USS Wasp Bow Mold Prep

I had intended this USS Wasp to be a one of a kind scratchbuilt model … but a few people nave inquired about commissioning me to build one for them too.  So I decided to make a mold of the bow section to ensure future models were as accurate as this one.

Bow prepped and ready for mold making process

Bow prepped and ready for mold making process

Bow prepped and ready for mold making process

Bow prepped and ready for mold making process

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USS Wasp Size Comparison

A size comparison between the 1/350th scale model that I’m using for reference and the 1/285th scale version I’m building from scratch.  Interestingly the 1/350th scale model looks almost as tall as my 285th scale model, that’s because my 285th scale version is a waterline model and the 350th scale is a full hull.

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Shaping the bow of the USS Wasp

It’s looking like a bit of a disaster right now … but it’s all part of the process.  First low density foam was applied and shaped down to the approximate shape desired and then sanded down a bit more so it would be slightly under final desired profile.  Then a whole bunch of bondo is applied over the foam and it will be shaped down to the final shape.

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Progress on the USS Wasp

Originally when I started this project I thought I was going to modify the 1/350th scale model that I bought … but it seems I’m going the scratchbuild route and just using the kit for reference and scaling everything up and rebuilding everything from scratch.

The flight deck is coming along and the main superstructure has taken it’s basic shape.  Now to add details to the superstructure.

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