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USS Seattle (AOE-3)

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"MSW crew-mate David J. Salvin (djandj) sends us this build story of his conversion of JAG's USS Sacramento kit to depict USS Seattle (AOE-3), shortly before her decommission in 2005."

USS Seattle (AOE-3)
MFG: JAG
Scale: 1/700
Medium: Resin


Next on the list of the exotic for my patron is the USS Sacramento kit from JAG. He wanted the kit done as the USS Seattle in or about 2005 shortly before she was decommissioned . The kit itself is massive (by 1/700 scale standards) at just about 12 inches long.

The kit comes with a full instruction book including rigging instructions and color recommendations. None of which were of much use in my case as the USS Seattle of 2005 is a bit different from the USS Sacramento of 1975 as depicted in the kit. However, the modifications were not terribly significant. JAG even sent me two Phalanx close in weapons when they sent out two of the derricks which were missing from the kit.

The kit comes with a PE fret with everything you need except railings. (And for a retail price of $120.00, it should) However, due to the length of the ship and the deck configuration, you will need nearly a full PE set of railings for this kit. (I used Lion Roar’s US Navy set.) Also included was a length of anchor chain (pre-rusted) and metal wire for the refueling lines.

While the detailing is excellent and casting well done, the resin in this kit was a real problem. Even after being scrubbed with dishwashing soap and a tooth brush, then primed with oil based Tamiya surface primer, the neither the primer nor the Tamiya acrylics I used would stick to this kit. Any tape I put on to mask would instantly peal off the paint.

Only though significant sanding along the waterline could I get the paint to stick for black waterline boot topping. That level of sanding on the decks and superstructure just wasn’t possible. I wrote JAG about this problem, but they had no answers or explanation.

The kit not only included most of the PE you need, but a full decal sheet with battle E’s, decorations and citations (all too large to actually fit on the wings of the bridge where they would actually be displayed. Speaking of the derricks, they, and the life boats were all cast in white metal. While not exactly state of the art for this day and age, nor particularly detailed, they did allow for me to bend the derrick stanchions slightly to match the deck and the angles necessary to meet the other parts of the derricks.

Overall the kit came together fine (other than the paint not sticking). Jag makes fine, well thought out kit. (If you can get your paint to stick to it!)
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About the Author

About David J. Salvin (djandj)
FROM: CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES

I began building models at the age of 8. Stopped for college and law school and came back to the hobby after an 18 year intermission. Having built most everything from space ships to full-rigged sailing ships, I have returned to my first love - 1/700 military shipping. Modeling is just one of m...


Comments

Very nice model. I spent a lot of time doing un-reps from the Seattle.
FEB 02, 2011 - 12:17 AM
Ahh...Unreps...I DO NOT miss those one bit! The worst one was just north of the Arctic circle. Oh, yes, I do agree, very nice build.
FEB 02, 2011 - 02:11 AM
very nice work I served onboard USS Detroit AOE4 from 77 to 83, never thought I would see someone build an ugly old ship such as the Sacramento class grocery stores we all cannot serve on the beauty queens of the fleet. alas they scrapped her a few years back...makes me feel very old
FEB 16, 2011 - 05:03 PM