Modelshipsahoy Florida hull and turrets

Discussion in 'Product Review' started by buttsakauf, Feb 16, 2019.

  1. buttsakauf

    buttsakauf Admiral (Supporter)

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    I recently received a Florida from Modelshipsahoy and it is fantastic! I did not have opportunity to photograph it properly because I had to leave on a family emergency. The thickness is great. Easily 3/16” thick on the sides. I will measure and take pictures when I get back in town.
     
  2. buttsakauf

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    The turret is more than 1/16” thick in the very thinnest spot. It looks great too!
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    An evenly trimmed hull.
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    Nice capture of the details on the side. Good sharp edges.
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    The corrected and flattened hull bottom looks good.
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    Again an excellent job capturing details with a good layup.
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    A robust hull. Very rigid. 3.9lbs uncut for a rather small battleship hull.
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    Nice hull thickness. 3/16” in most areas. Bottom is a little thinner to save weight.
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    Made it back 6 days ago but had to care for sick Wife and Kids over the weekend plus get the house back in order. Then this week I went underway. I took a good look at the hull today. The dimensions match up with the plans very precisely. It is very apparent Tim @modelshipsahoy knows fiberglass very well. It shows in the layup and detail. It appears he takes a lot of pride in doing things the right way.
     

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  3. Bob Pottle

    Bob Pottle Well-Known Member

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    FYI the USS Florida mold owned by Modelshipsahoy was made by Ralph Coles in Nova Scotia and is one of his best 1/144 molds in my opinion. If there was still an active club locally I'd be inclined to build a Florida - the hull from Tim's co. looks great!

    Ralph's Tirpitz mold, also sold to Modelshipsahoy, is another of his last and best 1/144 scale products. Now he's making larger scale hull molds for non-combat r/c ship modelling: a modern Swedish gunboat and some icebreakers and drill rig anchoring handling tugs in 1/72 to 1/48 scale.
     
  4. CURT

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    He should post those to my FB pages to get the word out on them. The Florida hull looks fantastic.
     
  5. modelshipsahoy

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    Thanks @Bob Pottle for the kind words. Making nice boats is very important to us. Compliments coming from a veteran boat builder like you are wonderful to hear.
    Feel free to post our stuff on your pages @CURT
    We haven’t had the time to put much effort into advertising. Right now we are just trying to keep up with orders. Our boats seem to advertise themselves. We hardly ever get a day off anymore.
     
  6. CURT

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    Ok Thanks will do .