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USS Kentucky, BBG-66
« on: January 03, 2011, 07:49:29 pm »
My interpretation of how the Iowa class battleship USS Kentucky could have been finished as a BBG.
I need to finish it up with little painting details, rigging and antennae, and a final coat of flat to even the finish.





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Re: USS Kentucky, BBG-66
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2011, 07:52:47 pm »
Now that certainly changes the look of her...and I like it ! Great job, Joe.

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Re: USS Kentucky, BBG-66
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2011, 08:45:40 pm »
Whoa!  Macks.  Interesting.

So, basically, she's got the Long Beach's missile battery with 16" guns?  Nice!
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Re: USS Kentucky, BBG-66
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2011, 10:44:53 pm »
SHIP PORN!!
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Re: USS Kentucky, BBG-66
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2011, 10:47:48 pm »
YES!!!!  :wub:
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Re: USS Kentucky, BBG-66
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2011, 12:01:49 am »
Looking good Joe the rigging should nicely finish it off  :thumbsup:

With the Cyberhobby Long Beach and the Alabany due this year, it should make these type of conversions more vaible in 1/700 now  (not cheap - just viable  ;))
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Re: USS Kentucky, BBG-66
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2011, 06:31:42 am »
Like that Joe, has a very clean look about her
Decals my @r$e!

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Re: USS Kentucky, BBG-66
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2011, 07:33:05 pm »
I've got some insane ideas forming on how to take those macks and superstructure and punish a 1/700 hull with them.  Still thinking about it, though.  Maybe one of my export Iowas...  Or, better yet, get myself another Bismark and have at it!

BTW, I just noticed you plated over most of the deck, with wood on the superstructure and extreme aft.  Nice touch!   :thumbsup:
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Re: USS Kentucky, BBG-66
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2011, 07:50:51 pm »
Excellent Joe, love it.  Very logical. 

1980's version would be excellent too , with VLS replacing the Talos, CIWS, SH-60 etc. 
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Re: USS Kentucky, BBG-66
« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2011, 08:01:34 pm »
Looking good Joe the rigging should nicely finish it off  :thumbsup:

With the Cyberhobby Long Beach and the Alabany due this year, it should make these type of conversions more vaible in 1/700 now  (not cheap - just viable  ;))

I'm looking forward to the Long Beach. I've built a resin version as her in the mid-1980s, but I've also wanted to do an upgrade with VLS forward, new guns, radar and electronics, and remove the Tomahawks to allow for a second helicopter.

I've done an alternate Illinois, too, using a Fujimi Iowa and parts from incomplete Tamiya KGV and Rodney/Nelson, the story being the RN obtains the partially-complete Illinois and finishes it as HMS Virginia, a nod to both the US state and the Virgin Queen. I think I've posted images?
I also built a 1/800 Nichimo USS New Jersey "Faces II" (they meant Phase II) with the V/STOL ramps. A terrible model, but useful as a general representation of the idea.

For the future I'm considering the 1950s assault/commando version, and the 1980s VLS and helo deck aft.
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Re: USS Kentucky, BBG-66
« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2011, 08:39:25 pm »
Looking good Joe the rigging should nicely finish it off  :thumbsup:

With the Cyberhobby Long Beach and the Alabany due this year, it should make these type of conversions more vaible in 1/700 now  (not cheap - just viable  ;))

I'm looking forward to the Long Beach. I've built a resin version as her in the mid-1980s, but I've also wanted to do an upgrade with VLS forward, new guns, radar and electronics, and remove the Tomahawks to allow for a second helicopter.

I've done an alternate Illinois, too, using a Fujimi Iowa and parts from incomplete Tamiya KGV and Rodney/Nelson, the story being the RN obtains the partially-complete Illinois and finishes it as HMS Virginia, a nod to both the US state and the Virgin Queen. I think I've posted images?
I also built a 1/800 Nichimo USS New Jersey "Faces II" (they meant Phase II) with the V/STOL ramps. A terrible model, but useful as a general representation of the idea.

For the future I'm considering the 1950s assault/commando version, and the 1980s VLS and helo deck aft.

The Long Beach is a nice model.  They have the superstructure all separate from the hull.  I've got it and the JAG resin one.  I needs me more Cyber-models Long Beachs.

If you want to redo the Phase II Iowa, I'd suggest removing the flight deck from that Nichimo thing and put it on a SoDak.  It fits almost perfectly against the superstructure.  Makes an ideal BBH.  Here's a few views of my Reagan 600-ship fleet SoDak.





As for your HMS Virginia, I don't recall ever seeing pics of it (hint, hint).
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Re: USS Kentucky, BBG-66
« Reply #11 on: January 05, 2011, 08:44:41 am »
The Kentucky looks great  :wub: That kit is a pain too! One of the few ships I have built and it almost sent me into retirement!  :blink:
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Re: USS Kentucky, BBG-66
« Reply #12 on: January 05, 2011, 06:59:07 pm »
Hacking these two models together, I think I nearly lost my mind. First a lot of careful cutting, trying to make them fit, then filling the gaps in logical ways, quite a challenge. But I had the models and I had the idea, and I thought it would work and make an interesting subject.

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Re: USS Kentucky, BBG-66
« Reply #13 on: January 05, 2011, 07:58:00 pm »
Heh, Temeraire is one of my favorites.  Your corsair inspired the gyrocopter on the back of my flying battleship.  ;)

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Re: USS Kentucky, BBG-66
« Reply #14 on: January 05, 2011, 09:23:23 pm »
Nice!!!  Now, how 'bouts an 80's "Reagan Refit" of the old girl?   ;D
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