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Trumpeter 1/350 scale USS Essex

Posted by Megan McChain
on Monday, July 11, 2011

Richard Stewart
Romsey, Hampshire, England

Richard writes, “The carrier is Trumpeter’s 1/350 scale USS Essex, which I have converted to the USS Hornet. It took me on and off around eight years to complete! The reason I wanted to model the Hornet was that she was the last of the early Essex class to be modified. So, she had the later aircraft I wanted to depict in this diorama, together with a British destroyer (White Ensign’s HMS Eskimo), as my father served in the Pacific theatre with the Royal Navy during the final stages of the war. I built the air wing and ships’ armaments first. The planes all have rudimentary cockpits with some open canopies.” Richard used Gold Medal Models decals and White Ensign photoetched-metal parts and paints, applying the latter with a combination of hand- and airbrush painting. Acrylic-gloss gel sculpted over a shaded gloss-blue base provides the setting for a ship-to-ship transfer of rescued U.S. pilots, Richard says.


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