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Hobby Boss 1:350 USS Chicago 688 Class

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3 years 4 months ago #1 by grover
The USSChicago(SSN-721) was one of the main platforms in Tom Clancy's Red Strom Rising novel, and as such part of my little effort to build platforms from the book.
The Hobby Boss kit allows for the building of 3 different types of 688. The Original 688, the 688 VLS with 12 vertical Launch Tubes in the bow for the launch of Harpoon anti-ship missiles, or Tomahawk cruise missiles, and the 688i which were greatly improved, both the sensors and the quietening of the boat. Chicago is a 688 VLS type.

The kit comes with decals, a photoetch card with 2 screws and a nameplate for the included stand.
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With the kit allowing 3 optional builds, there is one lower hull and 2 upper hulls. One with and one without the vertical launch tubes.
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The stand is simple and unobtrusive.
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I started on the conning tower, choosing to have all antenna and scopes up
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Putting the 2 hull halves together proves to be a challenge. Although there are locating pins, there was still a bit of overlap, especially on the bow. Given how the kit has a textured surface, I dont know how I'm going to fix the step.
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As you can see, not much to the build, but I need a simple build to keep me motivated with more important things taking most of my time these days.

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3 years 4 months ago #2 by Powder
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Hey you're racing along. Great start. - while I'm still staring at my U-boat :unsure: ... you know how it is, measure twice cut once etc. :)

How many props has your thing got. I can see 3x PE and 1x plastic

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3 years 4 months ago #3 by Tiger
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Cool Grover. No hurry for these things and children ( baby's ) are time consuming.
I had twins argh !!
Looks good so far mate.

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3 years 4 months ago #4 by Xtr3meNZer
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Sweet mate, looks like a good little build to keep you going :)

I couldn't advise you about the step sorry. I would try to sand it down, and then rough it up to match the rest of it... but I really am not experienced with that.. so don't listen to me lol.

Good luck

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3 years 4 months ago #5 by grover
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Thanks Tiger, K2 and Powder. Twins??? That's twice the Poo!! :sick: :ohmy:

Powder wrote: How many props has your thing got. I can see 3x PE and 1x plastic

Yeah I'm guessing they include 2 PE screws, one being a spare, and you get to choose between the PE or the plastic part. I'll probably decide as the last thing I do before shes finished.

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3 years 4 months ago #6 by grover
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One of the other challenges I am looking at solving is how to achieve the effect of the tiles on the surface of the hull.
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3 years 4 months ago #7 by Gary
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Off the top of my head how about Marker pen the tiles then spray a dark grey, apply a thin black water wash (Inks work well) and then apply blacks and greys to the center of the panels randomly?



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3 years 3 months ago - 3 years 3 months ago #8 by grover
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Good idea thanks Gary.
Not much time for any modelling lately. I did start sanding the hull today
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The seems are quite noticeable so I am trying a mix of sanding and filler. Not knowing what kind would work the best I have done a test with some home made styrene filler and putty.
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