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In order to get all of these things right, a number of aftermarket kits and pieces have been purchased, and some pieces will be scratch built. The kit by Trumpeter is superb. It does have a hanger bay deck, but little to no detail is included Still, the kit would make an impressive vessel built out of the box.
There are over 1, pieces included, and she would be a very good representation of the Nimitz in the late s built as is. There are no photo-etch parts included, for railing and such, which I find to be a pretty severe lacking for a kit of this size and complexity and cost. However, as I said, it still is a very superb kit and there are good aftermarket photoetch kits for the Nimitz for any modeler who wanted to add that to this kit. They do an excellent job in molding small detail pieces and provide a lot of them for their kits The kit comes in a beautifully illustrated box, that is well built and very protective.
It also has numerous pictures around the box that depict the various features of the model. There is a "waterline" option for this model. The hull comes in an upper piece and a lower piece and you can utilize the pieces provided to leave the lower piece off and have the entire, large kit be a waterline model. I will build the full hull. Decals for the Nimitz are included and this means a very large decal sheet for the larger landing deck and for the aircraft that come with the kit, which is the airwing including:.
I will not be using any of these aircraft and have already sold them on eBay to help fund the additional parts I need for what I intend here. The instructions are great. There is a full color glossy for the painting and the decals for both the ship and the aircraft that come with it.
These included all of the following:. Boatswain makes great decals for several carriers. And from various Shapeways 3D Print providers and really, the detail and authentic look of the Ford class could not have been achieved without these here are the Shapeways 3D Printing Providers I used:. Be aware, some of these 3D printing parts are expensive.
Between them and all of the other parts I have purchased I have more than doubled the price of the price of the Trumpeter model Anyhow, Baconfist has full 3-D parts for all of the various sponsons for the various Nimitz class, as well as a lot of equipment, and Islands for many carriers, including World War II carriers. Full islands printed in 3D in scale, for example, the CV-6 Enterprise The Build - Initial grouping and painting of the air wing - August 19, The Build - Initial Building of the aft portion of the ship - August 23, One of the distinctive parts of the Ford class is its wide aft section.
In order to achieve this, I had to measure the width on each side and its length, and then build it into the hull. In addition, the starboard aft elevator goes away with the ford class, using only three elevators. This too had to be scratch built out of the existing deck area. In order to achieve this, the aft portion of the ship needs to be completely rebuilt, adding the wider sections on both sides housing new maintenance areas, new machinery, etc. This all had to be scratch built. I started off by removing the area where the Nimitz Island would be placed because the Ford Island sits further aft near where the starboard aft elevator used to be.
I put together the three sections of the hull and then painted the entire flight deck and added the hangar deck into the hull section.
These are relatively straightforward and simple tasks that prepared me to rebuild the aft portion of the ship. The Build - Adding the main wiring for the lighting and adding the sponsons - August 29, I then added the main wiring trunk through the model that will allow for lighting the hangar deck later.
At that point, I went around and began adding the sponsons necessary for the Ford class. The sponsons on the Nimitz class evolved over time to be close to the same as the Ford by the time Ronald Reagan and Geroge H. Bush came along, but these are significantly different than what is provided on the initial Nimitz class as delivered by Trumpeter.
I used the Shapeways 3-D Printed ones, but scratch built a couple of more, particularly one later as you shall see for the starboard aft railgun. In preparing to do this, I also painted the entire lower hull in its hull red and for the US Navy I have come to using a mix of one parts Model Master Brown, and two parts Model Master Insignia Red to achieve the color.
I also added the aft-stern deck to the lower hull, which involved three or four parts to prepare for adding the after sponson for the Phalanx CIWS.
The Build - Gluing the upper and lower hull together, painting the catapult tracks on the flight deck, dry placing aircraft on the deck, adding more sponsons and weapons systems and main railing - September 4th, At this point, I was ready to glue the upper and lower hull together. This involves getting the fit right and ensuring that there is no trim needed or doing it before gluing and then using clamps and elastic to hold the two large assemblies in place.
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Once that was done I painted the catapult tracks on deck and then when it dried, dry spotted my airwing on the deck to see how it would look. I was pleased. I then went around and added the final sponson and normal weapon systems including a scratch built one in the middle of the port side for a Phalanx 20mm CIWS there. Later I will add the futuristic laser and rail gun systems which this ship will receive probably in the late s.
More on those later. The underlying structure where the 4th elevator used to be is quite a bit different than the Nimitz class. Ultimately the island will rest above this area. So I had to get a good look at what that area looked like and then build to match. Once that was done, I then decided to scratch build the laser system and rail guns. I decided to put one laser and one Rail Gun on each of the aft sponsons, on to port and one to starboard. This required building two of each system.
The Rail Gun has been being tested on land for years now and is slated to go to sea for testing in the next year or two. The 3rd Zumwalt class destroyer may come out of the yards with a rail gun on it for standard use.. Before then, it will be tested for a couple of years either aboard one of the Spearhead Swift Transports, or on an Arleigh Burk destroyer,. The laser system has been testing at sea for the last years on the old LPD Ponce. She is about to be decommissioned, but the laser tests have been successful. The next step here is to build a higher power one for standard use in close in defense.
Probably to be tested between and or so. The Build - Getting and painting the island, adding the hangar deck panels all around - September 21, I go the island in from Dutch Miniatures and dry placed it on deck and then painted it. I will detail it later. The structure is spot on, but there are a LOT of details that need to be added, including the upper cross spar and support I then got in all of the hangar bay panels from BackonFist.
I then painted them all and added them into the model on the hangar deck. The Build - Detailing the hangar bay, adding aircraft and equipment, building sponson for aft Rail Gun - September 29, This involved painting it, adding decals for various warnings and information, painting and adding decals to the aircraft and then setting them up in there. I decided to use some nice metal for the roof of the hangar bay instead of the stiff cardboard I had used in the past.
This makes a big difference. So I purchased, cut to fit, and then added that to the hanger deck too I still have equipment and personnel to place in there, and then add the lighting. I then also added a sponson onto the starboard aft side for the railgun there an put it in place. The Build - Adding the personnel and equipment to the hangar deck, adding the lighting to the hangar deck and gluing the flight deck to the ship - October 4, At this point, I added the personnel and the equipment tugs, forklifts, etc. Then I put together the LED lighting system and added it to the metal roof.
The Build - Shafts, Struts, Props, and rudders, detailing the ship, adding main landing decals, detailing the island and adding the landing radar structure - October 20, At this point, I added the struts, shafts, supports, and rudders, and then detailed areas of the ship, including the island, which ad a lot of details needed to make it realistic.
As is clear, I decided to build the full hull version of the vessel, though it can be built as a waterline vessel. I like having the whole hull visible. It was also time to add the landing radar structure. This is a very sophisticated system which can actually land the aircraft if it is in the "groove" and the pilot is somehow incapacitated,. The Build - Attaching the island, adding more details life rafts, life buoys, fire hoses, ladder, adding the detailed deck decals - November 2, At this point, it was time to firmly attach the island to the deck.
I did this with a heavy fastener it's not going anywhere-hehehe. I built out all of the flight deck equipment I then added a myriad of details to the flight deck and the catwalk all around it including life rafts, life buoys, fire hoses, ladders, stairs, and other equipment. Finally, there were scores of decals for the vessel, including the helo landing spots marked out on the Ford class as well as the armament elevators, electrical hookups, etc. The Build - Detailing all aircraft, adding aircraft, equipment, and personnel to the flight dek - November 18, Now it was time to detail all of the aircraft The air wing on deck consists of:.
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