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USS Arizona, 1/426 scale Revell kit with Tom's Model works pe detail kit

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Starting on the Arizona, it's an old, old kit and will be brought up to date (ish) with PE add on's and some heavily weathered below the waterline.


tom's model works will add a lot to the build...


with hours of material on youtube to draw on, plenty has been written on both the ship itself, the tragedy and failings of Pearl Harbour, and the state of the wreck that currently rests in Battleship row where she was sunk in a day of infamy 7th December 1941.


a look inside the box. old as...


the first questions are about when to model the Ariz, in her heyday, as a old Battlewagon past her best moored in Battleship row prior to the 7th. or even as a memorial wreck. that last option is out, as I've invested in the pe structure, all of which is missing on the wreck as she currently stands, or rather lies as a national monument to all those US servicemen that were killed in the Pacific.



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so first moves, cutting back the molded on handrail.



joining the two hull halves, always an intense part of the assembly.


flatting back to merge the join.


joining the decks, out of sequence with the assembly instructions, but right for me, unless you want rotating turrets on a static model, which I don't as it's going into a glass case.


fifties joins.


easily fixed...milliput...


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Milliput filler for the inevitable gap between the deck edge and bulwark sides. I keep a old cleaned out salsa jar on the work top to wash out/rinse my brushes of thinner and general use, here a cotton swab dipped in water, that has a drop of washing up liquid in it, to swab off the milliput thinner that has stained the deck.


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On 9/8/2022 at 7:42 PM, Jessie_C said:



Actually Jessie's picture is quite fascinating, as a study in the deterioration of the monument wreck, it looks like a band of rust at the tidal level at the upper band, then below it what looks like the remains of the original paint. I don't go with some of the proclamations on You tube about items on the deck, a shoe, a pot and a fork being from 7th December, these items are more likely to be items left over from the salvage operation that went on throughout the war years before she was left as a monument.

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several salt stages later and I'm finally getting to where I want to be below thw waterline, weathering wise, the final covering of salt.


then the final paint spray layers of green algy and light rust.


with the salt brushed off the final reveal of the below the waterline weathering.


I wanted that look to suggest her voyages flying the flag and birthing in warm water ports, plenty of marine growth, but above the waterline, I'll add only light weathering. Light rust to her bilges,


starboard bow



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the second turret will have the scout plane rails on top of it, as per pre war practice, before aircraft carriers took over the air at sea role.


the rails will be the first PE part to be bent and shaped before being assembled on turret B.


the ship had three aircraft, probably a time before the aircraft carrier took over the role.


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I said the second turret, it's actually turret C on the stern, Tom's model works PE worked out ok so far, mind you the instructions need a bit of head scratching, like working out a puzzle. But the penny drops eventually.


the deck catapult on the stern leading right over the fantail.


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the basic bridge components, there's no pe in the toms model works pe for this area, so I'll dig out something from the spares box.


the small parts are basic, but with some spare pe inspection hatches I may be able to detail them up.


the radar now has a detaile inspection access panel


the rotating boxs with entry doors and access panels


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