USS Sangamon CVE-26 Scale 1:72, All Scratch
well this model here has become something very special to me as you can imagine. I had the dream to build such a model for over 25 years until I finally felt confidet enough to built it. It took me 5 1/2 years or a bit over 4300 hrs to achieve this result. The model is made from all kind of materials, like wood, aluminium, plastic sheet and so on. There are 28 aircraft model on the ship and 423 figures, plus a dog , (“Sangy”, the ships mascot) and a couple of dolphins riding the bow wave as escort plus another few “little secrets”, like the Captains steward a sailor showing his tatooed arm and so on. The model is roughly 8 ft long. The Hellcat came from Italeri and the Avengers from Academy. The folding wings as well as the cockpits and other details were scratch build too. This was when I learned to make my own PE parts among other techniques which I used for the first time.
I built the model here at my home near Salzburg in Austria. Since 2014 the model is displayed over 5.000 miles away from my home at the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola Florida! The story how the model came there is something I will hopefully tell my grandchildren. In 2016 I was In Pensacola again for another meeting with some former crewmember of the Sangamon, to have a look at my model. To say ths meeting created some emotional moments would be one hell of an understatement.
Have fun with these pictures, most of which were taken by my good friend Albert Moser.
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