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USS Buckley rehab build


JohnB

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Looks like I'm first to post anything on this topic. :)

I'm in the process of doing some renovation to this old Revell 1/249 USS Buckley destroyer escort. I built it when I was just a kid (it shows too! LOL) and it has been in my attic for quite a while. Recently I retrieved several ship models out of the attic for possible renovation. This is the first one to get started on. I've already removed all the deck guns and some other pieces (some were lost over the years) and am doing some repainting of the model. I've ordered some replacement 3" 50's and 20 mm mounts from Shapeways but am still trying to find a dual 40 mm mount to go on the after deck house. At any rate, this will be a nice bit of something out of the ordinary and I'm already enjoying the "little something different" to work on (although I will still be working on another Bf-109 kit). I intend to rework it as the USS Haynes/USS Whitehurst used in the filming of "The Enemy Below" which was a really cool movie IMHO. I hope y'all will follow along just for grins! :)

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Now that is different, it's also great to see an old kit resurrected, I haven't build a model ship since the 70's and that was an Airfix 1:600 KGV, which I really enjoyed building.

Will be interested to see what you do on this one.

Cheers

Dennis

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1 hour ago, Peterpools said:

John

Awesome Idea and project for sure. You're starting to light the bug for a ship build for me.

Peter 

LOL Peter. I say go for it. Something different for a change.:)

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44 minutes ago, Spitfire said:

Now that is different, it's also great to see an old kit resurrected, I haven't build a model ship since the 70's and that was an Airfix 1:600 KGV, which I really enjoyed building.

Will be interested to see what you do on this one.

Cheers

Dennis

I hope to fix it up as best I can even though some parts are missing. I figure the after market weapons will help a lot but it will be late Feb. before I have any in hand. Meantime I'll see about fixing other things. I think I'll go back in my attic and look around to see if I can find any of the missing parts.

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Looking around I was surprised to find I have TWO of these DE's! You can see the condition this one is in (the other was similarly well dusted!). The thing about this 2nd one is most everything is there except for the mast. I could rob some parts from this one for the other but I think I'll keep it as is and do a good cleanup and possibly do a renovation on it too!!! :)

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I've been devoting some time to fixing up these two old Revell 1/249 DE models. The one on the bottom is the one that was so heavily dust/dirt coated. Since that one is mostly complete I plan to spend significant time on it. So far I've scratched a new main mast and done a few needed repairs plus completed the repainting. I bought a nice PE set by Tom's Model Works which has some good looking radar antennas and other stuff that should really add to the look. It is scheduled to deliver Tuesday (fingers crossed).

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3 hours ago, Bomber_County said:

Interesting John, this may just pique me to restart my Tamiya KGV 1/350…….following along now……

I decided it was time for something different. I haven't built a ship model since the Revell Gato several years ago. :)

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1 hour ago, Spitfire said:

I can see a ship model in my future after reading this.

Cheers

Dennis

It makes a nice change after nothing but airplanes. Very enjoyable. :)

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36 minutes ago, Peterpools said:

John

Great projects and so glad you're moving full steam ahead.

You're starting to peek my interest in doing a OOB ship in the near future for sure. 

 

Go for it Peter. If it would be your 1st ship build I'd recommend getting something easy.

 

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1 hour ago, Peterpools said:

John when I'm done with my GB entry, it absolutely will be an easy ship build and with very little PE as well. 

Sounds like a plan Peter! :)

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I've done about all I can on this build right now. The Tom's Modelworks PE should be here Tuesday (if the PO doesn't lose it). The Shapeways guns (20 mm, 40 mm dual, and 3"50's) probably some time the week of the 19th. Since the Shapeways folks don't keep any inventory (as far as I know) they take a while to get stuff out.

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Making some good progress with the PE stuff. All railings and antenna are now attached. Tedious work for sure. I'll have to do some straightening up in a few places but I'm very glad to have this part done. The Shapeways 3" 50's and dual 40 mm should be here later in the week. I'm still trying to find some 20mm's but may have to use the old kit ones. Might clean up okay with a little work plus the armor shields are on the PE set so we will have to see.  

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2 hours ago, Peterpools said:

John

Looking mighty good and the PE really adds so much to the overall effect and level of detailing. :construction: 

Not too bad for a old already built model that has resided in the attic for many years. LOL Cleaned up pretty well. I expect the Shapeways guns to show up in a day or two. :)

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2 hours ago, CANicoll said:

John, Nice work and its amazing the re-work you did on a built, OLD model!!  

Thanks Chris. I hope to get it finished some time in the next few days. Still waiting for the Shapeways guns to show up. Doing some debating with myself about whether or not to try to rig it. It would really add to the looks but would be VERY tedious, etc too. I might just do a minimal amount and let it go at that. :)

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5 hours ago, JohnB said:

Thanks Chris. I hope to get it finished some time in the next few days. Still waiting for the Shapeways guns to show up. Doing some debating with myself about whether or not to try to rig it. It would really add to the looks but would be VERY tedious, etc too. I might just do a minimal amount and let it go at that. :)

The rigging is difficult, an art onto itself I think.  But you are right, it does add to the look!  

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I did some work on the kit 20mm's. Filed down the molded on "shields" and replaced them with PE one's. Looks better but I still intend to replace them with some from Shapeways or some other source. The 3" 50's and dual 40mm are slated to show up Monday. The stand I put the model on was with the 1/350 Buchanan kit and with a bit of "adjusting" fit well here. That way I don't have to physically handle the model and risk breaking something, etc. 

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