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Re: Arizona > Gun Boat
« Reply #15 on: March 24, 2013, 08:06:41 PM »
looking good...... :)

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Re: Arizona > Gun Boat
« Reply #16 on: March 24, 2013, 10:10:36 PM »
NICE!!!  She's taking shape man  8)

Might I suggest an armament upgrade though?  If you're going with 76mm main guns, then you should step down your calibers, IE, add some 40mm Bofors, 20mm Oerlikons (25mm bushmasters maybe?) and THEN .50cals.  Just an example, not sure the time period for this gunboat.  You'd want something with a very high rate of fire but still some punch while the 76mms are pounding away methodically.

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Re: Arizona > Gun Boat
« Reply #17 on: March 26, 2013, 02:44:39 AM »
Finsrin, your Arizona gunboat is beyond cool!

Man just to have one tenth of your limitless imagination...

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Re: Arizona > Gun Boat
« Reply #18 on: March 29, 2013, 06:44:29 PM »
Thank you for comments and support of concept-build.
About armament: 
Could replace 50cal with 7.62 miniguns for defense against boats/swimmers/repelling boarders.  GAU-8 from 1/100 A-10 look the part.
2x 20mm tri-barrel turrets (add armor) from Cobra helicopters on 2nd deck.
« Last Edit: March 30, 2013, 02:19:23 AM by finsrin »

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Re: Arizona > Gun Boat
« Reply #19 on: March 30, 2013, 12:10:29 AM »
I couldn't help but think of a modern version with Abrams tank turrets and Bradley or LAV turrets with 25mm guns. Each would have thermal sights etc to be able to pick out targets. Excellent work and a clever idea.

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Re: Arizona > Gun Boat
« Reply #20 on: March 30, 2013, 10:19:49 AM »
If model was 1/350 Arizona there would be room for larger turrets.  At least M60 main turrets.  Like to build one with modern turrets.  M1 turrets as main battery - sweet  :)
1/232 USS Olympia (107ft as 1/72) and 1/225 USS Oregon (112ft as 1/72) are candidates for 1/72 armored gun boats.

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Re: Arizona > Gun Boat
« Reply #21 on: April 26, 2013, 08:13:31 AM »
Finny!!!!  SITREP yesterday mister!!!!  >:(

Hope she's coming along and all is well on your end man.
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Re: Arizona > Gun Boat
« Reply #22 on: May 14, 2013, 03:50:42 PM »
With "sort out the stash" plus Spring yard and car projects/stuff, will have to post it later.  Also want to finish PBH-417 build.
Am enjoying all the other Floaty builds.  Impressed by collective creativity and build skills here at BTS  :)

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Re: Arizona > Gun Boat
« Reply #23 on: May 15, 2013, 05:53:36 PM »
Bit of progress.  White plastic is next deck up.
Front position shows support for Bushmaster gun deck and deck placed on support.
Bridge will be just aft of Bushmaster.
Circular tubes under rear of white deck support where armored 20mm turrets will mount.
Bushmaster and 20mm turrets are built.  Bushmaster is open with shield in front of standing gunner.  All three turn and elevate.
White deck will have sides at edges going down to deck below.
White rectangles on rear deck are hatches over two Caterpillar C15 853hp diesel engines.

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Re: Arizona > Gun Boat
« Reply #24 on: May 16, 2013, 08:17:19 AM »
I couldn't help but think of a modern version with Abrams tank turrets and Bradley or LAV turrets with 25mm guns. Each would have thermal sights etc to be able to pick out targets. Excellent work and a clever idea.

Your suggestion has stuck with me.  Did buy a 1/350 USS Arizona.  This 1/426 is 102ft as 1/72 and 1/350 is 125ft.  Has more room though not a big increase.
See two options:
> Four M48/60 turrets
> Two Abrams turrets.  One fore, one aft.  After plastic surgery to decks.

Be a one size up armored gun boat.  Open to hearing turret preferences from BTS.
Might do it next before finishing PBH-417.  Take advantage of Arizona lessons I have learned while they are fresh.

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Re: Arizona > Gun Boat
« Reply #25 on: May 16, 2013, 09:12:04 AM »
I'd go with the Abrams. The M48 (or M60) turrets may be the lighter option but the Abrams has the firepower, protection and better computers.

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Re: Arizona > Gun Boat
« Reply #26 on: May 17, 2013, 07:48:48 AM »
I'd go with the Abrams. The M48 (or M60) turrets may be the lighter option but the Abrams has the firepower, protection and better computers.

With room for Bradley or LAV turrets with 25mm guns - per kerick.
Be a dynamic duo of gun boats.

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Re: Arizona > Gun Boat
« Reply #27 on: May 18, 2013, 05:50:31 AM »
That's just wicked cool, finsrin!

I can't wait until you launch this sucker!

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Re: Arizona > Gun Boat
« Reply #28 on: May 18, 2013, 05:57:50 AM »
Maybe do something similar to the 155 mm/52 MONARC:

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Re: Arizona > Gun Boat
« Reply #29 on: May 18, 2013, 04:24:20 PM »
Never seen a ship-turret set up like that.  Is zactly concept of gun boat main armament.
Probably installed via photoshop in this case !