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Old Jul 31, 2010, 11:58 AM
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Battleship Richelieu Sea Trials

Thought I would share My newly refinished Battleship Richelieu refitted to its 1943 configuration. This is also to pay tribute to My friend Ludwig Spies Aka Popeye who built this model about 25 years ago. Popeye was a machinist by trade and a skilled scratch builder. He built at least 10 models over the years including the cleveland class light cruiser Miami on which he served during WW2. He built the Richelieu to its 1946 configuration. Ludwig has since passed and will be missed by his fellow club members. I think he would have like to see his work posted here for all to see.

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Old Jul 31, 2010, 12:23 PM
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Spectacular! 1:96 scale?

I hope you can post more pics sometime... exterior details, "engine room", etc.
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Old Jul 31, 2010, 01:58 PM
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Beautiful ship..Im sure your friend would be proud to see the work you did on it and see her running today. Im gonna guess 1/96 maybe 1/72 scale?

edited to add... Great smoke unit.
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Old Jul 31, 2010, 02:01 PM
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thanks for sharing.....very very nice......joe
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Old Jul 31, 2010, 03:53 PM
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Thanks. I put in about 6 months into the restoration. Popeye put in several years into the build. The smoker is from harbor models and she is 1/96 scale. She runs well on 2 12v 3700 pitmans, direct drive to 2 -2" props. She should have 4 but the 2 work well enough. Carving out that solid smokestack was a big job. The paint scheme was challenging also because of the complex pattern and fading.
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Old Jul 31, 2010, 04:03 PM
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A great build by Popeye and a fine restoration by you. Thank you for sharing her with us.
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Old Jul 31, 2010, 09:38 PM
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Very nice! Good to see some different subject matter.
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Old Aug 01, 2010, 01:32 AM
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Always thought the French pre-War BB's were some of the prettiest, you and Popeye have done that one proud and I look forward to seeing a few more pics and some more details.
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Old Aug 01, 2010, 01:37 AM
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Very nice, we want more pictures.
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Old Aug 01, 2010, 11:32 AM
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Here are some before shots. The engine room looks nearly the same except for the removal of the center shaft and motor and the replacement of the mack drives with two 3700 pitmans.




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Old Aug 01, 2010, 02:07 PM
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Tom,
Does this mean you will be playing French music in N.Carolina?
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Old Aug 01, 2010, 06:55 PM
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Before, after... A great model to be sure.

I like the Camoflauge scheme.
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Old Aug 01, 2010, 11:28 PM
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Thank You.
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Old Aug 02, 2010, 07:25 PM
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Very, very nice job and model!! The internals are neatly executed. You may want to give the stuffing tubes some support somewhere between the prop and where the tube enters the hull. Who's fiberglass hull is that?
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Old Aug 02, 2010, 09:40 PM
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Very, very nice job and model!! The internals are neatly executed. You may want to give the stuffing tubes some support somewhere between the prop and where the tube enters the hull. Who's fiberglass hull is that?
looking inside it looks to me it's a plank on frame......
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