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PostSubject: USS Belleau Wood   USS Belleau Wood Icon_minitimeThu 18 Apr 2013, 10:20 am

This is my interpretation of the USS Belleau Wood, a Revell kit in 1/700 scale (using the USS Independence kit). The additions include decals from the Dragon 'Belleau Wood' kit and a set of aircraft from my spares box. This kit was bad on so many levels. I had to canibalise the decals from another kit because the ones supplied were totally inadequate. There were also only two aircraft supplied with the kit.

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PostSubject: Re: USS Belleau Wood   USS Belleau Wood Icon_minitimeThu 18 Apr 2013, 5:49 pm

That's a great looking carrier Chris, I swear I can here all those rotary engines rumbling.

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PostSubject: Re: USS Belleau Wood   USS Belleau Wood Icon_minitimeThu 18 Apr 2013, 5:54 pm

Awesome Chris! You sure made this one look perfect with all the details. Keep up the awesome work! 8)
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PostSubject: Re: USS Belleau Wood   USS Belleau Wood Icon_minitimeThu 18 Apr 2013, 6:04 pm

Looks great, By decals I am guessing you are talking about the lines on the deck?
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PostSubject: Re: USS Belleau Wood   USS Belleau Wood Icon_minitimeFri 19 Apr 2013, 11:24 am

Zbuckster wrote:
Looks great, By decals I am guessing you are talking about the lines on the deck?

Yes, the original kit came with virtually nothing.

Thanks guys!
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PostSubject: Re: USS Belleau Wood   USS Belleau Wood Icon_minitimeWed 01 May 2013, 12:41 am

Another great model and ship I have never seen. From the looks it appears to be, like some of the carriers, a conversion as much as a purpose built carrier. I agree, having a good number of planes aboard add realism and visual "pop!" Thanx!
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PostSubject: Re: USS Belleau Wood   USS Belleau Wood Icon_minitimeWed 01 May 2013, 2:45 am

harron68 wrote:
Another great model and ship I have never seen. From the looks it appears to be, like some of the carriers, a conversion as much as a purpose built carrier. I agree, having a good number of planes aboard add realism and visual "pop!" Thanx!

Thanks for your comment!

Yes, the USS Belleau Wood was originally started as a light cruiser of the Cleveland class but was converted during construction and became a light carrier of the Independence class. Here are some photos for comparison of both types of ships.

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PostSubject: Re: USS Belleau Wood   USS Belleau Wood Icon_minitimeWed 01 May 2013, 2:47 am

Big difference between the two. The changes really show up when you compare it to another ship of it's class. Thanx for that Chris. 8)
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PostSubject: Re: USS Belleau Wood   USS Belleau Wood Icon_minitimeWed 01 May 2013, 12:03 pm

Ahoy Chris
Very Very Well done you can see the difference in the hulls I had no idea the Belieau wood was built from a converted Cruiser hull. there were some baby flat tops that were built from Ex- oiler hulls and C2 and C3 merchantmen . yours looks wonderful I can hear those TBFs on the flight deck. Hardy Well Done.

Franklyn :cheers:
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PostSubject: Re: USS Belleau Wood   USS Belleau Wood Icon_minitimeWed 01 May 2013, 12:28 pm

Interesting !!
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