1:300 USS MACOMB (crash-dived) by a Aichi Type 99 "Val" divebomber on its after antiaircraft gun emplacement (as happened off Okinawa, historically), with 1:700 and 1:1200(!) SIMS class U.S. destroyers. (1:300 Val divebomber designed and constructed by my son, Robert Coatney. Photo by Bob Johnson.)
1:700 HMAS PERTH, with (1:700) British HMS LANCE and HMS MARKSMAN destroyers. (Photo by Bob Johnson.)
Newly designed ships at 1:700 scale: BROOKLYN (light cruiser), WICHITA (heavy cruiser), SAN FRANCISCO, 1942 (heavy cruiser), GRIDLEY/BAGLEY/BENHAM (destroyer with 16 torpedo tubes), SAMUEL B. ROBERTS (destroyer escort).
1:700 U.S. Navy cruisers and a BAGLEY class destroyer vs. a plastic model of the Japanese battle cruiser HIEI. WARNING: BIG file.
Here is the essence of cardstock model ship-building:
a 1:700 3-dimensional BROOKLYN arising out of its 2-D kit-sheet.
1:48 Soviet BT-5 (6T-5) fast tank and assorted ship pieces, including a 1:700 GRIDLEY atop a 1:300 GRIDLEY hull, a very large-scale Italian twin 4.7" gun turret, a large-scale USS MONITOR American Civil War ironclad (which is the free model on this webpage, by the way), a 1:150? scale British single 4.7" gun turret, and a progression of British twin 8" gun turrets. WARNING: VERY BIG file. (700K--I'll try to reduce these.)
A scale comparison of U.S. BUTLER-class destroyer escorts (1:300 and 1:700) and British HUNT class escort destroyers (1:300, 1:600, and 1:1200). WARNING: BIG file.
New (19Dec01) Cruiser photos, PQ17 covering force, DIDO, etc.
I photocopy the plans (of the hull, superstructure, stack, and turret pieces) onto heavy paper cardstock--usually light gray. I then crease, cut out, fold and roll, and assemble these components. I have to fabricate the detailed equipment--gun tubes, searchlights, masts, AA guns, lifeboats, aircraft, etc.--from other materials, usually.
I have written up general and specific instructions, and I can make these models whenever I want ... at whatever scale. (1:1250 seems to be about the smallest practical scale. 1:300, for destroyers, is the largest I have attempted so far.) This is a an entirely different technique from plastic modeling, and patience and flexibility are required. The rewards are great, however: finally, I am able to build the model warships I have always wanted to ... and inexpensively!
Here are my General Instructions for constructing cardstock model warships. (Suggestions for changes and additions are always welcome.)
Unfortunately, designing cardstock model ships is considerably more difficult than constructing them. The hull, especially--with its compound curves, sheer and tumblehome--defies even 3-D CAD programs in the effort to make its 3-D configuration transform/conform to a 2-D shape. Intensive test-building is required when designing cardstock model ships, and a design flaw usually doesn't show itself until the model is completely built ... sort of..
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