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    Avatar photoDave Crowe

    I thought you all might be interested to see some of my scratch-built ships that I intend to use as shipping targets in a naval aviation game.


    First I made a trio of merchant ships with a pair of Destroyer escorts and some Submarines.


    Then here is my Main Battleship alongside a  heavy cruiser and one of the destroyers.


    And a big Aircraft Carrier.


    Obviously these aren’t intended to represent specific historical ships, more just to be a representation of the different generic types for game objective purposes.  My plan is to use 1:300 scale aircraft on a hex map sea with these out-of-scale but suitably sized objectives to strafe, bomb, torpedo, protect or land upon.


    Avatar photoTony S

    Brilliant!  And much more satisfying than buying or printing an equivalent model I’ll wager.

    Avatar photomadman

    They look the part beautifully.

    Avatar photoSteve Johnson

    Superb work!

    Avatar photoJim Webster

    very nicely done


    Avatar photoirishserb

    Very cool!  Thanks for sharing them.

    Avatar photoDarkest Star Games

    Those are really really good, they deserve to be more than just targets for the flyboys!

    "I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."

    Avatar photoDeleted User

    These are great!
    I love how much details you put on them. Those secondary guns are very inventive.
    What are the hulls made out of?
    How did you do the cuts on the side of the carrier?

    I agree with Tony S, these look fun to build.

    Avatar photoDave Crowe

    Thanks everyone. I’m glad you all appreciate these little ships.

    The hulls were laid down in milliput  upon a lollipop stick keel. (As was traditionally the method in the early 20th century)

    the putty would tend to be quite wonky at this stage but then it sets  nice and hard and can be sanded to a more uniform ship-shape for cleaner lines. And it takes a hobby drill well for paperclip wire masts and cranes.

    I have begun painting them (which is of course LOTS of fun with the variety of dazzle and such available to recreate) but still lots to complete before photos will be taken.

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