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A year or two ago I found a web page of a gentleman ( I believe he was a Japanese modeler) building a flight deck. He had 5 building steps from build to painting. I would like to find this video again.

 

I am trying to find the spacing of the Tie downs/ pad eyes on a carrier deck also.

 

I appreciate your assistance gentemen.

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Word of caution.  They vary between the various classes. Even the padeyes are different from the 27C class to Midway to Nimitz. There are some pretty nice 3D printed ones available on shapeways. 

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If you're talking about US carrier decks, I did one a couple years back, based on a lot of photos and some guesswork. There were usually 10-11 6 inch planks between each tie down strip, which would make it about 6 spacing, though it seemed to vary quite a bit on different parts of the ship. See what you think.

 

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On 1/15/2020 at 9:20 PM, USMC Herc said:

A year or two ago I found a web page of a gentleman ( I believe he was a Japanese modeler) building a flight deck. He had 5 building steps from build to painting. I would like to find this video again.

 

I am trying to find the spacing of the Tie downs/ pad eyes on a carrier deck also.

 

I appreciate your assistance gentemen.

 

While BiggTim addressed the earlier WWII era decks with the deck-wide pierced steel tie-down strips between wood planks; it seems you are inquiring about more modern decks with the little circular fixtures? Are these the pad eyes you refer to? I'm wondering if these could be laser-cut? My guess is they are a cast metal fixture with a dish-shaped bottom and the tie-down on top. Can anyone shed a little light here for the un-educated? I'd be happy to try and laser the tie-down thingy.

 

jimbo

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Good point! I'm not sure what era deck the OP is referring to. Tom's Model Works makes modern ones in 1/32, item #508.

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2 hours ago, jimbo said:

 

While BiggTim addressed the earlier WWII era decks with the deck-wide pierced steel tie-down strips between wood planks; it seems you are inquiring about more modern decks with the little circular fixtures? Are these the pad eyes you refer to? I'm wondering if these could be laser-cut? My guess is they are a cast metal fixture with a dish-shaped bottom and the tie-down on top. Can anyone shed a little light here for the un-educated? I'd be happy to try and laser the tie-down thingy.

 

jimbo

 

Correct. A bowl shaped depression with a rather hefty five bar arrangement that is welded to the outside top of the bowl.

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Without knowing which carrier he wants to depict, I can’t help much further. I’ll leave you with a link to how I built a launch scene for a 1/48 carrier deck. Same principle applies...padeyes from shapeways and Suede paint from the local Home Depot. Of course my photos are garbage thanks to a certain hosting site that I won’t name. Post 77 shows how I did it...

 

http://www.zone-five.net/showthread.php?t=29067

 

Hth

Peter 

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I have a set of these that Tim Perry (wunwinglow) made years ago in 1/72.  Combination of white metal tubs and etched spiders.  I even bought a drill bit in the specific size required, as specified in the instructions.

 

The project is currently, er, stalled for some reason that I have forgotten, it being from some decades ago but I will use them when it is resurrected.

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Not that it probably makes that much difference in 1:32 scale, but the bars are just that,... round bars, not flat like you'll get with P.E. I have a great photo here somewhere. Assuming I can actually find it, I'll post it up here.

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I am Looking for measurements on a Nimitz carrier. I have looked and found that the distance between Pat eyes 90mm.

Now I am trying to find the measurement across the catapult. And blast fence dimensions. 

I am currently using a print of the deck, using the 90mm dimension, to try and figure out cat. and fence.

 

Cheers

Jason

 

 

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