These are photographs of my USS Indianapolis
in 1:700 scale from Tamiya. John Darlington and I have been experimenting
with his camera. I used the Toms Modelworks photo-etch set for it and White
Ensign Modelís Colourcoat paints. Not
too much else had to be done to produce a good model, the masts have been
modified a bit to make them more accurate. I folded back the wings of one of the
Seahawk floatplanes and positioned it in the entrance to the starboard hanger.
The quad Bofors mountings have been improved with WEM photo-etch
guardrails and sights and streched sprue spent cartridge case ejection shutes. I
tried to use the WEM photo-etch twin Oerlikons but I had trouble bending
them so I used modified kit guns. The kit 5-inch guns are just fantastic, the
best I have seen in that scale. The rigging is streched sprue and the water on
the base is household pollyfilla with oil paints and gloss varnish. The floater
nets in the baskets are made from squares of rolled up pantyhose.
Auckland, New Zealand