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Iceman 29

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The USS Hornet (CV-8), the seventh U.S. Navy ship of that name, was a U.S. Navy Yorktown Class aircraft carrier. 

During the Second World War, she launched the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo and participated in the Battle of Midway and the Buin-Faisi-Tonolai Raid. 




In the Solomon Islands campaign, she participated in the capture and defence of Guadalcanal and the battle of the Santa Cruz Islands where she was irretrievably damaged by enemy torpedoes and dive bombers. In the face of an approaching Japanese surface force, the Hornet was abandoned and then torpedoed and sunk by approaching Japanese destroyers. 




The Hornet was in service for a year and six days and was the last aircraft carrier of the American fleet ever sunk by enemy fire. For these actions she received four stars of service, a citation for the Doolittle Raid in 1942, and her 8 Torpedo Squadron received a Presidential Unit Commendation for extraordinary heroism for the Battle of Midway. His wreck was located in late January 2019 near the Solomon Islands.











Merit stopped producing this box a year and a half ago. It's not easy to find a used one now at a reasonable price. This box is replaced by the Yorktown at Trumpeter, but there is no kit available at the moment as far as I know...


I added the MK1 kit and the MK1 wooden deck kit (also with PE inside).


I've been working on forward   for two days now. 


I find that there are some details missing, but the reason, at least for the foredeck (it's not really a forecastle) is probably that there are no pictures of this part of the ship to my knowledge. Only a few shots from outside can help a little. Moreover this part is under the flight deck and less visible compared to the rest.

So you have to have a little imagination...










The front end of the Yorktown CV-5, not necessarily identical.







Some pictures of the progress:


Installation of the portholes, then of a transparent rhodoïd behind. 




Improvement of the shingles by simulating a shingle with a file, few details...




The front AA platform, the shielding is not easy to mount, it must be perfectly formed to fit .

I've added two small lattice platforms for the cannons. I also added a ladder because nothing is planned at Merit to go up there... Luckily, I still have some Bismarck. 






The two front paravans. I counted 9 pieces for one...






I've added some access hatches on the deck. I have also reproduced the soldering lines of the deck and the forward block with the cutter. The port door has since been straightened.




I don't know what the two holes in the deck near the capstans are for, a mystery, I'll hide them with an access plate probably...


I still have the anchor lashings to install. (Scratch)


Compared to the plan of the Yorktown, two mooring bollards are missing on the rear of the manoeuvring range. Trumpeter's ship must never dock...  There's scratch in the air...







PS: A little reminder of the marine terms used especially on the guys. This book has followed me throughout my career... A gold mine.











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This morning's work still on the plans of the forward deck of the Yorktown CV-5, the only reliable source, but not without flaws because changes have been made to the CV-8, as on all sister ships by the way, even in the merchant, I speak with full knowledge of the facts....

I can see some details:


- The two paravane davits to be added.
- Move the two capstans that are not in the right place. It can be done.
- Adding a hatch that allowed access to the technical room for the windlasses and capstans below deck is still feasible. To be seen.
- It normally has 4 pillars supporting the flight deck, 2 are only shown on the model. I don't think it has been modified between the two APs. I have to dig to see if I can add them because the structure under the flight deck is made of PE in my version...
- The paravanes seem to be in the right place except for the port side which is on the deck, I would take the opportunity to put sailors around it as if they were moving it to the davit bd... It seems difficult to take it off now.
- On the CV-5 the oblong manholes of the catapult room supports are horizontal, on the CV-6 they are vertical, see photo and plan, on the model it's round, I'll have to modify them.
- There are 3 rafts stacked on a sleepway on the front of each edge that doesn't seem to be represented on the model, I'll check that...










Paravane davit.








Slotted manhole in the rack.



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Iceman, will follow with great interest. Looking real good!

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Tks Jerry!


Well, I've been looking for an hour to figure out how to make the two missing pillars of the flight deck. :idea: And then little by little I found the object that could help me to make this crosspiece. I set my heart on a plastic screw storage box that I had in my mess. The thickness of the partitions is the same.

