U.S.S. Salem, CA-139 1/350
The gentleman that wanted this model built had served on it as an enlisted seaman. He served just prior to it being decommissioned. Salem had a 10 year career from 1949-59. It served in the Atlantic and never fired a shot in anger. It was distinctive by it's one stack. Salem is on display in Quincy, MA at the US Naval and Shipbuilding Museum.
The gentleman wanted it on a base with a case. This was the first resin ship of this size I have built. I mounted it on a walnut base that I made especially for it and then had the case made at a local plastic shop.
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