✪✪✪World War II✪✪✪ - Model Warship Diorama's That I Built Part 2 of 2~~~!
The next kit that I built was the USS Enterprise CV-6 from WWII. This was one of 3 Yorktown class carriers. The other being the USS Hornet. Both the Yorktown and Hornet were sunk during WWII. Two other Essex class carriers that were being built during the war were renamed in honor of both ships. Today the Yorktown CV-10 is a museum ship at Patriots Point, SC and the Hornet CV-12 I believe is in Alameda, CA. I have toured the Yorktown. There are a number of other ships at Patriots Point. I suggest you have a full day to tour these ships. This was the first large scale kit of the Enterprise CV-6 that I could find. I had built the smaller 1/700 scale kit before, but this is what I really wanted to build. Carriers like the Enterprise here had a "Wood" flight deck and thin metal deck under that. Wood was used to keep the weight of the ship under the Washington Treaty limits.
I highly recommend buying and building this and the other kits. For all the carriers that I built I purchased additional aircraft. Most of the kits come with around 20 or so aircraft. Like the other kits I purchased upgrade kits for this Enterprise. The Enterprise was the most decorated warship in the US Navy during WWII. She survived the war. At the end of the war the Enterprise was given a major overhaul and then made a world tour after world.
Only to be sold for scrap upon returning to the USA. Talk about a waste. That is our gov.
The only model kit that I did not make into a diorama is the USS Enterprise CV-65. The first nuclear super carrier to be launched. I decided due to the size of this kit to make it a full hull. Showing the props and rudders. This kit is over 3 feet long. Again I purchased as you can see a large number of additional naval aircraft. I wanted to show the number of different aircraft during the 50 years that the USS Enterprise served the fleet. This Enterprise was 100,000 tons and about 1000 feet long. The WWII Enterprise was just 20,000 tons.
The last model kit that I built is the World War II battleship USS California BB-44. This was the first ship that my father served on starting in WWII. The California was badly damaged and sunk in the Pearl Harbor attack on Dec. 7th, 1941. Over the next 2 1/2 years the California was re-floated and rebuilt into what you see in this model kit. The California sister ship is the USS Tennessee. I have waited 30 years to find a large scale kit of the California from the 1944 period. This is a "Resin" kit and not a plastic kit. This was my first experience with working with resin kits. Many of the parts were horrible and not usable in making the kit. Thankfully on ebay you can find parts normally metal parts to make up for this. I purchased a number of upgrade kits to make the 20 and 40MM guns. Then metal gun barrels for the 5 inch guns. Plus the radars, ladders and others. It helps to have a good work table like I have with the saw and grinder.
Still I would recommend a kit like this if you wanted something that you can't find made in plastic. All of these kits can be purchased along with all the upgrade kits on ebay. The nearest hobby shop to me is 30 miles. Outside Hobby Lobby, but they do not carry a large number of warships that I prefer.
My next model project is building a diorama of the Pearl Harbor attack. I will build the main base and half of Ford Island. This is where battleship row was located. Due to space limits I decided not to build the other part of the harbor on the back side of Ford Island. Still there are some 80 model ships that I need to build. Along with all the buildings, piers and such. I figure this will take me until about 2021 to complete..
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