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    Essex: Completed!! (Part B)

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    Here's Essex sitting with another great ship that served in the Pacific. Both ships are configured in Late WW2 dress. I'm still waiting for the Plexiglass to finish up the case. I don't like all that detail being exposed to dust and spiders.

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    This was a heck of a build. It took about 6 months and thanks to all for following along with the highs and lows. To build Out of Box would have taken a couple of weeks. Once you add all the enhancements you're in for a much longer ride. The results are truly worth the effort.

    So what new did I learn on this project.
    First of all, I continued to advance my skills in soldering PE and developing more secure ways to fasten stuff onto the model.

    I continued building skill in making my own decals.

    I further developed fabricating techniques including cutting the island and repositioning the flag bridge without screwing anything up.

    I discovered Bondic and found it very successful for things that I hadn't thought of.

    I discovered 3D printed tiny guns that saved many hours of work (and frustration).

    I also found that using a fine-line Sharpie made reasonable canopy frames for tiny canopies.

    And lastly, I learned a ton about the Essex Class in doing the research to make an updated model.

    After I cleaned up the shop a bit, I got back to work on the Ford Fairlane GTA which I blog on another thread here at WAB.com. So thank you all for following along and making terrific comments, offering great insights and generally helping me build a better model.

    My next ship project I hope will be a modern LHD Essex with the usual bells, whistles and bells on the whistles. Before that I'll be doing more structures for the railroad and y'all can follow along on the train thread that I've been running for 6 years.
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    B2010,

    Well done!!! I think you've captured the essence of the class!! I esp. like the TBDs on the fantail!!!

    Hank

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    Outstanding job and a great thread. Looks great on teh shelf with the Mo

    I will defiantly try the 3d printed guns

    The only fault I see is the LSO with his paddles out. he would only be there when planes are landing.
    Its called Tourist Season. So why can't we shoot them?

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    Thanks Hank and Gun! Yup! I knew the LSO wouldn't be landing anything with that TBM ass blocking the deck, but… he looked so cool that I had to use him. So he's just waving off a wayward straggler and letting him know there's a fouled deck. Or at least that's how I'm rationalizing it.

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    Are you putting flags on her?
    Its called Tourist Season. So why can't we shoot them?

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    Gun, I made some flag decals and am considering possibly putting them on…

    Today, I picked up the cut plexiglass to make the showcase. The fellow at General Plastics and Rubber was nice enough to spend some time with me going over the fine points of joining it into a case. I had them route the cuts, not sawn, so the edge surfaces are pretty flat. He suggested further scraping or lightly sanding the edges to further flatten them out, and to make sure that all the abrasive lines run longways so the capillary action keeps the solvent inside the joint and not escaping to the finished surface. I have a long tool I made to sand square edges on balsa sheets for joining to make RC plane skins. It's also perfect for putting a square edge on Plexiglass.

    If I bring the model back downstairs to fit the case, I'll really look at adding the call sign flags. If I build the case and bring it upstairs to the model, I'm not going to touch it.

    And on Father's Day I developed shingles. Sucks! Started Valtrex as soon as possible and hopefully it will shorten and weaken the outbreak. Put off getting the Zostra vaccine since it wasn't very effective and heard about a new one. That new one, Shingrix, is now FDA approved and available. Too late for me this time, but not for my wife. Once this bout is over, I will get the shot since you CAN get shingles more than once. Shingrix is 95% effective at stopping the outbreak and is long lasting. It takes two shots 6 months apart for full immunity. If you haven't got the shots, get them! My son got it at 42, which is more unusual. I'm heading to 73 next month with is, unfortunately, more typical. Chicken Pox virus is a bad actor, staying in you body (in my case) 65 years after I had the chicken pox. How does it do that?

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