Carl Musselman, Omaha, Nebraska
Carl used photo effects in Corel PaintShop to make his photo of a 1/350 scale USS Duxbury Bay (AVP-38) look like an old color transparency. He based his build on the Iron Shipwrights resin kit of the USS Mackinac (AVP-13). “It’s the only model that I have found of these little Barnegat-class AVPs,” he says of the small seaplane tender. “My father served on the Duxbury Bay in 1952 and 1953 while it was one of three white-painted AVPs serving as flagships for the commander of the United States Middle East Force. This is my fifth Barnegat-class build, but it was very different from the first four. I used mostly custom-made parts I either modified from the Iron Shipwrights kit or scratchbuilt and cast in resin.”
One aspect you captured well is the realistic photograph, something that should be considered part of the hobby.