Cutting from the box with a blowtorch-heated box cutter, it breaks through that crystal plastic pretty fast, even if it's a little soft.




I'm making a rough draft with the Dremel's circular saw:




The rest I do with a burr that's fine, and a little surgical scalpel (I was given a big, expired packet of them).


Now I have to glue a little bit of PE sheet, cut with scissors, to make the stiffeners, an airbrush stroke, and then make a second one...  



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Manufacture of the missing hatch, with its staircase.

The plastic is from a Heller cluster, engraved cluster number plates in fact. I still have a few welded ladder rungs left, and that's it! I have a few 1/200 ladder/stairs in reserve too.

Two mooring bollards still need to be made.

Then, of course, all this will be partly masked by the flight deck structure. 









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Great start Pascal,


You must have a big house!



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I am very fond of the Yorktown class.


USS Hornet's camouflage is a very popular choice for being absolutely butchered. I trust you will do a good job of representing it well if your Bismarck is anything to go by :)

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1 hour ago, Gisbod said:

Great start Pascal,


You must have a big house!



Tks Guy, no, but I have a sympathetic wife..  😂 A sailor's wife. ..

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1 hour ago, Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies said:

I am very fond of the Yorktown class.


USS Hornet's camouflage is a very popular choice for being absolutely butchered. I trust you will do a good job of representing it well if your Bismarck is anything to go by :)

Thanks Jamie, i'm gonna try. Work started on April 20.

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I say to myself, here, I'll take it easy, it should have been a pleasure, no apparent difficulties... 

But no, if I had the ectoplasm that designed this EP drawing, I could make him eat it!


Anyway, once the two parts of each beam are bent on itself, it doesn't fit very well into each other at intersections, I still go on thinking naively that it will stiffen, but I don't assemble any more, the whole chassis won't twist anymore. Forced to take everything apart and re-number it, I hadn't glued anything together by chance.

The fact is that the assembly slots are not wide enough, the guy who designed it didn't think that the beams were twice as thick. Stress causes everything to twist.

So I had to cut all the slots with small scissors, over 40, thanks Fiskars!




The final result presented on the notice.




The assembly plan.




An example of a scissor cut element.








The plastic part, which is replaced by PE, is not a picture in terms of aesthetics. Fixing points under the flight deck have to be removed.
















Manufacture of the 2 mooring bollards, they are used to "turn" a forward spring  or possibly a breast line.










Mooring alongside, terms of the various lines.



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Installation of the corridor lighting with its external wiring. It's scratch, crystal and PE cluster remnants, turret handrail.


The catapult room is in place. Remaining to mount the gangways around it.


The pillar I made was cut in two, half a length is necessary because they are under the catapult room.


I took off the starboard paravane again because it didn't fit with the PE. I positioned it Hz to finish.







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Iceman, I like how you have drilled out the portholes, added eyebrow etch. Will you add a 'plastic window' later. Just love the detail and care that you are doing for this build.

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Tks Jerry.


I love details. The problem is not "to fall in" and get lost.


A paravane is a device used to protect a ship from sea mines or submarines, consisting of a towing cable and sometimes equipped with explosive charges, used mainly during the First World War. It can cut the cable of a mine.


The paravane, a form of towed submarine "glider", was developed in the United Kingdom between 1914 and 1916 by Commander Usborne and Lieutenant Burney of the Royal Navy and financed by Sir George White, founder of the Bristol Aeroplane Company.


Initially developed to destroy naval mines, the paravane was towed from the towing ship. The wings of the paravane force it to move away from the ship while tensioning the towing cable. In this way, the paravane's cable hooks the mine's anchor cable, breaks it and allows the mine to rise to the surface where it can be destroyed by machine gun fire. If the mine anchor cable does not break, the mine explodes safely against the paravane. The cable can then be retrieved to put another paravane back into the water.


A paravane, loaded with TNT, has also been developed to be used as an anti-submarine weapon during high-speed area sweeping. The towing cable, which is armoured and electric, is activated manually if the submarine does not automatically unhook the paravane. (Wiki)




Forward walkways around the flight deck... 












Spending several hours mounting the dozens of stiffeners on the flight deck support, it's very long.


