The 1791 Thinkshop and 87 Ideas Workshop

Front door for the second half of my life using my time while disabled to study theology, dabble in my shop, and advocate for Liberty and Veterans who suffer with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Severe Memory Impairment, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumas, and those with Crohn's Disease and Seizure Disorder. Of course too I may muster the courage to begin my Scale Models again but fight tremor so bad that it maybe something best to just hang up and sell off. I've lost nearly every enjoyable skill and struggle with the idea of "doing it at all if I can't do so to the ability I once had". I'm most busy with doctors appointments and maintaining my 125 Year Old Home, but also pursue working in my shop and have unreasonable thoughts about once again building quality scale models. Basically its My Shop, Ranting, Retirement, and More… This blog was begun right before my health, career, and entire life's direction was wildly changed, so though the page is 6+ years old, it is bare boned.



**WIP** 1/350 Scale (LPD-21) USS New York; San Antonio Class Pontos Detail, Kits by MRC/Gallery

Welcome to the blog diary of the Work in Progress (WIP) for my MRC/Gallery 1/350 scale San Antonio Class (LPD-21) the USS New York. I am keeping a handwritten log as well as a master plan set in order to bring this all together, but will use this page to hit the major highlights of the build. With approximately 2000 parts in play, it will take much planning to bring the photo-etch (PE) together in concert with the build.
This will be my first attempt at building a ship and most would agree I have bitten off probably far more than I should have with this subject in this scale with this detail set. I figure it will only make be a better all around builder and will be an enjoyable challenge. My wife thinks I'm crazy too be sure, and as I talk about where it will end up when I'm finished; she's none too happy….. Should I gift it to RS New York, to the 1st Marine Corps District, to the Tun Tavern? Keep it, or maybe gift it to a local library/municipality…. Shoot, I have some rather influential Marines in my life that would appreciate it. We are talking lots of money invested and thousands of hours more than likely.
First the unboxing of the major components (kit and detail kits):
MRC/Gallery 1/350 (LPD-21) USS New York: #64007
Pontos Models San Antonio Class Detail Set: #35016F1
MRC/Gallery Carriet Deck Equipment Set: #64006
MRC/Gallery Marine Armor Set: #64004
MRC/Gallery Marine Air Assault Set: #64003


Working with DupliColor Paint Shop Finish System Paints and Scale Models (1)

So I have picked up quarts of the following for the local automotive store: Duplicolor Paint Shop Series ; Grey Primer (BSP100), Clear Coat (BSP300), Performance Red (BSP203), Championship White (BSP201), Midnight Blue (BSP210). Read what they have to say about their own product line here: Duplicolor Paint Shop Finish System

I have decided to use a Revell ’57 Chevy as the guinea pig for this since I’ll have the opportunity to have two distinct colors between sides and the rear quarter panel/trunk. I will use Bare Metal Foil (BMF) on the bright work to break it up. The plan right now on the first pass is that I’ll shoot the Grey Primer in light mist coats at ~12 PSI thinned just a bit more with straight acetone from my Iwata HP-C Plus and will control environment with 72 F @ <; 40% Humidity.

I had little to no issues with crazing as I thought I might and the primer built up nicely. The system being premixed and the fact that these lacquers dry so fast, make for no wait time. I'm still not planning on jumping from color to color like a jack rabbit, but if the primer is any indication of how the rest of the system will work for me, then I've got high hopes.

Granted, a quart can do a lot of cars, but even if I only use the primer in the future…. that will be used up easily. More to come with pics too..

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