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- Blue Ridge Models 1/700 scale USS Miami CL-89 (# BRM-70036)
- Blue Ridge Models 1/700 scale USS Cleveland CL-55 (# BRM-70037 - conversion to sisterships)
- MidShip Models 1/700 scale USS Cleveland CL-55 (conversion to sisterships)
- Pit Road/Skywave 1/700 scale USS Miami CL-89 (# SKY-W23)
- Pit Road/Skywave 1/700 scale USS Cleveland CL-55 (# SKY-W22 - conversion to sisterships)
This multi-part model kit represents the "square bridge" of the US Navy's World War II-era Cleveland class light cruisers. It is intended as a more accurate replacement for the parts found in any 1/700 scale Cleveland class model kit. It can also be used to help convert any "round bridge" USS Cleveland CL-55 model to one of USS Cleveland's "square bridge" sisterships.
Depending on which kit you have, some minor adjustment to these parts or your model kit's parts may be necessary to ensure best fit.
This parts can be adapted for the following "square bridge" Cleveland class light cruisers in their World War II fit:
- overall dimensions accurately scaled from official US Navy Booklet of General Plans drawings for USS Miami CL-89, dated June, 1946
- accurately shaped Forward Air Defense level (entirely missing from the Pit Road/Skywave kit)
- accurately shaped Forward Fire Control Station level
- accurately shaped Navigating Bridge level
- Target Designation Periscopes
- slightly raised discs for Sky Lookouts and Directors
- deck cutouts for inclined ladders
- opened A/T Doors, ready for your favorite PE
- open Bridge Portholes
- Chart Table and Lockers on the Forward Air Defense level
- cutout for the Foremast
- CL-64 Vincennes
- CL-65 Pasadena
- CL-66 Springfield
- CL-67 Topeka
- CL-80 Biloxi
- CL-81 Houston
- CL-82 Providence
- CL-83 Manchester
- CL-86 Vicksburg
- CL-87 Duluth
- CL-89 Miami
- CL-90 Astoria
- CL-91 Oklahoma City
- CL-92 Little Rock
- CL-93 Galveston
- CL-101 Amsterdam
- CL-102 Portsmouth
- CL-103 Wilkes-Barre
- CL-104 Atlanta
- CL-105 Dayton
Some part cleanup will be necessary. During the 3D printing process, a waxy substance is used to support certain part features. Although the parts are cleaned by Shapeways afterwards, some waxy residue may remain. It can be safely removed with water and a mild water-based detergent like “Dawn” dishwashing detergent, baby shampoo (no conditioner) or "Simple Green" using an old, soft toothbrush, Q-tips or pipe cleaners. Acetone can melt the plastic. Acetate (found in acetone-free fingernail polish remover) and methyl ethyl ketone ("MEK", sometimes used as a paint thinner) will leave a crystalline powder on the surface.
During the printing process, liquid resin is cured by ultraviolet light. Microscopic bits of resin may remain uncured. Let your parts sit in direct sunlight for a few hours to fully cure the resin before painting.
Once your parts are fully cured, if desired, careful use of an inexpensive “air eraser” emitting common household baking soda can help smooth surfaces and remove any unwanted “frost”. Similar to an airbrush but much cheaper, air erasers can be found on Amazon.com. Models by Harbor Freight and Paasche are popular.
Water-based acrylic paints meant for plastics is strongly recommended. Other paints, especially enamels, may not cure on Frosted Detail 3D-printed plastics.
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