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Arleigh Burke Derivatives
« on: February 12, 2015, 01:54:06 PM »
So I had a couple of ideas about modifying the Burke into a helicopter destroyer like the Japanese shirane class. The only problem at the moment is that I can only build one, so I need a little help deciding because I like both ideas, but only one spare model to work on.

Here are the ideas:
Version 1:


Version 2:


I'm open to suggestions etc.
« Last Edit: February 14, 2015, 01:53:14 PM by polygon »

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Re: Arleigh Burke helicopter destroyer
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2015, 03:11:52 PM »
Both looking fine.
Am thinking top preferable cuz:  larger rear deck can fit a larger chopper like Chinook or whatever as needed
« Last Edit: February 12, 2015, 03:15:43 PM by finsrin »

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Re: Arleigh Burke helicopter destroyer
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2015, 08:53:44 PM »
I'd vote for version 1 as well. Larger single flight deck allows for other airframes to land (V-22s maybe?) or allows for a little more wiggle room when coming aboard under less than ideal weather/sea state conditions.

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Re: Arleigh Burke helicopter destroyer
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2015, 09:35:36 PM »
2 looks better but 1 more realistic/probable. Can't wait to see the result as I have a couple of hacked up 1/1250 Spruances and Ticonderogas with a similar idea in mind, i.e. DDH, APD versions, your Burke DDH is going to look great.

Re: Arleigh Burke helicopter destroyer
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2015, 10:55:27 PM »
Actually, my dilemma is now solved. I found another Burke so I can do both.

Anyway for this build I have chosen a revised version 1, instead of smooshing the superstructure (I was trying to fit it all on the original hull), I just decided to lengthen it:


It'll involve less work and will keep the phalanx pedestal, which I like the look of.

Work will commence in a few days, after I get back home. Looking forward to sleeping in my own bed.

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Re: Arleigh Burke helicopter destroyer
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2015, 12:03:34 PM »
Yippee.. I like that idea a lot.

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Re: Arleigh Burke helicopter destroyer
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2015, 12:03:20 AM »
I like it too! Just my $0.02, what if the flight deck were widened on sponsons on each side of the hull? There must be a reason against this as I have not seen this on any ship besides a full blown aircraft carrier.

Re: Arleigh Burke Derivatives
« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2015, 01:56:58 PM »
I had a few more ideas around the Arleigh Burke platform, since I will probably be working on them at the same time it'll be easier if I dump them all in one thread.

Burke style trimaran frigate/LCS/OPV:


Beefier Burke:


Re: Arleigh Burke helicopter destroyer
« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2015, 09:31:16 PM »
I like it too! Just my $0.02, what if the flight deck were widened on sponsons on each side of the hull? There must be a reason against this as I have not seen this on any ship besides a full blown aircraft carrier.


I wouldn't know the exact reason, but if I had to guess it would probably be because of practicality. If you only put small sponsons on a small hull, how much more helicoptering can you get into the extra space and if you put large sponsons on, then the support structure might be too close to the waterline and cause speed or stability issues.

Anyway, I finally managed to start the build. Just extended the hull, now I just have to putty and sand it.

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Re: Arleigh Burke Derivatives
« Reply #9 on: February 22, 2015, 04:07:50 AM »
I realized it's kinda late to bring it up, but what do you think of this?
« Last Edit: February 22, 2015, 04:12:00 AM by dy031101 »
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Re: Arleigh Burke Derivatives
« Reply #10 on: February 23, 2015, 09:19:50 PM »
I realized it's kinda late to bring it up, but what do you think of this?

I had already considered that arrangement, but decided against it.

Progress: Hangar added

Re: Arleigh Burke Derivatives
« Reply #11 on: February 24, 2015, 10:43:52 PM »
Ran into a problem with my hull lengthening. Where styrene meets plastic - on the water line the styrene sticks out little bit causing a conspicuous seam/gap, while its not so noticeable in pictures it will stick out like a sore thumb once I paint it. After a few rounds of putty and sanding, it's still there.


The solution: If you can't fix it, cover it up. I just added some extra hull ribs.


Ready for initial painting.


The PE parts aren't optional, they are integrated into the kit so it was a little daunting for me since my last foray into PE ended in disaster - I still don't know if I'm up to the task of adding handrails (at least they're optional).

Re: Arleigh Burke Derivatives
« Reply #12 on: February 26, 2015, 11:06:12 PM »
Progress on the Burke+1:

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Re: Arleigh Burke Derivatives
« Reply #13 on: February 27, 2015, 03:56:28 AM »
Fine building going on.  Hull stretch works so well.
Makes me wanna get back to my two floaties.
Didn't think of deck as flying saucer pad.

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Re: Arleigh Burke Derivatives
« Reply #14 on: February 27, 2015, 10:38:14 AM »
Nice work 8)