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1:200 USS Missouri Build Log - Trumpeter w/ Pontos Detail Sets


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That's right, Folks, this beast is finally finished!  After umpteen years, even more $$$, and lots of cussing (+ many bottles of vino!) I can call it finished.  The last thing I had to do was paint 368 little people (approx 1/3" tall, or 8.3cm).  You wanna know what a pain in the butt that was! Especially the neckerchiefs the sailors wore! By the time I did all that, and positioned them in somewhat resembling a realistic manner, I was more than ready for this thing to be done.  So, Guys and Gals, let's take a look at the final project, shall we?


Here is the entire ship.   You can't see a lot of detail in this shot.  Be patient, we'll get there.

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In case you've forgotten, I elected to mount the ship o simulated keel blocks similar to how they were when the ship was in drydock.  I thought it looked nicer than mounting it on a couple brass pedestals.


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This next photo shows a yardstick (91.4 cm) alongside the ship.  The model is 53" long overall (134.6 cm).  It is a LARGE model!  And yes, if you look close, you can see some of the crew.


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Here's a bow-on shot.  For those of you who shy away from PE, you might be interested to know there are 4395 individual pieces of brass PE making up this ship.  This is from the two Pontos detail kits, various Eduard seta, and the PE that came with the ship.  As I finished a subassembly, I listed the parts on an Excel spreadsheet. (Yeah, call me anal!).  In case you're interested, the modal contains 6754 discrete parts:  1325 plastic pieces; 730 resin parts, and 305 other misc parts, aside from the PE.  If you hate PE, you might not want to detail it quite as much as I did!


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A lot of you have seen similar shots, but for those of you who haven't, here are a few pictures of the starboard side.  I'm not showing port side photos as the ship is mostly  the same on both sides.


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OK, now you can start to see some of the crew.  They are so small that you have to get in fairly close in order to make them out.


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You all know that the Japanese surrendered on the deck of the USS Missouri in 1945.  Trumpeter has issued a surrender kit that simulates this event.  I have tried to duplicate this as best I could.


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More of the crew and officers:


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Here's a closer shot of the surrender site.  You can see people sitting or standing everywhere to watch the ceremony. 


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I've got more photos, but I have to take a break for a bit.  Real life calls (My wife!!).

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On 12/21/2021 at 6:09 PM, Keach said:

Great work! Ive built the Yorktown 1/200 scale and I am into the Hornet now. Would like to try the Missouri as I have built carriers and could use a change.


Any photos you could post (in a separate thread)?

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OK, I'm back!  I have a dozen or so more photos to share with you,  Thanks for all your complements so far.  As you can imagine, I'm kinda proud of how it turned out.

Here's more of the crew and some of the rigging.


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Here's more crew and more rigging.  I used thin EZ-Line for the rigging.  That stuff is fabulous.  I love it!!


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I gotta say that for a battle wagon, there's a LOT of rigging on this monster.  I probably don't have the exact layout, but it's close.  And besides, who's gonna know??


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People all over this ship!  Some sailors have to work regardless of the historic event taking place down below.


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Lots of activity everywhere!  The red flag at the very top with 5 white stars indicates a 5 star general (Douglas MacArthur) is on board. 


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All sorts of activity here too.  There's always work to be done when you're on a warship at sea.


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Some kind of a discussion going on here.  Wonder what it's all about?  Some swabbie do something wrong??


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Some workers starting to do some work on seaplane #11.  Or at least they're standing there thinking about it.


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Most of the crew, though, are at the surrender ceremony.


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According to a book I have, the table is one from the galley and the crew threw a green tablecloth over it to hide it.  The tablecloth is actually a piece of tissue painted with glue and then green paint. The three signature documents are tiny pieces of Evergreen plastic strip.


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General MacArthur is at the microphone stand while the Japanese delegation is standing off to the right.  The viewing platform in the foreground is scratch built.  I don't think you can see it, but there are two cameras on tripods on the viewing platform; a video camera and a still frame camera.  They are in front of the two sailors in blue.  These are also scratch built.


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In this picture I placed a US quarter to show the relative size of the sailors and officers. For those of you across the pond (and beyond), a quarter is 2.42 cm diameter.


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The ship now rests under a Plexiglas enclosure where I don't intend to touch it for quite some time.  It seems like every time I even look at the boat, I break something off. It is an extremely fragile model.


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And naturally, I have to toot my own horn just a little:


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OK, Ladies and Gentlemen, that's it.  I wish I would have kept track of the hours I have in this.  I'm not sure I even want to know the dollars I've spent on it.  But, all in all, it's been a really enjoyable build and I've learned a tremendous amount in the process.  Would I tackle it again?  Probably not unless some dude offered me $10.000 to build one for him.  


So, what's my next project?  I'm not exactly sure.  I do know that I don't want something nearly as complex as this was.  It's time for simplicity!!!  Actually, I'm trying to decide on one of two kits, which are:



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Which one should I tackle next?   Oh my, decisions, decisions.  Take care, Folks, and thanks for the kudos!!

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