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June 27, 2013 · in Ships · · 6 · 2.5K

Won't go into this heavy cruiser's history as most people using this website are familiar with it.

The kit is the 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.

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  1. Nice work, Al. How anyone does 1/700 is beyond my eyes, so kudos to you for a good-looking result.

    I am currently working on the new Trumpeter 1/350 ":Indianapolis" - the kit is really good, with molding technology that allows for real simplification of assembly without losing detail, not to mention enough photo-etch to do everything except the deck railings.

    As an aside, recent research indicates that the foredeck - which was previously though to be unpainted as you portray it - was painted "Deck Blue" as most other Navy ships of the period.

  2. Actually, the survivor is speaking of the rear deck, which was lifted and stored when the ship went through the December 1944 refit. His comment would reinforce that the foredeck was painted blue, which would be close to the dark grey used for metal decks.

    • Thanks for the clarification on the decking. I got a "Smokin Deal" on the Yankee Modelworks Indy a few years ago at the IPMS Nationals & the instructions do indeed call for the horizontal surfaces to be deck blue.
      I've not been brave enough to do anything but look at it.

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    Great model with a nice base:-)

  4. beautiful job and display

  5. Great model and great idea for water

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