Trumpeter’s Jeremiah O’Brien in 1:350. A Liberty Ship.
January 18, 2015 in Ships
Liberty ships were mass produced during WW2 to meet the losses caused by the german U-boats. Jeremian O’Brien is one of the two Liberty ships in the world that is still preserved, lying moored in San Francisco as a museum ship. She is kept in working order by volunteers and in 1994 she made the voyage to Normandy, France to take part in the 50th anniversary of the D-Day. Of all the ships that took part in the manifestation, she was the only one that had been present 50 years earlier.
I’ve heard that the engine room scenes in the film “Titanic” were shot aboard her, but this is not mentioned on the ships homepage.
I finished Trumpeters Jeremian O’Brien end of March 2005. Having spent some eight months getting Hellers Gneisenau (http://imodeler.com/2015/01/hellers-gneisenau-in-1400/) to look decent, the plan was to build her quickly out of the box. Apart from replacing the massive thwarts of the ships boats with 0.25mm strip and adding PE railings, I stuck to the plan.
At this time I had got hold of Veronico & Veronico’s book “Battlestations”, which contains a wealth of colour photos of US ships from WW2. It is conspicuous how bleached they were, and that their paintworks from time to time had been repaired with the original paint, resulting in a patchwork of differently aged painted surfaces, almost like layers of sediments.
I tried to replicate that on she ship, and I’m pretty happy with the result, but in hindsight I think I could have gone much further with the weathering.
I entered her and the Gneisenau in the IPMS-OPEN in Stockholm in 2005. Unexpectedly she won with one point over the Gneisenau. My beloved Gneisenau, that I had worked on so hard, beaten by a model that I had built quickly, basically out of the box!
That extra point was gained in the judging criterion “Overall realism”. I talked to Anders Svennevik, one of the judges, about it but he stood his ground.
It took me about a year to realise that he was right. If you put the two models beside each another, the Jeremiah gives a slightly more realistic impression.
This occurrence made me realise, that we are often poor judges of our own models.
When we look at them, we also “see” all the effort, and dedication, or lack thereof, that we have invested in them.
An outside observer, may see something very different from what we see.
Bear that in mind, when you are disappointed in how your models were judged at a competition.
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