We've had Aircraft and Armour Group builds before on Kiwimodeller, but never a dedicated ship building group build. Time to get your ship together!
The GB will be launched on 1st November 2016, and run until 1st November 2017.
It is open to any scale, and material
The model must be built in its entirety within the specified build dates and the build should be accompanied by a thread in the group build forum documenting regular progress. Post shots of your sprues at the beginning of your thread.
By the end of the GB (and no later than 24 hours after the completion date) participants should post five pictures of the completed build in the GB completed builds thread. There is no entry fee for the GB, but a donation for the upkeep of Kiwimodeller is welcome The winner of the group build will be decided by popular vote.
Voting will run for the week following the 1st of November, ending Midday the 8th of November. A deadlock will be decided by a separate run-off vote.
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.
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.
The stand is simple and unobtrusive.
I started on the conning tower, choosing to have all antenna and scopes up
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.
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.