Sunday, March 19, 2017

Hull and flight deck done

Sorry for not including more in progress shots. I painted the hull using Model Master Neutral Gray, the top decks Gull Gray and the flight deck was painted Engine Gray. I added storage from Black Dog, spare parts, Tamiya and Niko. The M-35's are from Orange Hobby and they are awesome. I added them to have something different on the flight deck.

The hull was given a pin wash, rust details, grime streaks and dry brushed with various oils and acrylics.

More Work on the Island

The post-war Croatan's island was modified from its World War 2 configuration. This includes adding two extensions in the front. I used kit parts to create the two extensions and left used photo etch to create the new bulkheads and walls. The mast is from Tom Modelworks. I also added rails on the search light platforms. I will then work on the delicate mast later today.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Major Components

Although I have done any entries in a while, I have been hard at work building the Croatan. Here the major components assembled. I cut to square holes in the flight deck and then covered them with strips of left over PE. The Croatan had to cranes on the flight deck and I wanted to show where the deck had been modified and steel plates inserted. You can see the photos of the holes below.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Next Project: USS Croatan (T-)AKV-43

To get ready for the upcoming IPMS Nova classic's 2017, which is themed 70 years of the U.S. Air Force, I bought the 1/700 USS Bogue. Wait that doesn't make sense, you are probably thinking. Actually, it does.

You see, after World War II, the Bogues were mothballed for a while before being reactivated and used as aviation transports during the Vietnam War. They transported everything--from F-4 Phantoms to A-1 Skyraiders and helicopters. I am going to try to make the USNS Croatan in the mid-1960s.

It's a pretty simple conversion. I have to remove all of the WW2 armament and flight deck catwalks. I also need to scratch build two cranes and convert the island a bit. This will be something different and it will help me win the special theme award.

Below are a few photos of the Bogues during the Vietnam War.

Photo Report: Maraudercon 2016

Went to Maraudercon hosted by IPMS Washington D.C. and Baltimore on Saturday. I walked away with a third place award in the ship diorama category.

There were a great selection of models on display--really great looking stuff. Enjoy this small selection of photos.