Then painting, some modifications of the front deck at the main supports.






With the flight deck for test:







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Thank you all!


I've been looking for some photo doc for the front elevator room, it's thin, some pictures of the Yorktown class:


Here we see the new spare aircraft dismantled and glued to the ceiling, in peacetime it was a good solution to save time and space in the hangar, but in wartime it was sometimes catastrophic, the deck was not yet armored, a lot of bombs were coming through the flight deck and kissing these planes on the ceiling, these fires proved extremely difficult to put out.


We can also see that the work clothes are "diverse and varied" .






A typical crossing ceremony of the equator line. We can clearly see the shaft of the front elevator, as well as the location of the side catapults, the deck is thicker at this point and we can see the classic hangar deck (Main deck) move on any ship. The arching effect reinforces the structure, it's classic, it also allows the evacuation of sea water, sea package or fire extinguishing water. 






This room is not detailed so without PE or accessories provided, damage. Everything is done by scratch to make it look like something. 


The elevator is composed of two hydraulic jacks, a little big on the model, I'll see if I replace them, the guiding of the apron is done by 2X2 side rails.


To simulate its rails I used what I had on hand in scratch.


There are four watertight doors at the front AA batteries level, one seems to appear on the port side on the Yorktown plan, but 4 no, it opens in the top of the elevator shaft in the void on the model ... As they already exist and I glued the EP outside, I had to leave them. To make them credible as an emergency exit (in both directions) or for the lubrication of the elevator rails, I mounted footbridges with ladders. Of course, it didn't exist on the pictures, but well...


For the rest of the scratch, it's PE bundle, for the wall stiffeners, so recycling, iron wire, copper wire, and grappled elements in my stock on the right and left.


For the elevator, I glued the wooden floor, attention it is self-adhesive, it sticks well, even very well, but beware of the transparent film that protects it it is very fragile and tears easily, it's a bit of a mess. for a small surface it's ok, but for the big ones I'll have fun. The positioning has to be perfect because of the PE, especially if we couldn't glue the wooden bridge in one piece.


I've ordered micro-leds for the hangar lights. I'm going to solder the wires myself, as I'm going to put very thin copper wire so that he can't see very much, it will look like wiring considering the size.


Dimensions:2.8mm x 3.5mm x 1.9mm
Operating voltage: 3 - 3.4 Volts
Intensity: 30mA





The painting was done with Revell N°5, a white that is very slightly broken and matt, I would see if I slightly yellowed the tops of the walls in gradation, the white paint tends to yellow faster in the tops of the compartments. 



























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These are photos of the Enterprise CV-6 ( Same class) hangar during its demolition:






I continued the assembly around the lift of the walls and the AA platforms from the front. Of course I mounted everything on the hull to make adjustments.

I also made the curved floor of the side catapults out of balsa wood. I loaded the balsa once formed to the antique hard bottom to make it less porous to paint. I will prepare it, once dry, with a spray can.


On the AA platforms I also pierced the passage of the stairs leading to the hangar. The place is marked but not cut out on the model. 


I think I will make the flight deck removable, fixed with small invisible BTR screws hidden. Because it would be a shame not to see the inside of the hangar.


So I'll probably fit out the forward block, the top floor which contains cabins, showers and toilets.

I will try to make this floor out of very stiff but thin paper. It will be simplified of course.


This is the floor plan for this floor:


In orange the curved floor of the 2 catapults which is flat in its width, the deck of the hangar being curved (the gouge) him, (not on the model), one sees the curved development of the floor of the catapults at the front and at the back of the room.


In green, we can see the smaller auxiliary elevator, it allows to park maybe two planes under the main elevator when this one is in high position, at its sea station. 

The auxiliary has a rectangular shape and fits between the two jacks of the main one. When the main elevator is used, the aux descends from a deck to make room for the main, on the plan you can see its own jacks and its feet allowing them to land two decks lower.





You can see the overhang on the right of the picture, and the shape of the floor catapults. It is covered with Pirelli anti-skid material. A type of anti-skid found on many modern catwalks or machine PCs.





AA platforms forward.




