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Anyone interested in one of these hand built models? I know one shipmate who may pull the trigger (not me). Do you think the 12 inch model is large enough? Gee, $1,000.00 for that one. The details on this model ship including the aircrafts are a work of art!

http://www.sdmodelmakers.com/shop/product/amphibious-assault-ship-lha-model/

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Here are a couple of pictures.

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Who has the old plastic Tarawa model? Can you measure its length? Is it 12 inches? Does 12 inches seem long enough for the model? I have an unopened model of Tarawa. I could open it to measure the length of the ship, but I don’t want to remove the plastic over the box.
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Well, I don't have one yet...  It's stuck in the mail coming from China, and mine only cost $30 including shipping.  But, it probably won't look that good either.  On the other hand, I'll build it myself.
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Well, I don't have one yet...  It's stuck in the mail coming from China, and mine only cost $30 including shipping.  But, it probably won't look that good either.  On the other hand, I'll build it myself.

Do you have a link or picture of the model? Is it a regular plastic model? I hope it gets here before it is boycotted, because China is doing business with North Korea, ha.
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Search eBay, there are several.
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Search eBay, there are several.

Okay. The model is a plastic model. I was hoping for a little nicer model made out of wood.
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I saw some on eBay that were professionally made, let me look again.
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Well, nothing on eBay, but I found 2 web sites.

http://www.uniquehandmademodels.com - they say they are out but the price was $172.46 - inquire for availability

http://www.motionmodels.com - special order call for price

I think you could find one for way less than $1,000.
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Well, my ship came in, literally. I bought it on eBay from a supplier in China. Only took 3 weeks to get here. It's even the correct version with the Sea Sparrows and gun mounts for my time aboard.

It's now in the building queue for the winter.
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Well, my ship came in, literally. I bought it on eBay from a supplier in China. Only took 3 weeks to get here. It's even the correct version with the Sea Sparrows and gun mounts for my time aboard. It's now in the building queue for the winter.


Does it have the RLPA (big antenna that looks like a giant TV antenna) on the top of the Aft Mast?
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Does it have the RLPA (big antenna that looks like a giant TV antenna) on the top of the Aft Mast?

Here are a few pictures from two different models.

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Does it have the RLPA (big antenna that looks like a giant TV antenna) on the top of the Aft Mast?

When Tarawa was in drydocks for the first time, they asked for a volunteer to paint the highest structure of the ship. I volunteered. I painted this object. What was it? I can still remember painting it and looking down to the flight deck. A long ways down!

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I don't know, Rick.  If it is an antenna, it wasn't painted with normal paint, as it would block the RF.  The antennas look very sad [frown]  Not a good representation of what they were.  Even the Discone/Discage looks sad [frown]
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I do know the forward Mast needed to be folded down to clear the Coronado Bridge and our long wire HF antenna had to be disconnected in order to fold the mast.  Maybe that was the TACAN?
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Well, I’ve started my ship and it’s turned into quite the job.

First - this one came with a motor, so the flight deck is two piece and secured with screws (so you can change the batteries), also, the propellers are wrong.
Second - small delicate items (like antennas) are cast bigger, but most ship models have this issue.
Third - it didn’t come with a UH-1 or AV-8s. I was able to buy some AV-8s, but, I don’t know what I’m going to do about the UH-1.
Fourth - this one is causing some real work. The stern had no detail. Just a lump of flat plastic. I think the manufacturer used pics of both sides and the top to make the kit and didn’t bother to detail the well deck doors.

I’ll post some pics when it’s done.

Steve, good pics of the antennas and radar would help.
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Wow, that is some detail on that model. Don’t think I have the skill or patients to match it, but, I’ll do what I can.
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Here it is, finally after all the mods I had to make. Not the greatest or most detailed, but it’s mine and I built it.

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WOW! Very Nice. How many hours do you think you have in it?
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Probably 80 to 100 hours.

All due to the mods I had to make. Example, the stern had no detail at all. I had to cut a lump of plastic off then create the elevator well and the well deck doors.

The TV antenna wasn’t too hard, I had some HO window frames that had the right spacing. The “Christmas Tree” antenna was the worst, the original was blocky and looked terrible, so I probably spent 48 hrs building a replacement (I lost it yesterday and had to make another this morning).
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Probably 80 to 100 hours.

All due to the mods I had to make. Example, the stern had no detail at all. I had to cut a lump of plastic off then create the elevator well and the well deck doors.

The TV antenna wasn’t too hard, I had some HO window frames that had the right spacing. The “Christmas Tree” antenna was the worst, the original was blocky and looked terrible, so I probably spent 48 hrs building a replacement (I lost it yesterday and had to make another this morning).

Good Grief!
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Probably 80 to 100 hours. All due to the mods I had to make. Example, the stern had no detail at all. I had to cut a lump of plastic off then create the elevator well and the well deck doors. The TV antenna wasn’t too hard, I had some HO window frames that had the right spacing. The “Christmas Tree” antenna was the worst, the original was blocky and looked terrible, so I probably spent 48 hrs building a replacement (I lost it yesterday and had to make another this morning).


Excellent job on the antennas.  The RPLA on the Aft Mast is really good and the Discone/Discage (you called it the Christmas Tree) came out better than any other model I've seen.  BZ!!

You got the whips almost perfect.  There are 5 on the Forward Starboard side, and 2 long and 1 short of the Forward Port side.  But I won't hold that against you at all! 

Excellent job, Shipmate!
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Thanks guys. This was by far the worst model to date. The level of detail was disappointing.

At some point when I’m no longer tired of looking at this, I’ll see about addressing the whips.

Tomorrow, I’m back to building tanks. Some interwar Russian tanks, T26, T28 and T35.
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Thanks guys. This was by far the worst model to date. The level of detail was disappointing. At some point when I’m no longer tired of looking at this, I’ll see about addressing the whips. Tomorrow, I’m back to building tanks. Some interwar Russian tanks, T26, T28 and T35.


Wait.  3 long ones Forward Port.  

The short one was the most forward on the Starboard side.  That is correct.  You need another long one in the gap on the Starboard side.

Again, excellent work.  Have fun with your tanks [smile]
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