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Re: Mega-carrier
« Reply #100 on: November 03, 2019, 03:17:06 AM »
I'm thinking construction of such a beast would have to be done in a special way given no dry dock (or harbour for that matter) could handle such a beast.  How big do you estimate this beast would have been in the real world?

For comparison, the longest ship ever constructed was the Knock Nevis supertanker which 458m long with a displacement of 646,642 long tons full load.




In the above diagram, we have:
   
- The Pentagon, 431m (Light blue)
- RMS Queen Mary 2, 345m (Pink)
- US Navy's nuclear-powered USS Enterprise, 342m (Yellow)
- Airship LZ 129 Hindenburg, 245m (Green)
- Imperial Japanese Navy's Yamato, 263m (Dark blue)
- Empire State Building, 443m (Grey)
- Apple Park main building, 464m and 354m diameters (Green)
- Knock Nevis supertanker, 458m (Red)

This ship has an interesting history going through various names and owners in its 30yr life.  Perhaps most interesting is the fact that it was damaged and sunk in 1988 by an Iraqi Air Force attack while anchored off Larak Island, Iran. The ship was struck by parachute bombs. Fires ignited aboard the ship and blazed out of control and it sank in the shallow waters off the coast.  It was declared a total loss and was written off.  Later on though it was salvaged and repaired and re-entered service in 1991.
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Re: Mega-carrier
« Reply #101 on: November 03, 2019, 03:40:43 AM »
Crunching numbers says 2104 feet.  Does require a supersized dry dock.  Look forward to finishing....  Are aircraft to also do....

Like to build other ships as mega sized to 1/700.

Appreciate the size profiles.  Interesting.
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Re: Mega-carrier
« Reply #102 on: November 03, 2019, 04:11:50 AM »
So a bit over 641m and thus about 40% larger than the Knock Nevis.
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Re: Mega-carrier
« Reply #103 on: November 03, 2019, 09:36:01 PM »
We-ell, it is a MEGA-CARRIER! ;D
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Re: Mega-carrier
« Reply #104 on: November 04, 2019, 01:43:02 AM »
We-ell, it is a MEGA-CARRIER! ;D

Not denying that.  Am just giving it some context.
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Re: Mega-carrier
« Reply #105 on: November 04, 2019, 02:38:27 AM »
I love how tiny the B-29 looks on the forward catapult.

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Re: Mega-carrier
« Reply #106 on: November 04, 2019, 02:57:15 PM »
With all the OOB and kit-bash pieces fiddle fitted together am smoothing out the most obvious finish issues.  Lotta stuff to tend to joint and paint wise.  Not trying for perfection, just good enough.

Thanks for bearing with slow pace of progress to photograph.  Most complicated model build ever.

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Re: Mega-carrier
« Reply #107 on: December 09, 2019, 05:24:57 PM »
Mega-Carrier not abandoned.  Air group build is ongoing.  1/1 car projects and being in resistance against Agenda 21 transit Marxist-Nazis takes up time.

Tried B-29 wing fold at alerion mid point.   Though fits elevator scrapped that.   Fold at inboard edge of alerion is aesthetically and hanger deck room way to go.

Came down learning curve for inserting nail weight in forward fuselage.   No problem.   Still have to move main gear reward to sit on nose gear.   Kinda hassle.

Just realized otta file turrets off one or two B-29 as designated A-bombers.   As on Enola Gay and Bockscar for weight & drag reduction.

Also have normal B-29s for conventional missions.

Liking look of multi B-17, B-25, B-29, C-47 on deck.   Do the single engines last.

A disappointment of 1/700 carrier kits is they do not include props for aircraft.

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Re: Mega-carrier
« Reply #108 on: December 10, 2019, 04:54:52 AM »
Glad to hear all is proceeding apace with the mega-carrier.

I can imagine what those planes look like on the deck and I'm liking it.

