2/6/12: Latest progress on USS Trenton
Posted by Don Murphy on February 8, 2012, 9:48:20, in reply to "Converting Airfix HMS Fearless to USS Trenton"
Remember that this is tiny 1/700th scale... While some folk were busy listening to a 50+ singer entertain thousands watching a small pigskin ball being thrown around, I was engaged in scratchbuilding. Painful it was... The entire Port (Left) side is done with all railing, ladders, doors and the RAM launcher installed. I added a ton of little boxes along the side to replicate the parts lockers, damage control gear storage, etc. At the bottom of the superstructure near the Port smoke stack, I added the helicopter control station with photo etched windows (of course). |
Here I've laid out the supports for the forward part of the bridge superstructure. I built both smoke stacks using Evergreen tubing and square structural stuff. The RAM launcher is one of Jag's resin pieces. For other weapons I have two completed and painted (from the spares box) Phalynx 20mm guns that will go on when the ship is out of painting. Additionally, some photo etch machine guns will be added at the bow on either side. Rounding out the weapons will be two scratchbuild Nulka launchers and two scratchbuilt Typhoon 25mm chain guns.
Here's the Starboard (Right) side. The olive green block is the mounting for the second Phalynx gun and is from a Patton tank somewhere in time. A lot of the superstructure over here can't be done until I build the hanger. Speaking of the hanger, I've pulled her airwing out of the spares box. She's going to have two CH-53 Sea Stallion mine sweeping helicopters, so I've started modifying them with the necessary parts like refueling boom, scanners, etc.
Oh yeah...I had to build the crane from scratch using Evergreen stock, parts box photo etch pulleys and railings. Underneath it is a control room with two doors and to the right of the doors is a photo etch fire hose reel that you're just dying to see... There's about twenty on the ship so far. The flight deck will also be added separately as it's got to be masked and painted while off of the ship.
I'm sticking to my new years resolution to keep with this project until it's finished. I've started working on her boats as well. She'll have an air cushion landing craft and a large utility landing craft. She's also going to have some Sea Cobra helicopter gunships. Should be fun.