October 9, 2011, 9:54:50, in reply to "Scratch-bashing"
Donny, first let me say that "scratch-bashing" is among my very favorite ways to build - especially with the old, often inaccurate or otherwise less-than-perfect model kits. (And if it wasn't me who actually invented that term - "scratch-bashing" - then let me know who came up with it first!) |
But I think you've got a typo in the scale of your Revell tanker (Mission Capistrano, aka Glasgow, ex-JL Hanna): it is more like 1/380 scale - and so can't be too much (circa 8%) smaller than 350-scale. And even closer to 400-scale, where you have all those classic Heller kits (though mostly RN, not USN subjects).
That Lindberg LSD scale of 1:288 sounds closer (though I thought it was more like 1/250), and it would go well alongside the Lindberg LST and Gato, both at 240-scale, and even the Revell Abraham Lincoln at 1:250 - probably even the Revell Skipjack, at around 230-scale, as well. If it's really 288-scale, then that's even closer to all those classic DD/DEs: Revell Fletcher, John Paul Jones, Buckley - and the Lindberg (larger) Rudderow, too.
I understand your idea to convert to a modern LSD, but looking at your pic of the Pearl Harbor, it looks like you'd have to rebuild virtually everything besides the hull -a helluva lot more "scratch" than "bash" ! Of course, I've done - and enjoyed - exactly this before, but given the rarity of that Lindberg LSD mold, you might also consider whether some other hull(s) might be more economical/effective to use. Practically anything ending in a nice flat transom, it would appear!
In any case, again I do appreciate scratch-bashing - and years ago customized my own, Excell spreadsheet to do exactly the comparisons you're doing - BUT: you've GOT to make double-sure you DON'T ENTER A NUMBER WRONG, or you'll get some completely wrong results (exactly why I ended up mastering my KingFisher in 371-scale, when it was supposed to be 1:500 )!