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  1. Nice work on the gun, Kev. Luv the scratch built detail.
  2. Hello again! Well, I've reached a personal milestone on this build. After 5 1/2 months of scratch building & four tries of priming, puttying, sanding & re-priming, the base superstructure is now finished and primed. Here are the photos showing the results; Now, it's time to add the finish paint colour to superstructure & the boat's deck, and then start building & adding the final details. Still lots to do before completion, but she's looking more like a PT boat every day. Thanks for looking. John
  3. JohnWS

    USS Theodore Roosevelt CVN71

    Hope you have a steady hand & a good eye for those decals. John
  4. Yes I made it, but not quite what most would consider scratch built. The floor is printout of a Photoshop drawing. I drew it at 300 dpi resolution to keep the detail at 1/72 scale. Here's a screenshot; I used the same method for both my Fairmile D & BPB torpedo boat models. John
  5. Hi Rob, No, the original Revell kit only has a raised panel molded onto the deck, with what looks like a rough anti-skid surface. Also, it looks like the 1/35 Italeri PT 596 kit has the grating - http://www.ptboatworld.com/PT_Boat_Models/ItaleriElcoPT-596.html. John
  6. Hi Stuart, That's the plan. Once I've got the bridge primed, I hope to add finish paint colour to the chart house, bridge & day cabin, plus the main deck ... fingers crossed!
  7. Hi everyone! I just finished my first pass at adding detail to the PT boat's bridge. Here's a couple of photos showing the progress to date; The bridge aft bulkhead will be glued in place once the bridge receives it's final coat of paint. Once to bridge is painted there's still work to be done before its complete. This includes making the dashboard instrument & switch panels & the helmsman's simulated wood deck, plus adding the ship's wheel from the original Revell kit. Here's a mock-up to show what the dashboard, ship's wheel, etc. should look like; Next up, I need to give the bridge & chart house a thorough cleaning to remove any excessive glue & smooth out the rough surfaces before adding a coat of primer. Thanks again for looking in. John
  8. JohnWS

    Avro 504K, 1/32, Scratchbuild

    That is a great tip! I'm looking forward to following your build Steve.
  9. JohnWS

    USS Theodore Roosevelt CVN71

    Very nice! Great detailing, & at such a small scale too. i'm not exactly sure when the USN changed the colour of their carrier deck vehicles from yellow to white. I'm thinking it was either in the late '80's or early '90's. Today all deck vehicles are painted white. Here's link to an interesting paper regarding USN carrier deck tractors - http://www.tankograd.com/html/img/pool/MO-Aircraft-Carrier Tractor.pdf John
  10. JohnWS

    WW2 LCA's

    From a quick Google search. I'm not sure if these will help. HMCS Prince David https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/bf/H.M.C.S._PRINCE_DAVID_off_Bernières-sur-Mer%2C_France%2C_6_June_1944..jpg/600px-H.M.C.S._PRINCE_DAVID_off_Bernières-sur-Mer%2C_France%2C_6_June_1944..jpg HMS Princess Beatrix http://www.sixtant.net/2011/img/editor/image/ROYAL-NAVY/HMS PRINCESS BEATRIX.jpg https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/P-iaPz7VMsoISE4Y_yQcILD05rFpMhq1ywccJh-Pf0t6BavkThxmPtCsZb8lBTLxvGX5TbHutpGhV9fDqRXqxVnzMtLnUHUQSAEDr3b-yVtHO_Qx6Q HMS Rocksand https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f8/HMS_Rocksand_(F184).jpg Miscellaneous http://www.junobeach.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/arms_sea_landingcrafts_1.jpg John
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    USS Theodore Roosevelt CVN71

    Judging by the crescent on the tail, this jet was assigned to Fighter Squadron Composite Twelve (VFC-12). From what I can find, VFC-12 is an adversary training squadron based at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Oceana supplies fighter aircraft squadrons to the USN's Atlantic Fleet. From my photo, I'm guessing this is an deactivated jet since its ejection seat, engines, landing gear doors, & possibly the rudders have been removed. This jet might have been used for Roosevelt's crew training, e.g fire fighting.
  12. JohnWS

    USS Theodore Roosevelt CVN71

    A great looking model beefy. During a visit to the Norfolk navy base in 2006, both CVN 71 & 73 were docked. Here's one of my photos of the crane on Roosevelt showing the cable wires. John
  13. JohnWS

    USS Theodore Roosevelt CVN71

    The USN carriers are huge. Here's a few photos I took of Roosevelt & Washington during trip to Norfolk, VA in 2006 . Roosevelt with USS Alaska.
  14. Thanks beefy. I never realized how many little visual details there are on the Elco's until I started researching these boats in earnest.
  15. Hello again! I've been working away at the external detail for model's chart house. Here's where I am to date; - Handrails made from .5mm dia. steel wire & .6mm dia. silver solder. - A step, shuttered windows, & doors made using plastic sheet & stretched plastic sprue. - Vents carved from laminated plastic sheet. - An antenna housing made from plastic tubing & a key chain link (see below). I'll be adding nav lights & a life raft to the chart house roof after it's painted. Here are photos of the chart house as she sits today; I always like to use as many materials I can find around the house for my scratch build projects, e.g. wood thread spools for Fairmile D turrets, wood cotton swab sticks for masts, wood dowels for torpedoes, etc, etc. This build is no different. I needed to make a small sphere to fit to the top of the chart house antenna housing. The sphere is very small, & hard to handle. So, I went on a recon mission around the house to see what ready made part I could use. My wife stood guard at her jewelry case , so using small round jewelry beads was out of the question. Finally, I found a couple of key chains with spherical links, that might work . Luckily, one of the chains was the perfect size that I needed. A bonus is that the key chain links have holes pre-formed, so I could use them as is to fit the antenna. Here's a photo showing the end result. Next up, I start working on the bridge detail. Thanks again for looking in. John