1/200 Pennsylvania using Trumpeter 1/200 Arizona Kit
Pennsylvania survived the attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941, due in part to it being in dry dock. The model represents Pennsylvania in the time frame from August 1941 up to 7 December 1941. During this time, it was painted in Measure 1 which was all approximately vertical surfaces above the stack painted in 5L Light Gray, all horizontal surfaces, except wood decks were painted in 5D Dark Gray.
The basis for the kit is the Trumpeter 1/200 USS Arizona, from this to model Pennsylvania many modifications and additions to the kit had to be made including the following:
SUPERSTRUCTURE, STACK, VENTS, and BOAT CRANES: 3D printed from “Model Monkey” through Shapeways.
THREE INCH 50’s Forward: 3D Printed from “Distefan” through Shapeways
CARLEY FLOATS: Hawkins 751511 through Shapeways.
EXTRA KINGFISHER: Riich 1/200 Kingfisher set
GUN BARRELS: Master Barrels for the 1/200 Arizona
PARAVANES: North Star Models/modified kit and AK/MKI Photo Etch
SCRATCHBUILT: Main mast, Machine Gun Platform on foremast, foremast platforms and searchlight platform, boat crane reduction gear platforms, projector booth platform, aircraft refueling line with two stations, widened torpedo blister using the Chesley drawing scaled to 1/200 for dimensions and shape.
Aircraft catapult support on #3 turret was enhanced with styrene strip from Evergreen Plastic.
Anchor hawse reshaped to more accurately reflect the actual ship.
Photo etch used throughout the build was from Eduard: railings, searchlight details, boats, gun directors and some doors, AK/MKI: chain railings, wood deck and boats Tom’s Modelworks for the CXAM-1 “Bedspring” radar that Pennsylvania had installed and doors.
Evergreen rod was used for supports on the Super structure using the photos from Mare Island March 1942.
Evergreen strip was used for the strakes on the hull below the water line, based on the photo of Pennsylvania in drydock in about 1944.
Brass wire was used to enhance the gun directors on the superstructure and provide the railings in front of the 5” casemate guns, another feature unique Pennsylvania.
Beads were used for the periscope bases on #2 Turret and the drive shafts on the Boat Cranes.
All the doors and details were removed from the transverse bulkhead from the main deck to the 01 level and replaced with Photo Etch doors in the correct location and electrical boxes and conduit added accordingly.
As the kit reflects Arizona, the access hatches on the 14” turrets had to be removed as Pennsylvania did not have these.
I started this build in November of 2015 in Wisconsin, and finished it at our new home in San Tan Valley Arizona in April of 2017, after making repairs to the superstructure that were sustained during the move.
I used Tamiya Acrylics XF24 for the 5D and a mix to match Color Coats 5L Light Gray; Tamiya TS33 Aerosol Dull Red for the water line and Tamiya XF69 Nato Black for the boot topping.
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