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Re: Mega-carrier
« Reply #109 on: December 12, 2019, 06:30:31 AM »
I confess Iíve not visited the Sea forum since (maybe?) posting the beginnings of my HMS Sheffield and Lusitania projects perhaps four years ago so this one totally slipped under my radar...unlike this vessel were it in real life!

Dear lord, Bill, this thing is a monster! Iím speechless! What an impressive concept and I love the systematic way youíre approaching it.

I donít do carriers, but Iím following this one. Wow. It doesnít need a hull number, it needs a seat on the United Nations!
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Re: Mega-Carrier
« Reply #110 on: January 16, 2020, 10:30:24 AM »
Mega-Carrier is "essentially"  "99%" done.   Few nits to fuss with over time.   Air group can be tweaked over time.   1/700 propeller painting & gluing is not example of fun of model building.   Could forgo doing props as some 1/700 aircraft do not come with props.   Instead went for finding props for all.   Does look better that way.   Scrounged around for donor props as needed.

Current air group is:  folded and non-folded wing B-29,  B-25,  B-17,  C-47,  SB2C,  F4U-4

When get better camera will post pictures.

Finishing post construction model room cleanup then back to 1/72.
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Re: Mega-carrier
« Reply #111 on: February 12, 2020, 09:11:51 AM »
As said in prior post  ---  Mega-Carrier is "essentially"  "99%" done.   Few nits to fuss with over time.   Will be center piece of fleet if/when return to 1/700 ships.
Pictures with aircraft on deck are attached.

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Re: Mega-carrier
« Reply #112 on: February 12, 2020, 09:38:57 AM »
Oh Yeah ! just wonderful Bill   :smiley: :smiley: :smiley:

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Re: Mega-carrier
« Reply #113 on: February 12, 2020, 09:49:20 AM »
That's awesome, Bill! I love the B-29s with the folding wings!

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Re: Mega-carrier
« Reply #114 on: February 12, 2020, 10:40:58 AM »
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Re: Mega-carrier
« Reply #115 on: February 12, 2020, 10:58:58 AM »
I'm so glad you stuck with this build! It looks awesome! The aircraft on deck make the scale stand out. Perfect.

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Re: Mega-carrier
« Reply #116 on: February 12, 2020, 09:49:45 PM »
This is amaze-balls.  So cool.

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Re: Mega-carrier
« Reply #117 on: February 12, 2020, 09:53:20 PM »
You hit this one right out of the Pacific Ocean Bill! 

Super job and the tenacity to get it done!
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Re: Mega-carrier
« Reply #118 on: February 13, 2020, 01:10:09 AM »
I love that you have PT boats as ship's launches in the stern.  ;D

It might need more fighters to really show how big it is. the use of the big bombers almost normalises the visual scale to 1/350 again. A bunch of 1/700 fighters would really indicate just how humongeous this thing really is.

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Re: Mega-carrier
« Reply #119 on: February 13, 2020, 02:04:16 AM »
That looks superb and it takes a moment to realize the full size of that ship.

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Re: Mega-carrier
« Reply #120 on: February 13, 2020, 02:12:12 AM »
This one was well worth wating for.

Looks massively  brilliant

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Re: Mega-carrier
« Reply #121 on: February 13, 2020, 03:47:42 AM »
Thanks all for following and comments on this long build, really was complicated project and time to set aside for now.
Is Elco 80 ft boat on port side and Vosper boat on starboard where there is less room.   Yes, more single engine aircraft will help with seeing size of carrier.   Get to that later.
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Re: Mega-carrier
« Reply #122 on: February 13, 2020, 06:04:39 AM »
This one was well worth wating for.

Looks massively  brilliant

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Re: Mega-carrier
« Reply #123 on: February 13, 2020, 09:58:40 AM »
That's awesome, Bill! I love the B-29s with the folding wings!

yes indeed ! it would deserve to get done in 1/72  ;) (just the B29, not the boat  ;D )

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Re: Mega-carrier
« Reply #124 on: February 13, 2020, 10:56:06 AM »
Brilliant piece of work, Bill! 8) :smiley:
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