The manufacture of balsa wood catapult flooring






A colour test on a fall from the flight deck floor is the closest thing to the "Norfolk 250-N Flight Deck Stain (US 27)".






Measure 12 (mod) Camouflage, as depicted in the Trumpeter 1/200 kit and the Tamiya 1/700 kit




Darkest colour on the hull-5-N Navy Blue (US 08);

Lightest colour on the hull, and darkest colour on the superstructure-5-O Ocean Gray (US 06);

Lightest colour on the superstructure-5-H Haze Gray;

External steel decks & other horizontal surfaces-20-B Deck Blue (US 10);

Flight deck-Norfolk 250-N Flight Deck Stain (US 27);

Hangar deck-#20 Standard Deck Gray (US 02);

Hangar deck bulkheads & overheads-5-U White (C 03);

Boot-topping-Black (C 02);

Underwater hull-Norfolk 65-A Antifouling Red (US 14).




Carrier aircraft were in Non-specular Blue-Gray (ACUS 05) over Non-specular Light Gray (ACUS 06). 
F4F Wildcat cockpit interior colour was Bronze Green (ACUS 30 ); 
SBD Dauntless cockpit interior colour was Interior Green (ACUS 09). 
TBD Devastator cockpit interior colour was Interior Green (ACUS 09),

B-25s were in Olive Drab 41 (ACUS 15) over Neutral Gray 43 (ACUS 13); B-25 interior colour was Interior Green (ACUS 09)





Later I found a rare photo of the auxillary elevator:


Entreprise CV-6:


Interessant video of a Wildcat.






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The question arises as to the colour of the floors in the layouts, stations or double cabins, as the partitions are probably white like the hangar. 


The floor can be dark blue like here on the Yorktown CV-10, which has become a museum.


The typical large ashtray from a munition...  




Yorktown CV-10 currently. The sheet metal is directly painted. No covering slabs.






Since my card is green, I'm going to go with green... Revell SM364 English Green satin.




It's coming along, I just need to get a little more control over the paint job on the cardboard. 


I had to mask to make the baseboards, tape, paint and cardboard don't mix. I'll do some white overlays, for the second sector it'll be better. Besides, everything was already mounted, so it's not so easy to modify...


















Toilet duty !   










A few pictures with the hull to have fun. 














Assembly of the first Wildcat F4F-4 with the wings folded.










Simulation of anti-skid on the floor side catapults. It's going to be painted anthracite.







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WOW! The elevator well looks great.  I love the toilets.  Interesting idea to have the flight deck removable.


Great job.  I have this kit in my stash and have been building up research materiel and other goodies to build it when I get my 1:200 scale Titanic complete.  I will be watching this build with great interest.  Looks like an amazing start.


Thank you for setting the path for this kit.


Take care,



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Saw answer to removable flight deck above.

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Thank you, Chris!


I have to build the Titanic 1/200 as well, that's next.


I have all the necessary kits in stock, including the Pontos 66600, crew, passengers and animals. 

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That’s outstanding Pascal!


It feels like I’m looking through a office block build rather than a ship...


looks like you’re having a lot of fun.



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Yes, Guy, i’ve spent lot of time on this part, but that was funny. Creation is always exciting.

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15 hours ago, Iceman 29 said:

I think I will make the flight deck removable, fixed with small invisible BTR screws hidden. Because it would be a shame not to see the inside of the hangar.

It would be criminal to hide work of that quality away, instead of screws could you use some small Neodymium Disc Magnets like these ?

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Accommodation is progressing well.




I don't think that the black markings on F4F-4, SBD-3, TBD-1, don't match the time of the raid...

I would have to add the red circle as on the B25 (Mask?).






I mounted four Wildcat's and painted.


I still have a few more landing gear hatches to put up.


I haven't glued the wings yet, as I'll have to get the right vintage decals before.






There will be 2 F4Fs on the front elevator. As on this picture taken before the raid, the 2 aircraft are being mounted on the flight deck to be parked at the front:









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Hugely impressive start, Pascal.  I know what you mean about the danger disappearing into detail - & I’m only working in 1/350!

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