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USCGC Hamilton WIP: Flight Deck
Work in progress picture of my ongoing 1:65 scale Hamilton class US Coast Guard cutter project.
About this creation
This is a WIP picture of my 1:65 Hamilton class US Coast Guard cutter project. What is shown is the flight deck, including the surrounding life net, and part of the telescoping hangar. If you're wondering how the HH-60J Jayhawk fits inside the hangar, the answer is that it doesn't. While the deck on the Hamiltons is big enough to accomodate a Jayhawk, the hangar is only large enough to fit the somewhat smaller MH-65C Dolphin (and even the Dolphin needs to collapse its rotor and tail to fit).

One subtle detail that might not be immediately obvious is that the flight deck tapers slightly toward the stern, to match the tapering of hull below. Matching that shape on the main deck is going to cause some headaches, no doubt. Even worse is the fact that, for a number of reasons, I had to built the flight deck with a width that is an even number of plates, but most of the ship forward of the hangar will be an odd number of plates of width. I'm also not entirely happy with some of the details, like the hangar door and the stairs leading down to the main deck, so they are likely to change.



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  March 16, 2014
This is looking good...
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  February 4, 2014
Cool! Very detailed and accurate looking. Nice work on the helipad decals. It shall be awesome to see the finished ship :-)
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  February 1, 2014
Quoting Nick Barrett The Hamilton will be immense, because all it's details are so beautifully done. Can't wait to see it whole, but I wouldn't want you to hurry!
Quoting Tom Simon Lovely job. The steady flow and pace of features really invites confidence in your ambitious project. Onward!
Thanks. I am making slow, but steady, progress. Since this post, I have re-worked the hangar and I'm now a lot happier with the result. I have also finished building the funnels and am working on the rear mast. When I have that done, I'll probably post another update, so stay tuned.
 I made it 
  February 1, 2014
Quoting Gabor Horvath The helicopter is fantastic!
Quoting Elk Guard Looks great so far!
Thanks, guys!
 I like it 
  January 31, 2014
The Hamilton will be immense, because all it's details are so beautifully done. Can't wait to see it whole, but I wouldn't want you to hurry!
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  January 31, 2014
The helicopter is fantastic!
 I like it 
  January 30, 2014
Lovely job. The steady flow and pace of features really invites confidence in your ambitious project. Onward!
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  January 30, 2014
Looks great so far!
 I made it 
  January 29, 2014
Quoting Gabor Pauler Correct landing marks from floor tiles on deck! Thats cool! Any folding rotor blades enabling the heli to park into the hangar?
Thanks. I spent quite a bit of time on the markings, using vertically oriented plates rather than horizontally oriented tiles, to try to get the best effect. Folding rotor blades -- Hmm, that might be possible, but on the real thing (and we are talking about the MH-65C Dolphin here, since the Jayhawk just plain won't fit), the tail has to fold as well. I doubt that is possible at this scale.
 I made it 
  January 29, 2014
Quoting Achintya Prasad Very nice! How long did you say this model will be when complete again?
Thanks. The finished model is going to be almost 70 inches (1.77 meters) long and have a beam of about 8 inches (20 cm) -- that's a pretty high length/beam ratio, which is typical of most of the larger cutters.
 I made it 
  January 29, 2014
Quoting Joe Ramlet Great job! Coast Guard logic: Have a huge pad with a tiny hanger!
Thanks. To be fair, the Hamiltons are almost 50 years old and they have held up pretty well. They only have a limited amount of space to trade-off between hangar area and open deck area, so I think they probably made the right decision to have a larger, safer landing area and a smaller hangar. As the National Security Cutters come online, the Hamiltons are being decommissioned, with some of them being transferred to foreign navies as warships.
 I made it 
  January 29, 2014
Quoting clayton Marchetti Wow! Matt do you have a super computer? This is going to be huge! I like the flight deck markings and the white fencing all the way around. This is going to be incredible! What do you think the people on cuusoo would think?
Thanks. Regarding Cuusoo: So far, large ships haven't done too well on Cuusoo. Konajra's fine minifig-scale offerings are a case in point. My best guess is that the finished model will be around 12,500 parts, which (I think) would make it the second largest Cuusoo project to date, coming in not far behind the UCS Sandcrawler. That is probably not a recipe for success.
 I made it 
  January 29, 2014
Quoting Michael Rutherford Oh man, the shaping on that Jayhawk looks great! You captured it perfectly, especially considering how small it is! Attack!
Quoting Ian Spacek Lookin' good!
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 promising!
Quoting Locutus 666 Great! Cant wait to see it completed. Your flightdeck markings work very well. Good job!
Quoting Stephan N great colouring
Quoting Alex Rode Wow, looking great! I love the uses you come up with for some of the pieces. Well done and build on!
Quoting LegoJediMaster . Nice flight deck!
Quoting El Barto ! Awesome!
Quoting Luke V Looks really good so far! Great job!!!
Thanks, everyone!
 I like it 
  January 29, 2014
Very nice! How long did you say this model will be when complete again?
 I like it 
  January 29, 2014
Oh man, the shaping on that Jayhawk looks great! You captured it perfectly, especially considering how small it is! Attack!
 I like it 
  January 29, 2014
Lookin' good!
  January 29, 2014
promising!
 I like it 
  January 29, 2014
Great! Cant wait to see it completed. Your flightdeck markings work very well. Good job!
 I like it 
  January 29, 2014
Correct landing marks from floor tiles on deck! Thats cool! Any folding rotor blades enabling the heli to park into the hangar?
 I like it 
  January 29, 2014
great colouring
 I like it 
  January 28, 2014
Great job! Coast Guard logic: Have a huge pad with a tiny hanger!
 I like it 
  January 28, 2014
Wow, looking great! I love the uses you come up with for some of the pieces. Well done and build on!
 I like it 
  January 28, 2014
Nice flight deck!
 I like it 
  January 28, 2014
Awesome!
 I like it 
  January 28, 2014
Wow! Matt do you have a super computer? This is going to be huge! I like the flight deck markings and the white fencing all the way around. This is going to be incredible! What do you think the people on cuusoo would think?
 I like it 
  January 28, 2014
Looks really good so far! Great job!!!
 
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