1/350 USS Essex CV-9 : Build Log part #03 || First colors

1/350 USS Essex CV-9 : Build Log part #03 || First colors

1/350 USS Essex CV-9 : Build Log part #03 || First colors

The last few weeks I have been busy with the USS Essex Aircraft Carrier from Trumpeter.
I want to get it finished in the coming months because this build has taken enough time.

I have done the following since the last update:

  • Airbrushed the main island and done some minor weathering.
  • Added arresting gear to the flight deck
  • Added flotation baskets to the railings of the flight deck
  • Added some catwalks underneath the front and rear of the flight deck
  • Added the route to the rescue boat.
  • Airbrushed the vertical surfaces of the hull
  • Airbrushed the wooden part of the flight deck
Please see the following pictures for the result
The escape route to the rescue boat:
(1_350 USS Essex CV-9) The escape route to the rescue boat

Here you can see some arresting gear and flotation baskets I added:

(1_350 USS Essex CV-9) before painting

A close-up

(1_350 USS Essex CV-9) Some newly added arresting gear and flotation baskets

The added catwalk between the two gun positions, right under the flight deck:

(1_350 USS Essex CV-9) Added a new catwalk between two gun positions

Some more flotation baskets and arresting gear

(1_350 USS Essex CV-9) Some newly added arresting gear and flotation baskets

A lot of baskets next to the island location

(1_350 USS Essex CV-9) Some newly added arresting gear and flotation baskets

The new catwalks right under the flight deck:

(1_350 USS Essex CV-9) changed the catwalk under the main deck

top shot:

(1_350 USS Essex CV-9) An overview

I added some real chains to the anchors, they will be visible, you’ ll see:

(1_350 USS Essex CV-9) Created the two anchors

Ready for painting!

(1_350 USS Essex CV-9) All setup for painting

The next few pictures show the airbrushed flight deck and vertical surfaces of the hull:

(1_350 USS Essex CV-9) Painted the flightdeck and vertical surface of the hull

(1_350 USS Essex CV-9) Painted the flightdeck and vertical surface of the hull

(1_350 USS Essex CV-9) Painted the flightdeck and vertical surface of the hull

(1_350 USS Essex CV-9) Painted the flightdeck and vertical surface of the hull

The next three shots show the island, what do you think of it?

(1_350 USS Essex CV-9) A view of the island

(1_350 USS Essex CV-9) one more island shot

(1_350 USS Essex CV-9) the rear of the island

A lot to do left, much work is needed for creating all the small 20 mm guns, still have to make most of them.
All the steel decks need to be painted by hand, like on the island. When painting is done I can start adding the detail items, such as the guns, masts etc.

Weathering is the final step.

I wonder how you think about it so far, let me know!

regards,

Boris

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About 

Im a 22 year old student from The Netherlands. When I was very young I got my first scale model kit from my dad, a 1/72 F-16 by Revell. In the following years I continued this beautiful hobby but for some reason stopped when I was about 10.
In early 2007 I began again after a break of about 8 years. I bought a small 1/72 kit, and since then I'm hooked to the hobby. By this time I focus on the 1/35 scale and barely build 1/72 models. I prefer Modern armor and aircraft used after WWII.

2 Comments

  1. WHAT COLORS DID YOU USE TO PAINT THE SHIP?

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    • Avatar of Boris Kamp

      Thanks!
      I used 4 colors to paint the ship:
      - Humbrol 100 (matt) for the red color on the hull
      - White Ensign Models Colorcoats US28 (Neutral haze gray) for the rest of the vertical surfaces
      - White Ensign Models Colorcoats US10 (Deck Blue) for the Flight Deck
      - White Ensign Models Colorcoats US36 (Neutral Deck Gray) for the horizontal surfaces other than the flight deck (steel decks)

      Hope this helps!

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