The photos are of my build of the
Combrig 1/700 scale U.S.S. Minneapolis.
When my wife and I moved to the
area a few years ago, building this kit from my stash was a no brainer.
It is displayed in our living room and is a frequent conversation piece with
visitors. This is a very nice kit which represents the ship as she emerged from
her mid-1943 reconstruction. The build is pretty much out of the box,
although I did use some Gold Medal Models photo-etch, particularly the ultrafine
rails. I particularly liked the 40mm Bofors mounts the kit provided. The
ship was painted in a modified Measure 8 scheme, which was designed to make her
look like a Benson class destroyer. Prominent features of this scheme were
the false sheer line, and the false life rafts and doors painted on the aft
superstructure. False windows were also painted on the bridge. I
made my own decals for the life rafts. The aft portion of the funnels and
forward superstructure were painted darker to make them appear smaller.