Uss New York BB-34 1942 Profile Drawing
USS New York BB-34 1942

Cementing the hull halves together began with the central portion, about an inch in from the furthest point forward and astern, Fig. 4.  The flat aluminum plate is probably the best $75 I’ve ever spent.  I use it for any project where things have to be flat.  I had my local metal supplier cut it to order.  Care needs to be taken to maintain the alignment of the hull bottom, Fig. 5.

Trumpeter USS Texas 1/350 gluing up hull
Trumpeter USS New York 1/350 gluing up hull checking bottom for flatness

The hull joint was reinforced with a strip of .040” styrene.  The bow and stern joints were taped closed and cemented.  An amount of acrylic dental resin was added to the bow, Fig. 6.  The added resin in the bow will provide the necessary backing so that I can later sharpen up the bow contours.  My experience with Trumpeter kits has been that bow contour is generally blunted and rounded over rather than finishing off to a prototypical sharp angle, Fig 7.

Trumpeter USS Texas 1/350 gluing up hull Bow filled for corrections
Trumpeter USS Texas 1/350 blunt boe

Before the deck is cemented to place, it needs to be reinforced to keep it flat, Fig. 8.  Wood strips are used in place of the kit supplied hull supports.  The wood supports provide better support and will be out of the way of the future modifications.  Since I am back-dating the ship to 1941, I removed the turret bases because I will be resheathing the deck with plain scribed decking.  The final item before the deck goes on is the provision for mounting the model to the base, Fig. 8.  The section of styrene tubing functions as a ferrule for brass rod that will be placed in the wood base.

reinforcing deck for Trumpeter USS Texas 1/350
mounting ferrules
USS Texas view from astern
Trumpter USS Texas deck in place

The deck was cemented to place.  The holes left after removal of the turret bases were filled.  The molded detail was removed and the surface sanded flat, Fig. 10.  At this point, the errors in the way Trumpeter shaped the torpedo blister start to become obvious.  Taking a line off the foremost point where the deck goes parallel aft, results in a more prototypical width to the shelf formed by the torpedo blister. Fig. 11.  A view of the USS Texas from astern gives a pretty good idea of the degree of tumblehome that should have been created in the Trumpeter hull form, Fig. 11, (Karsten Petersen)

Trumpter USS Texas 1/350 hull correction

The after hull modification began with a cut separating the upper most portion of the torpedo blister from the structure above -  indicated here by the red arrow, Fig. 13.  Vertical releasing cuts were made – indicated by the green arrows.  Two horizontal cuts were made – indicated by the blue arrows.  These cuts do not go completely through the plastic and are meant to allow the hull side to flex inward without causing stress or distortion to the hull below.  They extend from the foremost and aftmost vertical cuts.

Hull modification process for Trumpeter USS Texas 1/350
Hull modification process for Trumpeter USS Texas 1/350 fig 14
Hull modification process for Trumpeter USS Texas 1/350 fig15

To control the amount of tumblehome I wanted to add, I scribed a line on the top of the sill.  Along the line I drilled a series of .016” holes into which I placed short lengths of the same size wire, Fig, 14, 15.  All the cuts were filled with a mixture of Zap-Slow (yellow label) and dental acrylic resin so that everything is nice and strong.  The Zap-Slow also gives plenty of working time and allows the mixture to level.  Here is the modified hull after finishing down and a quick coat of primer over the blister, Fig. 16.  The added benefit of this exercise is the elimination of the grossly overdone and inaccurate plating molded into the torpedo blisters.

Modified hull Trumpeter USS Texas 1/350
USS Texas as sea 1944
Trumpeter USS Texas corrected hull

Here is a comparison of the modified hull with a photo of Texas 1944.  Figure 17 shows the dramatic appearance change when compared to the unmodified half of the hull.  Note also the illusion of a change in deck width and shape by correcting the width of the sill above the torpedo blister.

Trumpeter USS Texas 1/350 corrected hull
This video demonstrates the above hull modification process: