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  • #64721
    Avatar photoVolunteer
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    Hello all. I am new to TWW so I’m not sure if posting builds is appropriate. I am posting this build to see if there is any interest here.

    This is my version of USS Chesapeake, a ship no one seems to manufacture for some reason. Its famous foe HMS Shannon is easy to find, but not Chesapeake. I started with deck plans, and left/right profiles.

    Chesapeake Plans

    Decks glued to balsa then cut out:

    Decks then glued together and profiles glued to sides. This forms the basic shape for the hull.

    Everything else is dressing added. Here are a few pics of the finished ship:

    Comparison shot left to right: Langton Essex, Scratch Chesapeake, GHQ Constellation.

    Regards,

    Vol

    "Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing"
    Wernher von Braun

    #64727
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    Very well done !!

    #64728
    Avatar photoJeff Claxton
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    Nicely done.  Pat yourself on the back for that.

    #64735
    Avatar photoMcKinstry
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    Fantastic work. Thank you for posting.

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    #64755
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    Lovely 😀  Thanks for posting

    #64759
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    An excellent piece of fine modelling, thanks for sharing.

     

    #64764
    Avatar photoAutodidact-O-Saurus
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    … Everything else is dressing added…..

     

    LOL, yes it is. And it dresses up quite nicely. Well done!

    Self taught, persistently behind the times, never up to date. AKA ~ jeff
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    #64791
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    David thank you. A pleasant suprise to find you here too.

    Vol

    "Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing"
    Wernher von Braun

    #64792
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    Thanks to all for the kind comments. Nice to see there is some AOS interest here.

    "Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing"
    Wernher von Braun

    #64838
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    Very nice job you did.

    Willyoupleasehelpmefixmykeyboard?Thespacebarisbroken!

    #64861
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    Wow, beautiful job. Please post more of your scratchbuilds. I would love a step by step on “dressing up” the ship.

    Those are brave men knocking at our door. Let's go kill them!

    #64874
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    Paul,

    I’m afraid the detailed step by step would be too long for here. If folks want me to I can, but you can see all at http://volsminiatures.blogspot.com/2017/01/scratch-built-11200-uss-chesapeake-38.html?m=1

    Under the scratch built label I have HMS Leopard, Tonnant and a halifax schooner, plus some terrain pieces.

    "Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing"
    Wernher von Braun

    #64889
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    I am wondering how you got such effective sea effects painted on the sea surfaces.

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    #64899
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    On which surface hammurani70? The ship base or the sea mat? The sea mat is a download from Warweb. The ship bases I sculpt using acrylic spackle. Painted navy blue, then dry brush aqua with the waves, and dry brush white againt the waves. Finished off with a tripple thick gloss glaze.

    "Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing"
    Wernher von Braun

    #64961
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    A marvelous model, Vol!

    #64978
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    Thanks Greg, nice to see you here.

    "Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing"
    Wernher von Braun

    #65008
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    An very incredible model.  Beautiful.

    #65025
    Avatar photoMike
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    Holy Poop!!

    #65042
    Avatar photoKen
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    That is an awesome bit of work, superb.

    Regards Ken

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    #65045
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    Thanks guys.

    Tim, I am guessing about 8 hours of actual work time all told, including rigging. But not including all of the drying time, set-up time, and thinking time. 😉

    "Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing"
    Wernher von Braun

    #65052
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    A lovely piece of modelling!

    #65102
    Avatar photoRory McCreadie
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    Hello Vol,

    You cannot hide from me! Nice boat. Which hand did you tie behind your back?

    No Vol, You know how much I love your work. I’m glad you can show more folks your lovely work.

    Be safe

    Rory

    He who says he makes no mistakes, is making the biggest mistake of all. Or does bugger all. Rory

    #65116
    Avatar photoPatG
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    Beautiful work! One small detail though – the flag’s wrong for HMS Chesapeake. 😉

    #65125
    Avatar photoWilliam Minsinger
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    Its famous foe HMS Shannon is easy to find, but not Chesapeake

    Because the ship was a LOSER!* 😉

    Seriously though, spectacular work.  I am in awe.

    *The Chesapeake was IIRC was the smallest and least effective of the ‘original six’ USN frigates; she was supposed to be a 44 gun ship like the Constitution but was redesigned by the builder down to a 36 gun ship, and was considered a lesser ship by the Navy than even the USS Congress, which had been designed to be a ‘smaller’ frigate from the outset.  It has never been well regarded in the USN since, with the name only used by training ships and auxiliaries.  This might also explain why models are also hard to find.

    -Will

    #65137
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    PatG,

    Wrong flag? You spotted it. Should be the 15 star flag. All I had ready was the 13. The end of my blog post I challenged viewers to spot the “glaring” error. Nobody did, until now!

    "Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing"
    Wernher von Braun

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