|I doubt few of you all who visit this website donít know
the tragic story of the USS Indianapolis. So for brevity, and a large dose
of laziness I wonít repeat it here.
When Tamiya first announced the release of this kit I knew that she would one day grace my worktable. She has always been a favorite of my Fathers, and I guess he passed it on to me. The kit represents her, as she looked in July 1945. I always thought she looked dashing in her Measure 21. However for me there was a problem. You see the Curtiss Seahawk has to rank as one of my least favorite aircraft. I simply did not want to build that aircraft. So looking at my references I decided to model her after her November December 1944 refit. So I could include a couple of Curtiss Seagulls.
|The model was a pretty straightforward affair. Here is a short list of some of the things I did.|
|Two years later, this is what I ended up with. Iím sorry
if I got all the nautical terms wrong. You see this language is all new
fangled to me. This is my second ship, (not the last I hasten to add).
I normally build jets.
Aptly, this model now resides in a private collection in Indianapolis.
Thanks to you all for the inspiration.
| Editors note:
This ship won 1st place in at the IPMS 2005 Nationals in Atlanta in Category 401 -Powered (surface) All others, 1/401 and smaller sponsored by ModelWarships.com. Congratulations Adrian.