|The Floating Drydock has been around for many years. Tom Walkowiak has been producing a wide range of plans with the Warship Modeler in mind for years. The TFW series are plans that Tom has redrawn himself, they are based on official Government drawings with additional views that would be of interest to most modelers. This set is of the USS Baltimore, the the lead ship of a new class of Heavy Cruisers. These plans reflect her August 1944 appearance and are reproduced here in 1/96 scale.|
|The plan set contains three sheets the larger ones about
8 feet long when unrolled. The first sheet shows the ship in a full hull
side elevation. I should mention that the plans are not yellowish in color,
rather are plain white. The coloring on mine was the result of florescent
lighting and attempts to color correct only resulted in washing out the
lines. The plans are a bit large to fit my scanner so these views will
have to do.
|The second sheet includes the plan view of the main deck
and other deck levels. The one thing I really like about these views are
the labeling of the various fittings. Having the parts called out is not
only helpful, but is educational. There are items that I always wondered
about, and now I have a better understanding of their purpose.
|The third sheet is a little shorter and include the miscellaneous
views. A camouflage sheet is included, as are several photos of the ship.
The photo's reproduced pretty well, but are not as sharp as the originals,
also available from the Floating Drydock.
Whether you are scratch building a 1/96 scale Baltimore or detailing the Waveline 1/700 kit, these plans will definitely allow you to go above and beyond the typical detailing. Check the Floating Drydock's website for an extensive line of plans, building supplies, kits, and reference material for the ship modeler. Not all their sets are online so make sure you get a catalog or call for items you don't see. This is set #TFW-CA68/8 USS BALTIMORE CA68 8/44 1/96 $35.00, also available in 1/192 scale.