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Re: Italeri S.79 Level Bombers Progress Report No.9
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- > Painted "Pan Pipe" Engine Exhausts glued on Engine Cowlings today, weathering all tomorrow.

- > Mainwing Undersides painted Humbrol 140 Matt Gull Grey + 36% Testors Flat White enamels replicating Grigio Mimetico today, letting them completely dry before gluing on Aileron Counterbalances & Landing Flap Actuators, applying Wing Tri-Fasci decals.

- > Underneath Mainwing leading edge camouflage wrapping per P. Endsleigh Castle's art extends farther than any S.79s I've built, took some doing getting them properly masked for spraying.

- > Currently assembling Step Stairs for painting & gluing on backside of Fuselage Access Door, taking some doing getting frames & steps trim fitted & glued together.

- > Main Landing Gear Assemblies completed weeks ago, these soon will be glued in Mainwing Landing Gear Nauticles.
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Re: Back From The U.S.S. IOWA Tour...
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The IOWA is permanently moored at the Port of Los Angeles Berth 87 in San Pedro, California, class lead amongst the last big gun battleships all built during WWII all seeing combat action all now museum ships, the only intact class of great warships in the world open daily to public viewing.

The two-part IOWA V.I.P. tour held Saturday, June 9th 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 pm. was personally given by the Ship Curator Dave Way with two Docents for 20 people who'd paid U.S. $99 each. The IOWA is under Port of Los Angeles Fire Marshall supervision, the V.I.P. tour is held in confined areas off-limits to the general public, just one can be hosted monthly, all sell out in advance (I'd reserved my ticket last January as No.3 of 20).

The tour was near all below top deck within two "All Or Nothing" armored section decks off limits to the general public, i.e. crew rest areas, machine & specialty shops, dental & medical stations, areas were "classified" shipboard work was once conducted etc. including the Enlisted Men's Galley where we'd interfaced with folks doing public tours, alas we had nothing to serve them from our side.

The event included a hosted buffet lunch in the Chief Petty Officer's (CPO's) Mess below deck in a 20 x 30 foot (6 x 9 meter) room towards the ship's stern, not in the Officer's Wardroom as I'd expected. Mr. Way said CPOs were served the best shipboard food because they'd paid for it out of their own pockets; the buffet food we were served was surprisingly good, I'd remarked about that more than once.

The IOWA V.I.P. tour is one of several offered, because of time constraints I couldn't go on any others that day, hopefully I'll be able to return for more touring in the future. None of the big gun turrets are open to public viewing yet but parts of the rear turret interior can be seen from a underneath hatchway, once one is open for public viewing certainly will consider attending another tour of it. The Engine Room also isn't open yet, also may consider touring it whenever it comes open.

I only have a Kyocera flip cover cell phone with camera so couldn't take many photos, those I had are shown below:





Ship's Original Bell In Visitor's Shopping Store Below Deck Immediately Above "All Or Nothing" Armored Center Section



Bathtub Purpose-Made For U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt During The 1943 Cairo & Tehran Conferences



Original U.S.S. IOWA Ship's Visitor Logbook Page Top Showing Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Signature As C in C (Commander In Chief) November 12, 1943 On Way To The Cairo Conference (Codename Sextant) November 22-26th.



Memorials To 47 Crewmen Killed During The April 19, 1989 Turret No.2 Center Gun Explosion. A Tragic Place Of Death The Turret Will Never Be Open To Public View Whilst Under Pacific Battleship Museum Curation.


Thanks for sharing your trip with us Richard.

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Italeri Savoia-Marchetti S.79 193 Squadriglia Build Is Done
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Over 37.7778 C (100 F) here right now, too hot for photography even after dark, will photograph the model tomorrow morning, post photos immediately afterwards.
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Italeri Savoia-Marchetti S.79 193 Squadriglia Build
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Absolutely magnificent Richard, not a trace of over spray in this scale. Watching you build is like a kid in a candy store - article please!

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Absolutely magnificent Richard, not a trace of over spray in this scale. Watching you build is like a kid in a candy store - article please!

Thanks for the complements. For 52 years I'd pined to build "193 4" closest possible to P. Endsleigh Castle's PROFILE centerfold art, absolutely impossible when I'd bought my first MPC/Airfix S.79 kit in 1967, even after SKY Models & Tauro came out with their S.79 decal sheets still couldn't build it, needed to learn the necessary skills to do so meantime.

Spraying on the green camo paint pattern all whilst referring to Castle's art, sick with the nastiest flus I've had in a decade, made this amongst the most worrisome builds I've ever done, certainly the most since November 2015 when began living alone again. I'm very happy it came out OK, just don't want to do another like it fearing a disaster along the way.

The next two S.79 builds will be Italeri Serie I & III kits; read just 24 Serie I airplanes were built, don't want to do the Spanish Civil War or 18 Squadriglia renderings as already had built an Airfix kit of the latter so likely will model a 12 Stormo machine provided can find out which Squadriglias were assigned to it in 1937 along with number decal sets for them - hopefully. The Serie III build should be easier, should have more decal options.

Will write the article you'd requested tomorrow or Saturday, do please post the one I'd written for you about the Savoia-Marchetti S.78 while back.
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Italeri S.79 Serie I & III Build Progress Report No.1
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- > General spray painting today of interior parts of both kits with Testors Model Master 1726 Light Sea Gray enamel approximating Regia Aeronautica Italia (RAI) Grigio Azzurro Chiaro per the Stormo RAI Color Guide approximate interior color for Savoia-Marchetti aircraft prior to assembly.

- > Tomorrow will concentrate on assembling Mainwings with Main Landing Gear Housings, Alerions, Mainwing Engine Mountings.
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Italeri S.79 Serie I & III Build Progress Report No.2
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- > Mainwings with Main Landing Gear Housings, Alerions, Mainwing Engine Mountings assembled, seams puttied, set aside to dry.

- > Tomorrow will prep for more Fuselage interior painting followed by some parts assembly work.
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Italeri S.79 Serie I & III Build Progress Report No.3
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- > Fuselage interior painting prep work postponed till tomorrow, did prep Mainwings for painting today; one glued-on Engine Mount had to be pulled off, refinished, re-glued on for better fit.

- > Majority of remaining kit parts separated from sprues (some glued together ala Main Landing Gear Wheels), sanded & prepped for painting tomorrow, rest of week.

- > 100-F temperatures in forecast here till Sunday, must spray paint early mornings to cut down on spray nozzle clogging.
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