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Very Fire: USS Missouri BB-63
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Posted: Sunday, June 10, 2018 - 04:12 AM UTC
I am all in favor of a new retooling on the venerable Tamiya kit. Beside the 1944 version is a rare kit now. How ever i was most disappointed to see that while the sample contained PE the release wont as they want you to buy their special set. So the question is...did they reduce price accordingly?. will have to take a moment and see if the kit plus the additional PE is much more expensive than the old Tamiya with a good upgrade set
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Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 03:43 PM UTC

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Gents,

In order to continue the conversation regarding the hull of the Very Fire USS Missouri I went a head and dry fitted the hull together. Its a good fit without being a good fit, if that makes any sense.

Bottom line is that the builder will need some clamps to get a good smooth fit. The foreward section of the hull goes together pretty good, the clamps will be needed for the aft.

I have taken some pictures. here is are some pictures of the aft.





I applied a little more pressure with my hand than what the tape could replicate and it went together pretty well. There does not appear to be any issue with one side being higher than the other, it is just a matter of the hull appearing to being a little warped outwards..not as bad as it sounds I assure you.

Anyway, on to the more important aspect o the previous discussion, the bow. As you will see in the pictures the bulbous bow is present on the kit. The extreme straight line is what appears to be a little inaccurate but according to all the line drawings of the plans it is accurate. You can see what I mean in the pictures below.

https://ussmissouri.org/images/full-ship-lg.jpg - this site will provide you with a view of the "As built plans" for the USS Missouri.

Here are the pics of the hull following dry fit.







As you can clearly see in the photos, the bulbous bow is represented on the kit.

If there are any additional questions or concerns regarding the kit please feel free to let me know, ill be more than happy to continue the discussion and get you the answers your looking for. Want everyone to get as good a review as I can possibly provide.

thanks for looking

Dave



Just for some reference on the shape of the bow, there is a near head-on view of the bow, as the Mo sits at Pearl Harbor today, in my walkaround feature (it's image 18 of 22), here on this site. I don't know if there's been any modifications to the bow since she was built, so what is seen today may not be the same bow as back in the '40s.

HTH

Tim
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Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 09:41 AM UTC
Will definitely be following along Dave!

I wonder: Is Very Fire the beginning of all of Tamiya's 80's 1/350 kits being retooled?

Time will tell!
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Posted: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 06:10 PM UTC
Thanks Russell, its great to be back.

Stay tuned for the USS Missouri Build log, should post it in a week or two.

Also I will post some updated photos of the IJN Shokaku this weekend.

Dave
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Posted: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 05:11 PM UTC
Dave those end on shots look great!

It's good to see Very Fire have replicated the Iowa class hull's bulge at the bow and the stern looks good too!

Top review mate, good to see you back!
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Posted: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 03:27 AM UTC
Much obliged to you. I have 0.5mm tape ordered and on its way. Will hopefully provide a subtle plate line once in place and painted over.
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Posted: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 03:00 AM UTC
Rory,

The planks are a 1/4 wide and the panel lines ae about the thickness of the line on a ruler. Sorry, I would give you a more accurate measurement but the battery in my calipers is dead.

basically, they are thin...

Dave
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Posted: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 01:28 AM UTC
Rory,

Glad the pictures are able to assist with your build and that they resolve concerns with the hull.

I will measure the panel lines for you and let you know what they measure out at.

Dave
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Posted: Monday, April 16, 2018 - 09:26 PM UTC
I think another issue is that there are not that many pictures of the MO directly side on. They are always at a slight angle which changes how we see the bow.

Dry fitted together and not on the sprues changes everything for me visually. Looks much better

On a semi related note I have to say this is a very timely release. I am about to start the Tamiya Missouri and could not find a good reference for the plating on the hull. Basically how many rows of plates I would have to replicate. This does that for me!

