is the USS Cochrane DDG-21, (CF Adams
Class DDG) from Dragon in 1:700
scale. Built as DDG-22 Benjamin
Stoddert. The display is entitled, "Gun Run, Tonkin Gulf
1972", DDG-22 Benjamin
Stoddert evading NVA shore based artillery while attacking shore
based targets of importance. The ship is back-dated to 1972. Added details
include: Gold Medal Models USN/JMSDF
photo-etch Set, GMM "Ultra"
P/E Railing Set. Scratch-built details added to mast, aft funnel, gun director
house, gun director, and center anchor hawsepipe. Painted with White
Ensign Models Deck Grey, Testors Acrylic Haze Grey, Testors RLM 23,
Testors Acrylic Flat Black, Testors Acrylic Engine Grey. All colors lightened
with white for scale effect. Rigging is .94 lb test monofilament. Weathering was
done with artist oils and colored pencils. Base is Poplar wood, water is
1/8" dark blue acrylic sheet coated with textured Acrylic Gel medium. Bow
wave and explosion were made from reshaped 1/4" clear acrylic dowel.
Special Thanks goes to Mr. Bill Halvorson for sharing his experience and photos
from WestPac 1972 then aboard DDG-22. Thanks Bill.