Won’t go into this heavy cruiser’s history as most people using this website are familiar with it.
The kit is the Matchbox 1/700th scale built back when it was the only show in town. Box stock with the exception of the radar screen which is PE.
Brush painted using Humbrel paints.
I made the base from flat board & picture frame edge moldings. The water is actually part of a sheet of Plastruc clear, rippled plastic that has had the main water painted on the backside with the wake painted on the surface.
I showed this to a Survivor who lived here in Indy & he indicated that the colors are fairly accurate but the deck had been lifted & stored. Sadly he passed earlier this year.
4 additional images. Click to enlarge.