USS Bradley was one of the last warships built by Bethleham Steel San Francisco. She was one of 10 Garcia Class DE, which were improved from the previous Bronstein DEs by replacing the 600lb boilers with pressured fired 1200lb boilers increasing power 75% and enabling them to reach 30 knots under perfect conditions. USS Bradley was commissioned in May 1965 and served her entire USN service on the west coast making WesPac deployments. She also served as a test platform for the BPDMS Sea Sparrow system. A year long overhaul beginning in June 1975 changed her aviation facilities from the original DASH configuration to the LAMPS configuration with an enlarged hanger. In the great USN reclassification of June 30 1975 she was reclassified to a Fast Frigate. After a year long mid 1983 overhaul she returned to her homeport of San Diego, California  and was open to the public at Broadway Pier in August 1984. The model was built from the research during this time. USS Bradley continued to serve on the west coast until her decommissioning in September 1988. In September 1989 she was leased to Brazil and in January 2001 sold to Brazil, who operated her as a destroyer, Pernambuco D-30 until March 2004.
This model was converted from the Monagram Kit of USS Brooke DEG-1, first made in 1970. Back then models were produced in a box scale (17 1/4 inch long) resulting in the model scaling out at 1:311. The details would be considered crude today, but by the standards of the day, it was quite a good ship kit. For this model only some of the parts were used. The bottom of the hull was cut off with the ultimate goal of putting in a seascape. The main deck is used after cutting off the superstructure and deck fittings.  click image
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The gun mount was used (an extra from the parts box), but requires work to correct the shape and add details. Mount51 had an additional knuckle on the roof and a platform in the rear for a hiCap antenna added later. The barrels were made from heat stretched 3/32 evergreen tube. The Mk32 torpedo tubes were cut from 3/64 Evergreen rod detailed with stretched sprue and bits of sheet styrene.The Asroc launcher and Mk56 Gun director were scratchbuit from sheet styrene. Evergreen .100x.250 strip is a perfect size for the Asroc launcher cells. A dremel was used to hollow the dish for the gun director radar. FF1041-003
The SPS40 air searchradar and SPS10 surface search radar were scratched built using stretched sprue and sheet styrene and rod for the base. The satcom antellae were scratchbuilt using a discarded florist vail as the mesh for the face. his mesh was also used as the netting for the helo deck safety nets, the open mesh platform leading from the midship gundeck to the door on the front of the hanger and the grills on various superstructure vents.The folding midships Unrep post and boat davit winches were scratchbuilt. FF1041-004
The Seasprite helicopter builds up to an excellent SH2F Lamps model after hollowing out with a dremel and adding details. The engine nacelles were shaped from sheet styrene and attached to the engine housing.Landing gear and horizontal tail was cut off and replaced by more inscale manufactured components. A radome,MAD bird, drop tanks, pitot tube and various antennae were added. Folded rotor blades were made from .10 sheet stryrene and added after the fuselage had been painted. The helo was painted  overall ModelMaster Grun RLM73 and flat black. There was no acraft embarked during the open house. Artistic license was taken to mark the bird in colorful HSL-35 markings made from decals taken from the scrap box (mostly railroad modeling decals). FF1041-005
The mack was used, cutting off the the upper mast and signalman's shelter, which was shaped differently on USS Bradley. Sheet styrene was used to build up the superstructure. 1/8' Evergreen tube was used for the exhaust on the Mack. Garcia and Bradley, the first two ships of the class and the only ones built by the Bethlehem Steel SF had different shaped signalman's shelters at the front face of the MACK. The rest of the class and the Brookes had shelters shaped like the Monagram kit.This and the need to add the platforms and support for the ULQ6 ECM antennae required a scratchbuilt replacement. Ships of thie era were characterized by a blast resistant blocky shape with water washdown plumbing (coldwar nuclear features) incorporating lots non-stealthy external cable runs and waveguides and equipment hung on the superstructure. FF1041-008
The Helo hanger was manuractured from .20 sheet styrene. On the roof are encapsulted life raft mounts, flight delck lighting, a LAMPS glideslope landing aid and a large scratchbuilt vent. Scratchbuilt fire fighting equipment watertight doors, Unrep fixtures were added to the bulkheads. Painting was done to areas that would be easier to do at this stage. FF1041-009
The face of the forward superstructure was detailed with a folding Unrep platform and a various fixures. This is typical of the first five ships of the class (later ships had an power loading ASROC magazine extending the superstructure forward and changing the pilothouse shape). This eliminated the deck mounted Asroc Launcher loader and the forward Unrep fixtures added here. After painting clear sheet styrene was used to glass in the windows on the pilothouse, signalman's shelter, Asroc safety compartment, flightdeck control compartment, SH2 windows, and captain's gig cabin windows. Crystalclear was used for smaller windows and portholes. FF1041-010
Kit supplied WLR ESM platform arms were replace by sheet styreen. Vertical ladders, cable runs, and railings were manufactured from sheet styrene.Model Master Light Ghost Grey was airbrushed onto areas which would be difficule to paint later. Model Master Schwarzgrau RLM 66 was hand brushed on the decks. FF1041-011
Stretch sprue was used for the radar antennae and details. The Mack was detailed with stretched sprue. Top hamper yardarms and antenna platforms were manufactured from Evergreen rod and sheet styrene and details added. There was considerable variation in the radome arrangements between sisterships. This configuration is specific to Bradley at the time. Scratchbuilt sheet styrene boat davits were added later. The motor whale boat was scratchbuilt while the captain's gig hull was used from the kit after modification. FF1041-012
Details added starboard side aft superstructure - more doors than the port side, the bigger door was for the torpedo magazine. Fire main was larger than the port side.Reel and cable storage and broken down unrep kingpost were mounted on the helo hanger facewere specific to Bradley. Other ships had different arrangements. FF1041-013
Pre and post painted view. Desron 13 shield was hand painted. Railroad model decals were used for battle efficiency markings. Ensign was handpainted aluminum foil. Whip antennae were cut from steel rod. Anchors were scratch built, but anchor chais came from a model railroad shop (40 links/inch).  FF1041-014
Cable stoppers were made from braided wire (see David Griffith's book). Weathering was done in pastels. FF1041-017
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The seascape is a medium blue sheet of plexiglass. On top of this the a layer of Liquitex heavy gel medium. This was laid on fairly thick to build up peaks and valleys. After this dries (about 3 days)a thin layer of heavy gel is applied by stippling with a small brush to rough up the surface texture. When this had dryed a mixture of acrylic phthalocyanine blue, phthalocyanine green, and titanium white paint was laid on. A lightened mixture was used to simulate the underwarer sonar dome and stabilizer fins. When this had dried a  final layer of Liquitex Gloss Varnish was appled. Tie downs were added to the helicopter. A protective clear plexiglass case was assembled to complete the project.
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 From start to finish the Project took about 2 years including significantly long periods of not building.

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