First off, just a short review. I'm scratchbuilding an LST based on the Iranian Hengam class, but my version will be a little shorter. A real 1/700 scale ship would be over 5 inches long, while I'm cutting mine back to 4 inches. So the final version will look a somewhat squished.
I'm using 1/4 inch basswood as the base of the hull. I originally glued two pieces together for the hull, but later figured out that would make the ship too tall (I had to go back and revise the design a little after these pictures were taken). Below you can see the original base hull design.
|LST base hull design from basswood, with a cutout area for under the helicopter deck|
|LST- main deck in place|
|LST - sides of the hull added|
I will have some more photo updates of the LST and the painted missile boats, including the modified hydrofoil, next week.
|USS Independence LCS-2 hull|
|LCS-2 and OH Perry FFG size comparison|
|LCS-2 and OH Perry 3/4 view|
|LCS-2 and Burke DDG size comparison|
|LCS-1 and Burke DDG 3/4 view|