This model was built by myself and photos are by Matt Grzybinski. This is the Revell 1/72nd scale kit, updated with the 37mm gun from the Hasegawa Jeep kit, and White Ensign Models' excellent photo-etch set. Many smaller items such as port & starboard running lights, horn, spray rails, and forward cabin windows, etc. were scratch-built. Flag is hand painted. The WEM .50 cals were a bit fiddly to assemble. Yet when complete, they make themselves the focal points of the model. The number one question I got from modelers in my local club, was why I didn't add some clear cockpit windows. However, all of 109's later photos, that I could find, show that these were replaced with 10 gauge steel sheet splinter shielding. So, That's the way I portrayed her.  

(Links to two reference photos showing steel shielding around the cockpit) http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/images/miscnara/st6499.jpg http://www.jfklibrary.org/NR/rdonlyres/E0BACD99-81C3-4C31-B4EB-BF7D9500D72C/24667/E0BACD9981C34C31B4EBBF7D9500D72C2.jpg

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Fritz Koopman

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