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More than a year ago I made this freighter as a start of my merchant fleet. The hull is made from an Airfix pontoon bridge part, the cabin and crane are from the Spartan parts store.

 

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I wanted to build a whole fleet so we could play convoy scenarios, but lack of inspiration, time and other projects resulted in a stall of this project. Resently I started to build more ships. First was a second freighter/tanker/refinery ship. The tanks are made from electronic capacitors.

 

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And for protection an escort carrier. AA guns are leftover CoA turrets, planes are SAS removed from their base.

 

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Finaly the start of a mechant fleet. Still five ships to go.

 

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Cool you made a jeep carrier! Also love the other ships. Hopefully those capacitors are not charged. :D

Can you gives a run down how you made the ships? Specially like to know what Airfix bridge kit and how do you make the flight deck?

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Picture below is from the kit I used with some of the parts that come with it. From one box you get four five ships and two large en two smaller bridge deck surface parts to make up the bridge. The deck parts have a nice texture, metal and wood which can be used for all kinds of projects. The stuff is thin enough to cut easely, but durable enough for gameplay.

 

 

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I didn't take pictures while making the merchant ships. Since I'm planning to build more I will do that the next time. At the moment I'm building some landing craft. I have taken some pics during construction. Will post them here when I'm finished.

 

@tank0625: The carrier flight deck was made from the wooden looking bridge side walk from the part on the picture above. I glued three stripes on another piece of plastic card and used a knife to cut some extra grooves.

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I found it :D might be a slightly different kit, as I got 5 ships out of mine. Have started the basic shapes, though had issues with one of the loads. All the gravel sunk!

 

Probably the same box, there are five ships in mine as well ( no counting before my first coffee ). I used some balsa wood to fill up most of the ships hull, before adding the gravel or the middle lower decks. Love to see your results.

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If I ever work out a good way of posting pictures I'll stick something up on here. They are very much WiP, with two or three still just hulls as I don't want them all the same and haven't found anything in my bits box yet. Dammit, I wish I'd thought of something like that! At least now the glue is all dry I should be able to just top up and neaten off.

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I've gone through two of those kits, and two large landing barge kits for bridge structures, and so far have....

 

6 freighters, with detachable cargo bits that can be replaced by magnetised cranes

1 tanker

1 large escort carrier- all the decking etc from the bridge components- not yet painted, so I may add some planes on deck..

2 hulls currently becoming a large floating dry dock. I need another afternoon with bits box and decent beer to finish this one.

some ( between the two boxes I count 11 hulls...)spare hulls reserved for when imagination strikes!

 

 

The bridge bits have been used in a variety of lengths and widths, but have been deliberately kept scale-less, so they work for DW, Legions, Planetfall.....

One lesson from many years gaming is that decent quality, scale-less terrain is always handy. Hills, roads, rivers etc are always useful.Fords are good as they work for any era or planet!

 

Bridges take a bit of care, but simple web truss bridges like the kind in this kit will work for anything from about 1860 onwards, and I can  just see in the Firestorm universe, the Terrans  or Dindrenzi having a simple modular bridge design, that can be churned out by semi-automated factories, and meets the critera of quick, easy, and good enough.

 

James

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I finished the first set of landing barges, two small and two medium ones. I made them from parts of the bridge deck from the box above and some left over japanse ships. I used japanse ships because I like the models and they don't show a lot of their weapons (what is left are the AA guns).

 

Below a close-up of a medium and a small landing barge.

 

 

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Second picture of the whole landing fleet so far with their troops. I wanted to made them large enough so all the models they are suppose to carry can be put on them.

 

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Here are a set of pictures I made during construction of a medium landing barge.

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As a base I used part of the mentioned bridge deck. I removed the right walk way, the left is used to glue the other parts to the ship. I cut a cruiser in two with a dremel. You need to be careful with this as it creates a lot of unhealty dust. Then I cut a piece of wood, plastic tubing and some of the bridge walkway to the same length used to increase the total length of the ship. Some smaller parts and plastic putty were used to finish the model. The smaller barges are made much the same way.

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