back dated the Corsair Armada 1:700 scale USS
kit from as sunk configuration to as she was at the beginning of the war. I removed
tubs around the aft superstructure and enlarged the forward funnel (done to
reduce stack gasses on the bridge). I made the search light platform under the
forward tripod mast. Replaced the cranes, catapults, anchors, and
radar with photo etched parts (Tom's Modelworks Northampton class cruisers).
Added photo etched ladders, rails, and aft superstructure window frames.
Built the aircraft crane strong back and both masts from metal wire for strength
for rigging. Added one each White Ensign and Trumpeter SOC Sea gulls,
I folded the outboard wing of the WEM SOC. I rigged the ship with invisible
thread. There were no major issues building this kit, the resin was in
good shape (this is a late in the run kit molded in light gray resin), no pin
holes were obvious. I painted her Measure 1/Measure 5 (light gray 5L over
dark gray 5D with a false bow wave). The horizontal metal surfaces are
painted pre-war deck gray and the wood is teak. I used ModelMaster acrylic
gray 5D for the dark, White Ensign deck gray and teak and mixed my own 5L using
gray 36622 and flat white in a TLAR measure (That Looks About Right). I
used ModelMaster light gull gray for the SOC. This is the first ship of
the class and I have materials to build all six of the ships though I'll have to
use spares to build the Chester as there are no specific issue kits of her.
There are some in progress shots of the ship in the IPMS discussion board under