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USS Olympia 3 years 9 months ago #1

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There was a build log for this but it was broken by the upgrade and I didn't want to pay the $120 to renew the license for the blog system (I might look at alternatives).
Anyway here she is all finished, I've never built a ship before and I'm quite please with how it turned out. I particularly liked this ship because it was on the cusp of different eras in sailing, she was a metal cruiser but still had the lines and guns multiple guns of a ship of the line.
This is a 1962 Revell kit that was updated with lots and lots of PE and reissued by Squadron/Ensign.















This is the reason I didn't get the BoB Hurri finished......... :blush:

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USS Olympia 3 years 9 months ago #2

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That's excellent! I really like the wood finish on the deck and boats. The rigging is top too.

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Thanks mate, I even made those pulleys, I punched two plastic card discs and then sandwiched the thread between the two and glued them up to make them look like pulley blocks.

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USS Olympia 3 years 9 months ago #4

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Very Very nice job Boss, that looks awesome.





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Lots of 1/35 Armor mainly WWII German and a few Modern British/American pieces, 1/32 Aircraft and 1/48 Aircraft. Aircraft chosen to replicate RNZAF and RAAF types through the years. Some RAF & USAF types exist also.

USS Olympia 3 years 9 months ago #5

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Very nice job indeed! Is it 1/350 scale?

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USS Olympia 3 years 9 months ago #6

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No its a weird one 1/232 scale

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USS Olympia 3 years 9 months ago #7

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Awesome model Gary. I was totally fooled by the wood. Not thinking I just saw it and thought, ohh a lot of wood, that's different. Been staring at modern fighters too much today :D

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Mate that is an excellent job! WOW! I've built a few ships in my time, but that is very impressive!

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USS Olympia 3 years 9 months ago #9

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Awesome Work boss!! That Rigging work is gorgeous! :cheer:

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USS Olympia 3 years 9 months ago #10

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Nice build Gary. The weird scale is from Revell's unusual policy of making ships fit a particular size box (often referred to as box scale) and hence why so many of their early releases seem like the work of an 'eccentric' designer at Revell HQ.
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USS Olympia 3 years 9 months ago #11

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You sure it's the right colour though.....? Haha

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USS Olympia 3 years 9 months ago #12

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Nice work dude. Here I was sneakily building the viking ship in the hope that there wouldn't be much competition in the Naval category at Armistice & now my dreams have been killed.

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USS Olympia 3 years 9 months ago #13

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Yeah I was thinking the same until I saw a Bismark and another ship in someone's box here the other day. I was looking forward to having my name on the People's choice (and erasing Glenn's) but now the stakes have been raised. :)
Yes it's the right colour don't even go down that road Hadley................ :angry:

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Lol, if you're talking about my ships then I don't think you have to worry. I haven't done the rigging on them, and they're 1/700. I have worked hard on them to make them look good, just never got around to the rigging.

Will be very interesting seeing them all together though :)

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USS Olympia 3 years 9 months ago #15

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Yes VERY nice! Looks really believable!

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USS Olympia 3 years 9 months ago #16

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Ships so often look a bit 'dull' and lack character and depth because of the tiny scale and lots of grey I guess.

This one is the opposite, really nice in all regards and full of life!

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wow


well done Gary - another fantastic build

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USS Olympia 3 years 9 months ago #18

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You are a man of many many talents Gary. Looks excellent mate. Lovely detailing

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USS Olympia 3 years 9 months ago #19

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Thanks guys, I need to find something that coats the PE a bit better, I ended up prepainting it with a rattle can primer, this worked out quite well and didn't chip off too much when I bent it. I had to run round afterwards touching up the PE where the paint had come off from handling.
I have a hankering to start another ship, I have several to choose from in the stash mostly all with large amounts of PE so will be looking at different methods.

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USS Olympia 3 years 9 months ago #20

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What they all said. Really excellent job Gary. Beautifully presented.
I like your choice of subject too. Something a bit out of the ordinary.
Love those early round turrets.

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Gary wrote: Thanks guys, I need to find something that coats the PE a bit better, I ended up prepainting it with a rattle can primer, this worked out quite well and didn't chip off too much when I bent it. I had to run round afterwards touching up the PE where the paint had come off from handling.
I have a hankering to start another ship, I have several to choose from in the stash mostly all with large amounts of PE so will be looking at different methods.


Ships I think could be quite addictive...I feel like doing another also......but unlike you G1....I struggle with having more than one kit on the go at a time!!

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USS Olympia 3 years 9 months ago #22

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There really is something about building a ship that's awesome aye Nos? I will be looking forward to when I get into one again... next one I think for me will be the Missouri :P or the Bismark... hmm....

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USS Olympia 3 years 9 months ago #23

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Nice work G1! B)

I'd be keen on a decent sized ship. I had a Tamiya 1/350 New Jersey, but it made me feel cross eyed every time I opened the box :lol:

Even the Matchbox/Revell 1/72 Flower Class corvette would be too small :whistle:

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Vote in for the Mighty Mo or Missou Xtr3meNZer, been on board her during our visit to Pearl Harbor....she sure is Mighty

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Update In Stash:
Lots of 1/35 Armor mainly WWII German and a few Modern British/American pieces, 1/32 Aircraft and 1/48 Aircraft. Aircraft chosen to replicate RNZAF and RAAF types through the years. Some RAF & USAF types exist also.

USS Olympia 3 years 9 months ago #25

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I'll have to list the ships I've got and see how it goes ;)

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'Yea, Though I Fly Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I Shall Fear No Evil. For I am at 50,000 Feet and Climbing.'

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Kiwimav wrote: Vote in for the Mighty Mo or Missou Xtr3meNZer, been on board her during our visit to Pearl Harbor....she sure is Mighty


Will be looking at aftermarket PE as well for it - though she is 1/700 lol... so will be fiddly!!

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USS Olympia 3 years 9 months ago #27

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Glad to see you finish this one Gary!

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USS Olympia 3 years 8 months ago #28

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I've added some build photos to my FB page
www.facebook.com/glfowkes/posts/1243412829021712?pnref=story

For anyone who wants to see how small things get here's a photo that puts things in to perspective.

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'Yea, Though I Fly Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I Shall Fear No Evil. For I am at 50,000 Feet and Climbing.'

USS Olympia 3 years 8 months ago #29

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very cool

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USS Olympia 6 months 2 weeks ago #30

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This one definitely caught my attentions....and it was your first build back then? Holy cats! She's a beauty! Initially upon viewing the finish pics, I was going to ask in particular, what you used for rigging material but, then I saw your reply on the scratchbuilt pulleys that it was thread? I know thread can sometimes look a little 'hairy', but this stuff looks like real cabling. Excellent work.
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