Time is the essence when building models kits.
I have been very busy since last January transcribing interviews for an author who is writing a book about a baseball player. I have logged in more than 300 hours since January which explains why I have left the USS Enterprise somewhat neglected.
I was not expecting this, and if I had I would not have bought that many model kits.
Since February I have been able to paint the planes and add decals on the port wings realizing it was somewhat time consuming. I still have to add the decals on the sides of the fuselage, but in order to do so I will have to file the sides because the decals will not conform properly.
This means repainting the sides again.
Will I find the time?
Probably at the end of March when the transcriptions will be done. Until then, spring will be around and the baseball season will open.
Light sanding on the upper surfaces.
I got the motivation to start painting the planes.
First overall with light gray as a base color, then painting them intermediate blue, then changing my mind to sea blue, and white for the underside.
I will pick up the details after.
I knew I had somewhere a paint jar of rust acrylic from Floquil that I had bought 40 years or so ago.
Low and behold! It was just like brand new when I opened the jar…
So I got weathering the old Enterprise.
Richard Harmer is about to be launched from USS Enterprise CV-6.
I had colorised this photo shared by his son Tom Harmer on my other blog which pays homage to VF(N)-101 which I knew nothing about when I was a 10 year-old kid back in 1958 standing in front of a men’s store display full of model kits. There were no Corsairs nor any model ships.
Since 1958 my passion for aviation has never stopped growing.
This morning I glued the last 20mm guns, and I have set aside my model kit of CV-6. There is still a few touch-ups with Measure 21.
In the mailbox there was this…
The box was a little crumbled, but not because of the packaging which was 5 stars. I now have all the Tamiya’s WWII US aircraft carriers in 1/700 scale.
My eyesight just can’t wait.
A dose of dopamine came rushing in yesterday…
I have managed to glue more than half of the 39 20mm guns, and I even started painting the Enterprise with Measure 21!
Almost there except for a few more tiny pieces…
Last night the cranes, the rubber rafts, the 40mm guns, and the 5 inch guns were all glued on.
The anchors, the 20mm guns, and some extra rubber rafts which are not on the instruction sheet…
The planes will be last…
I think this will be my mantra from now on…
Especially when there are 39 20mm guns to add later.
It will be a few days or weeks before my eyes will let me do it.
The island has been glued on last night with the “petite” mast.
Opening the box… and telling the world about it?
Not easy to assemble with all those tiny little pieces…
A 1/350 scale model would have been much easier.