I'm finally getting rolling again after taking several weeks off from building during the holidays. Here is the first thing I have finished so far -- a 1:65 scale model of a Phalanx CIWS. It might not be perfect, but I think it will suffice for my purposes. While the model is a little more fragile than I would have liked, it is capable of rotating 360 degrees, elevating to over +90 degrees, and depressing to -10 degrees (which matches the capabilities of the Block 0 Phalanx almost exactly).
I can neither confirm nor deny that this Phalanx unit is being shipped to Avondale Shipyard to be installed as part of an upgrade to a ship currently in drydock.
Quoting Achintya Prasad
Nice! I shoulda known Coast Guard ;-D I'm glad you chose this; the only other ship that fits those perimeters is, well, not the best looking ship....
I am still planning to work on some WWII BBs at some point, probably at a scale slightly larger than your Missouri (something like 1:250, but I haven't worked out all of the details yet). As I did some of the research for this project and the BBs, it occurred to me that it would be pretty neat to build an LHD or LPD at some point as well, but that would be in the distant future.
Quoting Nick Barrett
Really clean, handsome build. We await the SHIP it adorns with bated breath...
It's going to take me a while to get it all done, but I should be posting pieces of it every so often. The aforementioned Jayhawk and OTO Melara 76mm/62 cannon should be making their appearance fairly soon. After that, I'll probably start on the helipad and work from there -- that's how I did it with the previous cutter..
Quoting Tom Simon
Your purposes? Do I smell a large ship coming?
My biggest ever, but don't expect it too soon. I'm still trying to get a good set of plans so that I can get the hull shaping correct. Until then, I'm just going to work on components, like this Phalanx unit.
Quoting Gabor Pauler
Excellent styling in such a small scale. You could try the ammo belt connecting the magazine with the gun using some thin flex tube.
Thanks. I may try adding a belt somehow, but my guess it that at this scale, it is going to be hard to find a way to attach it. Another modification I might make is create a Block 1B version, with the FLIR sensor sticking out from the side of the radome.
Quoting Achintya Prasad
Nice! Hmm. Based on the information and clues you've left, this should be a BB. But in 1/65 scale? Powerful computer.....
Good guess, but it's not going onto a BB. The actual ship in question is a little less than 400 feet long, which is still going to make the MOC pretty huge -- nearly 6 feet. That ought to narrow it down somewhat.