This may be a cheeky ask but how thick are those raised plate lines?
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Posted: Monday, April 16, 2018 - 06:00 AM UTC
Gents,

In order to continue the conversation regarding the hull of the Very Fire USS Missouri I went a head and dry fitted the hull together. Its a good fit without being a good fit, if that makes any sense.

Bottom line is that the builder will need some clamps to get a good smooth fit. The foreward section of the hull goes together pretty good, the clamps will be needed for the aft.

I have taken some pictures. here is are some pictures of the aft.





I applied a little more pressure with my hand than what the tape could replicate and it went together pretty well. There does not appear to be any issue with one side being higher than the other, it is just a matter of the hull appearing to being a little warped outwards..not as bad as it sounds I assure you.

Anyway, on to the more important aspect o the previous discussion, the bow. As you will see in the pictures the bulbous bow is present on the kit. The extreme straight line is what appears to be a little inaccurate but according to all the line drawings of the plans it is accurate. You can see what I mean in the pictures below.

https://ussmissouri.org/images/full-ship-lg.jpg - this site will provide you with a view of the "As built plans" for the USS Missouri.

Here are the pics of the hull following dry fit.







As you can clearly see in the photos, the bulbous bow is represented on the kit.

If there are any additional questions or concerns regarding the kit please feel free to let me know, ill be more than happy to continue the discussion and get you the answers your looking for. Want everyone to get as good a review as I can possibly provide.

thanks for looking

Dave
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Posted: Monday, April 16, 2018 - 02:16 AM UTC
Hi Dave, Rory

yes, the profile looks correct but to my Mk1 eyeball something seems amiss in the cross sectional shape of the bow.

There has been a lot of hubbub on the net about the hull shape of Trumpeter's 1/200 Iowa class, specifically the cross sectional shape of the bow, not being bulbous enough, and also at the stern from the bilge keel back.

It's relatively easy to get hull shapes correct in profile on CAD, but the real test is in the cross sectional shape-critical for an accurate hull form.

The question is: how does Very Fire's Iowa class stack up on this measure?
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Posted: Monday, April 16, 2018 - 01:01 AM UTC
McRunty,

You are right, something is off on the bow. In the little research I have done since seeing your post I have found a probable cause for the issue.

#1: according to the official plans and line drawings that I have been able to find there is nothing wrong with the bow. They all show a pretty much straight line bow.

#2: The pictures of the bow on NAVSOURCE show a different shape and angle for the bow. Since these are actual photos of the USS Missouri bow I am inclined to think that the NAVSOURCE photos depict the actual bow design.

So the problem appears that Very Fire utilized the line drawings to develop the mold for the Hull.

I am now wondering at what point did the plans change from the original bow design to the bulbous bow design?

Ill continue to look, I think I have the Floating Dry-dock plans at home that I can look at for more clarity.

Dave
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Posted: Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 08:55 PM UTC

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Importantly though, what is the hull form like? It seems really hit and miss (excuse the pun ) with WW2 USN kits and getting the hull shape correct regardless of manufacturer.



Maybe my eyes are playing tricks on me but something seems off about the bow.
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Posted: Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 07:08 PM UTC
Russell,

Thanks, its great to be back.

I appreciate the kind words on the review. There will be another for Very Fire's 1/700 Montana coming out soon.

I will check on the hull form and let you know what I find, have to dig out my reference material for the USS Missouri, but as soon as I do i'll add that info to the review.

thanks again for the kind words.

Dave
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Posted: Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 05:53 AM UTC
Dave, it's great to see you back in the game mate! Welcome back!

And with a cracking review too!

With this release and various others, Tamiya's position at the top of the 1/350 and 1/700 ship world surely will be drawn into question. Maybe even enough to give them pause to retool some more of their kits besides Yamato?

Importantly though, what is the hull form like? It seems really hit and miss (excuse the pun ) with WW2 USN kits and getting the hull shape correct regardless of manufacturer.
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Posted: Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 04:25 AM UTC




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