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WIP 3, The USS Enterprise (CVN-80) . My third WIP for my USS Enterprise carrier. Much, much, much more progress has been made on this since the last installment, so. . Carrier deck. Woot, woot! This isn't complete, though. Ehm, that gray technic beam on the side is the same length as the carrier, at its completion. So, as you can tell, I still have some ways to go. The dark grey represents the EMALS catapult systems, which are a new addition that are being added to all Ford Classes. The white tiles mark out the majority of the landing strip; I still have to go back and add the center strip. One of the catapults actually crosses this strip; its the most outboard one. I decided that I would put the white tiles at that intersection, rather than the dark grey. Otherwise, the only real other point to make (other than '80') is the gaps in the center of the deck. Most of them are located just behind the catapults; they're there for the yet-to-be-installed jet blast deflector. There is really only one other "major" gap that is on the right (or starboard) side of the ship, and that is the opening for one of the elevators. Blurry 80! Carrier 08? No, carrier 80, just backwards. Guess I should point out one major difference between the CVN-80 and Locutus' CVN-65, that is, the forward part of the carrier. On the CVN-65, its much larger, and much more "square" shaped. But, if you look at the title picture for my first WIP, you will see that the on the Ford Class, the forward section is much smaller, and way more angled on the side. Blurry tiles! I have to say, that this is also something that probably scares me the most about the carrier. This is a stack (no, mess) of ~100 tiles. I had four of these groups, along with about 8 groups of ten tiles, to give me a max total of ~480 tiles. HOWEVER, I have, after completing this much of the ship, exhausted over 300 of those tiles; I have this group of 100, and a small stack of about 30-40 tiles. My main concern is if I have enough. I mean, I have a bunch of other shaped tiles, but in the end, this is going to exhaust my entire collection of tiles. Whats more, I am going to have to find some other way to smooth out the hanger deck. So yeah. In the shadow of this poorly lit picture, is my main stash of grey plates and grey bow pieces! Yay! Special pieces, for special people! Yeah, its sad. How did this get in!!? Don't look at that picture! Thats not part of my carrier (never mind the fact that the carrier's elevators are on that thing)! Keep movin' folks. Whew. Anyways, a nice end picture for you all, very nice, very clean, ya know. Hopefully this shows that this project is in full swing, though it won't stay that way. I will be leaving for a week long camp soon, (in a few days), so this ship, and the mess it has created, will be cleaned up. Rest assured, the ship will not be harmed; and I promise to try and finish it ASAP. In fact, while you are reading this, I am actually building. Unless I am not. Then no, I am not building. See yah' folks! If you have any suggestions, feel free to leave them down below, thanks for watching!


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